Blood Cleaners – Old Time Herbs That Still Work

 BLOOD PURIFIERS are one of my favorite classes of herbs, and one that truly is at the heart of herbalism.  Blood purification is an old fashioned classification of herbs that are good for just about anything – including acne, arthritis, eczema, cancer and more.

Many things in our modern life lead to BLOOD IMPURITIES – these include stress, poor diet, and exposure to many chemicals in our daily environments.  The human body is designed to clean and heal itself.  Herbs help this process; while many of the drugs used in conventional medicine interfere with this process.

Any herb will have MULTIPLE PROPERTIES and any of the herbs that support the liver and kidneys will also clean the blood.  Most of these herbs will help restore alkaline balance to the body.  Two blood cleaners that I often recommend are dandelion and burdock.  Both of these will help to purify the blood, and both to some degree also support and clean the kidneys and liver.

DANDELION is very helpful for teenage acne.  And it is included in many popular herbal liver and kidney cleaners.

BURDOCK is another herb that is a blood cleaner – I recommend it most commonly for the lymphatic system, but it works for the kidneys too.  One of the more useful properties of burdock is that it will help clean both the kidneys and the joints, softening and removing excess calcium.  Burdock is included in many of my horse formulas because it is very gentle, yet effective (and tasty if you are a horse.)

ECHINACEA is a well-known blood purifier.  It is both a blood and lymph cleaner.  And it also stimulates the immune system.

The are several BLOOD CLEANERS that are used in traditional herbalism when the body is seriously out of balance in conditions such as cancer.  These include burdock, sheep sorrel, red clover, galangal, blood root, pau d’arco and graviola.  These herbs are useful for removing impurities and alkalizing the body.  These herbs are part of an alternative and/or complementary approach to health as the underlying assumption is that the body can heal itself if the blood is “clean”.

Here are some of the BLOOD CLEANSING FORMULAS.  Essiac, a well-known formula of several blood cleaning herbs, has been studied clinically and is known for helping to shrink tumors.  The Hoxey formula is still used in some of the cancer clinics in Mexico.  This is a blood purifying formula that contains red clover.  And, there are also the Native American herbs that are blood cleaners.

FORMULAS like these have fallen out of popularity as they are not understood by most people.  We tend to look for remedies that I call “one hit wonders” that are supposed to cure everything.  All of these blood purifying herbs and formulas can be useful depending on the challenges facing the body.  But, remember that they are are just one step in restoring health to the body.

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Calm Inflammation – Naturally!

Chronic INFLAMMATION is a common symptom in most degenerative diseases.  These include certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic obesity, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Inflammation is a NATURAL REPSONSE of the body to injury.  Think of inflammation in relation to the swelling around a sprained ankle.  The body handles this injury by sending certain chemicals to the area to start tissue repair.  On the surface, this looks like swelling, but underneath the skin, much is going on to repair the damage and restore health to the ankle.

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION” is a systemic response to injury.  What is significant about chronic inflammation is that it triggers the genes within us that are preprogrammed to certain diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.  Each person reacts differently to prolonged inflammation, yet it will eventually break down organ function, weaken the heart muscle and cause conditions that lead to diabetes or even cancer.

There are a few major CONTRIBUTORS to inflammation.  They are high blood sugar, acid pH, food sensitivities and oxidation.  Eating foods made with white flour and white sugar along with fried foods leads to high blood sugar, acid pH and /or oxidative stress – all contributors to inflammation.

Inflammation is a response to our LIFESTYLE.  If we eat foods that are highly acidifying, that cause high blood sugar and promote oxidative stress, then our genes will respond with inflammation and disease.

CONTROLLING INFLAMMATION is a key to preventing and / or limiting degenerative disease.  Several classes of nutritional supplements all work towards fighting inflammation.  These include enzymes, anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics. Green supplements such as liquid chlorophyll, spirulina and chlorella are also important in maintaining pH and increasing antioxidants.

Some of the better formulations for ANTI-INFLAMMATORY products include molecularly distilled omega 3 oils with high ratios of EPA and DHA; herbal blends that contain turmeric, ginger, and rosemary; enzyme formulations that are specifically for inflammation such as Intenzyme; herbal juice formulations such as noni and mangosteen that are both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory; and multi-vitamin and omega 3 oil products formulated specifically for anti-aging such as Biotics Research Vasculo-Sirt.   Major antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, pycnogenol, grape seed extract and resveratrol also seem to help reduce inflammation and to protect genes.

The best approach to controlling inflammation begins with CHOICES you can make.  Stop eating pro-inflammatory foods such as those made from white flour and white sugar.  Remove hydrogenated oils from shortening, margarine and fried foods from your diet.  Add healthy, anti-inflammatory oils such as olive oil, macadamia nut oil, flax oil and fish oil to your diet.  Eat plenty of alkalizing fruits and vegetables.  Avoid acidifying foods such as sodas, artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives, white sugar and white flour.  Also exercise moderately.

