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Cleaner Living

by Eden Lavender, Naturopath

As a naturopath, I focus on the body’s cleansing channels (emunctories); the liver, lungs, skin, lymphatics, kidneys and intestines. When one or more of these channels are not functioning well, the body becomes out of balance and will try to compensate with other channels becoming overburdened. The resultant waste material in the body can lead to increased inflammation, fatigue and susceptibility to infections. Here are some tips to support our body’s natural elimination processes:


  • Reduce the intake of processed foods,refined sugar and alcohol

  • Eat the rainbow - enjoy organic wholefoods in a variety of colours! Foods

  • containing antioxidants support the liver detoxification pathways.

  • Include leafy greens, berries, green tea, garlic, onion and broccoli

  • Consider St Mary’s Thistle that has a restorative and protective effect on the liver


  • Aim for 25-30gms fibre/day to promote regular bowel movements - vegetables &

  • fruit, beans, oats, seeds and nuts

  • Optimise water intake to keep stools soft and prevent constipation.


  • Manage stress and anxiety to prevent shallow, ineffective breathing

  • Maintain correct posture to support a proper breathing technique

  • Make time for some nature therapy such as forest bathing and fresh ocean air

  • Try dry skin brushing to stimulate lymphatic vessels, just below the skin’s surface


  • Get active to support the circulation of lymph

  • Drink Calendula and Echinacea teas to help improve the flow of lymphatic fluid


  • Stay hydrated - drink at least 2L of water daily, more if it’s hot or you’re exercising

  • Drink Dandelion leaf tea for its diuretic action and potassium content

For more individualised advice email

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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for individual health care advice. Please consult your friendly local naturopath, herbalist or other health care practitioner for personalised advice, particularly if you have a diagnosed medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications or any supplements

First published 2023

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