Enemas for Constipation: Are They Harmful to Your Health?

Woman with stomach discomfort from constipation and looking for an enema as a remedy.

An enema is a procedure – for lack of a better word – where you insert liquid or air into your colon through the rectum to clear out the lower bowel contents, or in other words, your poo. After you squeeze the liquid or air into your nether regions, you will very shortly feel an overwhelming urge to defecate. Most often, people use enemas as quick relief for occasional constipation, but some people use them for colon cleansing and detox. Enemas are also used in medical settings before exams or surgery. The liquid in enemas ranges from sodium phosphate to mineral oil to coffee, but no matter which is used, the point is to quickly evacuate the feces from your lower colon.

When Do You Use An Enema?

There are multiple reasons why people use enemas, from minor constipation to cleansing to medical procedures.

Enemas for Constipation

By far the most common use for enemas is for a frustrating case of occasional constipation, although enemas may not be the best solution. But if you have chronic or regular constipation, aim to figure out the true cause and solve that problem – whether through lifestyle choices, diet, or a medical issue that needs further investigation. Perhaps your diet contains too much-processed food or too much sugar and not enough fresh, fiber-filled fruits and vegetables. A poor diet also affects your gut flora, which in turn, affects digestion, mental wellness, and many other aspects of your health. As people age, constipation often becomes more of a problem.[1] Medical issues can also cause constipation. So, take some time to discern the real issue.

Enemas for Weight Loss

Some people use enemas as a method to speed weight loss. Using enemas for weight loss is actually one of the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.[2, 3] Eliminating your food more rapidly on a regular basis, whether through enemas or laxatives, can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, your body, and your health. Please do not use enemas for weight loss. They do not work, and regular use brings a host of other issues including the health risks mentioned below.[4]

Enemas for Cleansing & Detox

Enemas are also sometimes used for detoxing or cleansing the colon. People who use enemas for cleansing may eat a liquid-only diet, or fast, or simply eat a healthy diet for a period of time, detoxing from sugar, wheat, and gluten, processed foods, dairy, or meat, and then perform an enema colon cleanse. An enema done after a detox diet can then flush out toxins. I personally think that a better option is something taken orally, whether an Epsom salt, or an oxygen-based colon cleanser. These options produce better results than enemas and don’t have any of the negative side effects.

Enemas for Medical Procedures

Physicians and other healthcare providers may perform an enema on you in a clinical setting, or they may give you one to self-administer. These can be liquid enemas, or a pneumatic enema, which pushes air up the lower colon, usually in order to perform a procedure or examine the bowel.

Types of Enemas

The most common disposable, at-home enemas are small plastic bottles that are filled with a liquid solution and equipped with a lubricated nozzle, which you insert into your bottom. Reusable enemas come in a kit which includes an enema bag or bucket, which you fill with liquid, and a tube with a nozzle at the end. Bags and buckets hold much more liquid than an enema bottle and produce a more thorough flush of the digestive system.

From disposable to reusable and from cleansing to retention enemas, there are a variety of types for various purposes and needs related to constipation, cleaning, and medical procedures. Many different solutions can be used to cleanse the bowels, which I discuss below.

Retention Enema vs. Cleansing Enemas

Cleansing enemas, in which the liquid leaves the bowel almost immediately after you insert it, are the most common type. When you buy an over-the-counter disposable enema, it is a cleansing enema. Most of these one-time-use enemas include a small plastic bottle pre-filled with a saline solution. The bottles have a lubricated nozzle which you insert into your bottom. After squeezing all the liquid into your nether regions, you may hold it in for as long as you can. Most people can only hold it for a few minutes before the solution stimulates peristalsis, the muscular contraction throughout the colon which moves fecal matter onward and outward. Once the liquid enters the rectum, massaging the abdomen can help loosen fecal matter.

With retention enemas, you strive to keep the liquid inside the bowel longer – at least 15 minutes and up to an hour. A special nozzle with a plastic piece blocks the exit, so to speak, to keep the liquid inside. This allows your body to absorb the enema liquid – whether coffee or a medical solution. Some people prefer to remove the nozzle and use a rectal plug to keep the liquid inside for an allotted time.

