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Natural Detox

Kick Start Your Health With A Natural Detox

Using natural detox herbs and plants to cleanse the body from within has been practiced for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt it was recognised that the use of herbs and plants for the cleansing of the system was vital for good health.

Ancient Natural Detox

Physicians of these ancient countries also considered internal detox and cleansing an important aspect of healing. The advent of modern medicine saw a decline in the use of natural remedy treatments.

Now there is a renewed interest in all types of medicine including the benefits of internal cleansing by natural detox.

Following a natural detox for internal cleansing has improved some people's health and well-being dramatically. Nature provides nuch help with a vast array of herbs, plant extracts and foods that naturally support and enhance the detoxifying process while helping the digestive system.

lemon detox diet

Natural Detox - Starving or Fasting?

Natural detox is not about starving oneself. On the contrary, it’s all about nourishing your body with nutrient-packed herbs and plants that contain powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants that can help to support the body’s natural detoxification processes.

You may choose to do a 1 day fast great way to give your body a natural detox and reset. When done safely, a one-day fast can provide numerous health benefits from eliminating toxins from the body to improving digestion and boosting energy levels.

During a fast, you may choose to consume certain liquids or nutrient-dense foods, while others might focus on consuming nothing at all in order to get the most benefit from their fast.

Best Prep and Practices for a One-Day Fast:

  1. Decide what you'll be eating (or not). Choose the right foods: fruits, vegetables and possibly light proteins.
  2. Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids throughout the day.
  3. Get enough sleep: try to get at least eight hours of restful sleep before starting your fast.
  4. Exercise lightly: do some light exercise during a one-day fast to help keep your metabolism running strong.
  5. Avoid temptations: try to avoid being in the vacinity of unhealthy or processed foods that may not be conducive to you sticking to the one-day detox experience.
  6. Listen to your body: if you start feeling too weak or overwhelmed, take a break and make sure to replenish yourself before continuing on with the fasting process.

Natural Detox with Juicing

Fruit Detox

Fruits deserve to be mentioned first. They have fruit acids which have a natural cleansing effect. Tartaric acid, found in grapes and pineapples inhibits the growth of harmful moulds and bacteria.

Malic acid is a natural antiseptic and can be found in apples, apricots, lemons, peaches, prunes and plums. It does a wonderful job of cleansing the liver, kidneys, intestines and stomach.

Lemons are especially cleansing (hence the Lemonade Cleanse Diet) because they contain large quantities of citric acid which is a powerful cleanser. Apples contain large amounts of pectin which absorb toxins in the digestive tract.

Herbs For Detox

Many herbs such as coriander, rosemary, Milk Thistle, golden seal,  ribwort, nettle and yellow dock root have a powerful cleansing effect.

Other popular herbs used in traditional forms of detoxification include dandelion root, burdock leaf and ginger root - each of which have a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Dandelion root helps cleanse the blood while burdock leaf aids in clearing out excess water from the liver cells. Ginger root can help improve digestion and provide a gentle boost to circulation throughout the body.

Herbs known as 'bitters' that have a bitter taste help improve the function of the liver. They also stimulate enzyme production in the stomach and help with detoxifying the body.

While a change in diet to cleanse and detoxify the body will help on the path to better health, some people have greater and faster results by using specific supplements, tonics and elixirs that contain a mixture of cleansing herbs and fruit extracts. 

There are also some 'superfoods' that are well known for their cleansing effects. These include psyllium seed husks, spirulina and barleygrass juice.

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