I was recently asked by a dear friend about all that a proper cleanse entailed.  However, once I explained the logistics… she was not quite as keen to the idea 🙂

But there are some awesome benefits to an infrequent cleanse.  My favorite brand, locally located just outside of Central Florida in Clearwater, has written about this very thing:

The Seven Channels of Elimination

  • Bowel
    The bowel (or colon) disposes of toxins from the digestive system and the liver, so cleansing the colon helps clear the way for other organs to function properly and help purge the body of unwanted toxins. Triphala, perhaps the most popular Ayurvedic herbal combination in India, is used to help cleanse and tone the bowel. (Triphala is also used to cleanse the liver and blood.)
  • Blood
    Healthy blood circulation is crucial to removing toxins from the body. That is because the blood transports toxins to other organs for proper elimination. Red clover, a perennial herb native to Europe, Central Asia and northern Africa, has been used traditionally as a blood purifier with beneficial results.
  • Skin
    When you sweat, your perspiration transports wastes and toxins out of the body through the pores in the skin. Because of its large surface area, the skin actually disposes of more waste (by sweating) than the kidneys and colon combined. Red clover contains isoflavones that may help the skin regenerate and heal.
  • Kidneys
    The kidneys remove waste products from the blood, eliminate toxic substances in the urine, and receive water-soluble toxins from the liver for processing. They filter voluminous amounts of blood each day and in doing so maintain the body’s water balance and excrete toxins and excess fluid through the bladder. Dandelion’s diuretic effects stimulate the kidneys; in Chinese medicine this dandelion is often used to treat bladder infections.
  • Lymphatic System
    The lymphatic system transports wastes and toxins from cells and the circulatory system to each of organs involved in the elimination of toxins from the body. This system of vessels carries immune cells in a network that follows the body’s bloodstream. Hebralists use green tea to stimulate the flow of lymph, as it contains polyphenols—natural antioxidants that help protect the lymph system and the skin from damage. Spirulina has also been shown to help the function of immune cells found in lymph.
  • Lungs
    Your lungs purge toxins from the body each time you exhale. Deep breathing also increases the flow of lymph, which further helps to eliminate toxins. Mullein is used to help alleviate the irritation of mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Turmeric may also lower the risk of lung inflammation.
  • Liver
    The liver chemically converts destructive toxins into less harmful substances that the colon and kidneys can eliminate. Turmeric helps protect the liver from inflammation and boosts liver cell regeneration. Research has also shown that artichoke leaf supports detoxification by stimulating bile while protecting liver cells from free radicals (highly reactive compounds that can cause damage to cells). The body also needs a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals to protect itself from the vast amount of toxins it encounters every day.
Check out the full benefits and information on the Renew Life website: http://www.renewlife.com/learning-center/digestive-care-articles/cleansing-and-detoxification/benefits-of-total-body-cleansing
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