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The Top Seven Natural Remedies for Detoxing the Body

By Elliot Caleira

An accumulation of waste and toxins in the body can leave a person feeling weak and lethargic. It can also contribute to a multitude of different illnesses. Because of this, many people choose to do periodic detoxification cleanses to help flush out the toxins and waste. Going to a specialist for the cleanses is very expensive though, especially if the medical professionals use chelation equipment or waste-removal enemas. So it helps to do a less time consuming, and much more gentle, form of detox right in the comfort of your own home using over-the-counter herbal remedies. Read on for a list of the top seven natural remedies for detoxing the body...

  1. Chlorella
    Chlorella is a type of single-cell algae that grows on the surface of the ocean water near Asia. It has a hard exterior that can't be broken down by the body, so it has to go through a special processing machine before health-conscious consumers can take it. Its effects happen very quickly though. Within hours, a person can start to feel the chlorella benefits as the algae begins to flush the liver and filter the blood of heavy metals and toxins. For best results, it is important to take this herbal remedy for at least two months.
  2. Coriander
    The coriander plant isn't just a useful seasoning for the kitchen. Besides being packed full of flavor, this herb can remove dangerous heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and aluminum from the body. It works so well for this purpose that some health experts say that it could help prevent Alzheimer's disease, which may be related to the build up of aluminum deposits in the brain.
  3. Dandelion
    A handful of dandelions a day can help keep the doctor away. And they are free! This herbal remedy has long been known as a gentle method of increasing the daily output of urine. It is said to work because of its high level of potassium that has a diuretic effect on the body. The leaves are also high in fiber and a large amount of other minerals and vitamins. And the flowers and roots of the dandelion plant are edible too.
  4. Burdock Root
    Burdock root is often combined with dandelion in herbal cleanse formulas because these two herbs seem to have a synergistic effect. Together, they flush out the liver, colon, kidneys, and blood of the years of accumulated toxins that have been left behind in the body. Only take burdock root for a few days at a time though because it could cause dehydration if it is overused.
  5. Wormwood
    The wormwood plant gets its name from its tough woody stem and ability to remove parasitic worms from the intestines and colon. But that isn't all it can do. It also flushes the kidneys and colon out and helps remove artery-clogging plaque that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Wormwood has a positive effect on a person's mood too. Unfortunately, it can't be used for long either because it can damage the liver.
  6. Alfalfa
    Cattle love grazing on alfalfa because it has a sweet, delicious taste and tons of nutrition that helps give them energy. So some people think that this plant is only for feeding farm animals. But that is far from the truth. It has so much nutrition that it is said that some Holocaust survivors managed to stay alive from eating just a few alfalfa leaves a day. And since the plant is high in chlorophyll, it also cleanses the liver of toxins, reduces bad cholesterol levels, and stabilizes high blood sugar.
  7. Milk Thistle
    Out of all the herbs known for blood purification and liver detoxification, milk thistle is the most well known. That is mainly because it is so effective at flushing out waste and regenerating any damaged tissue in the liver. Currently, there is research underway on the benefits of using milk thistle for shrinking the size of cancerous tumors because it seems to be well tolerated by the body for long-term use.

In conclusion, remember to always check with your doctor before trying any of these herbal remedies. Some of them could interfere with other medications or cause unwanted side effects. Also, not everyone is healthy enough to undergo an herbal detox.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.
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