Please remember I am not a medical professional nor do I claim to be. If you feel you have a medical condition and need to see a doctor, please do so.
I have so much I want to share with you about health. I just read about herbs to use to help detox our body.I bet you think you are rather healthy? Truth is we all have toxins galore. Toxins from so many sources and its impossible to stay away from them. We can go a long way to heal our bodies and prevent further damage by eating good food and detoxing.
When I say good food I am not talking about that frozen dinner or even a granola bar. Check the label. I bet you find a list of ingredients you can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are. The trick is to get acquainted with the big names of vitamins like riboflavin and the types and names of fats that are really bad and the type and name of the good ones. Believe it or not canola oil is not a good one. Neither is any other vegetable oil be it corn, soy, sunflower or safflower. Yes they are not good for us. The real surprise is that saturated fats are good. These are fats in meat, avocados, coconut, and palm. Now I am in no way advocating that you go out and eat a huge steak or anything but sure, eat a small 3-4 oz piece a couple of times a week and enjoy doing it.
Another thing to watch out for is added sugar. Do you add sugar to EVERYTHING you cook from scratch? I doubt it. But check the label and see how much added fat there is in that box or jar of whatever it is your are getting ready to buy. The food industry is getting smart and changing the name of things to make us think its OK. Sure corn sure is natural. So is any other sugar. The difference is in how its processed and where is comes from. Almost all corn grown today is genetically modified. Have you read some of the horror stories about how GMO’s are now showing up in our blood stream, the breast milk of nursing mothers and their infants? You really should if you have not. Be sure to read information from sources other than the food industry or a chemical industry or our government. They food safety commission and the FDA say they have our best interest in mind when they really have their bank accounts in mind.
Toxins don’t all come from our food, they come from the air in the form of off gassing of new carpets or paints, manufacturing, chemical sprays and so many ways it boggles the mind to think about it all. They best thing to do is live in balance and detox regularly. I want to share with you the herbs to use on an ongoing basis to cleanse your body of toxins.
All toxins are stored in body fat. Makes you think twice and desert? When we lose weight these toxins are carried away by the blood and the blood carries them to our filtering organs, the kidneys and liver. Both of these can be easily over loaded and make us sick and even kill us if we don’t go slow and detox as well. Now you see why they say drink lots of water?
Detoxing can be as simple as eating dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard and eating fruits like blueberries and strawberries. Don’t forget lot of other veggies but avoid root crops because of the starches they contain. These turn to sugar and make us hold on to the weight. Avoid bread for the same reasons and because you may be gluten sensitive and not even know it. I’ll post more on gluten later.
Next time you see a dandelion growing in your yard, don’t reach for the weed control. Dig it up instead. Wash it and hang it up to dry. Then toss the root in the food processor or blender and grind chop it up for tea.
Be sure to drink alkaline water or water with a pH of 8+. Bacteria and viruses don’t like an alkaline environment but they love and acidic one. Our blood maintains a neutral pH of 7.35. If if waver more than one tenth point over (7.45) or under (7.25) it will draw what it needs from the body to balance this. (There is that word balance again). There are many devices, machines, and drops on the market that turn regular water in the alkaline water. Some even do what is called restructuring water. This is not something our body can easily use however but of course someone selling it for a high price might tell you this is not true. Do your own research. You might find that you don’t need any of these costly things anyway. A simple kitchen ingredient does the trick instead; baking soda. Yes! baking soda. An 1/8 tsp or a good pinch in a glass of water will bump the pH up in a heart beat. You will notice and slight change in texture. It seems to be more soft on the tongue and the taste might be a tad salty. If its salty you might have added too much soda. Be sure to get aluminum free baking soda too. I use Bob’s Red Mill at $3 a pound vs. $40-$60 for a water bottle or $1500=$3000 for a machine. I’m certainly not going to tell you not to spend the big bucks on what ever you want to but I don’t have the big bucks and that pound of baking soda will last me all year.
Once again, be sure you balance your pH. If you are eating a mostly alkaline diet, you wont need much alkaline water. Being too alkaline will pull potassium and other minerals out of your body. Neither too acid nor too alkaline is a good thing. Remember, it’s all about balance. To check you body’s pH balance do so first thing in the morning. If you are acid then its ok to drink alkaline water.
Please do you own research. Never take what I say to be medical advice of any sort. I only share what I have learned from my own experiences and from what I research and read.
You may know about psyllium being a good colon cleanser. Some take in capsule form; I like to add it to food. I sprinkle some on oatmeal, eggs, soups, and even ice cream. It has no taste but it does clump up and swell up. Did you read that? It swells up. Please be sure to drink lots of water before and after you take it. Other wise you might end up with discomfort in the gut.
Another really simple way to detox is herb teas or capsules. They clean the entire body, colon, liver kidneys and blood. Some great liver cleaning herbs are dandelion root, burdock root, yellow dock root, and oregon grape root. For the kidneys make a tea of uva ursi, and juniper berries. Most any natural food store has these herbs in either bulk or caps and if not you can find them online from multiple sources. That is provided the FDA does not get its way and do away with our freedom to access, grow, and used these herbs.