Replace with probiotics
Part of a good detox plan involves not only killing off any bad bacteria and yeasts but replenishing your digestive system with beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. There are various types of probiotics, and while they are all beneficial for digestion, their functions vary slightly. There are many different beneficial strains of probiotics available, so you and your health care provider will need to choose the most appropriate strain for you, tailoring your detox plan to suit your needs.
Supplements to the rescue
Choose the supplements to assist you in your detox programme wisely.
To give yourself a good clean-out on the inside, you need a healthy liver that is functioning at optimal capacity. Look for amino acids that up-regulate the liver’s ability to break down toxic compounds, including glycine, glutamine, methionine and N-acetyl-cysteine. Herbs such as:
- milk thistle
- globe artichoke
and parasite protectors such as black walnut, and tonics like heart-healthy hawthorn and ashwagandha and Schisandra can all work together to support liver function and stimulate detoxification.
In addition to adequate water intake, it is recommended to replace table salt with sea salt or Himalayan crystal (rock) salt, both of which contain a healthy balance of minerals. (See our article on Salt of the Earth). Cherries and cranberries, in particular, help eliminate uric acids, as do potassium-rich fruits like apricots, bananas, and melons. To further reduce uric acid levels, which put a strain on the kidneys, decrease protein intake, especially fatty red meat, as well as all fried foods, alcohol and yeast products. Parsley, dandelion, chard, raw spinach and asparagus all assist positive kidney function.