From lemon in water every morning to dietary and lifestyle changes to major fasts to specific herbal and nutritive detoxification programs … every person I know has enjoyed the benefits of cleansing our tissues from multiple sources of daily toxicity. Contaminated Air, Water and Food. All Processed Food (not really foods). Overeating. Cigarette smoke. Alcohol. Drugs. Medications. Bisphenols from Plastics. GMOs. Occupational or Environmental Toxins. Pollution. You know, just about everything! But, we can only control what is in front of us: water, food, indoor air quality, dealing with addictions and cleansing all year round.
Cleansing the body has become a necessity today, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term aggravations. Many dietary changes or cleansing programs cause a shift in the body called a Healing Crisis. This is a good shift and usually only lasts from one to six days. The body is eliminating stored toxins, creating various symptoms such as loose stools, headaches, general malaise, achiness, fatigue, irritability and skin eruptions. It’s a smaller scale detoxification course when compared to quitting alcohol, drugs or tobacco, yet a process that water, whole foods, sleep, exercise, sun, fresh air and time will heal.
Although the detoxification foods, products and procedures are endless, I am giving you six herbal and nutritive cleanses to start with … cleanses that have been effective with many clients for healing, overall health and weight loss. With all these cleanses, make sure you are eating whole foods, eliminating processed foods, moving your bowels, getting proper rest, drinking adequate water and maintaining a positive outlook on life. And juice or blend lots of green vegetables!
All the products, information and services are available at Nature’s Remedy at 26 Monroe Street in Ellicottville, NY, phone 716-699-4372. or 716-353-0786 for Dr. Kristina.*
Sluggish? ... Get Moving!
Bowel movement rule of thumb: one “smooth” and easy bowel movement for every meal eaten! So, if you eat three meals per day and have one bowel movement per day, then you are constipated. If you strain, then you are constipated. If your stools are dry or come out in balls versus long, narrow pieces, then you are constipated. Constipation causes mental, emotional and physical discomfort and it can be healed with elimination of toxic foods, herbal detoxification programs and increasing the intake of water and fiber.
To move the bowels, use the following five products two to three times per day: Magnesium Complex (Mg malate and citrate moves bowels, relaxes muscles, calms nerves and helps sleep), LBS II (Lower Bowel Stimulant cleanses and tones the colon), Liquid Chlorophyll (concentrated green pigment from Alfalfa cleanses all tissues and the blood, alkalizes the body, nourishes the cells), Chlorophyll capsules (cleanses the liver and the intestines) and Nature’s Three Fiber (Apple, Oat and Psyllium fiber powder combined with water bulks and softens the stools).
1st Cleanse? ... Start with the Basics
CleanStart is a simple and gentle beginning detox to cleanse the colon, liver and cells. Especially great for those with food or respiratory allergies and constipation. For 14 days add a cleanse packet (psyllium, bentonite, aloe vera) to water and take four capsules (LBS II and Enviro-Detox) twice per day. For weight loss replace two meals with two shakes per day. Love and Peas (Pea Protein with whole foods and vanilla flavor). Liquid Chlorophyll and Probiotic 11.
Trying to Lose Weight? ... Jump Start the Process
Dieter’s Cleanse is great for cleansing the liver and colon. It works well for constipation and those wanting to nourish the glandular system in order to stimulate metabolism processes. This cleanse contains Bowel Detox, Master Gland Formula (balancing to the hypothalamus), Enviro-Detox, Liver Cleanse Formula, LBS II (Lowe Bowel Stimulant), Chromium GTF (balancing to blood sugar levels) and SF (stimulates metabolism). Add to this cleanse Fat Grabbers (guar gum, psyllium, chickweed and lecithin combination for high LDLs and fat cravings) or Carbo Grabbers (White Kidney Bean and Chromium combination for high blood sugar levels and high triglycerides) or Sweet Fx (Chromium, l-arabinose, l-theanine and cinnamon bark combination for sugar cravings - blocks the absorption of sugar). Also add Liquid Chlorophyll and Probiotic 11.
