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Natural Blood Cleansers

“In order to have good health, we must have good blood; for the blood is the current of life.”
The Ministry of Healing, 271

The Purpose of Blood

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11 KJV)

Blood is a living, life-giving fluid. It is the only fluid connective tissue in existence. Suspended in its plasma are formed elements—red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets—that give vitality and purpose to every component of the human body. This “current of life” makes its journey along the vasculatory rivers and streams that give access to the tissues and organs assembling the fearfully and wonderfully made anatomy of the soul’s form.

Plasma

Like a 60,000-mile-long barge, the plasma transports vital commodities essential to bodily function within its formed elements, exchanging nutrients and oxygen for refuse and contaminants that are then redistributed to the kidneys, liver, and lungs for proper waste management.

Red Blood Cells

Hidden away in each red blood cell is a special protein (hemoglobin) that carries oxygen from the lungs to the various cells within the body for the purpose of metabolism. The oxygen is traded for carbon dioxide and the red blood cells then transport it back to the lungs where it can be released through the process of respiration.

White Blood Cells

Contributing only one percent to the blood’s volume, white blood cells serve as the harbor police, targeting harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders. Their protection against illness and disease is an essential, and often overlooked, component to optimal health.

Platelets

What might be the most recognizable effect regarding blood is created by its smallest component. Platelets are the dam-builder cells. In the event that blood vessels are damaged or broken, these miniscule cells rush to the damage site and serve as clotting agents. Bleeding is occluded and the process of repairing the ruptured blood vessel begins. This procedure is known as “adhesion.” Should the bleed require more concerted effort, the on-scene platelets send an alert for reinforcements. In a process called “aggregation,” more platelet personnel arrive and pile on top of one another in an attempt to complete the barricade.

Blood and Waste Management

“There is a constant breaking down of the tissues of the body; every movement of every organ involves waste.” (The Ministry of Healing, 295)

While every cell in the body is dependent on the dynamic work of the blood, the blood relies heavily on the proper function of the organs that traffic and filter waste. Insufficient management on either account will lead to impurities and disease throughout the entire system. The success of the body’s “life-giving current” depends on the collaboration of the lungs, kidneys, and liver.

Lungs

“The lungs are constantly throwing off impurities, and they need to be constantly supplied with fresh air.” (My Life Today: “The Air We Breathe,” 142)

As air enters the lungs via the bronchial tubes that split from the trachea, it passes through a collection of tiny air sacs called alveoli. Surrounding the alveoli is a network of capillaries (tiny blood vessels). As the air progresses through the walls of the alveoli, the blood—traveling by way of these capillaries—absorbs the oxygen, which is then carried to the heart by the pulmonary veins. The heart pumps this oxygen-enriched blood throughout the body by way of the circulatory system of networking blood vessels. The oxygen is transmitted to the cells of tissues and organs where it is utilized and replaced with carbon dioxide before returning to the lungs, which then dispose of it through exhalation.

Liver

“At any given moment, the liver holds about 13% of the body’s blood supply….[It] is the primary organ involved in the breakdown of every toxic substance your body encounters,…preventing [the] accumulation of waste products.”1Wilson W. Li, “The Liver—And Amazing Organ,” Inside Tract ®, no. 166.  March/April 2008

As blood travels along the digestive tract, it absorbs—from the intestines—both nutrients and contaminants. From there, it passes through the portal venous system, which is responsible for directing blood from parts of the gastrointestinal tract to the liver—a most crucial organ that daily conducts over 500 vital functions. The liver cells (hepatocytes) monitor the blood’s content and remove potentially-toxic substances before they are permitted to pollute the rest of the body. Any waste the liver is unable to metabolize is converted and expelled through the bile of the small intestine or entrusted to the blood to carry to the kidneys for further conversion and disposal.

Kidneys

“It is no exaggeration to say that the composition of the blood is determined not by what the mouth ingests but by what the kidneys keep.”2Homer William Smith, Lectures on the Kidney (1943), 3.

The blood carries impurities, such as urea, mineral salts, and other toxoids, to the kidneys via the renal artery. The kidneys sieve the blood through a filtering system composed of 1.2 million nephrons. Cells within those nephrons filter out waste and contaminants from the liquid portion of the blood, which then has all the vital substances (salts, water, glucose, and other nutriments) restored by the renal vein as it completes its cleansing pass through the kidneys. From there, the fluid waste is carried from the kidney by the ureter tube to the bladder where the urethra duct expels it from the body in the form of urine.