You can OUTSMART your inflammation.  Although you may have a genetic predisposition to certain conditions, you can control the factors that activate those genes so that you can avoid or limit the condition.

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Herbal Cleanse For a New You!

CLEANSING is a great topic for the New Year.   If you would like to be healthier or would like to lose weight, a cleanse would be a fabulous place to start.  The purpose of cleansing is to help the body get rid of harmful toxins so that it runs more effectively and efficiently.

The standard AMERICAN DIET is full of processed and refined foods plus fast foods that tend to overwhelm our bodies and clog not just our arteries, but our livers, colons, lymph systems and kidneys as well.  Over the long run this kind of diet results in clogged tissues, suffocated cells, and loss of energy.  Both over-consumption and reduced eliminative function will cause congestive disorders such as frequent colds and flu’s, arthritis, gout, allergies, cardiovascular disease, and more.

Cleansing is the ANTIDOTE for the American diet.  A clean body has more energy; it sleeps better, thinks more clearly, digests and assimilates food efficiently, looks better and has fewer health problems.

There are many DIFFERENT FORMS of cleansing.  One of my favorites is an herbal cleanse that cleans all channels of elimination – kidneys, liver, lymph, blood, skin, colon and lungs.  What is nice about this kind of cleanse is that it is relatively user friendly and it contains herbs that not only clean the body, but rebuild and strengthen it as well.

Herbal cleanses need to be taken WITH FIBER and omega 3 oils.  The fiber acts like both, a broom and a sponge and helps sweep out your insides.  The omega 3 oils help soften and lubricate your insides to make them easier to clean.

People who do this kind of cleanse talk about HOW GOOD THEY FEEL during and after the cleanse and how it helps eliminate certain health problems from constipation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gall bladder attacks, joint pain, low energy, and more.

The herbal cleanse I recommend is a 30 DAY PROGRAM and it is very thorough; however, depending on your history, you may want to follow it with a candida cleanse (almost everyone needs this), a parasite cleanse, a liver cleanse, or a heavy metal cleanse.  These additional cleanses can really help eliminate chronic health problems.  If you really want to be healthier, thorough cleansing is a great first step.

If you have never done a cleanse before, there are GENTLER CLEANSES that should be done before attempting the 30 day program.  These “first step” cleanses are also good for those that are very sensitive, or have reactive digestive tracts.

A body that hasn’t been cleaned is kind of like a house that hasn’t been cleaned.  STUFF BUILDS UP over time.  It is a good habit to cleanse the body at regular intervals – at least once per year.  Cleansing gets rid of toxic waste so that it won’t accumulate and slow you down. Try it for your health.

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Take Care of Your Eyes – Naturally!

VISION PROBLEMS occur for various reasons.  Many times the problem is due to poor diet.  A diet of denatured and preservative laden food leads to the free radical damage that is implicated in many conditions affecting the eyes.

A DEFICIENCY of just one vitamin can lead to various eye problems that can sometimes be corrected with supplementation of the correct vitamins and minerals.   Most of the products for eyes include antioxidants such as vitamin A, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin. There are many good eye formulations on the market; however, the buyer has to beware.

READ LABELS closely.  A lot of products look good, but are actually it full of synthetics, dies and the cheaper form of ingredients that typically do not absorb well.  It doesn’t matter who recommends it.  The most common products sometimes tend to be the worst.

Bad products cause more FREE RADICAL DAMAGE than they mitigate.  And, they are not easily assimilated.  Poor digestion / assimilation is an underlying cause of some eye problems, so you want to make sure that you are actually getting what you think you are.

Most people will associate CARROTS with healthy eyes.  That is because carrots are full of carotene – the precursor to vitamin A.  Vitamin A is essential for proper eye function.  Many people take beta carotene and think they are getting vitamin A – they are only if their body is properly converting it.  Problems that would impede this conversion are liver problems, dysbiosis (parasitic and fungal), and hypothyroidism – all very common.

Many people also associate ZINC with healthy eyes, particularly for prevention of macular degeneration.  Zinc is a very important antioxidant that is lost when we consume too much caffeine, sugar or white flour.  Zinc also needs good digestion to be absorbed.  Antacids and products that reduce stomach acid inhibit the body’s ability to absorb zinc.

LUTEIN and ZEAXANTHIN are carotenoids that are known to support the eyes.  They are found naturally in the dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, chard and mustard greens.  People who eat plenty of greens are much less likely to develop cataracts than those who do not.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are also effective in reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

BILBERRY is another product that is useful for vision.  Bilberry helps micro-circulation – think about all of the little capillaries that carry blood to your eyes.   Bilberry also has 50 times the antioxidant protection of vitamin E and 10 times that of vitamin C.  Bilberry is useful for all kinds of conditions of the eye including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma – and it is also useful for varicose veins.

Last, but by no means least, is EYEBRIGHT – a great herb that strengthens all of the eye’s tissues.  My favorite eye formula contains this herb.  Eyebright can also be used as an eyewash.

As with all nutritional supplements – QUALITY is key if you want to “see” a difference,

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