The volume of liquid used will vary by person. You can start with 4 cups in the enema bag or bucket, but may only be able to insert 2 cups. People generally are able to use more liquid with time, but no more than 3 or 4 cups should be used.

Bulb vs. Bucket & Bag Enemas

People who regularly use enemas may want to purchase one that can be cleaned and reused – though these carry a risk of infection if you do not clean them thoroughly. Reusable enemas include small enema syringes or bulbs, or enema kits that include a silicone or rubber enema bag or a bucket to hold liquid, a tube, and a nozzle. Bulbs only allow for a relatively small amount of liquid, comparable to the over-the-counter disposables. But they still do the trick!

For the bucket and bag enema kits, you fill up the bag or bucket with a liquid solution then place it above the body, so that once you insert the nozzle the liquid flows by gravity downwards and into the body. Of course, you should do this process in the bathroom so that you’re near the toilet.

Water Enemas

Because water is hypotonic (less salty) than body fluids, plain water enemas are not ideal. These can cause electrolytes to leave the body, potentially causing an electrolyte imbalance. If you must do a plain water enema, be sure that you use pure distilled water that has no risk of contamination with pathogens or parasites – or you may introduce them into your body. The water temperature should be similar to your body temperature – not too hot and not too cold. Between 98 and 104˚ F (37-40˚C) will feel ideal. But rather than pure water, salt or saline solution will make for a better enema.

As with other enemas, aim for between 2-4 cups of liquid, and retain up to 15 minutes or expel immediately.

Saline Solution Enema

Saline solution enemas will produce better results than plain water because they are approximately the same saltiness as the body, or slightly more so. Here’s a little chemistry lesson: when a solution you insert into your bowel is saltier than the body, water will flow from the body into the colon. If the enema fluid was hypotonic or less salty compared to the body’s fluids, it would be absorbed – which would defeat the purpose of an enema.

The most common over-the-counter at-home enema is Fleet brand, which contains sodium phosphate, also called Phospho-soda, although many other brands have the same ingredients. Be warned, phospho-soda enemas have been linked with severe kidney damage. As a result, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning about the use of sodium phosphate enemas use, as well as oral solutions taken for colonoscopy preparation that clean the bowels.[5] Never use more than one of these enemas within a 24 hour period.

Another type of saline enema is made with Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate salt. If you have an enema bucket or bag, try four tablespoons of Epsom salt to two liters of distilled water. Once you squeeze the liquid inside of your rectum, it will make the bowels strongly contract. This will clean out the colon, expelling any impacted stool.

Mineral Oil Enema

When used in an enema, mineral oil acts as an emollient and stool softener, working on the fecal mass inside of the colon. Mineral oil, an unnatural petroleum product, works by helping stool retain water and lining the colon with oil and hence lubricating the fecal mass. Unfortunately, regular use of mineral oil enemas causes malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins, as well as seepage and incontinence of the bowels.[6] Oil enemas are also a bit messier than water-based enemas. Some people will do a mineral oil retention enema, holding in the solution for one hour, followed by a cleansing enema with a water-based solution.

Most mineral oil enemas are pre-packaged, with one bottle containing 118ml of liquid. You can also use an enema syringe, which just inserts a specific amount of liquid into the rectum, very slowly so that it can soak into the fecal mass. These are commonly used in children. Unlike other enemas, oil enemas work overnight to soften the stool so the child – or whoever – can go to sleep and will wake up with the urge to defecate in the morning. As I said above, most people like to follow up with a cleansing enema afterward to eliminate the excess oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar Enema

Vinegar has been used to fight infections since the time of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who lived from 460 to 377 BC. [7] Vinegar contains acetic acid, and studies have found it can offer an element of protection against Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria and other harmful organisms. Apple cider vinegar, in particular, contains probiotics, which promotes normalized digestion and elimination. Studies have also found vinegar can help normalize blood sugar levels.[8] Using it as an enema is a more recent phenomenon, and there are no studies indicating its specific benefits for this purpose.

The best recipe for an apple cider vinegar enema 3 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of ACV. Try to hold it inside your body for at least 5 minutes.

