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Natural Herbal detoxification program using just water
This is a summary of how to do a simple and effective detox programme using just water and 2-4 teaspoons of herbal tonic (of your choosing).
The 12 Detox Tonics
Before telling you about the water-detox programme you will want to know which herbal tonics to use during your 2-week or 30-day programme.
1. Total Detox - this tonic has the formula to detox your seven major organs
2. LiverDetox - specific detox for the liver so that it functions more efficiently
3. LymphCleanse - specific for the lymph sytem to improve long-term cleansing of the body
4. SkinClear - to cleanse the skin
5. WeightLess - to improve bowel function, stimulate the metabolism and help reduce weight
6. WormLess - to clear parasites and toxic wastes in the body
7. Bloodcleanser - to cleanse and regulate the heart and circulatory system
8. KidneyShield - to cleanse and strengthen the kidney system including the bladder
9. LungShield - to cleanse and support the whole respiratory sytem
10. HerbShield - to detox and improve the immune system
11. NerveShield - to strengthen and nurture the nervous system and brain
12. Adrenal Tonic - supporting and regulating the adrenals for stress, anger and worry
The 8 Actions To Do On The Water-Detox Programme
1. Make sure you have one of the 12 Tonics listed above. Add 2Tbsp (tablespoons or 20ml) to a 2 litre bottle of still spring mineral water. It you have a local spring in your town (eg Buxton) collect direct from the outflow on the day.
2. When you get up in the morning and before your morning stretches/exercise/yoga/qiqong drink a glass of water from your prepared bottle.
3. Then each hour drink a glass of water. About 8 to 14 glasses per day. You can drink herb tea but this is in addition to your glass from your bottle.
4. Drink a glass from your bottle before each meal.
5. After going to the toilet drink a glass of water to replace the water lost.
6. Your diet should be 3-5 meals daily according to your custom. Nothing in between - just water from your bottle. Meals should be simplified from your usual if possible. More green salads, with eggs or fish or good cheeses or mixed beans and pulses; rice, cuscous, and fresh herbs like marjoram, basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley, mint see other wild herbs you can eat. You can add mild spices like cayenne, caraway, cardamon, tumeric, pepper corns. Try to avoid cooked foods escept for cabbage, sprouts, spinage, kale, and the like. Use olive oil. (Meats can be eaten on occasion during the month).
7. Don't drink more than a glass of water at a time. Too much water at one time will cause you to lose essential nutrients. You can either drink a glass (about 150ml) every hour, or you can mix and match by drinking a glassful sometimes and at other times have a pint on your desk to drink a little say every few minutes as you work on the computer or do the paperwork, etc.
8. Last thing at night drink about half a glass of water to finish your bottle for the day. Do this every day on your programme of 14 or 30 days.
How Water Flushes the Organs
The liver is the largest of our internal organs. Its many functions include regulating metabolism and detoxification or cleansing. The liver takes in the wastes or toxins that enter our bodies or that are converted in the body after we consume foods and liquids, or absorb from the environment and by inhalation. These toxins are prepared by the liver for use or elimination. The liver controls the levels of fats and glucose in the blood. It fights against infection, cleaning bacteria from the blood and body. It processes and stores all our nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It is instrumental in the repair of damaged tissues. Infections can occur when the liver has been abused by alcohol or artifical foodstuffs; stones can be formed in the liver or in the gallbladder.
The kidneys are involved in all the fluids of the body - cleansing the blood, keeping the fluids balanced by regulating potassium and sodium levels and the pH. The kidneys process the fluids and the waste passes into the bladder for elimination. Where there is imbalance in the kidney system there can be infections or the formation of stones.
The lymph system is a network of waste drains throughout the body. The lymph is always on patrol to dispose of infectious germs, bacteria and viruses or toxic substances. The lymph is emptied into the blood which is then filtered in the kidneys and liver.
The skin is an eliminatary organ. Wastes are eliminated through sweat glands onto the skin surface. The skin regulates the body temperature. The skin represents our internal health - it can be dry, greasy, have spots or crustiness, rashes, itchiness, excess hair, fungus, boils, bad odour, pastiness, pigmentation problems, puffiness, wasting, and so on. The face is a particular mirror of the internal health of the person.
The lungs filter the air that we breath. The lungs will disarm any harmful products in the air and help the body to process and eliminate them. Breath expels waste vapour and carbon dioxide. It has to deal with car fumes, cigarette smoke, pesticides, chemicals from household products and perfumes, dust, pollen, etc.
