No one would deny the healing power of plants. Throughout human history, plants have not only been a primary source for food, but for medicine as well. Although modern science has created all sorts of new and more effective medicines, most of them are still plant-based. However, for those of us trying to live a healthy lifestyle, it is often much better to use the plants in their natural form. Let's look at some of the ways that plants can be used to remove various toxins from your body.
Detoxing for Addiction Treatment
Most addiction recovery programs begin with the vital step of detoxification. When a person is recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, it is a good idea to flush the body of any remaining toxins to ensure that lingering traces of drugs or alcohol do not cause problems. One of the best vegan methods for this purpose is to consume a lot of cranberries.
Detoxing for BPA
Bisphenol A, better known as BPA, is a mildly toxic substance found in some plastics. While low levels of exposure are not a huge problem, exposure over time can cause a number of health problems. Dandelion (Taraxacum sp.) is a good plant to use to clean out your liver and kidneys, where the toxin normally accumulates. Dandelion greens make a great addition to any salad.
Detoxing for Heavy Metals
Like BPA, heavy metal toxins are often present in our modern environment and can build up in your system over time. For a dietary solution to this problem, we can look to cilantro. Fresh cilantro has been shown to help remove toxic heavy metals from the body.
Detoxing for Herbicides, Pesticides, and Preservatives
Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and preservatives can all be classed under "environmental toxins." Through the food we eat, most of us will come into contact with agricultural poisons (herbicides and pesticides) and preservatives (necessary to keep produce from rotting during shipment). These toxins tend to build up in the kidney, and so foods that cleanse the kidney are needed. These include lemon juice, parsley, ginger, watermelon, grapes, and asparagus.
Detoxing for Parasites
Parasite detox is an entirely different ballgame. Where other types of detoxification aim to flush toxins from the body, parasites require something that will both kill and flush them. Thankfully, there are a few foods that can do this, including papaya seeds and pumpkin seeds. Bear in mind that flushing out parasites is unlikely to be a pleasant process but is well worth it for those with parasite issues.
We like to believe that the remedies for all diseases are found in nature if only we can do the necessary research to figure out where. There is a strong basis for this belief, as even this brief overview shows. Learning about the common uses of plants can be useful as a jumping-off point from which to learn more about the healing powers of plants. When planning any vegan diet, always remember that plants are both food and medicine.