Coffee Enema

People love coffee; it is synonymous with going from zombie sleep mode to active and ready for the day. Coffee comes in caffeinated and decaf, regular drip and espresso. And now people love it so much they’re squirting it up their bums. Proponents not only claim it gives them a burst of caffeinated energy but also that it stimulates bile production through the colon wall. Some medical experts suggest that the “cafestol palmitate” in coffee stimulates glutathione S-transferase enzyme activity, which, in turn, stimulates bile excretion. One small pilot study found a coffee enema used in combination with polyethylene glycol (PEG) better prepped the bowels for a procedure than PEG alone.

Although coffee enemas are usually safe, if you have compromised kidney function, you should avoid it. There are at least two reports of death after a coffee enema, one from blood poisoning (septicemia) in a late-stage breast cancer, and one from electrolyte imbalance from too many enemas.[9] There are also reports of infection of the rectum and colon (proctocolitis). The colitis could be caused by the use of improperly cleaned enema equipment or from hot coffee (ouch!), and may not be specific to coffee enemas. Use common sense: do not put hot coffee up your bottom. If you choose to do a coffee enema, use it at a sensible room temperature.

To make a homemade coffee enema, brew four cups of distilled water with a fine grind coffee. Some people like to boil it on the stove for 15 minutes to ensure a very strong brew. If you boil on the stove, strain off the coffee grounds, and COOL it down completely before pouring it into your enema bag or bucket. You should do this as a retention enema, to ensure the coffee can interact with your colon.

Do Enemas Have Side Effects?

Most of the time enemas are safe, but you should be aware of the risks they carry. Two different published reviews of scientific studies found that no conclusive benefits associated with the use of enemas for constipation, but there were several documented complications and risks.[10, 11] The reviews found that enemas could be useful when healthcare providers are prepping for a medical examination of your colon and GI tract. That means that if you feel you need to do an enema, you should proceed with caution. There are real risks associated with using enemas on a regular basis for constipation.

Electrolyte Imbalances

In most enemas, the liquid used is hypertonic, which means that it’s saltier than the body’s fluids. Because our blood and body fluids are salty (saline), if you use a solution that is saltier, it may cause dehydration. Hypertonic enemas pull liquids out from the colon and body into the stool and then ultimately out of the body. Most of the time, you can counter this and stay hydrated by drinking enough water when performing an enema, but hypertonic enemas (like sodium phosphate ones) are not appropriate if you are dehydrated. On the other hand, plain water enemas are hypotonic (less salty) compared to the body and can cause electrolyte salts like sodium and potassium to leave the body in the feces, possibly leading to an electrolyte imbalance.

Disrupting Your Gut Flora

Any time you flush the feces out of the bowel, you disrupt the gut microbiota.[12] Most of the time, the gut flora recovers rapidly after cleansing or using an enema, but frequent enema use can cause more serious disruptions and issues, including infections.[13] The science linking gut microbes and health is both fascinating and advancing quickly. A healthy gut microbiota has been linked with mental wellness, overall health, vibrant-looking skin, and better digestion.[14, 15, 16]

Enema Dependency

If you turn to enemas to clean out your colon on a regular basis, this can lead to dependency, which is unhealthy. Whether it creates a physical dependency of the gastrointestinal system or just a mental need for them, this is not the healthiest solution for regular constipation or for cleansing.[17] Rather, a healthy diet, exercise, massage, and supplements may prove to be a better whole-body natural approach.

Infections

Enemas offered by spas, including colonics, often use shared equipment. If it is not properly cleaned and sterilized, you may risk getting an infection.[18] The same can happen with reusable at-home equipment. Enema use has been linked with proctocolitis, which is irritation of the rectal lining and colon.

You need to properly sterilize any part of a reusable enema that touches your rectum. The good news is that rather than putting it in your dishwasher along with the dishes, experts recommend using hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and water, or soap and hot water to sterilize enema equipment.

Intestinal Damage

Another safety issue with enema use is possible perforation of the intestinal wall. Perforation is a more common problem with colonics, in which large volume of water is pushed through the intestinal tract to clear it out.[19] Older people are at a higher risk for perforations because the colon wall thins with age. Puncturing a hole in the intestines during an enema naturally increases the risk of infection within the body, which is called sepsis.

