Magic Milk Thistle

Magic Milk Thistle

Magic Milk Thistle

Thoughts of pitchers filled with blended vegetables and fruits come to mind when many think of the word detox. While there are detoxifying diets that do require drinking down copious amounts of liquefied produce, you do not need to resort to such extreme measures in order to rid your body of toxins.

Eating a well-balanced diet full of high quality protein sources, such as grass-fed meats, wild fish and free-ranged poultry, healthy fats including olive oil, seafood, nuts and seeds and unprocessed, fiber rich carbohydrates, is a detox diet in itself. When people focus on the quality of foods they eat, they forgo the chances of eating unhealthy processed foods and ingesting toxins such as antibiotics and hormones.

Of course, no one is perfect and while you may think you’re eating the healthiest diet on the face of the planet, you may be consuming hidden pollutants that are ruining your health.

Fortunately, there are ways of protecting your wellbeing even if you do ingest not so good for you ingredients that lurk within relatively healthy foods. Supplementing with naturals herbs is one such way. One herb in particular that has been hailed as a superb detoxifier is milk thistle.

Milk thistle or as some might call it, Silybum marianum, is a plant native to southern Europe and southern Russia but is common throughout North and South America and Australia. If you can believe it, milk thistle has been used as a medicine for at least 2,000, if not more, years. It has been used primarily as an aid for the liver, the bodily organ that acts as the body’s natural detoxifier. A few examples of just how important the liver is, its functions include producing bile, which helps carry waste away and break down fats in the small intestine, regulates blood levels, resists infections by producing immune functions and removing bacteria from the blood stream and clearing the blood of poisonous substances.

To put it simply, if your liver fails, so will you.

While it might sound as if the liver has
body detoxification under control, just like anything, you need to support it in order to make sure it functions at its best and that’s where milk thistle comes into play. This herb has been shown to inhibit damage from toxic substances including alcohol, radiation, heavy metals and drugs. Milk thistle has also proven to have the power to regenerate liver cells as well. The benefits do not stop there for milk thistle has also shown promise for neutralizing free radicals (harmful substances that can damage cells in the body).

If you or a loved one is suffering from hepatitis, cirrhosis or inflammation of the bile duct and liver, milk thistle has shown promise to help improve your liver so it can once again return back to it’s proper form. The essential fatty acids in milk thistle are also known to help control chronic liver inflammation, which if not taken care of, could result in further ailments.

Clearly milk thistle is a very important herb that should not be ignored, especially after indulging in an extra large, fatty meal such as Thanksgiving dinner. After such a gluttonous meal, your liver works extremely hard to break down all of the food you shoveled in. But by supplementing with milk thistle, you’re essentially putting fuel into its fire, thus powering it up so that it can efficiently break down everything that entered your body. But please do not think that this is a free pass to consume copious amounts of food in one sitting on a daily basis. If you do so, you will gain weight and that too puts a burden on your liver.

Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body and unfortunately many overlook it. By supplementing with milk thistle, among other herbs, you will essentially be giving your liver a hug and telling it that you are very appreciative of its hard work.

Now when you think of the word detox, the milk thistle plant should also come to mind, not just pulp-laden blended vegetable and fruit drinks. Adding milk thistle to you diet (it comes in supplement form) is the second easiest detox one can do (to find out about the first, read about our
detox patches).

- , CEO, Wise Choice Health, Inc

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