Tools for Detoxification
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Tools for Detoxification

A detoxification diet begins with a healthy regimen of fruits and vegetables, while these other supplements and activities help you along the path, too. When considering a detox diet, it is always best to consult with a health care expert first.

By Nancy Coulter-Parker

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This phytonutrient is the most potent curcuminoid compound found in turmeric. It is believed to support detoxification, especially through breaking down toxins and preparing them for elimination. Take 1,000 mg daily.


Like turmeric, garlic is also a phytonutrient that helps the body detoxify. It contains allicin, a chemical that supports the production of white blood cells and combats toxins. Additionally, it’s a major source of sulphate, which supports phase-two detoxification. Garlic is also considered a chelator, which means it binds to metals, as well as other toxins in the body, which are then filtered through the kidney and excreted in urine. Take 700–2,100 mg daily.

Green tea extract or catechins

Green tea is rich in water-soluble polyphenols, also known as catechins. These are known to aid detoxification by helping flush out toxins from the body and providing antioxidant support. To get your dose of catechins, you can drink green tea or take a green tea extract supplement in the form of a capsule, pill or powder. Take 500 mg or more daily.

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Sweating, Shackelton notes, is an incredible tool, whether in a sauna or through exercise. Excreting through sweat is an efficient way our bodies are designed to detoxify.

Lymphatic massage

“It’s not really a massage. It’s a gentle touching of the lymphatic vessels. Exercise is also a form of lymphatic massage, because muscles contract around the lymph vessels and nodes and help them move so that they can be cleaned and recycled,” Shackelton explains. “For lymphatics, I also use a dry brush, which is like a loofah scrub.” Using a dry brush against your skin can cause friction prior to showering, which causes your blood flow to help eliminate toxins through the capillaries.

Epsom salts

Having an Epsom salt bath is another safe way to detox, Shackelton says. In particular, it supports phase-two detox. She suggests using 1 pound of salt per bath and soaking in it for 20 minutes.

Burdock root

Rich in antioxidants and a natural diuretic, this herb has been shown to help remove toxins from the bloodstream and to increase circulation. It improves both liver function and elimination. It can be taken as a tea or a supplement.

Uva ursi or bearberry

This herb is known to counter urinary tract infections and promote bladder health, but it is also thought to reduce inflammation and be a good kidney tonic and detoxifier.

Other supplements to try:

New Chapter Turmeric Force™ Detox Action

Garden of Life Perfect Cleanse®

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