Spring Cleaning from the Inside Out: Detox Programs

Spring Has Sprung! It's a splendid time for Spring cleaning outside, and a good detox inside.

By Ali Wetherbee & Kerrie Bross

Spring cleaning isn’t just about washing windows and clearing out the clutter in your home office. It’s also a chance to embark on a detox program and rid your body of all the toxins it is bombarded with each day. With so many detox programs to choose from, it’s hard to know just where to start, so we’ve rounded up the best detox programs. But first things first: Do you even need a detox?

Should you try one of these detox programs? Signs and symptoms of a heavy toxin load:

  • Persistent fatigue, despite getting adequate sleep
  • Aches and pains in muscles or joints
  • Headaches
  • Skin problems such as acne, rashes, and eczema
  • Constipation, diarrhea, gas, or foul-smelling stools
  • Bad breath
  • Weight gain and/or water retention and bloating
  • Memory loss, brain fog, and trouble concentrating
  • Low mood or depression
  • Sinus problems and postnasal drip
  • Heartburn
  • Sensitivity to smells

Who is most in need of detox programs?

Almost anyone can benefit from following detox programs once or twice a year. Even if you eat an all-organic diet and use natural personal care products and non-toxic cleaners, you are still constantly exposed to pollutants in the air and the environment. If you frequently take prescription or OTC medications, drink alcohol, use plastics and non-stick cookware, work an occupation that exposes you to chemicals, or have mercury fillings, your toxin load is likely even higher. While some people’s bodies cope easily with all these toxins, other people’s bodies quickly become overloaded and begin to suffer ill effects. The good news is, detox progams can aid your body in eliminating all these toxins and get you feeling your best again.

Choose one of these detox programs that best suits your needs:

Like to indulge? Protect your liver.Liver Detox Programs: Your liver is responsible for filtering out toxins from your body, so it’s vitally important to ensure this organ is functioning optimally. Because anyone can end up with an over-taxed, sluggish liver, this is a great general detox to do on a regular basis. You may be particularly in need of a liver detox if you regularly consume coffee, alcohol, food with additives and preservatives, conventionally-grown produce, or prescription or over-the-counter medications. Check out this blog post for a rundown of liver detox options.

Keep your body moving at it's peak.Colon Cleanse: If your digestion feels off — if you’re not having regular, normal bowel movements, or you often feel bloated or gassy — a total colon cleanse can help you get back on track. Compacted fecal matter builds up in the colon and may weigh as much as 20 pounds! Clear it all out with a detox colon cleanse and you’ll feel lighter, healthier, more energetic, and more focused. You may even lose some weight! Learn how to do a safe Oxy Powder colon cleanse here. Your body will thank you later.

Picture of a bottle of Sonnes No. 7 Detoxificant, liquid bentonite clay for intestinal purification.Bentonite Detox Clay: Since we recently began carrying bentonite detox clay, one of our customers sent us a great bentonite clay cleanse program. From Barbara Marciniak’s book, Path of Empowerment: “A potent yet safe colon cleanse drink can be made by mixing six ounces of organic non-citrus fruit juice with an equal amount of good, pure, non-fluorinated water to make twelve ounces total. Add the liquid to a jar along with one tablespoon of each of the following: liquid chlorophyll, concentrated aloe vera juice, hydrated bentonite, and psyllium hulls. Cover the jar, shake the mixture well, and then drink the concoction within a few minutes.” Drink this detox drink daily, a 1/2 hour to an hour before breakfast, for a period of 12 days to 4 weeks. Take a really good probiotic like Prescript-Assist each evening to replenish healthy gut bacteria while you’re on these detox programs.

For heavy metal detox!Chlorella Detox Programs: Chlorella is a whole-food algae supplement with powerful detoxification properties. Chlorella bonds to heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticide residues in the digestive tract, helping your body eliminate these toxins without stripping your body of the minerals it needs, such as calcium and magnesium. Chlorella was actually first used in the mining industry because of its ability to bind to metals. Studies on humans have found that broken cell wall chlorella (the only kind that our bodies can digest), along with cilantro, removes all traces of heavy metals (including lead, arsenic, and mercury) in people with high exposure, making it an ideal natural detox supplement. What’s more, chlorella is a rich source of iron, vitamin B12, amino acids and essential fatty acids, and many other nutrients your body needs to function optimally. You can take chlorella for detox in powdered or capsule form. Chlorella is intended to be taken daily and continuously, rather than for occasional or short-term detox programs.

