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Fresh fruits and vegetables help cleanse the body.
Fresh fruits and vegetables help cleanse the body.






YAM CHER SENG suggests ways to detoxify and cleanse your body in order to achieve optimal health.


TOXINS are poisonous substances that are chemically unstable in the body. They are an accumulation of normal body by-products that haven’t been eliminated. We can divide toxins into two forms: endogenous and exogenous.

Endogenous toxins are waste products created in the process of normal body functions.

If they are not eliminated adequately, they will remain in the body. Uric acid, a by-product of protein metabolism, is one example.

Exogenous toxins are those that are not normally found in the body such as environmental pollutants (as in haze), food additives, chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides.
Body fat tends to be a storage depot for fat-soluble toxins.

You may consider the possibility of toxicity if you experience fatigue, swelling under the eyes and prostate gland, cysts, oedema, skin disorders, headache, joint pain, allergies, constipation and a coated tongue.

Organs of elimination are the liver, kidneys, large intestines and the skin. The main focus of natural detoxification involves the liver.

Herbalists the world over have held milk thistle in high regard for centuries. It is traditionally used for liver disorders.

This herb contains a group of silymarins, in which silybin is the most active.

Silybin exerts antioxidant and liver-protective properties and its bioavailability is five times higher than free silymarin.

Silybin has been found to stabilise cell membranes, thus preventing toxic chemicals from entering the cell and exporting toxins out of the cell before damage ensues.

It acts as a free radical scavenger and protects glutathione (a natural antioxidant enzyme) from being depleted.

Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying a wide range of chemicals. Increasing the glutathione content of the liver means the organ has an increased capacity for detoxification.

Silybin also increases the glutathione content of the liver by 35 per cent in healthy subjects and by over 50 per cent in experimental rats, and increases the level of the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase, in cell cultures.

Perhaps the most interesting effect of milk thistle on the liver is its ability to stimulate protein synthesis. This results in an increase in the production of new liver cells to replace the damaged old ones.

Regular bowel movement is important to detoxify the body. Taking care of your diet is an important step in ensuring a healthy digestive system.

Increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. Many people find relief in merely reducing refined carbohydrates such as white flour, white sugar, white bread, noodles and white rice and increasing fibre intake.

According to the American Dietetic Association, we should take about 25 to 35 grammes of fibre daily.

It is beneficial in regulating bowel movements and adding bulk to the faeces.

Regular bowel movements are essential in aiding the body in eliminating toxins, and thus improve intestinal and liver health.

You may achieve this by consuming a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Fresh fruits and vegetables have always been used by natural therapists to help cleanse and restore the body to good health.

Fresh juices have a distinct advantage over just plain water. Juices contain water, vitamins, minerals and other phyto-nutrients that cleanse, nurture and strengthen the body.

Best fruit juices include apple, grapefruit, grape, lemon, lime, papaya, pear, pineapple, strawberry and suitable vegetable juices are beetroot, carrot, celery, cucumber, gotu kola (pegaga) and watercress.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle such as exercising regularly, avoiding both smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and managing stress wisely are important in ensuring good liver health.

• The writer is a pharmacist who is actively involved in the dissemination of information on natural healthcare and holistic therapies. For more information, she can be contacted at




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