Have you ever wondered; Is there just one cleanse that can do everything? Why do companies offer so many different options for cleansing? What is the difference between all of the options? These questions, and more, are heard almost daily by our Herbal Care Specialists.
The short answer . . .
Each different cleanse is designed to eliminate different materials from the body. For many people, if they were to try and cleanse everything all at once, they run the risk of developing a Herxheimer Reaction. This means developing flu-like symptoms including nausea, joint pain, headaches, body aches, sore throat, muscle pain, etc.
Most of us would prefer to cleanse in a way that doesn’t create a Herxheimer Reaction. This desire has led to the development of many different cleanses over the years, each with a singular focus, whether it be yeast, heavy metals, a specific body system, or one of the many other possible areas of concern.
Different cleanses, different results.
The Whole Body and Colon Program cleanse that we carry is designed to help the body excrete environmental toxins that may have built up. Most of us are exposed to an abundance of toxins every day, from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, and the water we drink. Our liver, considered to be the body’s filter, can only handle so much every day. What it can’t handle will be sent off to be stored in a fat cell until it has a slower day to try and process it on. One of the problems is that many of us never get a day where the liver has time to start going through the backlogged items it has filed away in fat cells. A cleanse like the Whole Body and Colon Program can gently support the body so that it can detox many of those stored toxins.
Some symptoms that one may experience if there is an abundance of stored toxins include:
Moodiness or frequent anger
Chemical sensitivity (ie.. walking down the aisle with scented candles makes you feel ill)
Difficulty sleeping or feeling rested, regularly waking between 1-4 A.M.
Difficulty with abdominal weight
Our Complete Metal Detox focuses in on heavy metals rather than toxins. Heavy metals include aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, thallium and uranium. Under certain conditions, some people may even experience dangerously high levels of beneficial minerals like iron or zinc. A heavy metal cleanse supports the body’s ability to move these metals out through the eliminatory pathways – typically through a process called chelation. Chelation basically means that organic molecules attach themselves to metal molecules, which helps the body move and more easily excrete them.
Some symptoms of an excess of heavy metals include:
Abdominal pain or cramping
Constipation or diarrhea
Autoimmune diseases (1)
Chronic fatigue (1)
Poor recovery from exercise
Neurological disorders (1)
Brain fog (trouble concentrating, difficulty learning, poor memory)
Depression or anxiety (1)
Chronic aches and pains, such as those associated with fibromyalgia (1)
Impaired motor control, hearing, speech, vision and gait (1)
Heavy Metal Poisoning may happen if you are exposed to a large amount of metal all at once and may include any of the below symptoms. If you believe you have been exposed to a large amount of metal all at once, please see your health care provider immediately:
It is beneficial to avoid brown rice, farmed fish, alcohol, foods with additives and non-organic foods while cleansing heavy metals, as these foods have a higher tendency to contain heavy metals.
A Total Yeast Detox is going to focus on the microorganisms living in our digestive tract. We actually have more microorganisms living on/in us than we have human cells in our entire body! It’s really an amazing area of research in the medical world right now, as we are discovering more and more just how important those microorganisms are to our overall health, immune system, healthy body weight, and more! Many of us eat a diet that is high in refined sugars and carbohydrates (cakes, cookies, pasta, bread, etc.) and these items are a favored food of a yeast called Candida albicans. You could also experience a rise in the population of Candida if you have taken or are taking birth control pills, broad-spectrum antibiotics, cancer treatments, or oral corticosteroids. (2) There are a lot of people who see their doctor for a prescription to help kill off this yeast when it becomes so over-populated that it starts causing some very annoying and often painful symptoms. Using a Yeast Detox is a way to help support the body’s ability to balance the microorganisms in our digestive tract naturally. It is an excellent detox to combine with a diet that is low in refined sugars and carbohydrates!
Some of the symptoms that may indicate a need to balance these microorganisms include:
Exhaustion/Chronic fatigue (2)
White coating on tongue
Cravings for sweets or breads/pasta
Mood disorders (2) (anxiety, depression, irritability and/or panic attacks)
Gas/Bloating after meals
Weak immune system
Recurring vaginal or urinary tract infections (2)
Chronic sinus and allergy issues (2)
Skin and nail fungal infections (2)
Keep in mind, that in order for the body to effectively be supported by any detox protocol, the eliminatory pathways need to be working the best that they can. This means your kidneys, liver, intestines, and colon all need to be functioning well. You can also detox through your lungs, when you exhale, and your skin, especially when you sweat (which is why saunas are so detoxifying for people). If you try to move toxins or heavy metals out of the body faster than the eliminatory pathways can handle, you run the risk of them being re-absorbed on their way out and being deposited into a different place in the body rather than excreted. This can create a whole new set of symptoms than the ones you were experiencing originally. It is best to support those pathways that need it for at least 2 weeks before beginning a detox program.