Blood in Your Stool After an Enema

If you insert the enema gently and with a lubricant, you should not see blood in your stool after administering an enema. If you do, it could indicate an underlying medical issue. If you have hemorrhoids, the enema could cause a minor tear in these small, engorged veins. But if you continue to find blood in your stool, this could be damage to the intestinal wall or something else, and you should seek medical advice.

Do Enemas Really Work?

If you want to know whether an enema will give you a bowel movement, the answer is a resounding yes. However, if what you really want to know is whether enemas are a good solution for constipation, that is another question altogether. If you rarely have constipation but something has jammed up the works and you have a wedding coming up, then an enema can quickly clear out your bowels. But, is it the best solution for most situations? Probably not.

Better Remedies for Occasional Constipation

  • Increase your fiber intake
  • Drink more water
  • Consume probiotic foods or supplements
  • Take digestive enzymes
  • Perform a colon cleanse

In truth, enemas should not be used for chronic constipation. There are many natural remedies for constipation, whether eating a plant-based diet with some bowel movement-inducing fruits like prunes, increasing your fiber intake, or getting enough exercise. Although drinking water will not necessarily reduce constipation if you are fully hydrated, it can help if you have minor dehydration. Taking a supplement with multiple strains and species of probiotic microbes, as well as prebiotic fiber for the probiotics to munch on, can make a huge difference when it comes to healthy bowel movements. Digestive enzymes may help your body make better use of your food, and colon cleansing can also help to ensure you do not have impacted stool and maintain healthy intestines.

To naturally and gently resolve occasional constipation without using laxatives, try Oxy-Powder®. This gentle colon cleanser is safe, effective, and doesn’t cause nausea or the sort of embarrassing emergencies that send you scrambling for the nearest toilet. Even better, try the Colon Cleanse Kit. It has everything you need to cleanse your entire digestive tract of toxins and impacted fecal matter in less than a week.

What’s Your Story?

Have you used an enema to remedy occasional constipation or as a cleanse? What solution did you use and why? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience.

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The Ultimate Guide to Detox Drinks for Your Body Cleansing Goals

Lemon water is a popular detox drink.

Whether you are trying to support a major body cleanse or you just want to boost your energy, detox drinks can enrich a healthy lifestyle and support your mind and body! Are you looking for answers, like how often to drink these cleansing drinks or whether to consume them before or during meals? Or are you searching for a handful of delicious and effective body detox drink recipes rather than an overwhelming list of 50? You’re in luck: I’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best, tastiest, and most effective drinks around.

What Is a Detox Drink?

There’s nothing supernatural about a detox drink – it is just a drink with ingredients that have detoxification properties. It can be juice, tea, a smoothie, or even water made with herbs, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and minerals that help remove toxins from the body. For best results, they should be made with all organic ingredients and should have no added sugar. The good news is that most are quick and simple to make and they can improve your overall health and wellness.

Different ingredients work better for detoxing your liver, kidneys, digestive system, and whole body, and I will reveal which homemade drinks work best for different organ systems. I will also recommend some homemade do-it-yourself (DIY) drinks for cleansing toxic metals from your body and for weight loss.

Do Detox Drinks Work?

Drinks made for detoxifying your body can have a positive impact on your health, depending on how you use them. But, keep in mind they are not a magic bullet. Whether you drink a tangy green juice every morning or try a diet for a specific period to cleanse your body of toxins, detox drinks are just one tool to support your health journey. You can drink them along with other foods, or you can do a juice or water only fast.

Depending on your goals, and how often you consume them, detox drinks can do the following:

Popular Detox Drinks

Whether smoothies, green juices, teas or the ever-popular master cleanse lemonade drink, there are a variety of popular ones that you may have heard of. Learn more below.

Teas

Many different teas can help you detoxify, including turmeric, lemongrass, marshmallow root, and milk thistle. Avoid herbal laxative teas like senna and cascara, which are harsh and may not be safe for the digestive system.

Two ingredients I recommend for detoxification are dandelion root and green tea leaves. You can make your own tea by buying bulk supplies from a natural health food store, or buy one that is already sold in teabags.

Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion root has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese medicine and ancient Indian medicine (Ayurveda) to support liver and gallbladder health.[1] Modern science has shown dandelion roots help relieve liver stress in laboratory animals.[2, 3] It also promotes the production of bile and stomach acid, so it should be avoided by people with gallstones or ulcers.[1] You can buy dandelion tea online or at a nearby natural health store. You can buy several varieties of premade detox tea that contains dandelion root, but some natural health food stores sell dandelion root and dandelion leaf in bulk so you can make tea. Combine it with marshmallow root plus chamomile flower for a sweet flavor.

Green Tea

Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties.[4] Antioxidants work to counter any damage to cells caused by toxins and pathogens, so drinking a tea or juice with high antioxidant properties helps your body detoxify. Studies have found that green tea lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and blood pressure as well.[5, 6] Matcha green tea powder has 100 times more antioxidants than plain green tea[7]: While green tea is an infusion from the tea leaves, matcha powder is a drink made from ground up young green tea leaves, resulting in more detoxifying antioxidants in your drink. Matcha has been found to have positive effects on the kidney and liver.[8]

Master Cleanse Lemonade

Lemons have many powerful properties that assist the body in detoxing. Lemons help with cleansing the liver, kidneys, and colon,[9, 10,11]. One of the most popular detox diets, the Master Cleanse, is lemonade made with cayenne pepper, organic lemons, and pure maple syrup. You can make the lemonade in single glasses, or in a large pitcher– but add the cayenne in each glass, or it will make the drink bitter.

Use two tablespoons of organic lemon juice, two tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup (not the fake stuff), ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 10 ounces of distilled water. This is a juice-only cleanse; drink only this lemonade for ten days. Afterward, you transition off by drinking fresh-squeezed organic orange juice for one day, followed by two days on a homemade vegan soup. For the full effect, most Master Cleanse participants flush the body with sea salt water, which must be consumed on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Add two teaspoons of sea salt (not iodized table salt) to 1 quart of warm water. After about 30-45 minutes, be near a bathroom.

Green Juices

Green juice is all the rage among health enthusiasts. This healthy drink can start your day off with a shot of antioxidants and nutrients – power for a positive day! I drink a delicious green juice almost every morning. I change it up based on what I have in the refrigerator, but a favorite involves apples, lemon, parsley, celery, kale, cucumbers, fresh ginger, and romaine lettuce. Drink it down in a couple of minutes for a super-boost of energy. I’ll give the recipe below.

Juicing concentrates the fresh, raw nutrients in the fruits and vegetables, giving you a quick shot of nutrition – far more than you could consume in the same period. Apples provide an all-natural sweetener, especially if you are not yet accustomed to the piquant taste of a pure all-vegetable green juice. Lemon juice also balances out flavors and provides excellent benefits for digestion, weight loss, and detoxifying the kidneys.

Making homemade juice is most convenient with a store-bought juicer. Although juicers can be a bit expensive, they are an excellent investment for your health.

Smoothies

Some people wonder why they should waste all the pulp that comes from the fruits and vegetables when you juice. If you do not want to throw away all the veggie and fruit pulp, you may opt for smoothies instead. Smoothies have the added advantage of retaining the fiber packed into most veggies and fruits. However, you can do both! I like to save the pulp left from juicing, pack it into ice cube trays, and add these frozen vegetable pulp ice cubes to my smoothie recipes. If you are making smoothies for detoxing, do not add sugar. Instead use fruits to sweeten your smoothie, like bananas or berries.

What’s the Best Detox Drink?

If you want to cut to the chase and find out the best drink, read on. In a nutshell, water is the best way to detox, but there are a few ways to add flavor and cleansing properties to your water.

Pure Distilled Water

Truly, the best drink for detoxing is always water! Because tap water can be contaminated, using a proper water purification system is essential for your health. I recommend distilled water because the process by which it is made removes all contaminants; it is pure H20. Distillation involves bringing water to a boil – which converts it to steam – and then sending the steam through cooling tubes where it condenses back into pure water. This process also removes all of the naturally occurring minerals, so you might need to supplement to get them back.

