It is literally impossible to achieve optimal health when the digestive system isn’t balanced or healthy. One the most important steps we can take to improve our health is to cleanse the colon and liver at least once or twice per year. The term Autointoxication is where toxins can leak thru the large intestines or colon. (See my video on this What the American Diet Does to You and Your Colon. When we are not eliminating at least once or twice a day food begins to rot and ferment inside your large intestines. When this happens the blood stream carries these toxins to the liver, which is your major filtering organ. A good cleanse will always include a liver support as well as a bowel detox.
The balance of friendly bacteria in the gut is one of the most important keys to having a healthy gut. Low levels of healthy micro biome or friendly bacteria can lead to many health challenges including weaken immune system, yeast infections, constipation or diarrhea bloating and even leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which the tight cellular junctions inside the small intestines become inflamed and loose or weakened allowing passage of unwanted substances like gluten and certain proteins from dairy leak through the walls of the intestine and into the bloodstream. Once this takes place the body sees these substances as foreign invaders and the body begins to attack itself, which is called autoimmune disease. This is now being heavily researched as one of the root causes for many autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis, crohns’s rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis lupus, and even multiple sclerosis. One of the major reasons for leaky gut: is an overgrowth of harmful gut bacteria known as dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. See the Digestive Health page to learn more about Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Below are several formulas that I personally use and recommend for colon cleansing and detoxification, along with a powerful probiotic formula, which is a must for inoculating and building up the important friendly bacteria within your gut.
The nutraMetrix NutriClean 7-Day System is an complete colon and liver cleansing system and it uses exceptional herbs and botanicals to detoxify, cleanse, and purify the digestive tract and liver. This system mildly purges the body of potential or accumulated toxins. This innovative three-step process only requires a week to cleanse your digestive system. I have seen NutriClean help so many people support their colon health by providing a cleansing system that helps combat the effects of poor diet and environmental toxins. One of reason I love this cleanse is it extremely effective but gentle enough to continue with there regular routine. One the wonderful side effects most of my patients report is about 4-6 pounds of weight loss. I recommend using the nutraMetrix NutriClean 7-Day System twice a year for optimal digestive, liver and colon health.
Get the 7 Day Detox and Food guide which has everything you need including excellent recipes to get the maximum results during your cleanse.
nutraMetrix NutriClean 7-Day System is a three-pronged approach that works diligently to cleanse the digestive system as it flushes out the colon, and supports the body’s natural processes of restoration and cleansing. This system contains three components:
HepatoCleanse — capsules cleanse the liver
Release tablets — cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and enhance peristalsis
Fiber Powder — provides much needed fiber and beneficial bacteria to the colon
Chronic constipation can really be debilitating. I love the nutraMetrix NutriClean Aloe tablet as it promotes healthy peristalsis, promoting movement of food through the digestive tract, which helps maintain a healthy colon. It is really is best stool softener I have ever used. Nutriclean Aloe uses the part just below the surface of the aloe leaves with strong laxative properties. In Europe, aloe is used almost exclusively as a digestive aid and laxative.
So many of my patients just love this formula, as it doesn’t cause irritation or cramping but really works quickly and effectively.
This product provides unparalleled natural relief from constipation and slow digestion. The nutraMetrix NutriClean® Aloe table is best taken just before bed.
I also recommend having this product on hand while doing the 7 Day Cleansing & Detox system, for those who may have a been chronically constipated it can be very helpful to hydrate the colon and get things moving, if you know what I mean….
It can also be taken alone when one feels that their colon is functioning sluggishly.
I love this formula because it contains very powerful herbs to help detoxify and rebuild healthy liver tissue.
Milk thistle, which, is a powerful free-radical scavenger promoting liver and gallbladder health by stimulating liver cell regeneration and prevention of toxin uptake by the liver cells. Milk thistle supports the regeneration of damaged liver tissue, supports healthy liver and bile cholesterol, and helps limit liver damage as a result of disrupted oxygen supply.
If you enjoy regular alcoholic beverages this would be a great formula to add to your routine.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC),
Has been indicated to enhance the immune system, detoxify heavy metals, support a healthy heart, relieve hangover symptoms and reduce exercise fatigue. NAC is quickly metabolized to intracellular glutathione. Glutathione is your body’s own powerful antioxidant which, detoxifies chemicals into less harmful compounds, as well as detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury and lead.
Dandelion Root has been shown to support healthy liver, kidney, gallbladder and joints. Dandelion root is very powerful with helping to support healthy kidney functions.
As a Naturopath I teach the connection between the lymphatic system and detoxification of the liver. In order to treat an unhealthy immune system the first you must look at the cleansing and support of healthy liver function.
Curcumin supports the normal production of Phase II liver detoxification enzymes, including glutathione synthase, heme-oxygenase and catalase. The liver plays several roles in detoxification: it filters the blood to remove large toxins, synthesizes and secretes bile full of cholesterol and other fat-soluble toxins, and enzymatically disassembles unwanted chemicals. This enzymatic process usually occurs in two steps referred to as phase I and phase II. They promote the body’s natural enzyme antioxidant defense systems and function as a powerful indirect antioxidant. These enzymes promote the body’s normal metabolism of harmful chemicals such as heavy metals, toxins and pollutants into less reactive molecules. Curcumin has also been shown to promote normal hepatic tissue repair. There are many curcumin products on the market, but nutraMetrix Curcumin Extreme with Curcugreen† has superior bioavailability and absorption 7 times stronger than just curcumin alone.
Dr. Sheryl Duchess , N.D., M.H., Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Master Herbalist, Public Speaker, Educator
Dr.Sheryl is certified naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to educating and helping people find a more natural approach to wellness. She explains the root cause of disease and shares the secrets of a naturopath through her wellness course, videos, and mentoring opportunities.
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