All solid waste products head for the intestines. Foods have all their goodness squeezed out of them and the waste passes down the intestines to the bowel for elimination. Without adequate water constipation can occur. Diarrhoes is due to an upset balace in the intestines causing excessive elimination of fluids and nutrients with a consequent dehydration throughout the body. Water or herb tea like peppermint or chamomile should be drunk to support the return of the right function of the intestines. Candida and parasites can flourish in the intestines and these must be cleared and restored to balance.
The blood and circulatory system carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell of the body. Without adequate cleansing and fluid support the blood can become diseased with too many or too few red blood cells, or white blood cells, the platelets, hormones in the blood, and the toxins the blood transports to the eliminatory organs. Water is needed constantly to lubricate and carry out these functions efficiently and safely.
For all these processes, keep taking your bottled water mixture (with the herbal tonic added) to enhance and facilitate the functions in the the systems.
This is a life change you have started. A change for health. Every day. It becomes part of your routine. You can use all forms of water if needs be - filtered water, reverse osmosis water, tap water, mineral water, well water, spring water. What is the best water? Natural spring water of course. Fizzy or carbonated water is ok occasionally, but still mineral water is best for your system.
Alcohol, Tea, Coffee
Drinking alcohol, tea, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks is fine, but you must drink the equivalent water to replace the diuretic action of these stimulating drinks. Try to be moderate! Get to love the taste of mineral water.
Sugar and sugary drinks should be shunned. If you need sweet taste in your herb teas or in black teas and coffee use Stevia (no glucose at all, and very healthy to your system as well).
Too little water in your system can result in poor concentration, tiredness, higher stress levels, anxiety, depression, dry skin, itchy skin, more vulerability to illnesses, colds and flu, water retention, cellulite, bloating, nausea, indigestion, pungent urine, urinary infections, pale skin, spots, confusion, headaches, aching joints.
Results of the Water-Detox
You will find soon enough that your body feels different. Your skin becomes smoother. Your eyes become clearer. Your hair looks healthier. You don't bloat. You don't have smelly flatulance. You don't smell sweaty offensively. Your feet don't smell bad. Your breath smells fresh. You don't get colds at the drop of a hat. Your urine will be clear and any old smells in the urine will go. Your hormones will be more balanced - periods will be not as harsh; your sex life will be improved.
Do the Water Detox for 14 or 30 Days or Longer
After this you should continue drinking plenty of water through the day. 1.5 - 2 liters of water should be drunk every day. All stimulating drinks should be matched by a glass of water. Every time you go to the toilet for a bowel movement or to urinate drink a glass of water afterwards to restore the fluid lost.
For illness, or serious disease, or for other specific health reasons, you can also do this transformative water detox programme each month of the year using the detox tonics mentioned in a rotational way.
Why Your Body Needs Water
By Carol Ann Rinzler
You must have water in your diet. It is brimming with minerals and electrolytes, and you can’t live without it. Water is a solvent. It dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material (such as blood cells) around the body, making it possible for every organ to do its job.
A healthy body has just the right amount of fluid inside and outside each cell, a situation medical folk call fluid balance. Maintaining your fluid balance is essential to life. If too little water is inside a cell, it shrivels and dies. If there’s too much water, the cell bursts.
Your body is mostly (50 to 70 percent) water. Exactly how much water depends on how old you are and how much muscle and fat you have. Muscle tissue has more water than fat tissue. Because the average male body has proportionately more muscle than the average female body, it also has more water. For the same reason — more muscle — a young body has more water than an older one.
You definitely won’t enjoy the experience, but if you have to, you can live without food for weeks at a time, getting subsistence levels of nutrients by digesting your own muscle and fat. But water is different. Without it, you’ll die in a matter of days — more quickly in a place warm enough to make you perspire and lose water more quickly.
You need water to:
- Digest food, dissolving nutrients so that they can pass through the intestinal cell walls into your bloodstream, and move food along through your intestinal tract.
- Carry waste products out of your body.
- Provide a medium in which biochemical reactions such as metabolism (digesting food, producing energy, and building tissue) occur.
- Send electrical messages between cells so that your muscles can move, your eyes can see, your brain can think, and so on.
- Regulate body temperature — cooling your body with moisture (perspiration) that evaporates on your skin.
- Lubricate your moving parts.
As much as three-quarters of the water in your body is in intracellular fluid, the liquid inside body cells. The rest is in extracellular fluid, which is all the other body liquids, such as:
- Interstitial fluid (the fluid between cells)
- Blood plasma (the clear liquid in blood)
- Lymph (a clear, slightly yellow fluid collected from body tissues that flows through your lymph nodes and eventually into your blood vessels)
- Bodily secretions such as sweat, seminal fluid, and vaginal fluids
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From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies
are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care.
• Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist).
• Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care.
• Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing.
• If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking.
• Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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