Balancing Your Yin & Yang ... Traditional Chinese Medicine
Tiao He approaches liver, colon and tissue cleansing with Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs. It is great for weight loss, digestion and immunity. It contains Liver Balance TCM, All Cell Detox, LBS II, Psyllium Hulls, Burdock and Black Walnut ATC. Mineral Chi Tonic is a powerful combination of herbs that stimulates metabolism, builds “fire” in the body, stimulates the immune system, provides trace minerals and supports the glandular system. When you come to the store you can take our 10-minute Traditional Chinese Medicine questionnaire, which will reveal a few remedies that will support this cleanse. For example, Nervous Fatigue Formula, Spleen Activator or Breath EZ.
Got Bugs? ... De-worm Yourself
Many people don’t want to know or deal with the fact that 90% of our population has parasites at least once in their life. Parasites will cause chronic digestive problems, bowel problems, pain, inflammation, appetite changes, anal itching, skin disorders, brain fog, mood changes and much more. Para Cleanse is taken twice per day for 10 days and contains Herbal Pumpkin, Black Walnut ATC, Artemisia Combination and Paw Paw Cell-Reg. The bowels HAVE to be moving very well every day while on this cleanse! Add Ionic Minerals (trace minerals often deficient with parasite infestations). After 10 days take a break for 5 days then repeat this cycle for a total of three times, necessary to destroy the eggs of the parasites. During the 5 days break, add Bentonite Clay and Artemisia Combination.
Muffin Top or Doughy? ... Kill the Yeast Beast
This is my favorite cleanse! VERY effective for most people yet intense. Candida albicans resides normally in the body but grows rapidly with the destruction of beneficial bacteria due to antibiotics, stress, processed foods and other medications. Overgrowth of Candida (Candidiasis) eventually causes systemic problems such as weight gain in the middle of the body, bloating, gas, belching, constipation or diarrhea, dry skin, yeast infections, jock itch, fungal nails, athlete’s foot, mood swings, poor sleep and brain fog.
Dietary changes: elimination of sugar, all grains, dairy, starchy vegetables, most fruits and alcohol for 14 days. Candida Clear contains enzymes that destroy the yeast’s cell wall with Pau d’arco, Caprylic Acid Combination and Yeast and Fungal Detox, which are direct killers of Candida albicans. Add to this cleanse Liquid Chlorophyll, Probiotic 11, Small Intestine Detox and Bowel Detox.
Foods: Only whole foods. Consider the elimination of each of the following foods one at a time or all together to see if any of them aggravates the body. Reintroduce after 100% elimination for 21 days - Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, Soy, Corn. Read ALL labels closely. Books: Practical Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox and Crazy Sexy Diet (Vegan).
Water: Aim to drink ½ your body weight in ounces - water with lemon, cucumbers, Liquid Chlorophyll, Solstic Energy and herbal teas. Use BPA free bottles or Glass bottles or in-home water purifiers. Great book: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.
Main Detox Organs: The Kidney, Liver, Lungs, Skin and Lymphatic System are the main detox organs. Juicing is great for all these organs. Also, Kidney Drainage, Lymphatic Drainage, Lung Support TCM, Milk Thistle TR and Skin Detox help to support these organs. Dry Skin Brushing. Castor Oil Packs. Rebounding. Deep Breathing. Epsom Salt Baths.
Other Nutrients: Food Enzymes (or Proactazyme from plant sources), Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) such as Flax Seed Oil or Super Omega 3 Fish Oils or Evening Primrose Oil, Probiotic 11 (11 strains of billions of good bacteria)
*These ideas are not meant to be substitutes for proper allopathic care; they are used together with it. This information is NOT intended to “treat,” “cure,” “diagnose” nor be a substitute for the proper diagnostic assessments and treatments prescribed by your doctor. Naturopathic doctors are not PCPs, so always consult with your doctor for your health care needs. This article is only intended for your information, at your discretion and supplementing your allopathic care.
Please call Kristina C. Barlow, N.D. for more information or to make an appointment. She can be reached directly at 716-353-0786 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also encouraged to stop by Nature’s Remedy, located at 26 Monroe Street in Ellicottville. Find Nature’s Remedy on the web at natures-remedy.net or call 716-699-4372.