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Natural Detoxification: Nutritional Supplements

June 14th, 2009

nutritional-supplements-detoxification.jpgTaking one or more natural dietary supplements is a useful addition to any natural detoxification plan as an aid to supporting your vital body functions during the detoxification process. Nutritional supplements when used as part of an overall approach to detoxification can help combat stress, alleviate mental problems, assist with controlling addictions, help change your perception in life, improve the quality of your sleep, and bring about an overall improvement in your health.

The correct balance of vitamins is an essential part of a healthy body. Vitamins are often rapidly drained from the body during times of stress; therefore it is important to replenish them to maintain peak efficiency. B vitamins in particular should be given special attention as they are needed to maintain a healthy nervous system which is essential for overall health. B vitamins are crucial in the production of energy, adrenal gland hormones, and serotonin (which helps to block stress). Free radicals are also known to be particularly damaging to our bodies. Vitamin supplements with antioxidant qualities such as vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and bioflavonoids are useful for fighting free radicals.

Minerals are also important for repairing the body, especially calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals have a relaxing effect on the body as they can aid in relieving muscle tension and calm emotions. Taking a vitamin supplement or combination of vitamin supplements that includes B vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals will aid the body’s detoxification process.

Herbs can also be used as part of a natural detoxification plan. The two most useful herbs for detoxification are licorice root and parsley, both of which support and strengthen the adrenals, the glands that are most affected by stress. Another useful herb for detoxification is Ginkgo biloba which has antioxidant properties that directly affect brain function. Ginkgo biloba helps to reduce harmful free radicals as well as increase the delivery of oxygen to the brain, which improves mental function.

Siberian ginseng is another herb that can help counteract the effects of stress. Ginseng can raise our tolerance to stress by normalizing various organ functions. For example, Ginseng can increase or decrease the secretion of hormones while also helping to regulate our blood sugar and blood pressure. Ginseng also stimulates the immune system, increases physical stamina, and improves mental alertness.

For depression, the herb that as shows the best results in clinical studies is St. John’s wort. It is possibly the most useful natural antidepressant available. St. John’s wort extract may help to improve psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, apathy, sleeping problems, and insomnia.

Many herbs have a sedative effect and are useful in easing stress and helping to achieve a good night’s sleep. Taken in reasonable doses, herbs have no adverse side effects and can be used along with other natural detoxification methods. The following herbs are known to be effective in calming nerves, relieving stress, and promoting sleep: valerian root, kava kava, skullcap, catnip, hops, chamomile, lemon balm, and passion flower. They may be taken as a tea or as a tablet. Combining any of these herbs can enhance the effects of the ingredients.

Herb and vitamin supplements should be taken with caution during detoxification and used in conjunction with dietary and lifestyle changes for the maximum effect.


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