Which Detoxification Steps Are You Missing?

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Are you aware that detoxification is only part of the process of rejuvenating yourself? Detoxification is necessary when toxins build up in our bodies to a point where the pathways of the body become clogged so that nourishment and detoxification are not able to occur naturally. Getting rid of toxins and restoring balance consists of 2 objectives: clean up the digestive and immune systems restoring cell and digestive functioning. One of the best detoxification experts is Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa in Colorado. He is also the author of Colorado Cleanse which details in a very readable way why you need to detox and the steps necessary to remove toxins from the body and restore optimal functioning. Dr. Douillard’s excellent detoxification program that both detoxes and rejuvenates the body. These are the steps for an effective detox and rejuvenation program: cleaning the lymphatic system, home to most of our immune system. The lymphatic system is found in the inside of our intestinal wall and extends to all the lymph channels of the body including the lymphatic systems the drain the skin and membranes of the body of toxins. When the lymphatic system is compromised, our immune systems cannot do their jobs. repairing the mucus membrane of the gut. Part of the lymph system is the mucus membrane of the gut which is very responsive to digestive imbalances. The imbalances show up either as constipation or diarrhea depending on whether the imbalances are drying or creating congestion. These imbalances then damage our immune functioning. thinning the bile.  When there is congestion in the mucus membranes of the intestine, toxins do not get processed by the intestines. Instead they back up to the liver which thickens the bile which in turn congests the bile and pancreatic ducts. The result is that fats cannot be digested, fat soluble toxins … Read More

17 Bitter Foods For Cleansing

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The American diet is unbalanced.  It consists of predominantly sweet and sour foods according to MAPI, the Ayurveda health center in Iowa.  As a result our bodies are unbalanced and we often feel sluggish and unwell. Bitter foods promote a natural cleansing of the body.  By including some of the bitter taste in our diet, whether in specific foods or herbs like turmeric we are cleansing our bodies each day. The Six Tastes For Each Body Type Ayurveda recommends that we include all six tastes in our diets: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. Although we need to have some of each taste for balance and to avoid cravings, each body type needs more of some tastes and less of others. The balancing tastes for each body type are as follows: Vata body type (thin build): sweet, sour and salty Pitta body type (medium build): sweet, bitter and pungent Kapha body type (heavyset build): bitter, pungent and astringent. A healthy diet for each body type would focus primarily on foods that balance them, but ensuring that the other tastes are represented through spices and seasonings. What Bitter Foods Do For You Bitter foods as you can see from above are important for people with medium and heavy builds.  They are less critical for people who are thin. So what does the bitter taste do for you? According to well known Ayurvedic doctor  Vasant Lad, the bitter taste is anti-toxic. It is antibacterial and antiviral so it helps with cleansing the body the bitter taste kills germs the bitter taste relieves burning and itching sensations and helps with skin disorders the bitter  taste reduces fever the bitter taste improves the firmness of the skin and muscles the bitter taste helps digestion and relieves intestinal gas. the bitter taste dries the … Read More

Turmeric: 18 Ways To Good Health

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It is amazing how great health can be as close as our kitchen spice rack. For thousands of years, food and herbs have been used for their healing properties. Some herbs are almost worshipped for their healing gifts.  Turmeric is one such herb. Some herbs are valued solely for their medicinal properties. Neem would be an example of a plant used primarily for medicinal purposes. Turmeric is different, however. It is an important cooking herb as well as a medicinal remedy.  In India, curry is one of their most common dishes and it usually includes turmeric. Why is turmeric such a wonder herb? Turmeric is one of the few healing herbs on the world that has such a comprehensive list of benefits that it is considered a pharmacy unto itself. (Neem is also.) Turmeric is a purifier. It is most frequently used to purify the blood which helps prevent blood clots. Since the blood circulates the entire blood, all of the purification capabilities of turmeric removing bacteria and free radicals mean that more oxygen and nutrients can get to the cells and the lymph system can do its job of removing wastes better. Turmeric has the following effects on the body: alliterative.  It doesn’t just treat a medical condition, it also restores health. analgesic.  It reduces pain. anti-inflammatory. It is used extensively to heal wounds and improves arthritis symptoms. antibacterial. It has many properties which help with wound healing. anti-tumor, which means that in cleaning the body, tumors are less able to grow. antiallergic. It help with food and other forms of allergies. antioxident. It has the ability to clean up the free radicals created through stress and lifestyle choices. antiseptic. This is another of turmeric’s wound cleaning properties. antispasmodic. It relaxes muscles which reduces digestive and menstrual cramps. astringent. … Read More

