Toxins, or free radicals, can easily accumulate in the body as a result of our day-day activities. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the products we use, are all loaded with chemicals that give the different body parts, a generous dose of toxins. Stress is another important factor that increases free radical activity in the body. And if this activity is not curbed – if detoxification is not done, as is the case with any toxin, these could lead to a host of complications. If you haven’t been feeling too well of late, for no specific reason, chances are, it is time for a good elimination program – a detoxification to help eliminate toxins and promote good heath.
While there are a host of ways for detoxification, herbs are a simple harmless way to start the process – you couldn’t any closer to nature than with herbs! The following are some of the herbs that will give your system a thorough internal cleanse; these are easily available and simple to use as well:
Ginger is a great herb for gastro-intestinal cleansing. A hot cup of ginger-lemon water is a great substitute for your regular cup of tea and/or coffee. Simply grate some fresh ginger into a cup, pour in some hot water and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Add a squeeze of fresh, organic lemon and, a teaspoon or two or pure honey and your good to go! As per Ayurveda, ginger increases the digestive fire and is thus thought to cleanse the toxin build-up in the digestive system.
Turmeric is known for its germicidal and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has an active ingredient called Curcumin and this is what renders the magical cleansing properties to this wonder herb. Freshly grated turmeric root dressed with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt and consumed like a salad is a great way to get this detoxifier into the system; however, this is quite a bitter taster and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. An alternative is to start the day with a glass of warm water into which a half teaspoon of high-quality, organic turmeric has been added. Squeeze in a lemon and you increase the benefits of the drink manifold. Turmeric is a powerful liver cleanser and people with frequent travelling jobs exposed to different environments and recuperating alcoholics would benefit immensely from this herb.
Neemis nothing short of a wonder herb and has great anti-bacterial properties as well as anti-viral ones. Itis a great blood-purifier and acts as an internal ‘facial’ for the skin. Chewing a few neem leaves in the morning before your breakfast is a simple way to get its many benefits. However, this may not be the most desirable thing to do on account of its characteristic bitterness. Alternatively, you could just boil a few neem leaves and drink a half glass of this decoction.
Cilantro (or coriander, as it is referred to in India), is one of the cheapest ways of giving your body an overall cleanse. Simply boil a handful of fresh and washed cilantro leaves in a liter of water. Steep if for about 10 minutes, filiter it and then use this water throughout the day. Not only will this eliminate toxins, but is also useful to remove excess water retention in the body. Women can benefit from this drink during their regular menstrual cycles, as water retention is known to increase in this period.
In addition to including these herbs, eliminating or reducing the use of cosmetics loaded with chemicals, keeping away from processed foods and refined ingredients for cooking, learning to practice relaxation and stress reduction are all simple ways to reduce free radical formation in the body.