Gastro Health and Detoxing Part 2

Echinacea purpurea 'Maxima'

Echinacea purpurea ‘Maxima’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Food Supermarket 4

Food Supermarket 4 (Photo credit: eltpics)

Our body has a daily elimination cycle and when we eat congesting food such as high fats, meats, dairy, and refined foods and chemicals we need to clean things up.  Common toxicity symptoms are headaches, swollen joints, fatigue, congestion, back aches, allergy symptoms, digestive problems, and environmental agents such as chemicals, perfumes, and synthetics.

Cleansing Herbs

  • Garlic——blood cleanser, lowers blood fats, natural antibiotic
  • Red Clover Blossoms——blood cleanser, good during convalescence and healing
  • Echinacea——lymph cleanser, antimicrobial, immunity supporter, improves lymphocyte and phagocyte actions
  • Dandelion Root——liver and blood cleanser, diuretic, filters toxins, a tonic
  • Chaparral——strong blood cleanser, possibilities for use in cancer therapy
  • Cayenne Pepper——blood and tissue purifier, increases fluid elimination and sweat, a natural stimulant
  • Cascara Sagrada——colon cleanser and tonic
  • Ginger Root——stimulates circulation, sweating, relieves congestion
  • Licorice Root——biochemical balancer, the “great detoxifier”, mild laxative
  • Yellow Dock Root——skin, blood, and liver cleanser, contains vitamin C and iron
  • Burdock Root——skin and blood cleanser, diuretic and diaphoretic, improves liver function, antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Sarsaparilla Root——blood and lymph cleanser, contains saponins which reduce microbes and toxins 
  • Prickly Ash Bark——good for nerves and joints, anti-infectious
  • Oregon Grape Root——skin and colon cleanser, blood purifier, liver stimulant
  • Parsley Leaf——diuretic, flushes kidneys
  • Goldenseal Root——blood, liver, kidney and skin cleanser, stimulates detoxification
  • Borututu——cleanses entire digestive system 

Sugar Detoxification  For most of us, sugar is a symbol of love and nurturance. Daily use of sugar is the first compulsive habit for most everyone. Western culture has turned sugar into a reward system. We continue these patterns with our children, unconsciously showing our affection to them by giving them sugary foods. Birthday cakes, ice cream, Halloween candy, Chocolate Easter eggs, Valentine Chocolates, pies, cookies etc. etc.

Sugar excess can cause our bodies to age more rapidly. Frequent cravings for sweets are related to hypoglycemia. Chronic low blood sugar can be the result of poor adrenal and pacreas function. In Oriental medicine, the regular use or overuse of sugar is thought to lead to menstrual irregularities and premenstrual problems.  And our teeth are subject to destructive effects of sugar. Learning problems, moodiness, ADD in children have all been linked to a high sugar diet. Long term effects include candida yeast infections, obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

 A diet that is rich in whole grains, and other complex carbs such as fruit, vegetables, and protein foods will minimze the desire for sugar. B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, trace mineral chromium, and L-glutamine help to reduce sugar cravings. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Get sufficient fiber.

Drug Detoxification

This involves two main processes—-changing our abusive habits and releasing the drugs fromour bodies and from our lives. Our symptoms serve as a warning sign of some bigger problem. To correct the symptoms we must correct our internal imbalances and usually alter our lives. OTC drugs often help us to feel better…again we taking care of symptoms and not the real problem. We need to find the root problem and work on new behavior patterns. A well balanced diet is essential…as well as in some cases psychological support.

Supplemental nutrients add support to the system during drug eliminaton. Vitamin C, A and E, Zinc, selenium, L-cysteine and other amino acids. Glutathione acts in detoxification enzymes and helps decrease the toxicity of most drugs and chemicals. A vegetarian diet is advised. Rest is essential. Water, sleep, plenty of fluids, echinacea, goldenseal will help in this transition. Reduce stress in your life. Calcium and magnesium can have a calming effect on the body. 

Caffeine Detoxification

Caffeine is often consumed along with other substances such as nicotine and sugar. The body becomes overstimulated and cause the adrenals to weaken. Overuse of caffeine can lead to sedatives and tranquilizers. After adrenal stimulation, blood sugar rises.  Caffeine increases respiratory rates. Caffeine leads to the urinary loss of many nutrients which frequently go unreplaced.

