11 DETOX SUP­PLE­MENTS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Eat­ing a nutri­ent-dense, whole-foods diet will nat­u­rally detox­ify you, but some­times your body needs some ex­tra help. The fol­low­ing sup­ple­ments will help you detox­ify nat­u­rally.

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Lisa Turner

Eat­ing a nutri­ent-dense, whole-foods diet will nat­u­rally detox­ify you, but some­times your body needs some ex­tra help. Th­ese sup­ple­ments will help you detox­ify nat­u­rally.

Af­ter a long hol­i­day sea­son of too much wine-ing, din­ing, and couch potato-ing, your body could use a se­ri­ous re­boot. Get a jump start on your res­o­lu­tions, with th­ese 11 sup­ple­ments de­signed to cleanse, heal, and pro­tect your liver, kid­neys, and colon.

1. Milk this­tle is a flow­er­ing plant re­lated to the daisy and rag­weed fam­ily. It’s high in sily­marin, an an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory com­pound that pro­tects and heals the liver. Stud­ies show that it can treat al­co­hol-re­lated liver dis­ease, hep­ati­tis, and liver dam­age from tox­ins, and may have an­ti­cancer ef­fects. Look for it in cap­sules, tinc­tures, or teas, or as a com­po­nent of cleanse for­mu­las. 2. Triphala, mean­ing “three fruits,” is an Ayurvedic for­mula that con­tains a blend of amla, bib­hi­taki, and har­i­taki, medic­i­nal fruits na­tive to In­dia. It’s tra­di­tion­ally used to treat di­ges­tive dis­or­ders, in­clud­ing con­sti­pa­tion, and re­move tox­ins from the in­testines. It also has pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects. Stud­ies show that it can ef­fec­tively treat con­sti­pa­tion, re­duce in­testi­nal in­flam­ma­tion, and re­pair in­testi­nal dam­age. Look for it in cap­sules and tinc­tures, or in blends de­signed for di­ges­tive health. 3. Chanca piedra, a small, shrub-like herb from the Ama­zo­nian rain­for­est, is tra­di­tion­ally used to pro­tect the kid­neys, liver, and gall­blad­der. Stud­ies show chanca piedra has anti-in­flam­ma­tory and di­uretic ef­fects, re­duces the risk of kid­ney stones and pos­si­bly gall­stones, may help treat hep­ati­tis, and coun­ters tox­ins in the liver. Look for it in cap­sules or tinc­tures de­signed for kid­ney, gall­blad­der, or liver health, or in loose tea form. 4. Fiber, the in­di­gestible com­po­nent of plants and seeds, pro­motes nor­mal bowel move­ments and the elim­i­na­tion of tox­ins from the body. Ad­di­tion­ally, fiber en­sures a healthy bal­ance of gut bac­te­ria—an im­por­tant com­po­nent of colon health. Stud­ies show that fiber in­creases the fre­quency of bowel move­ments, re­duces in­flam­ma­tion in the gut, and may pro­tect against colon can­cer. You’ll find it as psyl­lium, oat, aca­cia, or other forms, in chew­able tablets, cap­sules, pow­ders, and colon cleanse for­mu­las. With any fiber sup­ple­ment, start slowly and drink plenty of wa­ter.

5. Uva ursi,

a small ev­er­green shrub that’s also called bear­berry, con­tains ar­butin, a di­uretic com­pound that pro­motes urine flow and main­tains a healthy mi­cro­bial bal­ance in the uri­nary tract. Uva ursi also con­tains al­lan­toin, a com­pound found in aloe vera, that soothes and pro­tects tis­sues. It’s been shown to re­duce uri­nary tract in­fec­tions, re­lieve in­flam­ma­tion, and pro­tect the lin­ing of the uri­nary tract. Look for cap­sules or tinc­tures stan­dard­ized for ar­butin, and limit use to two to four weeks.

