A New Year With New Paths

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2016 is here and so is the Chinese year of the Fire Monkey.  The year of the Monkey is ideal for creating change and innovating new paths.  It is also said that Fire Monkeys are excellent at setting goals and attaining them! Many of us already do this without the Chinese Zodiac. However, the attaining part can sometimes be more difficult than we imagine.

Health goals should always be at the top of the list even if they seem unattainable at the time. Supplementing herbs can be a great and easy way to start the New Year, even more so, herbs that specifically promote cleansing and regeneration. Black walnut and milk thistle are two herbs found in many eastern and western herbal formulas that are extremely beneficial.

Black walnut has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years for digestive health. It contains antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal properties. These assist in maintaining a healthy digestive system through supporting healthy microorganism balance. Black walnut is also effective against pinworm, ringworm, tapeworm and other intestinal parasites.

Milk thistle has also been used for thousands of years and is most commonly known for benefiting the liver and is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Silymarin is a milk thistle extract that is highly concentrated and protects the liver from free radical damage caused by environmental toxins, alcohol, and drugs. It can also help raise glutathione levels which are an integral part of the detoxification system. Toxins stick onto the glutathione molecules and are then carried into bile and the stool, and then evacuated out of the body. Milk thistle extract also stimulates protein synthesis in hepatic cells, essentially healing liver damage.

If your New Year’s goals are set and digestive health and detoxification was not on your list, then add it now. It is simple and a great catalyst for furthering your health goals. All of us at Arizona Natural Medicine® want to know your 2016 goals and also help you attain them.

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