I have been considering trying a cleanse, but I don’t know what to look for.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been considering trying a cleanse, but I don’t know what to look for. Some of them seem really complex and I don’t know much about cleansing. Can you help?” — Gabby P., Parker, CO
A. Dear Gabby, There are many cleansing and detoxification formulas out there, and you’re right – they can be confusing! I think detoxification is incredibly important, especially since we are exposed to so many chemicals that are foreign to our body. When it comes to cleansing, I think a simple and time-tested approach is best.
In the traditional medicinal system of India – known as Ayurveda – there is a combination of herbs that has been used for thousands of years to support digestion and disease prevention. Some of the ingredients you may have heard of, like ginger and turmeric, while others may be new, like boerhavia and Indian tinospora.
Each of these herbs has been individually studied and recommended for centuries. They are powerful on their own, but when combined, have even greater health benefits. These herbs help to fight inflammation, stop stomach and digestive disorders, soothe and relax intestinal tissues, bolster the ability of the liver to detoxify, and much more. Plus, all of these herbs have additional health promoting properties aside from the ones directly related to cleansing.
Ideally you will use these cleansing herbs in conjunction with dietary changes that will limit processed and sugary foods, keep your caffeine and alcohol intake at a sensible level, and – in general – help you slow down a bit to reconnect and feel more in control of your life and less overwhelmed. But these are not requirements – just possibilities.
Best yet, you can choose the length of your cleanse – the herbs are gentle enough to use every day, or just for a 30-day period to get things back in order again.
I would take a combination of turmeric, greater galangal, andrographis, boerhavia, Indian laburnum, gotu kola, cyperus, licorice, East Indian sarsaparilla, long pepper, chebulic myrobalan, Indian tinospora, ginger, and curry tree each night before bed.
Terry . . . Naturally