Detoxing in one form or another has been around for centuries and is quite a common practice that many people are choosing these days to help themselves to enhanced health and energy.  The correct detox process can help to increase energy, improve immunity, enhance bowel regularity, and benefit skin health, tone, and texture.  If lethargy, low immunity, fatigue, and poor complexion have become chronic, a cleansing detox along with changed lifestyle and dietary habits can help to encourage radiant good health to emerge.     

What is a Detoxification Pathway?

The body has an important mechanism for removing toxic substances to help you survive if you eat the wrong foods or beverages.  Your liver is the master organ for this detox task, gradually breaking down substances into non-poisonous elements that can be safely expelled via the bowel or urine.

Some of the factors that the liver breaks down in the detoxification process are viruses and bacteria, cholesterol, hormones such as oestrogen, certain natural substances in fruits, vegetables, and other foods, external toxins – such as alcohol, medications, processed food chemicals, personal care products, and environmental toxins.  So, as you can see it is quite a busy organ.

Signs That Your Liver May Need Extra Support

The body carries out its own natural detoxification on a day to day basis via the liver, kidneys, and digestive system.  However, overwork and long hours, infections, stress, poor sleep, and a westernised lifestyle with fibre, fruit, and vegetables a low priority, sluggish Liver function is the result.  Other factors such as nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, high fat foods, white bread, white rice, and sugar also contribute to slow liver function.  Chinese medicine is clear that these factors lead to a TCM diagnosis of Liver Stagnation with subsequent health problems related to heart disease, depression, menstrual, and skin problems.

Signs that your Liver may be struggling is the appearance of constipation and diarrhoea, fatigue and low energy, skin problems, frequent infections, food sensitivities, feeling bloated or gassy, headaches, high cholesterol levels, and irritability.  People may also notice sleep and weight problems, and women may experience menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

Safely Detoxify with Well Known Herbals and a Nourishing Eating Program

Sometimes your Liver may need extra help with its processing work.  Natural medicine recommends an increased intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, and brown rice.  Added to this a comprehensive herbal supplement, invigorating exercise, clean air, and plenty of water to help revitalise liver and bowel function and provide an antioxidant boost to the body.  

A Comprehensive Herbal Formula Can Rescue Liver Function

Look for herbals with a long history of safe use to aid your detoxification program:

Ganoderma, otherwise known as Reishi Mushroom, has a long history of safe use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It is an edible fungus which supports microbial balance in the gut and contains a high content of fibre that supports regularity, clearing the intestines of waste, soothing inflammation, and benefiting skin clarity and tone.

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) supports regular bowel movements and calms inflammatory digestive problems.  For those with frequent stomach, gall bladder, and abdominal pain, Aloe Vera provides a pacifying alternative to medications.

Red Sage (Salvia Miltiorrhiza/Danshen) is highly prized for its abundant polysaccharide content which has anti-toxin and purifying effects that benefit gut wall function and support healthy blood circulation, specifically in the intestines.  

Magnolia officinalis (Houpu / Magnolia Bark) is derived from the deciduous Magnolia tree.  It is a bitter warming herbal that supports bowel regularity and reduces Liver Stagnation.  Magnolia Bark has been shown to reduce the effects of allergic reactions.  

Chitosan (Kitosan) is a type of Glycosaminoglycan (protein-glucose molecule) sourced from sea crustacean shells.  It is similar to plant cellulose and supports beneficial bacterial levels in the intestines, assists in the excretion of heavy metals, reduces fat absorption, and has beneficial anti-bacterial functions.