Optimize your Emunctories!

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The emunctories are our organs of elimination. Just as it is important to make sure we are taking in good quality nutrients – we also have to make sure we are properly eliminating! 

The primary emunctories are the liver, bowels, kidneys, lungs, skin and lymph.

Here are simple lifestyle choices that optimize these organs and increase your body’s ability to eliminate what it does not need.


“Milk thistle is an herb which supports the body’s ability to detoxify and remove pollutants. A group of active constituents in milk thistle, collectively called silymarin has been shown to assist the liver and other organs in detoxification by acting as an antioxidant. Milk thistle increases the synthesis of glutathione (an enzyme necessary for detoxification), protects the liver from damage and increases the rate of liver tissue regeneration when damage has already occurred.” – Dr Sharon Tilgner, April 2011, Dreaming a Beautiful World

Liver Recommendations

  • Take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon freshly ground milk thistle seed per day with water.
  • Eat 2-5 daily servings of liver cleansing foods, like beets, artichoke, flax meal, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, mustard greens, beet greens, collard, kale, chard, sprouts, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables, daikon radish, turnips, figs, apples, bananas.
  • Castor oil packs right over the liver will stimulate the removal of waste and decrease inflammation throughout the digestive system.


The best way to help your lungs remove waste products is through deep breathing. Most people breathe shallowly from the top part of the lungs. The result is that not all of the carbon dioxide that carries waste products is exhaled. To eliminate more effectively, inhale until the bottom of the lungs are filled and exhale for twice the time of inhalation. It is also a great way to reduce stress and encourage relaxation.

Lung Recommendation

  • Throughout the day stop and take 3 conscious deep breaths. Try alternate nostril breathing to enhance focus and relaxation. Consider doing this hourly with an hourly chime reminder.


The skin is the largest organ of elimination.

Skin Recommendation

  • Perspire more: regular exercise, sitting in a sauna, or a nightly hot bath with Epson salts.


The digestive system eliminates waste products through the stool. Regular daily bowel movements move waste through the digestive system before they enter other organs of the body.

Bowels Recommendations

  • Encourage regular bowel movements with fiber, fluid and movement. Eat at least 5 servings of fresh organic vegetables and fruits, drink enough water, and move.
  • Repopulate good gut bacteria with probiotic supplementation.


The kidneys are the other major filtering system of the body. The kidneys filter every ounce of your blood multiple times a day. Keeping your kidneys healthy is important for a high quality of life. The kidneys eliminate wastes through the production of urine.

Kidney Recommendation

  • Drink half your body weight in ounces every day. Drink filtered water. Sip throughout the day, don’t let yourself get thirsty. This is the most effective and inexpensive way to keep the kidneys healthy.

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