The importance of detoxification for overall wellness
Feeling a little soggy and boggy? A good clean-up from the inside out could be just the thing to restore your edge.
At its most basic, staying healthy is simple: give the body what it needs and don’t let it have what it doesn’t need. Failing that, life has a way of happening and we are exposed to harmful substances that may not be eliminated quickly or efficiently enough. Removing impurities that build up in the body-safely, naturally and effectively-can give us a boost in renewed vitality.
When you think detoxification, think dandelion root. It disguises itself as a wimpy lawn pest, but herbalists the world over have held this common weed in high regard for centuries and it is a major herb in at least three ancient herbal traditions-Western, Chinese and Ayurveda. This bitter root is a mild diuretic, making it a prized remedy for temporary inflammation and congested livers caused by contemporary life.
Burdock root, an edible thistle from Eurasia, is also prized in world herbalism and is firmly established in North America. This starchy root is rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and its high levels of lignans and inulin can support skin health (for which it’s famous). Further, it is a general herbal detoxifier that can help influence the kidneys and mucous membranes to remove accumulated impurities.
You might know sarsaparilla from old Western movies, where the gunslinger sidles up to the bar and demands a sasparilly. But this root, native to tropical America, has been historically used as a blood purifier dating back to 16th century Europe and it’s been one of the most famous skin clarifying herbs since then. Not only delicious, sarsaparilla root is a detoxifying powerhouse as it helps remove bacterial impurities from the digestive tract. If these substances are allowed to bypass the liver and circulate in the blood, they can contribute to skin, joint and urinary discomforts-just the issues people used sarsaparilla for in the past.
To stay healthy, what goes in has to come out. In the natural healing world, detoxification is a fact of life. Maybe Grandma, with her spring cleansing, had it right after all.
-Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa