Doing a homemade cleanse not only saves you money but also allows you to be sure you know what you’re putting into your body. Help your body’s natural detoxification processes with this list of supplements during your next cleanse.
Many commercial cleanses on the market today contain nutritional supplements (mostly herbal) known to cleanse your liver, kidneys, colon and blood of toxins. Taking these supplements helps speed up your natural detoxification processes.
When you’re doing your own cleanse at home, consult your health practitioner first and try any or all of the following nutritional supplements:
- Garlic. Try consuming it in capsules or liquid form to promote overall health, aid in the healing process and rid the colon of many types of parasites.
- Fiber. Getting enough fiber on a regular basis is hard to do but it’s especially important on a cleanse. Our bodies are designed to maintain and they tend to resist change. With a cleanse, you’re changing your diet and reducing calories so your body may `hold on’ to waste rather than release it. Help it out by taking a good quality fiber supplement, like ABC, psyllium seed husks or ground flax seeds. Always drink lots of water on a cleanse and while taking fiber supplements.
- Spirulina. This blue-green algae is high in protein and contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, plus chlorophyll for cleansing.
- Herbal teas. For rejuvenating the liver and cleansing the bloodstream: alfalfa, burdock, chamomile, dandelion, milk thistle, red clover and rose hips. (Caution: do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, as a ragweed allergy may result. Avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed.)
For rebuilding the immune system, aiding bladder function and ridding the colon of unwanted bacteria: 2 parts echinacea and pau d’arco tea mixed with 1 part unsweetened cranberry juice. (Caution: do not use echinacea if you have any kind of autoimmune disorder.)
For indigestion, nausea, flatulence and the calming and strengthening of nerves: peppermint tea.
For the inflammation of the colon: slippery elm tea.
- Aloe Vera. The juice you get in your neighbourhood health store is the best for restoring balance promoting health of the colon.
(Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th edition)
Some health experts suggest many of the detox supplements sold on the market to support cleansing may either be too strong or too weak to actually help you. Instead, they recommend adopting a diet rich in raw foods so your body is continually getting the natural assistance it needs to detox toxins.
Have you any experience taking any of the above supplements? If so, how did you find them? And what are some of the best quality nutritional supplements you’ve found in stores?