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Cleanse Boosters

Cleanse Boosters

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A cleanse isn't all about deprivation. In fact, it's just as important to add certain nutrients to your diet cleanse to aid organs in flushing your system of toxins. Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos helps you get the most out of your cleanse with these body boosters.

Various peppers and chilis.

Chili Peppers for the...Lungs

With every exhalation, the lungs eliminate toxins from the body. However, environmental pollutants can build up in the lung tissue and create a thick coating of mucous, preventing optimal oxygen absorption.

Chilis break down and liquify that mucous, making it easier to flush out toxins. Capsaicin, the active component in chilis, also helps open up the capillaries and remove toxins via the sweat glands. Also try: ginger and/or onion.

Dandelion for the...Liver

One of the liver's primary functions is to remove and break down toxins in the blood. It also helps to process nutrients from the blood.

Dandelion is rich in chlorophyll, which helps to eliminate toxins from the liver. Both the leaves and root have detoxifying properties. Try adding the leaves to a salad or lightly steam them and drizzle with lemon, olive oil and freshly minced garlic. Also try: milk thistle, artichoke leaf, lemon and/or water.

Parsley for the...Kidneys

The kidneys filter waste from the blood to be excreted in the urine. They help keep the blood clean and regulate bodily fluids, blood pressure and pH.

Parsley helps to flush out toxins via the urine and is effective in the treatment and prevention of kidney stones, thanks to its diuretic properties. Also try: ginger, nettle and/or basil.

Flaxseed for the...Colon

The colon obviously carries a heavy load when it comes to toxin removal. Even mild consipation (e.g. one bowel movement per day) can lead to toxins being recycled and reabsorbed into the bloodstream.

Flaxseeds expand in your intestines with water and add bulk to stool to aid in its passage. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. Also try: hemp and/or green juices.

Sea Salt for the...Skin

The skin is in fact the largest eliminative organ! Its health is essential to your overall well-being.

Sea salt helps to pull toxins from the body. Add 2 to 3 cups of sea salt to a warm bath and soak in it. Or try a foot bath instead. Also try: Epsom salt, peppermint, ginger, burdock root and/or dry-skin brushing.

 

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