9 Ways Mangistha Destroys Toxins In The Body

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Would you like to know that your immune system is functioning well and able to protect you? Manjistha is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb that does just that. Manjistha known as rubia cordifolia is a climbing medicinal plant found in the Himalayas. Its roots are used to create the medicinal supplement known as manjistha. It is a multi-purpose healer which addresses many conditions and symptoms. However, its most important role is the reduction of toxic reactions caused by detoxification sometimes called a healing crisis. When toxins are loosened in the body they can enter the blood and other parts of the body causing serious damage. In addition, when detoxification happens too rapidly, various “healing” reactions can take place including psoriasis and ulcers as described by Vaidya Mishra, an Ayurvedic healer. This herb is considered the best herb for blood purification since it supports detoxification when toxins can be removed from the liver and enter the bloodstream. Toxins can also be found in the blood when the various channels of the body are closed preventing the normal processing and removal of toxins from the body. Many of the conditions helped by manjistha involve the blood and organs that affected by blood and blood toxicity. These are some important conditions that benefit from using it: skin diseases. It heals a variety of skin problems including eczema, psoriasis since the skin is a detoxifying organ. menstrual problems. Manjistha treats menstrual conditions since it purifies the blood.  It helps the post-natal healing of the uterus. blood resolution. This herb regulates blood clots, blood pressure, cleanse the blood and treats heart disease. immune system removes renal and gall bladder stones. Manjistha cleans and regulates the pancreas, spleen liver and kidneys which all have a role to play in digestion and toxin removal. urinary system disorders tumors. It destroys both benign and malignant tumors. some … Read More

13 Herbs For Detoxing

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My cat, Kelly, loves to eat my asparagus fern. She is detoxing. I learned from Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa in Colorado that new greens which emerge from the ground in the spring are meant to help us cleanse our intestinal tract after a winter of eating heavy insulating foods. There are specific steps in an effective detox:  Which Detoxing Steps Are You Missing? In order to detox well, you need the right diet and practices that will support the cleansing of your system.  In addition, there are herbs that are especially effective for removing the toxins that make you sluggish and create disease. These are 13 Ayurvedic herbs for an effective detox and rejuvenation program (1)(2): for cleaning the lymphatic system, where our immune system is located: manjistha. According to the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia, manjistha is one of the best herbs for blood purification and for detoxing the liver of environmental toxins which are increasingly a reason for poor health. It also cleans and regulates the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, all organs which are important parts of the digestive system, and is anti-cancer and anti-tumor. for repairing the mucus membrane of the gut, which becomes dysfunctional when clogged by heavy foods: turmeric. Turmeric helps relieve the mucus buildup that comes from eating heavy foods, regulates the metabolism, is a natural antibiotic that improves intestinal flora and purifies the blood.  It improves IBS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease and all inflammatory conditions. thinning the bile so that toxins do not get backed up in the liver forcing them into the body where they will be stored in fat cells: beets, fenugreek, cinnamon. Beets improve lymph, liver and gall bladder functioning and act as a laxative as well. Fenugreek is a rejuvenating herb that improves liver function and diabetic symptoms. Cinnamon is a strengthener: it strengthens the metabolism, … Read More

Detox with Triphala

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photo credit: prashantby Detoxing is a great way to help your body become healthy. A great herb for regular detoxing is the well-known Ayurvedic herb, triphala. Triphala, known as the three fruits, is one of the most important herbal combinations in Ayurveda. It has been used for thousands of years and as a result, its benefits are well-known. Triphala is the combination of three different herbs: amalaki (pictured above), haritaki and bibhitaki. Since it is designed to rejuvenate the body, it falls into the category of Ayurvedic rasayanas, which are important rejuvenating herbal preparations. The Benefits Of Triphala There are important reasons why this combination of three herbs was developed and why it is one of the most valuable herbal supplements in Ayurveda: the three herbs target the balancing needs of the three doshas or bioenergies: vata, pitta and kapha triphala is gentle, in its balancing actions, and can be taken over a long period of time. imbalances can vary over time. Triphala in targeting all three doshas is targeting all imbalances not just ones that you have today. What does each of these herbs do? amalaki targets pitta imbalances – associated with digestion. Amalaki, also known as Indian gooseberry, has antiviral and antimicrobial effects. It supports the immune system and can be helpful for some forms of cancer, diabetes and some types of arthritis. bibhitaki is astringent and used as a laxative. haritaki supports the nervous system, helps with respiratory ailments, is a laxative, and generally improves the digestive tract. Deepak Chopra, an Ayurvedic doctor, MD, and founder of the Chopra Center in California decries how each of the three fruits balances one of the Ayurvedic body types or doshas in his write-up on Triphala: amalaki balances pitta because it is cooling to the body. Pitta is the warm … Read More