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Safe, natural detox: Here’s how

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by St. Francis

Spring and fall are the most popular times of year for a natural detox plan—they’re both seasons that inspire a fresh start. Helping your body gently clean out toxins is one positive way to regain your energy and prep for the busy days ahead. “The lymphatic system, bowel, kidneys and liver do the cleansing work,” says Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, a naturopathic doctor and registered herbalist in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, who is St. Francis Herb Farm’s medical advisor. “The body often needs a helping hand to eliminate harmful substances.”

Detox plans usually have two parts: a change in diet, complemented by support from natural ingredients and herbal medicine.

Your Support Plan

There are a number of detox plans out there. A good approach to consider is one that includes:

Burdock, traditionally used in herbal medicine to help your body remove built-up waste products through the kidneys, skin and mucous membranes.

Blue flag, to help cleanse the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system works with the body’s immune system to combat infection.

A liver tonic tea that contains schisandra berries, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat fatigue and help the liver to metabolize and filter out toxins.

Psyllium fibre, which works as a gentle laxative.

Triphala, a tonic used in Ayurvedic medicine to boost the digestive power of the intestines and to rejuvenate the whole body.

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"Try and stay positive and focus on what you can eat, rather than what you can’t. You’ll find yourself feeling better and better as you move further along. Choose filtered or distilled water, herbal teas and pure fruit or vegetable juices. Enjoy your drink 30 minutes before or 60 minutes after your meal."

Choose foods from this list to help give your digestive organs a rest:

all fruits except oranges, grapefruit, bananas or dried fruit

all vegetables except tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potato

organic brown rice

free-range chicken or turkey, hummus, ocean fish and lentils

raw pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, rice cakes

olive oil, flaxseed oil, lemon and spices

Once you’ve completed your 20-day plan, ease back into a wider range of foods so you’ll keep on feeling invigorated and healthy…all year long.

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