The idea of a digestive cleanse is often associated with intense dietary regimens that require little to no eating. Many think of a cleanse as a way to lose weight quickly, but the benefits of detoxifying and purifying the body go far beyond weight loss. If strict cleanses and diets are not your thing, there are simpler, more relaxed ways to promote a cleaner, more efficient organism.
Herbal Cleanses and Teas
Numerous herbs and natural foods can help the body cleanse itself of toxins and pathogens in a gentle way. Here are just a few:
- Persimmon: The leaves and fruit of the persimmon tree contain a unique antiseptic quality that works to clear out harmful bacteria and certain intestinal parasites. They are also high in antioxidants.
- Malva leaves: Another natural antiseptic, this herb can promote immune function and reduce inflammation; it also exhibits a mild laxative effect.
- Holy thistle: A cousin to the milk thistle, this variety stimulates the production of bile, which in turn aids in fat digestion, reduction of cholesterol, prevention of gall stones, and detoxification of the liver.
- Marshmallow leaves: For hundreds of years, marshmallow has been used to sooth and relieve digestive tracts due to its anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. This herb can ease digestion and cleanse the kidneys.
There are many ways to prepare and consume herbal remedies, but one of our favorites is a flavorful herbal tea. Dried leaves from the herbs listed above make an excellent and gentle cleansing tea that helps to detoxify, promote digestion, and regulate the bowels all at once. You can put together herbal combinations and steep them in hot water to create your own tea, or look for all-natural preparations in the Living Clean Store, like this Royal Tea by Wolfe Clinic.
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