To keep all your body’s organ systems working at top notch, I recommend that you drink at least eight glasses per day – especially if you are trying to detox. If you want to take it to the next level, try water fasting. I recently completed a 18-day water fast and created a series of videos, one per day, documenting my experience with it. I also drank hydrogen-infused water to ensure the greatest benefit during my fast; you can read more at my hydrogen water article. Studies show that water fasting slows aging and improves cell recycling and promotes the body’s natural healing properties.[12, 13,14] It can also give you a flat belly, and help you kickstart a lifestyle of healthier eating.

Distilled Water With Apple Cider Vinegar

My favorite drink – I drink this all the time – is distilled water with just a touch of raw, organic and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV), and a dash of Himalayan pink salt. The vinegar adds a slightly tart and tangy taste to the water. Apple cider vinegar has incredible detoxification properties. ACV is full of probiotics, it has a powerful ability to resist all kinds of harmful organisms,[15] and it helps normalize blood sugar levels.[16] Distilled water with ACV – with or without added lemon juice – creates the perfect alkaline drink.

Detox Water

Detox water is just water infused with one or more fruits or vegetables, like watermelon, cucumber or lemon. If you infuse your water with the right ingredients, you can detox while you hydrate. Always use distilled water or if you have to use tap water, purify it with a filter that removes toxins.

Watermelon Citrus Water

My favorite is watermelon citrus water. Watermelon has nutrients that make it ideal for detoxing your liver.

  • Pour 1 gallon of purified water in a glass pitcher (for best results)
  • Cube about 1 cup of fresh watermelon
  • Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon and ½ orange
  • Add 1 lemon wedge
  • Add 1 orange wedge
  • Add 5 – 8 cucumber slices to mellow the harsh citrus flavor

These drinks can be consumed before a meal, or in place of a meal if you are intermittent fasting. There are many other delicious recipes.

Detox Drinks for Weight Loss

Can certain drinks help you lose weight? They absolutely can! Many people are on the lookout for slimming or weight loss detox drinks. However, it’s important to use detox drinks, and especially intermittent fasting or juice fasting as healthy habits rather than exclusively for weight loss, which could lead to an eating disorder.

Fasting and drastically reducing calories – which can be done by substituting a drink for one or more meals– have scientifically valid benefits.[12, 13,14] However, these new health habits should be practiced with care, and in some cases under the guidance of a natural health practitioner or doctor.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice has slimming properties. Aloe promotes the digestive system’s production of mucus, which has a gentle, mild laxative effect and also can improve gut health. You can buy aloe vera juice (note, this is different from aloe gel) at local stores and drink a four-ounce glass of it, or, if the taste is too strong, you can dilute it with water in a larger glass. Make sure your aloe juice does not contain more than five ppm (parts per million) aloin from the outer leaf, as this can irritate the gut. You can also buy aloe in capsule form, and some people like to release the contents into a glass of water rather than drinking aloe juice.

Detox Drinks for Whole Body Detox

There are several ways to do a whole body cleanse. If you want an overall body detox drink, I recommend green juice. You will need a juicer. It’s best to wash all items before juicing. Although organic farmers use less chemical pesticides, laws allow for some to be used, and so even organic fruits and vegetables may retain remnants of some chemicals.[17]

Dr. Group’s Morning Green Detox Juice

Add the following items to your juicer, and then store in a glass jar.

  • 2 stalks of organic celery
  • 2 organic green apples
  • 1 organic lemon, peeled
  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • 2 organic cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce

Detox Drinks for Kidney Cleansing

Kidneys perform critical detoxifying functions for the body, including excreting waste from protein metabolism into the urinary system. To keep kidneys functioning well, you can consume kidney cleansing drinks. You may know of the benefits of cranberry juice for helping improve kidney function during a urinary tract infection (UTI). Pomegranate juice,[18] beet juice,[19] and lemon water can also help clean the kidneys. Lemon has been shown to fight against kidney stones and to protect against toxins in liver and kidney tissue in laboratory experiments.[1, 2]

Kidney Cleanse Detox

I recommend drinking a four-day kidney cleanse that uses two drinks, a homemade kidney cleanse beverage and a lemon-ACV drink.