Assisting the Blood’s Work Naturally

“Many who are suffering as the result of hurtful practices might be restored to health if they would do what they could for their own restoration. (The Ministry of Health and Healing, 54)

Fresh Air

“In order to have good blood, we must breathe well. Full, deep inspirations of pure air, which fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood. They impart to it a bright color and send it, a life-giving current, to every part of the body.” (The Ministry of Healing, 272)

“The lungs are constantly throwing off impurities, and they need to be constantly supplied with fresh air…. The influence of pure, fresh air is to cause the blood to circulate healthfully through the system. It refreshes the body and tends to render it strong and healthy, while at the same time its influence is decidedly felt upon the mind, imparting a degree of composure and serenity. It excites the appetite and renders the digestion of food more perfect, and induces sound, sweet sleep.” (My Life Today: “The Air We Breathe,” 142)

Fresh air—

  • Aids the lungs in expelling toxins.
  • Improves blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Coaxes a greater release of serotonin, making one feel happier.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Provides more oxygen, resulting in greater energy and clarity of mind.
  • Is good for digestion.
  • Improves sleep.

Proper Nutrition

“A poor quality of food, cooked in an improper manner, and insufficient in quantity, cannot make good blood.” (Testimonies for the Church, Volume II, page 368)

“Waste is repaired from our food. Each organ of the body requires its share of nutrition.” (The Ministry of Healing, 295)

Proper Nutrition (fresh fruits and vegetables)—

  • Supplies nutrients to every tissue within the body, resulting in greater energy.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Enables clean blood.
  • Does not overly tax the digestive and “waste management” organs.
  • Improves mood.
  • Benefits sleep.
  • Maintains healthy weight and body composition.
  • Permits clarity of mind.

Exercise

“Inactivity is a fruitful cause of disease. Exercise quickens and equalizes the circulation of the blood, but in idleness the blood does not circulate freely, and the changes in it, so necessary to life and health, do not take place. The skin, too, becomes inactive. Impurities are not expelled as they would be if the circulation had been quickened by vigorous exercise, the skin kept in a healthy condition, and the lungs fed with plenty of pure, fresh air. This state of the system throws a double burden on the excretory organs, and disease is the result.” (The Ministry of Healing, 238)

Exercise—

  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Aids the kidneys and liver in blood detoxification.
  • Improves blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Removes waste through sweat.
  • Coaxes a greater release of serotonin, making one feel happier.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Aids the lungs in expelling toxins.
  • Provides more oxygen, resulting in greater energy and clarity of mind.
  • Is good for digestion and weight management.
  • Maintains a healthy metabolism.
  • Improves sleep.

Water

“In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system and assists nature to resist disease… Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues.” (The Ministry of Healing, 237)

Water—

  • Aids the kidneys in detoxifying the blood.
  • Improves blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Hydrates the cells, permitting a more effective exchange of nutrients and waste.
  • Strengthens the immune system by enabling the liver to more effectively remove water-soluble toxins.
  • Softens stool for more efficient expelling of waste through the bowel.
  • Protects against infection within the urinary tract.

Clothing

“At every pulsation of the heart the blood should make its way quickly and easily to all parts of the body. Its circulation should not be hindered by tight clothing or bands, or by insufficient clothing of the extremities. Whatever hinders the circulation forces the blood back to the vital organs, producing congestion. Headache, cough, palpitation of the heart, or indigestion is often the result.” (The Ministry of Healing, 271)

Comfortable and functional clothing (loose fitting, natural fibers, even distribution)—

  • Permits unhindered blood circulation.
  • Allows for even temperature all throughout the body.
  • Encourages good blood pressure and heart rate.

Natural Blood Cleansers

African Mistletoe reduces blood glucose levels. High levels of glucose damage the vessels that transport the blood to vital organs and cause kidney disease.

Basil aids in blood detox by acting as a natural diuretic, which helps the kidneys expel unwanted toxins. In addition, basil contains disease-fighting antioxidants—orientin and viceninare—that protect the white blood cells responsible for immune function and safeguard the DNA structure from free radical damage caused by poor diet and environmental pollutants and radiation. By protecting the chromosomes from alteration, these antioxidants defend the blood against cell mutations and cancerous cell growth.