6. Dan­de­lion leaves and roots are tra­di­tion­ally used to detox the liver and kid­neys and pu­rify the blood. They con­tain a va­ri­ety of com­pounds that have a di­uretic ef­fect, pro­mote urine flow, in­crease bile pro­duc­tion, and help flush tox­ins and ex­cess fat from the liver. Other stud­ies show that they help pro­tect the liver against dam­age from tox­ins. Look for dan­de­lion in tinc­tures or cap­sules, or in blends de­signed for liver and kid­ney health.

7. Bur­dock root, a car­rot­like root com­mon in Asian cui­sine, has tra­di­tion­ally been used in Chi­nese medicine to cleanse the blood, pro­mote di­ges­tive health, and detox­ify the liver and kid­neys. Stud­ies show it has anti-in­flam­ma­tory and di­uretic ef­fects, helps re­move tox­ins from the uri­nary tract, and pro­tects the liver against dam­age from tox­ins. You’ll find it in teas, tinc­tures, and cap­sules, and in whole-root form that can be used in cook­ing.

8. Licorice

root, an­other herb tra­di­tion­ally used in Chi­nese medicine, stim­u­lates the pro­duc­tion of di­ges­tive flu­ids and bile, re­duces in­flam­ma­tion in the in­testines, sup­ports the kid­neys and helps reg­u­late fat me­tab­o­lism in the liver. Stud­ies also show that it pro­tects the in­testi­nal tract and in­hibits bac­te­ria, es­pe­cially those as­so­ci­ated with the de­vel­op­ment of ul­cers. Look for it in tinc­tures and cap­sules, and in blends de­signed for kid­ney, liver and gall­blad­der health. 9. Ju­niper berries, from ju­niper shrubs or trees, have di­uretic and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, and are tra­di­tion­ally used to treat blad­der in­fec­tions and flush waste and tox­ins from the kid­neys. Stud­ies show they may also help pre­vent bac­te­rial and yeast in­fec­tions. Look for them in tinc­tures or cap­sules; be­cause one study sug­gested con­cen­trated ju­niper es­sen­tial oil may be a kid­ney ir­ri­tant, avoid ju­niper if you have a se­ri­ous kid­ney dis­ease.

10. Pro­bi­otics, ben­e­fi­cial in­testi­nal bac­te­ria, help detox the colon, pre­vent the over­growth of pathogens, pro­tect the in­testi­nal mu­cosal bar­rier, and sup­port im­mune func­tion. Stud­ies show that pro­bi­otics in­crease stool fre­quency and re­duce tran­sit time, help­ing speed re­moval of tox­ins from the body. Other stud­ies sug­gest pro­bi­otics also en­hance the re­moval of heavy me­tals, in­clud­ing lead and mer­cury, as well as min­i­miz­ing the ab­sorp­tion of BPA and other tox­ins and pro­mot­ing their re­moval from the body. Look for for­mu­las that con­tain a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent species and strains, or choose one that’s en­hanced with prebiotics— fibers that nour­ish the body’s in­nate bac­te­ria.

11. Glu­tathione is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant that helps re­move tox­ins from the body. Stud­ies show that it can treat fatty liver dis­ease and may ben­e­fit chronic kid­ney dis­ease. Be­cause it’s quickly bro­ken down in the di­ges­tive tract, the form is im­por­tant: acetyl­glu­tathione or li­po­so­mal glu­tathione are best.

our pick: SUNFOOD SU­PER­FOODS Wild-Crafted Chanca Piedra Tea

our pick: PLNT Milk This­tle cap­sules

our pick: GAR­DEN OF LIFE Raw Fiber

our pick: HI­MALAYA HERBAL HEALTH­CARE Triphala

SOLARAY Or­gan­i­cally Grown Dan­de­lion our pick:

our pick: NAT­U­RAL FAC­TORS DGL Deg­ly­cyrrhiz­inated Licorice Root Ex­tract

AL­LERGY RE­SEARCH

our pick: Acetyl Glu­tathione 100 mg tablets

our pick: RE­SEARCH Pro­bi­otic 55 Bil­lion

NA­TURE’S AN­SWER

our pick: Uva Ursi Leaf

NA­TURE’S WAY

Bur­dock Root our pick:

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