21 Day Detox Plan formulated by Dr. Erica LePore – book and supplements.21 Day Detox Diet Program: This is a whole body detox program developed by naturopathic doctor Erica Lepore, ND. During the 21 Day Detox, you will cut out all foods that are common allergens, irritants, or inflammatory –  like gluten, dairy, caffeine, and more. After the three weeks are up, you add each back in one day at a time to test if they bother you in any way.  Many people who were feeling poorly before the detox are able to identify what foods trigger them. This is a tremendous help for overall health and wellness. The 21 Day Detox Diet Program includes an ebook written by Dr. LePore outlining the whole plan, so you know what you can eat and what supplements to take during each of the three weeks. It also includes the supplements recommended during the three weeks. I’ve done this detox every year for the past three years and I am always amazed at how good I feel when I’m done. I keep up the good eating habits well past the three weeks, but always fall off eventually. That’s why I do it again and again! It requires a lot of planning as the foods you can eat are limited, but not the amount of food you can eat. You can eat as much of the allowed foods as you want, so you never have to feel hungry, like on some other detox diets. Check out this blog I wrote after I did it for the first time. The 21 Day Detox Program is recommended for anyone who wants to find out if foods are triggering their health issues.

Eliminate Toxins from Your Body with Liver Rescue

Modern life can be toxic. Need a good Liver Detox?By Ali Wetherbee

No matter how vigilant we are, we are all exposed to numerous toxins every day. From chemically treated municipal water supplies and air pollution to commercial cleaners, BPA-contaminated plastic food containers, and the mercury in dental fillings and compact fluorescent light bulbs, these toxins are everywhere and virtually impossible to completely avoid. Anyone who lives in the modern world likely has a stressed, overly taxed liver. Liver support and cleansing may be particularly beneficial for anyone who:

  • Consumes coffee daily
  • Eats food treated with pesticides (conventionally grown foods)
  • Drinks alcohol
  • Takes over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • Uses hormone replacements or consumes meat and dairy from animals given hormones or antibiotics
  • Eats a diet containing any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or additives
  • Smokes cigarettes or is exposed to second-hand smoke
  • Has an inflammatory disease such as hepatitis or arthritis
  • Is exposed to paint fumes, chemical cleaners, smoke, radiation, or other toxins at home or in the workplace
  • Has received vaccinations
  • Suffers from chemical sensitivities
  • Experiences symptoms of toxin overload, including brain fog, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, rashes, and excess mucus

Don’t Build Yourself a Bubble!

The good news is, you don’t have to wear a mask, avoid public places, or stop breathing. There are steps you can take to reduce the effect all these toxins may have on your body. Nourishing World carries a variety of products to cleanse your liver and support your detoxification program.

Perfect_Liver_DetoxPerfect Liver Detox Support was formulated by Naturopathic Doctor Erica LePore through years of research and clinical experience helping her patients heal from chronic health issues. Liver Detox Support aids the body in purging itself of heavy metals and chemical toxins. With healing herbs and superfoods like milk thistle, artichoke, schisandra berry, broccoli sprouts, chlorella, cilantro, and turmeric, this formula not only supports the liver but also boosts the immune system, improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and cuts down on inflammation.

this is a picture of a bottle of Livatrex from Global Healing Center.Livatrex helps the body to break down fats and control sugar and fat cravings. This formula is comprised of chicory, dandelion, greater celandine, milk thistle, peppermint, turmeric, yellow dock root, and chanca piedra, all organic, which work together to pull accumulated toxins from the body and eliminate liver and gallstones. Livatrex also can improve energy and mental clarity.

How to Maximize Detox Benefits

While you don’t have to live in a bubble, it is certainly best to minimize toxin exposure as much as possible. Replace toxic cleaning products with all-natural alternatives, avoid taking unnecessary medications, and cut back on coffee and alcohol. Try to quit smoking, and avoid second-hand smoke exposure. Drink only purified water and eat whole, unprocessed, organic foods. Get plenty of exercise to allow your body to sweat out toxins. Nourishing World also has many additional products to complement and custom-tailor your detox program.

Dr. Junger’s 3-Day Liquid Cleanse, as Featured on Dr. Oz

Detox: Which Is ideal for your body type? Part 1: 3 Day All-Liquid Cleanse for Fat All Over

By Ali Wetherbee

This diet is ideal for what Dr. Junger calls the “fat all over” body type. You may feel sluggish and addicted to processed foods, and rely heavily on frozen dinners, boxed meals, diet foods, packaged snacks, and processed soups and sauces. This cleanse is designed to give your digestive system a break, boost your metabolism, and give you more energy. An all-liquid detox cleanses the liver, allowing it to flush toxins from fat cells.

The Basics:

  • The diet lasts for 3 days, with 3 liquid-only meals a day, and green juice as a snack.

