Detoxification—Are the pipes clean?
Natural health care seeks not only to provide the body with a nutritious diet, but also to open up the eliminative channels to keep the body systems running clean, uninhibited by waste buildup.
Activation—Is your body firing on all cylinders?
Activation is the process of making your body more efficient. Enzymes and probiotics are two key components of activation within the body. Together these components help your body to better extract nutrients from the foods you eat and promote a healthy intestinal system.
Vital Nutrition—Are you getting enough?
The concept of vital nutrition addresses an illusion in America today—that we are well-nourished. As Americans we may be overfed, but not with essential nutrients. Being healthy can no longer be equated with the mere absence of disease. The essential nutrients that work on the cellular level to fuel our bodies are what make up vital nutrition.
Detoxification—sometimes called blood purification or body cleansing—is the practice of altering dietary habits to give the body’s eliminative channels a chance to get rid of toxins from the cells, organs, tissues, bloodstream and the lymphatic system more efficiently.
Detoxifying the body is an essential step on your path to better health. In practice, it is accomplished by abstaining from food for a few hours or days (fasting), drinking only water or juices, taking special herbs, or any combination of a number of methods to give the body a chance to divert its energies from digesting food to concentrating on detoxifying and renewing itself.
Phase 1: Detoxify—Take That First Step
What can detoxification do for you?
You are what you eat. But you are also what you drink, breathe and absorb from your environment. Any substance that finds its way into your body can affect you for better or for worse. When your body is not eliminating efficiently, wastes may not be expelled for days, weeks or longer. This can cause buildup in the colon, leading to autointoxication. Unfortunately, the digestive and intestinal systems take the brunt of these toxins from our environment and diet. A proper cleansing of these systems can enhance the efforts of the body’s digestive processes. Furthermore, when you consider that 60 percent of the immune system is located in the intestines, cleansing becomes crucial to your overall health and ability to maintain health.
Nature’s Sunshine has developed several products that help the body properly eliminate these toxins.
The CleanStart® cleansing and detoxifying program supports natural toxin elimination, improves energy and promotes a feeling of well-being.
This combination of 13 nutrients provides ongoing support to the body’s five main detoxifying organs: the liver, kidneys, lungs, bowel and skin. It contains burdock root, dandelion root, fenugreek, ginger, marshmallow root, pepsin, red clover flowers, sarsaparilla root, yellow dock root, Echinacea purpurea root, Lactobacillus sporogenes, cascara sagrada and milk thistle concentrate. Each nutrient in this exclusive formula has been carefully selected to provide maximum nutrition to the body. The beneficial microorganism L. sporogenes helps populate the intestinal tract, as cleansing may cause a flushing of friendly flora.
This key product contains nutrients that support proper digestive and intestinal function. It promotes healthy, regular elimination of waste from the colon. This formula provides betaine HCl, pepsin, pancreatin and bile salts to aid digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Each capsule also contains 200 mg of psyllium hulls (to provide needed bulk), plus kelp plant and chlorophyll (to encourage proper flow of waste and detoxify the colon). It also contains selected herbs, vitamins and other nutrients that support bowel health, including apple pectin, activated charcoal and bentonite clay.
Specialized detoxification products
Scientists estimate that over 50 percent of Americans consume too many heavy metals. It’s not hard to believe when you consider that metals are found in industrial byproducts, tainted drinking water, pesticides and even dental fillings. Metals can cause a variety of unpleasant health issues.
Heavy Metal Detox
Heavy Metal Detox binds with the heavy metals in the body and pulls them out. Clinical trials show that one of the key ingredients, cilantro, decreases the level of heavy metals in the body and increases their levels in the urine. Other ingredients include N-Acetyl Cysteine, apple pectin, sodium alginate, kelp algae, l-methionine, alpha lipoic acid, magnesium and pyridoxal-5-phosphate.
Yeast and fungus represent another common detoxification issue. A healthy body hosts a delicate balance of yeast and friendly flora (probiotics). That balance is easily compromised through poor diet and some prescription medications. These microbial imbalances can affect the immune, digestive and urinary systems. This special blend of herbs and nutrients helps maintain the balance of these microorganisms. Key ingredients include oregano, caprylic acid (a naturally occurring fatty acid that has proven effective as an antifungal compound), propionic acid, sorbic acid, Echinacea angustifolia root, garlic, pau d’arco, selenium and zinc.
Don’t let your cells go to waste!
You need to know three things about the lymphatic system:
• The lymph system plays a key role in bringing nutrients into the cells.
• The lymph system helps take waste out of the cells.
• A fully functioning lymphatic system is essential to the detoxification of the body.
Why drain the lymphatic system?
Cells produce metabolic wastes that can be toxic. If the lymphatic system doesn’t effectively remove these toxins, cell function can be adversely affected. Unlike the cardiovascular system’s heart, the lymphatic system lacks its own “pump,” leaving it vulnerable to stagnation.
