How to get rid of toxins from the body? Find out here what toxins are, where they come from, where and why they accumulate and the key role of natural drainage.
Drainage: because it is essential to do it during the change of seasons
As winter approaches, the body’s physiological detoxification mechanisms become less efficient. It is well known that in the winter period more toxins than normal metabolism tend to accumulate as a consequence of less outdoor activities and work in stale air environments: all this leads us to a reduced oxygenation of our tissues and more! this determines the accumulation of catabolites, including carbon dioxide and uric acid, and tissue acidification.
Why is spring the ideal season to eliminate toxins from the body? And how?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is the time of year when liver function and detoxification are most active and therefore represents the best time to undertake a draining treatment. Periodically undergoing a draining and detoxifying treatment should be the practice: it is in fact known that the body works at full capacity if the organs are clean, doing better their job of supporting, filtering and cleaning the body from our enemies: toxins !
The importance of the excretory organs
The emunctors (from the Latin “emungere”, to pull out “) are the organs that allow the maintenance of body homeostasis, that is the acid-base balance of organic liquids, intra and extra cellular, responsible for the elimination of waste materials through the organism. These “excretors” are represented, to be precise, of the following organs, viscera and tissues:
- kidneys and urinary tract
- liver and biliary tract
- lungs and mucous membranes of nose-mouth-ears
- skin, sweat and sebaceous glands
Specifically, the emunctors can be distinguished in:
- main: liver, gall bladder, intestines, skin and sebaceous glands (which favor mucolytic waste); kidney and sweat glands (elimination of acidic waste);
- secondary: respiratory tract, mucous membranes of nose-mouth-ears, lungs and in women the uterine mucosa.
What is meant by toxins and where do they come from
For convenience, toxins can be distinguished between exogenous and endogenous. Endogenous toxins are produced directly by the body as a result of metabolic activities and under normal conditions are eliminated by the liver; the exogenous ones, on the other hand, are toxins that our body absorbs from the outside due to factors such as improper nutrition, pollution, drugs, smoking and alcohol and, last but not least, stress.
Endogenous and exogenous toxins: the sources
The main source of endogenous toxins is represented by the intermediate products of the metabolism of the final catabolic phase and by the acidification of our organism. These toxins tend to cluster in specific tissues and particularly in the vicinity of blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscle tissues, glands and the brain. They are often capable of causing local irritation, inflammation and allergic reactions.
The sources that favor the production of exogenous toxins are environmental pollution from heavy metals, chemicals, electro-pollution, viruses, bacteria, stress, dyes and preservatives, pesticides, dust, sugar and fat supercharging, blood transfusion, vaccines (alter the biological terrain), radiotherapy, chemotherapy, unnatural cosmetics, climatic variations. There are also “emotional toxins“: according to Zygmunt Bauman the composition of body fluids is closely related to emotions, which are considered “liquid” because they arise suddenly and suddenly change shape in our body; we can therefore translate “retaining liquids” with difficulty in the processing of intense emotions, such as pain, fear, anxiety; moreover, when we experience tension, this can translate into muscle tension and also affect breathing.
What causes toxins to build up? where do they accumulate when they are in excess?
The accumulation of toxins can be caused by lifestyle and sedentary lifestyle, unbalanced diet, drug abuse. The signals that our body sends us to indicate this accumulation are for example:
- frequent infections,
- gastrointestinal problems,
- recurring headaches,
- water retention,
- inability to lose weight.
Toxins enter through the skin, lungs, intestines, liver, and then exit through the skin, kidneys, colon, lungs. What about excessive toxins?
- from the liver in the case of fat-soluble toxins they accumulate in the adipocytes, in the brain, in the liver itself,
- while the water-soluble ones accumulate preferably in the tissues, muscles, blood, joints.
How to remove toxins in body: what is drainage
Drainage is a specific action of phytotherapy which consists in stimulating an organ whose function is deficient or exhausted due to prolonged stresses, thus allowing the elimination of waste and toxins produced or introduced into the body.
Drain and purify: different meanings for different actions
Draining is much more than purifying. While purification stimulates a single organ or an emunctory system, without unblocking the toxins trapped in the tissues, drainage is an action that involves the whole organism, stimulating the elimination of toxins in its entirety (detoxify). The drainage in the organism follows the direction from the inside to the outside and from the depth to the surface. Furthermore, the true “cleansing” must include all the systems of the body, so it is advisable to start with the draining remedies that support and restore the main excretory organs. It is no coincidence that the herbs traditionally used for this purpose are roots or plants that begin vigorous growth with all their constituents intact at the start of the season.
When it is useful to do a drainage
It would be useful to do a good drainage before any surgical treatment, before the appearance of seasonal allergies, during allergies to modulate their intensity, and at least 2-3 times a year in a cyclical manner to improve the activity of our organs. Good drainage must be conducted in a gentle and gradual way, it must support the organ and cyclic functions, to maintain and strengthen the organism.
What could good drainage do?
- perform a stimulating action on the Reticular Endothelial System (SRE). The task of the reticulo-endothelial system is to eliminate substances foreign to the body and which could therefore be harmful. The drainage would eliminate the metabolites that are released from the continuous cell turnover, responsible for engulfing and neutralizing toxins and substances foreign to the human body.
- optimize the results of a diet: through the stimulation of the excretory organs, drainage allows to eliminate accumulated toxins and restore the ability to lose weight, reduce the feeling of hunger and have more energy;
- regenerate the body: purifying the body of toxins is a real panacea. Advantages of a body subjected to a draining treatment are evident from the first weeks of drainage: a renewed feeling of well-being and physical and mental harmony is easily perceived, the person is more energetic, the skin more toned and luminous.
- improve the immune response: toxins weaken the immune system and can cause disease, making the body more sensitive to the action of external agents; abdominal swelling, headache, insomnia, nervousness, are the first signs that the elimination mechanism of our organism is working poorly.
How to eliminate toxins from the body: types and techniques of drainage
Types of drainage
- Aspecific: enhances the excretory functions of the various emunctors through the administration of 2-3 remedies. It is a spring or periodic cure, lasting 20-40 days and combining remedies with liver activity (dandelion, artichoke, burdock) with a remedy with renal or skin activity (birch sap)
- Specific: involves the administration of remedies that act on a specific organ. For example:
- as regards skin drainage, the mother tinctures of artichoke, burdock, viola tricolor are recommended;
- the hepatic one, fumitory, thistle, dandelion; for the renal one, on the other hand, birch lymph in association with the bud extracts of juniper, betula pubescens (stimulating the endothelial reticulum system, among other things; it facilitates the elimination of crystalloid toxins, relaunching the renal and hepatic metabolism useful in case of cellulite (( excellent with centella mother tincture)) and disorders of the lymphatic system), cranberry.
- at the hepatorenal level, the bud extracts of rosemary and juniper could be very useful.
- at intestinal level, vaccinium vitis idaea.
- What about lymphatic drainage? with mother tincture of dandelion bud extract of chestnut and horse chestnut.
As already mentioned in this post, drainage can be:
- pre therapeutic: it can precede the actual treatment by 1-2 months;
- intra therapeutic: concomitant with specific therapy, in order to limit possible side effects but also to enhance the response;
- post-therapeutic: for 2-3 weeks it follows the background therapy implemented with phytocomplexes, bud derivatives or other types of preparations, it has an action of maintaining the action of the finished therapy;
- of “soil”: it is implemented with bud derivatives that act on the endothelial reticulum system (such as Betula pubescens) and on the hepato-renal system. It guarantees an optimal rebalancing of the organism as a whole and can be implemented at any time, including as a prevention or maintenance of good health. It is a cyclic drainage, which must be carried out at least 2-3 times a year for cycles of 20 days.
How to eliminate toxins from the body: what is the purifier for?
The purifier acts mainly in the liver and kidney, facilitating the drainage and elimination of endogenous and exogenous toxins. An excellent depurative is for example our Italic Depurative, complete and effective thanks to its non-alcoholic active ingredients, with optimal titration in silymarin from milk thistle. For those looking for specific action on the liver and who prefer the intake of hydroalcoholic extracts in drops to be taken with water, there is our milk thistle composed of liquid, from an ancient Piedmontese recipe, and epavin.
Excellent would be its association with our strong draining agent for belly hips buttocks, some bud extracts (for example betula pubescens bud extract) see also our post on how to detoxify the body with gemmotherapy) to be taken 20-30 drops diluted in water upon awakening or even 1-2 times a day. day, for a month. With good drainage if you want to reduce abdominal fat or cellulite look at these really effective natural remedies instead! For abdominal fat click here, for cellulite click here.
Even the purifying herbal teas taken regularly help both to hydrate you and to favor the action of the emunctors: here you will find the Primum herbal tea in sachets and our Hepatic herbal tea. For intestine, look at our Laxative herbal tea.
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