Foods to avoid:

  • Solid foods
  • All nightshades — no eggplant, potatoes, tomatillos, bell peppers, hot peppers, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, curry

Foods to focus on eating:

  • Protein shakes with plant-based protein powder, add a minimum of 14-20 grams of protein to your shakes
  • Healthy fats, including avocado and coconut
  • Green juice for snacks

Recommended Supplements:

Dr. Junger’s Sample Meal Plan (courtesy of doctoroz.com):

  • Day 1

Breakfast: Chocolate Coconut Ginger Shake
Lunch: Green Coco Shake
Dinner: Curried Red Lentil Bisque

  • Day 2

Breakfast: Green Coco Shake
Lunch: Euro Nut Shake
Dinner: Carrot Parsnip Soup

  • Day 3

Breakfast: Vanilla Almond Shake
Lunch: Grasshopper Shake
Dinner: Pureed White Bean Soup

Detox for Your Body Type Diets:

Dr. Junger’s 5-Day Gut Flush 

Dr. Junger’s 7-Day Vegan Cleanse for Inflammation

Why You Should Buy Global Healing Center Products from Authorized Retailers

By Ali Wetherbee

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Global Healing Center (GHC) has recently made a change to their policies and no longer allows their authorized retailers to sell on Amazon or Ebay. This means that anyone selling GHC products on Amazon or Ebay is not an authorized seller, and those products may be counterfeit. Their products might look the same, they might even be cheaper, but they may be stolen, altered, fake, or outright dangerous.

Victims of Fraud

When in-demand, unique, effective products like those produced by GHC hit the market, fraud is often a major issue. Copycats want to get in on the profits by using brand-name labels along with cheap, counterfeit, or stolen products and ingredients. Several years ago, counterfeit Oxy Powder was reported to the FDA and a lawsuit against the fraudulent dealer followed. Amazon and Ebay are hotbeds for counterfeit products because sellers are particularly hard to monitor for authenticity. Just last year, Amazon made the news because dozens of counterfeit supplements were popping up for sale on their site. With so many third-party retailers, sites like Amazon are unable to verify that every single one is selling authentic products. Counterfeiters may show 5-star ratings, because Amazon’s system assigns the same ratings to all products that look identical, regardless of who is selling them. Fake companies are usually shut down eventually – but then the same dealer opens a new account with a new name to continue selling their counterfeit products to unsuspecting customers.

Consumers Are Victims, Too

According to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, legitimate companies face revenue losses of about $600 billion a year due to counterfeiting. Those are huge financial hits, but businesses are not the only victims. Fraudulent supplement dealers take advantage of consumers, too, and put their health and safety at risk. Counterfeiters use cheap, diluted, altered, and/or stolen ingredients to sell their fake products at a lower price while increasing their profit margins. They may copy the labels, wording, and packing of authentic products to mislead consumers, but what you see is not what you get. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which often have immediate, dramatically obvious effects, natural and herbal supplements generally take longer to work and thus it’s easier for counterfeit products to fly under the radar for quite a while. The supplement you buy from a counterfeiter may have none of the active ingredients it claims to include. It may be diluted or expired. It may contain ingredients not on the label, potential allergens, or outright dangerous ingredients. That’s why it is vitally important to buy from an authorized retailer. You can purchase GHC products at Nourishing World and be assured that you are getting authentic, safe, effective products.

About Global Healing Center

Global Healing Center, founded in 1998, produces many different nutritional and detox supplements, and runs an eco-friendly farm growing USDA certified organic, GMO-free medicinal herbs. GHC is committed to reversing chronic health issues and disease by getting to the root cause and cleansing, detoxing, and purifying the body. We carry a variety of GHC products designed to cleanse the liver and colon, maintain a healthy intestinal tract, and support overall health:

Cleanse a toxic colon

One of GHC’s most popular products is Oxy Powder, which gently and safely relieves bloating and constipation via time-released oxygen. The average person has 10 to 20 pounds of hard, compacted fecal matter built up in their intestinal tract by age 40, and Oxy Powder can remove it. Unlike many other supplements on the market, clinical studies have been carried out to confirm the safety and efficacy of Oxy Powder.

Detox the liver

The liver is a critical component of the digestive system. Its main purpose is to filter blood and metabolize chemicals, toxins, and drugs ingested or found in the environment. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. Livatrex eliminates toxins from your liver & gallbladder so that these organs can function more effectively.

Remove parasites

An estimated 90% of people have unwanted guests lurking in their bodies. Parasites create a variety of problems ranging from bloating, poor nutrient absorption, and abdominal pain, to chronic headaches, mental fogginess, fatigue, and insomnia. Paratrex rids the intestines of invaders and creates a hostile environment for unwanted organisms.

Eliminate chemicals and heavy metals

Heavy metals and toxic chemicals build up in the body and have been implicated in all sorts of health issues, including lead poisoning, Alzheimer’s, dementia, mercury toxicity, thyroid disorders, and autism. It’s hard to avoid these toxins because they are virtually everywhere – in fish, vegetables, deodorant, even water! Zeotrex can cross the blood-brain barrier, attract metals and chemicals, and eliminate them from the body.

