Detox, short for detoxification, describes the removal of harmful toxins from the body. Various chemical and biochemical toxins are present in our food, drink and environment and we expect our major organs, especially our liver, to cope with toxic accumulation in the body. When our organs are not coping symptoms might include headaches, fatigue, acne, rashes, trouble with digestion and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Changes to diet and lifestyle can enhance our body’s ability to naturally detoxify but some herbs are reputed to assist in flushing out toxins from the liver and gallbladder and can help nourish the body with healthy nutrients. Milk Thistle produces an extract called Silymarin which can help regenerate liver cells and protect the liver against damage by toxins and viruses. Dandelion root can be enjoyed as an infusion or decoction and is thought to stimulate the functions of the large organs such as the kidneys and the liver.