just say it feels very good to get back on track when the
holidays are over. Why else would I be checking out the detox
tea in my daughterís cabinet on New Yearís Day?
generally refers to the process of removing toxins (poisons
and other harmful substances) from the body. And need I
mention that we humans have a pretty powerful detoxifying
system in place, even without detox tea? The liver is the bodyís
most dynamic detox unit; it removes harmful substances from
our blood and zaps and neutralizes chemicals and other
substances (such as alcohol) that would otherwise cause
damage. Also partnering with the liver to detoxify our bodies
are the kidneys and intestinal (digestive) tract. Keep these
organs healthy and they work overtime to protect us from
fun though, letís see whatís in this detox tea that might
be good for my holiday overloaded body:
thistle (Silybum marianum). Sure enough, ground up seeds from
this plant might help protect the liver from toxic chemicals
and drugs. There is conflicting evidence, however, whether or
not milk thistle can actually help heal a liver damaged by
oil (Mentha piperita). According to the National Center for
Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), peppermint oil
may ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). And
herbal combinations of peppermint with milk thistle have been
found to relieve heartburn (acid reflux) according to the US
National Library of Medicine (NLM).
(Taraxacum) Yep, the same plant we dig out of lawns in the
summer has been used for hundreds of years to treat upset
stomachs and a variety of other health problems.
Unfortunately, there is not enough scientific evidence to
determine if dandelion is an effective detoxifier.
Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare) Fennel seed oil has been shown to
be effective in reducing colic symptoms in breast fed babies.
Not a lot of evidence for its detoxifying effects,
leaf is an edible green that is high in vitamins A, C and K.
Itís also a good source of antioxidant substances that
reduce inflammation in the body. Parsley is also high in
potassium and phosphorous ó nutrients to avoid in excess for
some people with kidney disease.
diligence is always in order before ingesting any dietary
supplement that claims to have a medical benefit. I like to
check the evidence from trustworthy sites such as Medline Plus
from the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of
Health (nlm.nih.gov) or the National Institutes of Health
Office of Dietary Supplements (ods.od.nih.gov).