1.           Environmental pollution is an ongoing problem in today’s civilization. Environmental pollution is everywhere. Pollutants have contaminated our air, water and soil thus contaminating or food supply as well as our homes. People today cannot escape the dangers of pollution; they can only find ways to increase their chances of survival by maintaining optimal health. Environmental pollutants can attack your body causing numerous health issues including cancer, neurological problems, reproductive disorders, musculoskeletal problems, respiratory issues and even skin problems. In knowing the facts I will explain simple measures to obtain optimal health. One effective way is through detoxification or cleansing the body of these environmental toxins.

              Kenny Ausubel the author of When Healing Becomes a Crime, stated that the land and seed theory is a metaphor consisting of the body being the equivalent of the land and the cancer representing the seed. The theory exercises the ideas that if the land remains infertile or unhealthy, that no matter how healthy the seed, it will never grow. I believe that this theory also holds true in regards to environmental pollution. If we can keep our liver functioning at its peek, we can help it to filter out the toxins at a more efficient rate.

              The liver performs many vital functions in the body. The liver is an organ that stores and filters the blood. The liver removes any infectious organisms from the bloodstream. It forms and secretes bile; it buffers blood glucose levels and stores glycogen. The liver converts amino acids, galactose and fructose to glucose. It metabolizes carbohydrates, fats and proteins converting byproducts to necessary metabolic compounds. The liver filters three pints of blood each minute in order to perform its vital functions. Damage to the liver can be a life-threatening problem. Cirrhosis or scar tissue of the liver is a permanent alteration of the liver structure. Alcohol consumption and/ or the hepatitis virus commonly causes cirrhosis of the liver. A damaged liver may not be able to adequately filter the toxins out of the body allowing them to build up.  A damaged liver is also unlikely able to filter ammonia, the by-product of protein out of the body. The damaged liver can increase the risk of low blood sugar, infection, kidney failure and uncontrollable bleeding. These effects of the damaged liver can cause coma or even death. Therefore, liver health is imperative to increase our odds of survival due to environmental pollution.

              The role of detoxifying the liver and body are a sufficient way to start achieving optimal health. Cleansing and detoxifying the liver will aid in the increase of immune support stimulate and rejuvenate the body and help eliminate toxic build-up. The detoxification process is achievable through natural herbal stimulation. An internal herbal blend called an infusion for detoxification purposes would include the herbs celery, basil, alfalfa, kelp, red clover, dandelion and cayenne with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. When it comes to removing environmental toxins from your body an herbal infusion is a simple, effective remedy that may be used.  The infusion would consist of one teaspoon of dried herb or two teaspoons of fresh herbs in equal parts to one cup of boiling water. Ideally, the herbs should be whole, cut into small pieces.  Infuse the herbs in the water for ten minutes and then strain. You can drink this warm or chill for a refreshing cup of herbal iced tea. This tea can be used up to three times per day. A tea once made, is good if used within a twenty-four hour period. I would advise to disregard any unused portion after the twenty-four hour mark.

              These seven herbs plus the lemon has many properties that contribute to detoxification and cleansing of the liver. Celery seed is a blood cleanser and a diuretic. Celery is known to lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss and detoxify the body. Basil is an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, adaptogen, cleanser and detoxifier. Alfalfa cleanses toxins from tissues, is a diuretic, lowers cholesterol levels that may store hazardous toxins, helps to block carcinogens in the colon and helps to speed elimination.  Kelp in an efficient blood tonic, it can stop major pollutants from being absorbed back into the body and activates the immune system. Red clover is a diuretic and expectorant. Red clover has many important nutrients that aid in the detoxification process by helping to fight disease and infection. Dandelion stimulates liver function, improves digestion and acts as a diuretic and a laxative. Dandelion also helps with jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, dyspepsia and constipation. Cayenne stimulates the circulatory and digestive systems and increases perspiration to allow toxins to expel from the body faster. Cayenne also boosts the other herbs and theirproperties. Cayenne can also be used for dyspepsia, colic and flatulence. Lastly, lemonwill add a bit of flavor and aroma as well as a detoxifying benefit. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice has natural anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. Lemon also attributes positive effects to blood circulation. There are two potential side effects when using this blend. Pregnant women should not use celery in high quantities and cayenne should be omitted if ulcers are present or if there is any sensitivity. People who do not use cayenne frequently should start with a milder amount of cayenne in the beginning.

                This herbal infusion is a quick, efficient way to aid in detoxification of the body and liver. A great reason for the use of this blend is that it does not take a lot of time, tastes good and has so many positive contributions. The use of this formula along with exercise and proper nutrition should keep your liver and immune system functioning at its peek performance levels. I provided Mrs. Smith a copy of the infusion recipe, explained that if she would like to use it, and had any further questions that I would be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge.  I also welcomed her to call me in a couple of weeks to update me should she happen to use the blend.


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