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5 Remedies that Minimize the Effects of Environmental Pollution

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5 Remedies that Minimize the Effects of Environmental Pollution

Over 80,000 synthetic chemicals are currently in use in industry, and they find their way into our air, water, food, cleaning products, personal care products, cosmetics, and other substances we regularly use, according to Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, author of The Detox Solution.  That’s not the worse part of the situation: according to the National Research Council, no toxicity data are available for 80 percent of the chemicals currently in commercial use while 95 percent have not been tested for their long-term effects on human health.

Chemicals used in everyday household products have been found to cause health problems such as asthma and other respiratory ailments, birth defects, heart disease, and cancer, among other serious concerns.  Most popular brands of cosmetics are loaded with artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, petroleum products, emulsifiers, preservatives, and solvents.  Over 850 toxic chemicals are used in makeup alone.  Ninety-five percent of the chemicals used in perfumes and colognes are derived from petroleum (learn more in my book The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan). Additionally, the food supply contains rancid oils, trans fats, food additives, pesticides and herbicides, fillers, colors, excessive amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, and other substances that are toxic to the body.   Check out my article “8 Things Every Woman Needs to Know about Feminine Hygiene Products.

The good news is that using natural remedies you can boost your liver’s ability to detoxify these harmful substances.  The liver is arguably the most important detoxification organ in the body.  With over 500 functions, this overworked organ is responsible for filtering the blood, reducing xenoestrogens from plastics, and eliminating almost all toxins. Fortunately, giving your liver a boost using natural herbs helps your body eliminate toxins more efficiently.

Here are some of my favorite natural remedies to boost the body’s ability to handle environmental toxins (of course you should still make an effort to minimize your toxic exposure):

Oregon Grape Root is an excellent herb to help the body eliminate harmful toxins as well as harmful bacteria and yeasts that may find their way into our body through food, water or air.  Oregon Grape Root also contains several potent antioxidant substances that destroy free radicals caused by toxins in the body. (Check out The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine for more information).

Burdock Root boosts the liver’s ability to purify the blood. It not only cleanses the liver, it has a restorative effect on the organ, and it also kills harmful bacteria and fungi.

Sarsaparilla also has antibiotic properties, is full of important nutrients, and helps to provide the body with the energy it requires to eliminate harmful toxins, while supporting overall health and energy levels. (The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook).

Licorice Root has the reputation of being “The Great Detoxifier” due to its potent anti-inflammatory, laxative, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antitoxic properties (The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine).

Cascara sagrada is a gentle laxative to ensure that any toxins that are “stirred-up” in the bloodstream are removed from the body via the intestines. Not specifically a liver remedy, it is still important to ensure that any toxins circulating in the blood are eliminated through the bowels. Cascara sagrada helps with the removal of existing waste matter that may have accumulated.  Research also shows that it is helpful in the prevention of liver conditions (The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine).

Keep reading to learn how to use the herbs for maximum benefit…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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12:04AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

thanks for sharing

4:03AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing.
The only herb i've heard about is Cascara Sagrada. Not familiar with the other four.
It seems that nowadays it is more important than ever to detoxify. Our planet is more contaminated than it had ever been and so are our bodies & every day it only gets worse and worse. We live in dangerous times.

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8:53PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

thats cool thanku

6:43PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

thanks for sharing this information

8:15AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thanks for sharing I love Detox my body.

8:40AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:12AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013


6:27AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

tks for great info

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