I Get This Question All The Time...What's The Best Way To Detox?
The liver is not only one of the hardest working organs in the human body; it’s also one of the most amazing, too.
Is detox needed for optimum health?
Our bodies are wonderfully effective at warding off the toxins that we encounter every day. We are being constantly bombarded by toxins of all kinds. Harmful chemicals are found everywhere, in the water, in the air, and in foods. If you’re using products to smell good, soften your skin, or shave, then you have a higher chance of toxic exposure. In fact, our skin is the largest organ in the body that soaks up these chemicals every day.
The liver is not only one of the hardest working organs in the human body; it’s also one of the most amazing, too. Modern medical studies have shown that up to 75% of the liver can be regenerated without harm if the toxin burden has not taken a severe toll on such a delicate organ. In fact, within a period of just 2 to 3 months, it will regrow to its former shape and size. Even the ancients knew that the liver has the ability to completely regenerate itself.
The liver is considered the largest internal gland in our body and the one that does the majority of the work for eliminating toxins from the gut, brain, heart, and thyroid. It works with the kidneys to eliminate them through the urine. These toxins may come from pollutants, consuming foods that are more taxing on the liver, medications that we take to reduce symptoms, or mental/emotional stressors, which slow down the detoxification pathway. Studies show that certain chemicals such as heavy metals (lead, cadmium, and mercury) are difficult to get rid of and are known to cause atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of arteries), brain damage, depression, and weight gain.
The purpose of a detox is to cleanse the body of these foreign substances along with accumulated waste in order to optimize your health. The idea of a detox has been around for centuries, which is important to move out gut debris if done appropriately.
The following are signs and symptoms that indicate your body is overexposed to toxins:
Pain and inflammation
Difficulty losing weight
Constipation or diarrhea
Gas, bloating, nausea, heartburn, and abdominal cramps
Frequent cold and flu
Enlarged lymph nodes
Acne and eczema
Dark circles under the eye
Common ways you get exposed to toxins:
Air and water pollution
Food additives and contaminants
Insecticides and pesticides in food
Heavy metals in the environment, foods, and occupational exposure
Excess sugar in the diet
There is no better time than now to eliminate bad guys from your body. Detoxing will help you feel less bloated and more energized while freeing your body from toxins.
Green Tea for Detoxing
A natural flush for your system, antioxidant-rich green tea will not only help your body increase the production of detoxification properties but will also boost your immune system while protecting your liver from the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol.
Our skin, our body’s immune, respiratory, and glandular systems all work constantly to keep us healthy.
How Can Green Tea Assist the Liver?
It’s important to note that green tea doesn’t detoxify the body on its own.
The phytochemical constituents within the leaves of green tea assist the body’s natural actions in eliminating toxins. Green tea is an excellent supporter of liver function because it contains lots of natural polyphenols. Polyphenols have been shown to support the body’s normal detoxification processes.
The polyphenols especially work with the elimination processes which are mostly handled by the liver and the kidneys. These polyphenols along with a number of antioxidants found within green tea help the body to fight off unstable cells, known as free radicals, before they can harm healthy cells within the body.
Antioxidants known as catechins are also found in green tea. These work to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and have a liver-protecting or hepatoprotective effect.
A number of studies over the past 20 years have shown that the antioxidants within green tea are antihepatotoxic, which helps to maintain healthy liver function. Green tea also works to enhance the immune system by providing antiviral and antifungal properties that provide additional protection by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
Specific Antioxidants in Green Tea
All true teas which include green, black, and white teas are derived from the plant, camellia Sinensis. However, according to Stephen Harrod Buhner, a recognized professional herbalist at the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), the antioxidants found in green tea are up to four times higher than those which are found in black tea.
In 2007, the USDA determined that 1 gram of green tea leaves contains 200 milligrams of catechins. A cup of tea generally uses approximately 3 grams of tea leaves. The following antioxidant properties are at their highest concentration within green tea:
Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, which makes up about half of all catechins. This antioxidant has been found to be twice as powerful as resveratrol, the antioxidant which is most commonly found in red wine. EGCG is also more powerful than the antioxidants BHT or, butylated hydroxytoluene and BHA butylated hydroxyanisole.
Gallic acid is another powerful antioxidant that is commonly found in the leaves of plants, including green tea.
The antioxidant compounds and phytochemical action within green tea also block the influenza virus from adhering to normal cells, which can also cause stress to liver function. Green tea also contains supporting phytochemical compounds that also assist the antioxidants. These include chromium, manganese, selenium, glutathione, L-theanine, zinc, and Vitamin C.
In addition to offering a pick-me-up when you’re feeling fatigued, the caffeine in green tea has also been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-tumor benefits. Studies over the past decade have also shown that the low levels of caffeine that are found within green tea actually boost the immune system. This will also act to increase the cytotoxicity (ability to fight cancer) of chemotherapeutic drugs that are often used to treat liver cancer. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic and can stimulate the liver to eliminate toxins from the body through the kidneys and bladder.
It is important to note that when drinking green tea it is advised to NOT add milk to the tea. This is because milk will bind itself to the antioxidants and other beneficial constituents within the tea and lessen its detoxifying properties.
Research has also shown that green tea works to significantly reduce serum cholesterol and LDL or bad cholesterol while at the same time increasing HDL or good cholesterol levels.
So How Much Green Tea Should You Consume?
As you can see, drinking green tea every day can definitely help the liver to do its job and can keep the body healthy.
But how much green tea should you drink?
While it is true that too much of a good thing probably isn’t a good thing, drinking green tea is generally considered safe–so you can drink what you like. Herbalists and health experts, generally believe that for health purposes drinking four to five cups a day is ideal. The quality of green tea is crucial for optimal liver health. You want to make sure your green tea is organic, NO sugar added, and least processed.
Growing up on my organic farm in Europe (Kosovo), my mother used to brew hot green tea every morning from the raw leaves of the organic plant. Organic green tea without chemicals tastes slightly bitter and sweet aftertaste. When you drink green tea regularly like this, you’re doing your body a tremendous favor to heal itself.
Stop drinking all those bubbly beverages and go back to the flavored drink that actually aids your health, not harms it!
Pick up some Sir Jason Winters tea, a favorite of mine to consume.
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