When the body does a good job of eliminating all of its waste materials, there are often none left to ‘‘poison’’ the fatty tissue. Once the body is polluted, however, proper elimination is even more necessary to flush out the toxic residues. Because maximum elimination is clearly crucial to solving a pollution problem, all three organs involved – the kidneys, intestines and the skin must be in superb working condition.
INCREASING KIDNEY ACTIVITY
Water is basic in the fight against pollution. The more water you drink the more active your kidneys will be in cleansing your body of wastes and residues by flushing them out through the urine. Unfortunately, most people with body pollution seldom drink water at all. On the contrary, at least 6 to 8 tall eight-ounce glasses of water a day are a must. Choose tap, spring or non-carbonated mineral water, which ever you like best.
The quantity must be spread out over the day. Many people find it easier to drink half a glass every hour, or one glass every two hours. Never try to drink several glasses all at once. This distends the stomach. The only time you must not drink water is with meals. And remember, this water-drinking program can only be effective when accompanied by a low-salt diet.
If you drink great quantities of water without cutting down on salt, you only aggravate your condition. If you aren’t used to drinking this much water, begin with a few glasses a day and gradually build up to the full eight. It will take a few days for your system to respond properly, but done this way you will not feel bloated.
Even after your body pollution is completely okay, continue to drink at least four full glasses of water each day. It is a wonderfully healthful habit.
Take advantage of evenings and weekends at home to relax and drink plenty of liquids. Stretch your feet out in front of you, cushion your back and recline at ease. It’s a comfortable position, and one in which your kidneys function best. Read, watch TV or simply relax while you drink.
Natural diuretics can be taken in place of water for those unable to drink the quantities recommended, or simply as a variation. These invaluable diuretics increase the volume of urine, exactly what is needed to help flush out waste residues. But this should be done naturally. Special tisanes (herbal teas) can be used for this purpose. Because they are totally natural, you can drink as much as you like. There are many kinds available. Experiment to see which of them you like best.
At first, you may find the taste a bit strange, but these teas are well worth getting used to, because they help to cleanse the system thoroughly. Prepare a fresh pot of teas each day and drink at least four full cups. As with water, don’t drink the teas with meals, but at other times during the day. You can add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon if you like.
SOME RECIPETS FOR DIURETIC TEAS
Corn Silk Tea: Place some corn silk in a glass of water. Boil for a few minutes, strain and sip slowly
Meadow-Sweet Tea: Steep some meadow-sweet in a glass of vey hot water, strain and serve hot.
Cherry Stems Tea: Put some cherry stems in water. Boil for a few minutes. Strain and pour out.
Horse Tail Tea: Place half ounce of horsetail in 1 quart of water. Bring to a boiling point and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain and drink.
You can find all of these natural ingredients at a health food store, or at an herb dealer.
Aside from these, there are many solid foods which have diuretic properties: asparagus, pumpkin, leeks, cabbage (preferably the red or green curly varieties), watercress, fennel, onion, grapefruit, (particularly effective when eaten first thing in the morning), apples, radishes, grapes, pineapples. Cumin, the spice, and sage used to flavor food, all have helpful diuretic. Try to include these foods in your diet in solid form, cooked or raw, or as juices made from your extractor.