Detox for life, not just for New Year. Busting the myth of the quick fix detox.
An over-indulgent holiday season, the nagging need to make new year’s resolutions and the urge to melt away some body fat are motivators for a ‘quick detox’.
There’s no wonder that detox diets and rapid-acting miracle products spring up at this time of the year. Many of them with promises of weight loss, lightness, perfect skin and eternal youth at the drop of a pill, or a juice regime.
It is easy to get pulled in, but it’s worth remembering the adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anything that you can accomplish in 10 days is probably not sustainable, and, in some cases, can strip the body of essential nutrients resulting in a worse state of health.
Detoxification is essential to protect your health and improve your overall wellbeing. When we say the word “detox”, we refer to the detoxification function that your liver and kidneys undergo each day as they process and flush everything that you eat, drink, absorb and breathe. This process happens naturally and occurs without any active effort, much like the heart pumping blood through the body. When your body is able to detox properly, you may feel the benefits of:
- more energy
- improved digestion
- a boost in metabolism (required for weight management)
- healthy immune function
- healthy circulation and lymphatic function
- restful sleep and balanced mood
- hormonal balance
- clear skin
There is only so much the liver can effectively detoxify from the body. The liver is a pivotal organ that carries out more than 500 bodily functions and we take it for granted. Modern lifestyles, exposure to chemicals and toxins put our detox system under immense pressure.
Any leftover wastes and toxins that cannot be dealt with by the liver will build up, which may cause unwanted symptoms such as sluggishness, or skin problems, as toxins can treat the skin as an ‘emergency exit’ if the liver is at capacity.
Healthy habits – the essentials of a healthful diet, exercise and rest – are the foundation for good detox function. And for a sustainable approach, add nourishing plant remedies, consumed daily.
It is essential that proper elimination takes place daily as toxins that aren’t processed are stored into fat tissue and generate free radicals which cause damage, some of which is irreversible.
Specific cleansing herbs are traditionally known to tone the main detoxification organs, the liver and kidneys, and support the body’s natural ability to create an internal environment where it can naturally repair and restore. Artemis Liver Detox Tea is an expertly formulated tea remedy which is best taken before breakfast as physiologically this is the most effective time for detoxification - the liver detoxes best on a fasted body.
St. Mary’s thistle (Silybum marianum), globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus), dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) and calendula (Calendula officinalis) in the certified organic tea remedy provide specific nutrients that support the liver in detoxing fat-soluble metabolic wastes as well as clearing taxing substances such as alcohol, spent pharmaceutical drugs, food additives and environmental toxins. Bitter herbs stimulate all digestive enzymes in the body, activate the gut and cleanse the liver from toxins metabolised overnight.
Then support the flushing action of the kidneys mid-morning with a cup of Artemis Kidney Cleanse Tea to eliminate the toxins. This potent plant formula includes golden rod (Solidago virgaurea), horsetail (Equesitum arvense), birch leaves (Betula pendula), nettle (Urtica dioica) and raspberry (Rubus idaeus), all of which are traditionally used to support healthy kidney function and help clear the body of water-soluble metabolic wastes and toxins, excess sodium, uric acid and inflammatory by-products.
This powerful combination of Detox and Cleanse is known as a daily ‘internal shower’ for the body.
Tea remedies bring their own benefits. In tea form, the plants’ active constituents are easy for the body to absorb and utilise (as they are liquified), meaning the body can get more of the available beneficial compounds and nutrients, faster.
Artemis tea remedies are 100% pure as there is nothing in the formula other than the whole, organic plant, and water. Plus, a tea remedy counts towards your daily water intake, improving hydration and helping the kidneys to flush out the toxins.
For extra support, and if it suits you at the turn of every season, a short burst of concentrated consumption of cleansing herbs and foods enhance detoxification and allows the body to eliminate hidden toxins stored in fat cells. But remember, to feel your best, a 10 day ‘flash detox’ is not the answer to great health.
But integrating a daily dose of wellness via simple routines could make all the difference to how you feel every day this year, and for life.
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