You will need:

  • 2 gallons of distilled water (1 gallon for the Renaltrex Kidney Cleanse Drink, and 1 gallon for the Water / Lemon / ACV Drink)
  • 2 ounces (1 full bottle) of Renaltrex®
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) of Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs or Spectrum brands, available on our site and most health food stores)

How to Make the Kidney Cleanse Drink

  • Start with 1 gallon of distilled water
  • Pour out 5 ounces of water to make room for the ingredients you will add
  • Add two ounces (the whole bottle) of Renaltrex
  • Add 2 tablespoons of organic raw apple cider vinegar
  • Add the juice of one organic lemon.
  • Shake and refrigerate.

Drink this gallon over the next 4 days. If you need to work or run errands during the day, bring it with you in a small cooler or large water bottle.

How to Make Lemon-ACV Water Drink

  • Take a second gallon of distilled water and pour out 6 ounces (¾ cup).
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to the water.
  • Add ½ cup of fresh squeezed organic lemon juice.

Drink this for snacks, during meals, and between meals when thirsty. Drink as much as you like throughout the day. The more you drink, the more successful your kidney cleanse will be. When you finish this mix, make another gallon and continue to drink as needed.

Kidney Stones Detox Drink

If you have kidney stones, drinking lemon, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar is a natural kidney stone remedy that can help. Follow these instructions:

  • At the first symptom of stone pain, mix two ounces of organic olive oil with two ounces of organic lemon juice.
  • Drink it straight and follow with a 12-ounce glass of purified water.
  • Wait 30 minutes.
  • Next, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into 12 ounces of purified water, add one tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and drink.
  • Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe every hour until symptoms improve.

Detox Drinks for Liver Cleansing

Many foods have liver cleansing properties, but beets, lemons, grapefruit, turmeric, peppermint and apple cider vinegar are powerhouses for this purpose. Peppermint is one of several herbs with strong liver cleansing properties. Not only does peppermint stimulate liver bile production,[20] but it has also been found to protect the liver against toxic metals in lab experiments.[21] Not only that, peppermint acts as a stress-relieving drink.

Beets, carrots, and apples are three of several liver cleansing foods that can be juiced to create a delicious juice. My ACV-lemon water mentioned in the Best Detox Drink section is also great for the liver.

Dr. Group’s Liver Cleanse Juice

  • 3 Organic Carrots (peeled and washed)
  • 1 Organic Beet (peeled and washed)
  • 2 Organic Red Apples (washed and cut)
  • 6 Organic Kale Leaves
  • ½ in. Ginger Root
  • ½ Organic Lemon, peeled

Wash and peel all the items, and then add them to a juicer. If you prefer a thicker juice, you can blend it in a blender. Add ice if you prefer a cold drink.

Turmeric has liver protecting effects, including against NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and other toxins.[22] It acts as an antioxidant and reduces the body’s production of cytokines, which cause systemic irritation.[22] You can make a delicious liver health drink using turmeric.

Golden Milk

Golden milk is a drink made from milk (I recommend vegan milk like almond milk, rice milk, or coconut milk) and turmeric, with other spices added for flavor and additional health benefits.

  • 2 cups milk of your choice
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric powder, or 1 tbsp. grated fresh turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger, or 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Dash cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • Honey (optional)

Whisk all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer to combine the flavors, and then strain through cheesecloth (you can skip this step if desired). Drink warm as a golden milk latte, or refrigerated.

Detox Drinks for Gut and Digestive Health

If you want to improve your digestion, try a detox smoothie. Compared with juicing, where the pulp is discarded, creating a smoothie from provides your body with the natural fiber from the fruits and vegetables, as well as all their nutrients. Ginger has excellent digestive benefits, including reducing nausea and vomiting.[23] It also helps other digestive issues, including gas, bloating, and constipation.[24]

Here’s a delicious and soothing drink that will ease digestive complaints and start your day off great.

Lemon Ginger Detox Tea

  • A coffee cup full of hot water (about 2 cups)
  • 1 organic lemon, cut into slices
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric (or 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh)

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Keep a close watch on it, or the water will evaporate! You can double the recipe if you want to drink more the next day. Do not microwave the tea, as microwaves negatively affect food and the nutrients contained within them.

Kickin’ Ginger Lemon Water

If you want a cold drink for digestion, try this spicy but delicious detox water recipe.

