5 Natural Herbs for Detox

5 Natural Herbs for Detox
When you're in need of a detox it's important to keep things 100% natural.

Check out these 5 natural solutions to days when you are feeling the need for a cleanse or detox, and are looking for a natural boost to your immune system, digestive system and metabolism. 

1. Senna 

Senna is a natural laxative, senna is great for easing indigestion, constipation and helping to move wastes through the digestive system and intestines. It's also one of the main ingredients in Skinny Teatox's 14 and 28 day kits

Sometimes our feelings of bloating and indigestion are caused by food not being moved fully through the digestive system. This means it then sits in the intestines and putrefies, leading to a proliferation of bad bacteria, which give off waste and gas, and combine with the old food to make us feel bloated and unwell. Consuming probiotic rich foods, such as sauerkraut and kombucha, as well as consuming natural laxatives, is a great way to ensure the food is moved through in a timely manner and that the stomach biome is able to remain healthy. 

2. Dandelion Root 

One of the best herbs for supporting liver health, dandelion root functions to aid in detoxification by cleansing the liver.  The liver is one of the main organs of detoxification, and is responsible for filtering all the food we consume.  As food goes through the system, the body seeks to eliminate toxins that are present and send nutrients and wastes to appropriate parts of the body.  Without an optimally functioning liver, the toxins build up and wastes are not properly eliminated, leading to bloating, poor digestion and low energy.  Consume dandelion root tea to help promote optimal liver function.

3. Fennel

This is a great natural solution for upset stomach, or for easing indigestion and stomach distension.  After a big meal, or if you are feeling unwell in the gut, chew on come fennel seeds and allow the natural oils to be released.  This functions to help stimulate digestive enzymes, to encourage proper digestion, and to aid in the elimination of putrefying food within the intestines.  It is also soothing to the stomach, helping to reduce nausea and cramps.

4. Calendula 

You may have heard of calendula as a solution to sunburns, which is due to its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also great for detoxification.  Consuming calendula internally allows it to exercise its anti-inflammatory properties within the digestive system.  Our digestive systems become easily inflamed with the consumption of processed food, eating on the run and poor digestive habits, and then don’t function optimally to digest and eliminate food.  This causes a build up of toxins and partially digested food, leading to bloating, gas, constipation and stomach discomfort.  Consuming calendula to reduce this inflammation is a great way to promote better digestion and reduce the toxic load built up within the body.

5. Ginger 

Ginger is an amazing natural detox aid! Similar to fennel, ginger acts as a natural method of reducing stomach discomfort, nausea and cramping.  The natural spiciness to ginger stimulates stomach activity, which can help move food through which is leading to poor digestion and making you feel unwell.  Furthermore, the ginger is soothing to the gut and can be the perfect solution to ease nausea and upset stomach.  Add ginger to your smoothie or juice, or drink a ginger tea when you are experiencing feelings of poor gut health.

By: Laura Peill – (Check out her blog Viand Nutrition & Facebook)  

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