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Ask The Herbalist: Liver & Gallbladder Function

The liver, by far, is the most abused organ of the body. With stress, hectic lifestyles, coffee to stimulate us, alcohol to bring us down, diets lacking real nutrition, and staying up all hours of the night, our poor livers are bombarded left and right. It takes the brunt of our bad choices, to protect the rest of the body from harm. Like a soldier in a war, it fights to keep us healthy. If the liver is strong enough to withstand all our torment, imagine what it could for you if the war ended.

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How do I know if I need to Cleanse or Tonify?

    As part of a wellness regime, some folks participate in cleanses.  You may have heard of cleanse or tonic, but what does that exactly mean? We asked Clinical Herbalist, Paige Hill from Oakleaf Herbal, "What is the difference between a cleanse and a tonic?  How do I know if I need to cleanse or tonify?" "Cleansing is removing things, while tonifying is adding things back." according to Paige. She goes on to further explain why someone would need to tonify or cleanse: "Some people need to cleanse because they have excess of heat, toxins and other things that impede normal bodily functions.  Some people need to tonify because their organ systems are weak, cold or needing nourishment."  Paige...

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