Improving our Body’s Detoxification – Part two

Strengthen your Immune System by increasing the number of white blood cells . The

From left to right: Red and White Blood Cells.

role of white blood cells is to attack bacteria, viruses, and other outsiders. They also clean up the lymphatic fluid and remove the leftovers of cellular reactions, inflammation and other debris.

You can do this by consuming foods rich in beta-carotene such as carrots and other red, yellow, orange and dark leafy vegetables, shitake mushrooms, and by taking an herbal combination of astragalus , codonopsis, ganaderma.  Pau d’arco tea can be taken safely by most.  (as always, please consult with your healthcare practitioner to ensure that these are safe for you and to determine safe dosage. This is information, not medical advice)

Stimulate bile flow in the liver and improve liver detoxification.

Add lemon or lime to your water. Lemonene found in both of these fruit helps with liver detoxification.

Consume bitter quality foods 10 minutes before eating. This will stimulate all the digestive fluids.  Examples : dandelion leaves, gentian tincture, bitter melon, chicory, lemon.

Use castor oil packs over the liver as needed.

Castor oil  appears to work by drawing blood irculation and enhanced biological energy to the area where it is applied, and then drawing lodged toxins out of the body.

Drink half your body weight in ounces

Improve kidney drainage.

Many toxins are literally flushed out of our bodies. There needs to be water available in such quantity so as to wash water-soluble toxins out through the urine.  You would not clean your clothes in dirty water, the same goes for your cells.  If you take your fluid as juice or pop there are just other things such as sugars and chemicals that pollute the water. It is recommended to consume clean water or herbal tea in the amount of 1/2 your body weight in water.  So a person who is 160lbs would need 80oz of water. (one cup is 8oz)

Vivienne Guy, ND                                                                                                                               Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

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