What are the major organs in our bodies set to detoxify the body of toxins and waste? The lungs? The kidneys? The liver? The answer is, all three!
The lungs detoxify the body of waste through releasing carbon dioxide. Oxygen is important for every tiny bit of our bodies, and our lungs help bring in just that (alongside some other gases). How much air the lungs can take in at a time lessens with age, so it’s important to take good care of our lungs.
Kidneys play a major detox role by detoxifying the blood of toxins and other waste. They also have the important job of managing water levels as well as blood pressure. Vitamin D is also produced in the kidneys.
Of course, the liver is also well known as a site of detoxification. It produces bile, which is something the body really needs. It also plays a part, alongside the kidneys,in detoxifying the blood. This lad(or lass) gets rid of old blood cells, stores important minerals, and that’s just a start!
As you can see, the health of these organs is major, as they work so hard in trying to help our dear bodies. With the current lifestyle, pollution, and types of products available to consumers, these three organs can get overloaded with the amount of work they have to do! This can lead to them working less efficiently, becoming damaged with the very toxins they want to get rid of, hold on to the toxins, all which leads to a host of problems.
That’s why detoxing is a real gift to your body and your health. It can help you feel better, more relaxed, more energetic and lessen the chances of getting sick! Luckily we don’t have to take drastic measures to get started. A lot of the good stuff some foods are made of can go in to help our bodies.
Magic Herbs for Your Health
Herbs have been used throughout time all over the world from China, the Middle East, Europe all the way to North America to help heal the body. According to the University of Maryland Health Center:
“Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control, along with advances in clinical research, show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.”
Even modern medicine is beginning to catch up on the benefits of using herbs to help the body through scientific evidence. Check out the best herbs to cleanse the liver, kidneys and lungs below! Simply choose whichever one feels like the best fit, and enjoy the warm feeling of eating earthly goodness.
Liver Cleansing: Milk Thistle
Despite its funny name, milk thistle is touted as an excellent liver cleanser. This is thanks to a substance called silymarin. This flavonoid safeguards the liver from toxins. In fact, if you’re worried about too much liver damage due to Tylenol pills, this flavonoid protects the liver from that damage too.
Silymarin is also an antioxidant and is anti-inflammatory, which is great! Not enough antioxidants can lead to this state called oxidative stress, which research shows leads to liver problems. Silymarin also helps with the body’s bile making process, and by doing so improves digestion.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this herb is generally safe. However, women that are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take milk thistle. Also, people who have experienced hormone-related cancers, such as breast cancer, should also not take it. Some symptoms to watch out for are nausea and vomiting, as well as upset stomach.
This herb is sold in capsule form, containing about 120 – 140 mg of our great silymarin. It is also available in liquid form. You can also find it as a tincture.
Lungs Cleansing: Osha Root
Osha root, an American root hailed as magical by some Native American tribes, is a true friend to the lungs. According to Dr. Edward Group, a doctor in chiropractic medicine and a prominent figure in the field of naturopathy, Osha root is “arguably, the best American herb for lung and throat problems”. What makes Osha root so arguably special?
Osha root is a strong antiviral as well as an anti-bacterial, both qualities which the body prizes. It can help the lungs through the common cold, all the way to more serious respiratory problems. This herb helps the lungs become stronger and work better in different ways.
Osha root eases chest stuffiness, formally known as chest congestion. It can also relax muscle tissues under stress, and help the lungs breathe more deeply. A key benefit is that it increases blood circulation to the lungs, allowing more oxygen to come in to help the body, and bringing the pesky carbon dioxide out. Many people enjoy this root in the form of tea.
Indeed, Osha root is one dedicated herb. However, this herb isn’t good for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as it can cause contractions in the uterus. Also, some people may decide to take osha root in the long term. In this case, experts suggest to take a week long break every few months, so that our body continues to benefit from it (taking it non-stop can make the body stop doing so).
Kidney Cleansing: Burdock
Burdock is a nutrient rich food, which has a lot of benefits for the kidneys. This herb fights the buildup of products and chemicals harmful to the body, and the kidneys in specific as well. It helps the kidneys purify the blood, making its job easier and more efficient. It is an antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory.
Burdock is also a diuretic, which helps flush out toxins. Burdock also promotes colon health, which is definitely a plus. You can eat the burdock’s root, its seeds and new stems. According to Herballegacy.com, “young stalks are boiled to be eaten like asparagus, raw stems and young leaves are eaten in salads”.
Source: The Hearty Soul