Negative effects of caffeine include irritability, insomnia, restless legs, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, heartburn, panic attacks, loss of vitamins and minerals from body, osteoporosis, diarrhea, increased blood pressure and hypertension, increased cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels, heart rhythm disturbances, palpitations, excess adrenal stimulation, increased risk of heart attacks, fibrocystic breast disease, birth defects, kidney stones, increased fevers, increased incidence of certain cancers  such as ovarian and pancreatic, prostate enlargement, and exhaustion/stress/fatigue/hypoglycemia syndrome.

Diet needs to include sprouts, water, decrease intake of meat, sugar and refined flour. Have soups, greens, get plenty of fiber, whole grains and fruit. Vitamin C, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium along with a B complex.  Good caffeine substitutes are Roma, Cafix, Postum, Dandelion Root tea, Miso broth, Pepprmint tea, Ginseng root tea, Red Clover tea, Ginger Root tea, Lemongrass tea to name a few.

Alcohol Detox

The liver is the only organ that mtabolizes alcohol, either coverting it into energy or storing it as fat when there is excess consumption. When stored as fat, alcohol acts as an irritant and leads to cirrhosis or scarring of the liver tissue.  Regular exercise is a must. Psycological counseling and family therapy can help to improve your chances of detoxing. Massage therapy and stress/anger management may be needed as well. 

During the actual withdrawal period the diet should focus on fluids and alkaline foods. Vegetable juices, brots, soups and teas should be used. Chamomile or valerian root are helpful as they provide a calming effect.  Peppermint teas, amino acid supplementation, vit. C, B comples along with calcium and magnesium and potassium. Avoid sugary foods. Use Borututu or milk thistle to  cleanse the digestive system of which includes the liver. You may need professional support.

Nicotine Detox

Nicotine is more addictive than either alcohol or cocaine. Smoking decreases life expectancy. It also helps also in desensitizing people. Radioactive materials are found in cigarette smoke, polonium being the most common.  Cancers, lung disorders, lowered immunity, hypertension, heart attacks/strokes, Alzheimer’s disease/senility, cold hands and feet, surgical complications, increased infant mortality just to name a few of the problems associated with smoking.

Daily Nutrient Plan should be Vit. C 1-2,000 mg. , 15,000 Beta-carotene, Vit. A 5,000 IU, zinc 30 mg., elenium 200 mcg., Vit E 400 IU.   Adequate fruits and vegetables, whole grains,raw seeds and nuts, legumes, sprouts, and other proteins along with lots of water intake. Reduce sugar, bread, meats, and dairy from diet. A vegetarian or raw food diet helps to reduce nictoine cravings. Get plenty of rest and take frequent showers, baths, or saunas. Keep a positive attitude toward health and life.

Stop Smoking Brew  Lemon grass 3 parts, Dandelion Root 3 parts, Raspberry leaf 2 part, Red Clover Leaf 2 parts, Alfalfa 2 parts, Pepermint 2 parts, Mullein leaf 2 parts,Valerian Root 1 part and catnip 1 part.  Simmer dandelion and valerian in water for 10 minutes, then pour into a pot containing other herbs and steep for 15 minutes. Use about 1 tsp. of root and 1 Tablespoon of leavs and flowers per cup of water. Drink several times a day.

Spring Master Cleanser 2 T fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 T pue mape syrup, 1/10 tsp. cayenne pepper an 8 oz. spring water. Mix and drink 8-12 glasses per day. Eat or drink nothing else except water, or peppermint or chamomile tea. Mix in glass container only. Rinse your mouth with water after each glass due to the lemon juice hurting the enamel of your teeth.

Autumn Rejuvenation Ration 3 cups spring water, 1 T chopped ginger root, 2 T miso paste (do not boil), 1 stalk chopped green onion, cilantro to taste, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, 2 tsp. olive oil, juice of 1/2 lemon. Boil water. dd ginger root, simmer 10 minutes. Stir in miso paste to taste. Turn off burner. Add green onion, cilantro, cayenne, olive oil, and lemon juice. Remove and cover to steep for 10 minutes.  Enjoy.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melissasherman63
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:27:46

    This is such amazing information!! I am in love it’s all in one spot! Thank you!

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  2. Summers Acres
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 20:43:50

    Great information! Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    http://summersacres.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-homeacre-hop-40.html
    ~Ann

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