Psyllium

Plantago ovata, P. psyllium Facilitates excretion of toxins

Soluble fiber of the type found in psyllium husks is especially beneficial when you're detoxing because it forms a gel-like substance in the intestines, trapping toxic compounds so they can be excreted. 0 DOS VGE Psyllium husks are available in tablets, capsules and soluble powders, and should be taken according to the manufacturer's instructions. A teaspoon of powdered husks can also be sprinkled on fruit or breakfast cereal once a day. Take every dose of psyllium with a large glass of water.

Cautions

• Most people can safely undergo a gentle detox program by adopting a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol and processed foods for a few days However, transient side effects do sometimes occur during a detox These include gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, joint and muscle pain, fatigue and skin rashes.

• The following people should not undergo detox regimens or take the herbs listed on this page except under the supervision of an appropriately qualified healthcare

The roots of dandelion are dried and roasted to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute.

professional: children, teenagers, pregnant and breastfeeding women; people with chronic illness, diabetes, diagnosed intestine, kidney, liver or gallbladder disease; cancer patients; people taking prescribed medications; people with a history of eating disorders or alcohol or drug abuse; people who have had a higher than normal exposure to toxins (for example, through occupational exposure).

• Don't use dandelion leaf if you are allergic to members of the Asteraceae family of plants (for example, daisies, echinacea and chrysanthemums) or are taking potassium-sparing diuretics or ACE inhibitors.

• Psyllium may interfere with the absorption of other medicines, so separate doses by

2 hours.

• Always drink lots of water when using psyllium, because cases of choking have occasionally been reported m people taking psyllium powders without adequate fluids.

• Do not use any of these herbs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

Tension and stress

It you are feeling the pressure of too much to do in too little time, these herbs may help you to cope.

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