You may be wondering how can detox dietary supplements help you detox. The natural detox diets that we recommend are designed to help remove toxins from your body, rest the organs of elimination and decrease the toxic load on your organs. In addition to dietary changes, there are supplements you can take and other activities you can do to help to enhance and deepen your detox.
On the How to Detox page, we talk about the five channels of elimination (skin, liver, bowel, lung and kidney) and how they work to remove waste from your body. Below are ways you can improve the function of all these channels with the help of supplements. These supplements can really enhance a well designed detox diet. So, add the following supplements to your detox regimen, but more importantly, continue the recommendations below after you complete the detox as part of your daily lifestyle.
Supplements for Bowel Health
The bowel is an organ that should be targeted during your detox. Below are supplements that should be include along with your detox diet in a general or colon detox.
Fiber. Eating foods and taking dietary supplements containing generous amounts of fiber are especially necessary during a detox. In addition to dietary fiber you can also supplement your detox with fiber. Always try to choose a supplement that offers both soluble (found in apples, psyllium, slippery elm bark, oats, legumes) and insoluble fiber (found in whole grains and fruits and vegetables) in its formula for balanced health benefits.
Bentonite Powder. Betonite powder is a natural clay that offers significant detoxification support. It tightly binds toxins in the intestines which are then eliminated from your body.
Probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that grow in the intestines (i.e. Lactobacillus acidophilus). Both good and bad bacteria are in competition for space in the intestines. Creating and maintaining a healthy population of beneficial bacteria is essential because harmful bacterial overgrowth can cause intestinal disease. Antibiotics tend to kill off both beneficial and harmful bacteria disturbing the normal, healthy balance of intestinal microorganisms. Probiotic and detoxifying supplements help establish a normal intestinal microflora.
Magnesium and Calcium. Magnesium and calcium are nutrients that work together to relax the smooth muscle that are found throughout your digestive system. These minerals also calm the nervous system (natural sedative), respectively. They help the mind and body relax during your detox.
Essential Fatty Acid (EFA). Essential fatty acids, omega 3, 6, and 9 provide a healthy, low calorie fat source that are important to help detox.
Supplements for Liver Health
The liver is another essential organ that should be targeted during your detox. There are several substances that are great liver detox compounds.
Lipotropic agents. Lipotropic agens such choline and methionine are an important supplement for liver health. They help break down fats and decrease fatty liver.
Dandelion. Dandelion (Taraxicum officinales) really is that weed that we try to get rid of in our yards. Well, this weed is one of the best plants for liver detoxification. The herb helps to stimulate the elimination of toxins from the liver.
Milk thistle. Milk thistle (Silymarin marianum) is an herb that supports healthy liver function especially if your liver has been exposed to a variety of environmental stressor like alcohol, pollutants and other potentially harmful substances. Milk thistle is also known as an antioxidant, meaning it prevents cell damage caused by free radicals.
Artichoke. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) is an herb similar to milk thistle, it protects the liver against environmental toxins. It’s also an antioxidant.
Curcumin. Curcumin (Curcuma longa) is derived from the Indian spice tumeric . Curcumin is another potent antioxidant, and also provides support for healthy liver function. Also, curcumin is a powerful anti-inflamatory and is healing to the digestive system.
Supplements for Kidney Health
The kidney can be supported with nutrients. Below are some of the things that can support a kidney detox.
Water. The importance of water has been mentioned on the detox diets page. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily. Avoid drinking water right before, during or directly after meals (30-60 minutes) because drinking large quantities can dilute and therefore weaken your digestive juices. The water you drink should be preferably, natural spring, clean, or filtered water. Water flushes toxins, waste out of the cells.
Cranberry. Cranberry helps prevent urinary tract infections by making urine more acidic so bacteria can’t grow/thrive. Cranberry is also good for kidney and urinary health because it prevents bacteria from attaching to the wall of the bladder, reducing infection in the urinary tract.