The process of elimination…
On a daily basis we come in contact with a number of toxins, pollution, chemicals and other products of our environment. To avoid being harmed by these potentially hazardous influences, we have a number of vital organs that act as protectors.
Our skin acts as a protective barrier, the lungs filter the air we breathe and our digestive tract, including the colon cleanses and filters out toxins we have ingested. Anything that sneaks past all of these has the liver and kidneys to deal with.
Our bodies have been designed to deal with toxins and are quite capable of doing so. The problem is, we are living in a very toxic environment which is putting strain on our bodies natural ability to do so.
This includes using chemicals on our bodies for example, shampoos, creams, make-up and perfumes and ingesting processed food. Add to that the toxic cleaning products we use, pollution in the air we breathe, treated water and the list continues to grow.
If we were all super healthy then that would not matter as much. But as our diet is often lacking and we are under more stress than ever, our bodies can have difficulty coping.
Helping your body deal with toxins
There are two ways in which we can help support our bodies. Elimination or minimisation and Support.
The former involves reducing or eliminating the amount of toxins you expose your body to. It is one of the reasons I love using Essential Oils. From cleaning products to skin and body care, essential oils can be used in place of harmful chemicals and toxins. plus they support your body at the same time.
The latter means you help support those elimination organs so that they are able to do their job more effectively. The Zendocrine Complex is designed to do exactly that, support your elimination organs.
17 different whole-food extracts have been selected and put in this supplement to support the liver, skin, kidneys, colon and lungs.
Zendocrine Complex Ingredients
Psyllium husk – As a soluble fiber, psyllium husk helps eliminate waste products. It has multiple health benefits including managing blood sugar and relieving constipation and diarrhea.
Rhubarb root – One of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, rhubard has a balancing effect on the digestive system. It has both antispasmodic (suppresses spasms) as well as an astringent (binding of tissues) qualities that are beneficial for gut health.
Barberry root and bark – Used for centuries, barberry has multiple health benefits including cleansing the liver and fighting infection and inflammation. It also helps with bile secretion. Bile is pretty important, excess cholesterol for example, is secreted into bile by the liver in order to be removed from the body.
Kelp – Two varieties, Ascophyllum and Laminaria are included in the supplement. Kelp is a source of iodine as well as iron, magnesium, chromium, calcium, sodium and potassium and lower amounts of zinc and selenium.
Milk Thistle seed extract – Milk thistle contains silymarin which has a range of powerful liver benefiting properties including:
Increasing the production of new liver cells to replace the damaged ones; hunting down free radicals that can damage cells exposed to toxins and increasing glutathione, which is needed for detoxification.
Safflower flower – The petals of the safflower plant are used in this supplement and have been known to have a cleansing and clearing effect on the lungs. In herbal medicine the flowers are also used to lower the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles.
Acacia gum – Acacia gum contains a high amount of soluble fiber, that helps with keeping things moving as they should be. Also a British Journal of Nutrition study showed that supplementing with acaia gum increased the good bacteria in the gut.
Osha root – It’s all about the lungs with the osha root. It clears mucus, relieves congestion and increases blood circulation to the lungs.
Marshmallow root – Marshmallow’s Greek name is Althea, which means to heal. Enough said… just kidding.
Marshmallow is a demulcent, which means it relieves and soothes inflammation and irritation in the mucus membrane. It does so by forming a film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation.
It is also a diuretic, which helps you pee more, which helps eliminate toxins and waste from the body.
Dandelion root extract – Dadelion contains calcium as well as vitamin C and Luteolin. The latter two are anti-oxidants which provide help to the liver. They are also a diuretic, help with bile secretion and help to keep blood sugar low.
Garlic bulb – Garlic is well documented as being great for our overall health. It can help lower cholesterol, contains anti oxidants and has been linked to reversing oxidative stress caused by toxins. Garlic also contains vitamins B6 and C.
Red Clover flowering top – Red Clover is another diuretic as well as having a lymphatic and exporant qualities. Exporants are particularly of benefit to the lungs.
Red clover purifies the blood and the body and this helps to protect the liver. It also reduces inflammation and contains antioxidants.
Burdock root extract – Used in Chinese medicine, burdock root helps to stimulate digestion, removes toxins in the body and assists the liver getting rid of waste. It does this by stimulating bile production and digestive juices.
As it aids the clearing away of toxins, it’s really great for reducing skin inflammation, which is really just the toxins trying to escape.
Clove bud – Clove buds are helpful in digestion because they stimulate the secretion of your digestive enzymes. They are also have antibacterial properties and protects the liver as an antioxidant.
Other benefits include boosting the immune system and providing anti-inflammatory support.
Enzyme Support System:
Amylase and Cellulase (for more info on these, see here)
Magnesium yeast – Magnesium has a range of health benefits that are well documented. As part of this enzyme support system it acts as an enzyme cofactor. Cofactors regulate the enzyme’s functions, they start or stop processes in order to maintain balance.
Manganese yeast – Manganese helps to control our metabolism. Enzymes, activated by manganese metabolise vitamins, cholesterol, carbohydrates and amino acids. Metabolism includes the building and breaking down of molecules to help our bodies function. Manganese helps our body to do so.