Restore a healthy flora

Latero-Flora Probiotic increases the level of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Keeping these levels in balance protects against harmful bacteria and keeps the digestive system functioning properly. The body’s internal ecosystem, when healthy, helps maintain chemical and hormonal balances, increases energy, and improves the immune system.

Absorb more nutrients

VeganZyme contains a full spectrum of active enzymes to aid in the digestive process, help the body to absorb more healthy vitamins and minerals, and eliminate toxins. As we age, our bodies produce fewer enzymes, and the nutrients in food thus become less available to us. VeganZyme replaces those digestive enzymes and supports the immune system, reducing inflammatory responses and gas, bloating, and indigestion from food allergies or sensitivities.

Support the skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems

Calcium helps bones and teeth stay strong and supports a healthy cardiovascular system. Magnesium calms the nervous system and protects the heart. IntraCal contains the ideal ratio of calcium to magnesium, providing the best absorption and maximum benefits.

Again, be sure to purchase these supplements only from authorized retailers like Nourishing World, so that you can be confident you are actually getting the products you ordered. With natural supplements being unregulated by the FDA, the only way to ensure the safety and efficacy of the supplements you take is to buy trusted brands from authorized retailers.

Detox 101: Top Five Ways To Detoxify Your Body For the New Year

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January is the most popular month of the year for Cleanses and Detox Diets.  It’s no wonder why:  the beginning of a new year has the wonderful feeling of starting fresh, beginning anew, and making changes for the better.  Doesn’t it feel amazing to just let go?

As with anything that reaches the realm of the popular, though, all this talk about Detox can get pretty confusing.  You may be wondering, what exactly should I be detoxifying?  What do I need to cleanse?  What do I have to gain or to lose?  Since we love a good detox, we thought it was important to remove the veil of mystery from this particular topic, and to share some of our favorite natural tools to detoxify the body and clear the mind.

What Is Detox?

Detoxification is a natural process whereby your organs and immune system process and eliminate toxins from your body.  It is the digestive system eliminating waste, the lymphatic system filtering bacteria from lymph fluid, and the kidneys filtering toxins from the blood.  Detox is a part of every living cell in the body.  So, if it is such a natural process, why do we need to help it along?

 Because our bodies were not designed to live like this.

We work too hard, we eat too much, too little, or just the wrong things.  Our world is polluted, from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the soil we use to grow our crops.  This world is just too toxic for the human body to to detoxify on its own.

What Can We Do To Detoxify Our Bodies?

So many things!  Detox is not necessarily about weight loss, energy boost, cleaning the colon, or preventing cancer (although those are some pretty enticing benefits).  Listed below are easy things you can do daily to help your body eliminate toxins naturally. Detox is about the same feeling you are given after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve:  a clean slate, a fresh start, and the opportunity to begin anew.

Top 5 Ways To Detox:

  1. Drink more pure water.  If you do nothing else, this one step can move mountains in terms of boosting your physical health and removing toxins from your body.  The National Institute of Health estimates that 48% of the adult population of the United States is chronically dehydrated.  Water plumps up the body’s tissues, creating an internal space that allows blood platelets to separate and for trapped toxins to wash away.  Filtered water, which is free of bacteria, pesticides, and other contaminants, is best.
  2. Infuse your drinks with chlorophyll!  Adding a 3 gram scoop a day of Chlorella powder to your morning smoothie or juice will infuse your body with 90 mg of bioavailable Chlorophyll.  This all-natural plant-derived greens powder is proven to bind to metals, assisting with heavy-metal detox.  Our favorite is Perfect Chlorella.
  3. Try a fulvic/humic acid mineral cleanse.  Fulvic and humic acid are proven to remove toxic metals from the blood, speeding up biochemical reactions, unblocking lymphatic passageways, and preventing cognitive impairment.  Products such as GHC’s Zeotrex are easy to add to your daily routine without making sweeping dietary changes.
  4. Colloidal Silver is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and perfectly safe method for detox.  It is non-toxic, but an effective method of destroying toxic organisms, bacteria, viruses, and even free radicals.  Sovereign Silver Bioactive Silver Hydrosol is Nourishing World’s recommendation for a safe, effective Colloidal Silver Detox.
  5. Bentonite clay is volcanic ash that binds to toxins in our body so they can be easily eliminated. All over the globe and for centuries, many cultures have been using bentonite clay to promote healing and overall good health. We like Sonne’s #7 Bentonite Clay Detoxificant because it is rich in minerals and free from impurities.

Stay tuned for more information on detox, specific detox diets tailored to your needs, and more information on how to stay healthy and toxin-free.  If you’re ready to get started on a detox plan now, try the 3 Day Detox Jumpstart from Dr. Oz and Dr. Junger, of the Clean Detox Plan.