Bloodroot is a powerful blood purifier and lymph cleaner. It improves blood flow throughout the body, especially in surface vessels, and is known to support ulcer repair, as well as reduce abnormal heart palpitations.

Burdock Root cleanses the blood by increasing the effectiveness of all the body’s elimination systems. As a natural diuretic, it aids the kidneys in a more productive filtering of blood impurities. The liver’s work is boosted, and even the skin becomes more apt at pushing out toxins. Burdock root is also a reducer of blood glucose levels and specifically protects the blood vessels between the digestive tract and the liver.

Cat’s Claw is a major supporter of cellular health. Its main uses have been for general blood cleansing, a diuretic help to the kidneys, an anti-inflammatory agent against various forms of arthritis, and for the purpose of adjusting irregular menstrual cycles. Lately, however, it is being hailed as a potent blood cleanser in the fight against HIV, as well as a strong treatment against tumors—brain tumors, leukemia, cervical carcinoma, melanoma, and medulloblastoma.

Cayenne is widely-known as a solution to a great variety of ailments ranging from congestion to bleeding to migraines. As a blood cleanser, it is an effective supporter of blood flow, as it stimulates the circulatory system, improves heart rhythm, and prevents the formation of blood clots, thus reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke. It also has anti-fungal properties, preventing an overgrowth of mold or yeast in the blood.

Chaparral is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants known to man. Not only does it protect the structure of DNA, it also cleanses the lymph system, the blood, the liver, and the urinary tract, which makes it an excellent choice against sexually-transmitted diseases (such as herpes). Chaparral is a natural chelator, which means it is able to clear heavy metals from the blood, as well. In addition, several recent studies have concluded that chaparral shows promise as a reducer of tumors.

Cilantro is another natural chelator and is specifically adept at removing mercury, arsenic, and other harmful minerals from the blood.

Cuscuta is what is referred to as a “parasitic plant” because of its high microorganism content, which makes it a very effective blood cleanser and liver detoxifier.

Garlic is well-noted for its anti-cholesterol effect, which helps prevent hypertension and improve circulation by removing any obstructions in the blood vessels and letting blood flow uninterrupted through the aorta, coronary arteries, and cerebral arteries. Garlic also improves blood health by eliminating fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Goldenseal is naturally antiseptic and promotes significant blood cleansing. Its primary component is berberine, which is a strong anti-microbial.

Neem is another powerful antioxidant that removes toxins, free radicals, and bacteria from the blood, as well as the liver.

Nettle is a special blood cleanser because of its active ingredients: histamine and formic acid, which are excellent at fighting toxins. Nettle is also a homeostatic, which means that it is capable of stopping hemorrhages. Its common use is managing menopausal disorders.

Oregon Grape Root purifies the blood and cleanses the liver by helping to stimulate bile production, which releases toxins into the intestine and helps purge the spleen of built-up contaminants. Like goldenseal, grape root is antiseptic and anti-microbial.

Red Clover is a gradual, gentle blood purifier and an excellent choice for those who are too weak to endure a more intense detox or for those who prefer long-term maintenance. It cleanses the bloodstream, corrects any deficiencies in the circulatory system, and starves tumors and cancers of the blood-based nutrients they need to survive.

Sorrel (or Hibiscus) is yet another antioxidant that protects the content of the white blood cells, preventing and fighting cancer, and protecting the damage of blood vessels. Its antibacterial agent—rumicin—is a powerful treatment against extreme infections, such as staphylococcus, E. coli, and salmonella.

Turmeric not only protects against DNA damage, it also repairs it. As a natural anti-inflammatory substance, turmeric prevents heart disease and blood clots, too. Turmeric directly affects the function of the liver, boosting its detoxification abilities and protecting and healing the damage it has received from toxic blood content.

Conclusion

“Those who are not in health have impurities of the blood.” (Testimonies for the Church, Volume III, page 70)

Blood not only reveals the maladies of the body, it can prevent or promote those maladies. The choice is simple: nourish and protect the blood or leave it vulnerable to toxic damage?

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Genobia Simpson

Genobia Simpson

Genobia is a wife and mother, and her duty has always been in the kitchen. But now, as the Lord has given her a greater understanding of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, she is able to supply nutritious meals and natural remedies (when necessary) for her family. She now has a great passion to share this wonderful truth with others who may not know where to start, how to prepare simple plant-based recipes, how to avoid sickness/diseases, and how to apply natural remedies.

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