5 Herbs to use whilst fasting

This is the final part of a three part series exploring the relationships between the fasting, the gut and the brain as well as the herbs that can help when fasting. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

 

Did you know - adding herbs to fasting accelerates the achievement of your health goals?

Whether your goal is to cleanse your liver, increase energy, boost your immune system, improve mood and mental clarity or simply to detoxify your body by giving it a rest, there are certain herbs that make achieving these goals faster and easier.

Here you will find a short guide on which herbs can boost the benefits of fasting and support you in reaching commonly sought-after health goals:

1. Green tea, ginseng and coffee can kickstart autophagy, a primary benefit of fasting. When taking these, you therefore don’t need to fast as long in order to reap the same anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.


2. Milk thistle is another great herb to fast with as it will help support fasting’s role in organ health and detoxification, of which the liver is the primary focus. Cleansing the liver has all sorts of benefits, such as improving nutrient processing and extraction, producing the digestive fluid that is bile, removing toxins from the body and building proteins. It also breaks down fat and is important for the strength of the immune system. It is therefore a great idea to support the cleansing of the liver through fasting and supplementing with milk thistle.


3. Fasting is also beneficial for brain health and ginkgo biloba is a great herb to reinforce this. In particular, it may play a role in improving blood flow to the brain, which might explain why it is used for helping psychiatric disorders and dementia.


4. Cat’s claw supports the immune system as a whole thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can support fasting’s healing powers of a variety of health conditions, from viral infections to arthritis, cancer, bacterial infections, etc.


5. Finally, Burdock root is also a great herb to fast with. When used in conjunction with fasting, this adaptogen helps relieve stress and anxiety. In addition, it has been shown that it has positive effects in detoxifying the blood, promoting increased circulation.

In summary, figure out what your primary health goal is at present and be clear on it (writing it down will hold you more accountable)! Once you have your goal in mind, use it as a guide in determining what actions you should take to achieve it. In particular, determine which kinds of herbs, types of movement and mindfulness will help support your fasts to achieve your goal.

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This is the final part of a three part series exploring the relationships between the fasting, the gut and the brain as well as the herbs that can help when fasting. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.