When should I use Lymphatic Drainage?
• During time of physical stress or lowered immune response.
• Following any type of physically traumatic event or when over-straining with exercise.
• During times of fatigue.
Lymphatic Drainage works to maintain optimal function and flow by stimulating movement through the lymph nodes and vessels. The specially formulated blend of herbs helps the lymph system pump toxins out of the body.
Start your detox program today!
“Detox” from the Outside-in
If you thought essential oils were only for perfume and spa products, get ready for something new. Essential Oils provide a great way to help the body in its detoxifying efforts. Many NSP products help you detoxify from the inside out, but NSP Essential Oils give you a two-pronged approach.
Mixing essential oils into your bath is an ideal way to relax and detoxify your body. Many commercial products contain artificial dyes and fragrances that can penetrate your skin. But natural bath products will pull toxins out rather than soak them in.
Natria™ Deep Detoxifying Mask™
Try the Deep Detoxifying Mask from the Natria line of premium hair and skin care products. Deep Detoxifying Mask draws out excess oils, impurities and toxins from deep within the epidermal layer of the skin, leaving skin soft, smooth and free from impurities.
Kelp “Detox” Bath
1/8 to 1/4 cup dried kelp*
1/2 cup sea salts
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
1/8 cup glycerin*
5 drops pink grapefruit
4 drops geranium
7 drops thyme
First, add the essential oils to the sea salts. Stir with a wooden spoon. Next, blend the jojoba into the salts. Add the glycerin to the salt mixture. Add the kelp, according to desired strength. Yield: 1 bath.
Mineral Bath Salt
1/2 cup fine sea salt or dead sea salts*
1/4 cup borax (a natural mineral)*
1/4 cup baking soda
10 drops lavender
6 drops geranium
5 drops pink grapefruit
7 drops bergamot
Mix essential oils with the sea salts first. Then add borax and baking soda. This combination will soften and re-mineralize your skin. It’s also great for body detox. Be sure to soak for at least 15 minutes. Yield: 2 baths.
*Available at your local drug or health food store.
Horizons (1/1/2003) by Brian Gill
- Always serve juice immediately. Juice is at its peak when freshly squeezed. After seconds, it starts to lose vitamin potency. So juice, stir and drink up! When juicing for a group do it just before serving.
- Always turn the juice machine on before inserting fruits and vegetables.
- When juicing a mix of fruit and vegetables, juice the softer items first, then follow up with a firmer one. For example, juice tomato first, then celery; juice papaya, the apple.
- Bananas cannot be juice in any juicer. To enjoy their taste and benefit, add them to your juices in a blender. The consistency of banana will turn juice in a smoothie.
- Use apples to sweeten vegetable juices.
- The sweet taste of carrots blends well with fruit juices.
- When you find juices you like you can try variations, adding other fruits or vegetables for a change of pace and added nutrients.
- Juice the vegetable of your choice and stir sour cream or yogurt to thicken. If you want to watch your weight use non-fat sour cream or yogurt.
- Orange and grapefruit peel is bitter in taste and it should be removed. When peeling, leave the pith on (white soft layer between peel and fruit) and juice it to get all the vitamins.
- Lemons and limes are used to flavor dishes and may be left on for more flavors when juicing. Keep the pulp and add it to spice up Caribbean and South-of-the border style dishes as well as lemon or lime bars, cookies and pies.
- Drink Juice before meals can help to curb appetite
- Adding vegetables and fruits pulp to cooked dishes aide the digestive tract, as well as providing additional vitamins and minerals.
- Caffeine junky? Replace that morning cup with a glass of juice for energy and a boost that your body will appreciate.
Vitamin and mineral Health
Fruits and vegetables contain a wealth of nutrients. Get them naturally by fitting more of them into your diet through joys of juicing. Identify the properties which suit your lifestyle and health needs and drink up.
APPLE: boron, cellulose and pectin
CHERY: calcium, vitamin C, iron and potassium
CRANBERRY: antibiotic and anti-viral elements
ORANGE: natural aspirin and boron
PAPAYA: vitamin A and potassium
PEACH: boron, antioxidants, vitamin C and beta carotene
PINEAPPLE: bromelain, manganese and vitamin C
PRUNE: sorbitol, natural aspirin (sorbitol is a natural laxative)
BEET: folic acid, iron, calcium and potassium
BROCOLI: beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium, iron, folic acid and chromium
CABBAGE: antioxidants, calcium and potassium
CARROT: beta carotene, vitamin A and C, pectin, fluorine and potassium
KALE: antioxidants, calcium, iron, vitamin A and C
PARSLEY: antioxidants, folic acid, iron, vitamin A and C
TOMATO: beta carotene and vitamin C
SPINACH: antioxidants, potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin C