By: Gleason Center Editors, Emily Bozik
Enhance your detox and cleanse your colon with this powerful duo. Dandelion and milk thistle protect against the depletion of the body’s primary antioxidant: glutathione. Glutathione is the master of all antioxidants and a keystone of a working immune system. The ability to produce, metabolize, and maintain optimal glutathione levels is essential to good health.
If you’re already following healthy detox principals (ie. eliminating toxins, eating whole foods, reducing stress, and drinking plenty of clean, filtered water), adding these herbs can be a game changer. Dandelion and milk thistle may be enjoyed raw, cooked, as rich teas, or in a variety of supplements.
Dandelion is a powerful liver detoxifying herb rich in potassium, calcium, and vitamin K. Dandelion supports weight loss acting as a diuretic by naturally increasing urine flow. Dandelion also improves the flow of bile- cleansing and detoxifying the liver. It boosts glutathione levels helping the body to combat free radicals and oxidative stress. The entire dandelion is healthy and safe to consume. Dandelion greens may be be eaten raw or cooked (to minimize bitterness). Dandelion root, stems, and flowers make a delicious tea.
The herb milk thistle has impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Milk thistle naturally detoxifies the body. Milk thistle contains silymarin which helps prevent glutathione depletion in the liver. Glutathione helps carry toxins out of the body furthering detoxification. Milk thistle also helps regulate blood sugar which may help curb sugary cravings. The seeds and leaves of the milk thistle plant are most healthful and may be taken as an extract, tea, powder, or supplement. Some people enjoy raw milk thistle seeds sprinkled on salad greens or eaten alone.
Cleanse your liver and colon naturally by consuming probiotic and fiber rich foods daily. Add herbs such as dandelion and milk thistle to boost your body’s glutathione levels and combat toxic overload. Make a ritual of preparing and enjoying a morning detox tea with these herbs or find them in supplement form at The Gleason Center.
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