  • Pour 1 gallon of purified water in a glass pitcher (for best results)
  • Squeeze fresh juice from 2 whole lemons into the water
  • Cut the third lemon into wedges and add
  • Mince about 1-inch fresh ginger root (peeled)
  • Add 1 tablespoon (to taste) of fresh ground red chili powder

Stir together and enjoy!

Drinks for Toxic Metal Detox

Toxic metals can accumulate in our bodies from the foods we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Mercury, lead, cadmium and other metals are common in the environment, and even low levels have harmful effects on the body.

Dr. Group’s Toxin-Free Super Water

I love to drink Super Water regularly, and it works particularly well to help remove toxic metals.

Calculate half your body weight; drink that amount in ounces of Super Water every day of the cleansing process. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of Super Water daily. Drink this water after you cleanse on a regular basis to maintain overall health.

  1. Prepare one gallon of purified water, preferably kept in a glass bottle. Pour out some so that you can add the ingredients below. You can add water back in to suit your taste.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar to the gallon of water. Shake well. If the taste is too strong for you to handle, reduce to 1 tablespoon per gallon until you become accustomed to the taste.
  3. Optional: Add the juice of ½ of an organic lemon and 1-2 ounces organic aloe vera juice per gallon of Super Water. These additions will improve your cleansing results.

To really boost your toxic metal cleansing effort, try Zeotrex®. The formula is an integral component of the 30-day toxic metal cleanse. Add 20 drops of Zeotrex to 2 fluid ounces (¼ cup) of distilled water and drink this first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Repeat 20 minutes before your evening meal. Repeat this for 30 days, and drink the Super Water throughout the day.

Answers to Common Questions

Are you wondering what you should expect when drinking detox drinks? I’ve gathered some of the most common questions and provided answers.

Do I need to stay close to a toilet?

No, for the most part, these drinks in and of themselves will not affect your digestion so strongly that you’ll need to rush off to the bathroom. The exception is aloe vera juice, which can have strong digestive-stimulating properties. With that drink, I recommend starting with a small amount and seeing how your body responds before drinking larger amounts.

How often or over how many days should I drink the detox drinks?

These drinks can be added to your healthy daily diet plan on a regular basis. If you are consuming most of these recipes, like golden milk or mint tea, have them as often as you like! Or you may want to try detoxing your body for a certain period by eliminating processed foods, meat, dairy and other foods. In that case, if you want to replace a meal with a drink, consume your drink of choice as a replacement for breakfast, or 30 minutes before lunch or dinner. If you are doing a full liver, colon or kidney cleanse, I recommend a five-day plan.

When I make detox water, do I squeeze the fruit or vegetables into the water or just put them into the water to infuse?

If you squeeze the fruits and veggies, it gives more flavor to your water and also infuses your water with more of the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals from the produce. After squeezing the juice into the water, you can add them to the pitcher or jug, which will allow the flavors to deepen.

What do I do with the leftover fruit once the water is consumed?

Most people throw it away, but you can freeze it and later add to a smoothie!

Should I drink these refrigerated or at room temperature?

Your body needs more energy to metabolize cold water, so if you are cleansing, room temperature drinks will help your body process the water more efficiently. If making detox water, keep it at room temp in a pitcher for at least 24 hours, but if you do not drink all of it, you can refrigerate it for longer preservation.

Will detox drinks make me lose weight?

Not necessarily. Some ingredients do kick-start metabolism, but if you want to lose weight, you need a balanced diet with physical exercise as well. Try to eat a healthful, plant-based diet. Detoxing your body systems can help with weight loss, and healthy drinks are a great accompaniment to any type of cleanse.

Boosting Your Detox Regimen

In summary, detox drinks are not only delicious and nutritious, but they can help your body cleanse you from all the toxins you are exposed to daily. Choosing ingredients that target the organs that you have trouble with can make a world of difference.

How about you? Have you tried any detox drinks that you love? Share the recipe in the comments below!

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Hydrogen Water: Why You Should Drink It

A glass of hydrogen water.

The benefits of hydrogen (H₂) were discovered centuries ago and used for medical purposes. Recently, this chemical element has become incredibly popular as an additive to drinking water known as “hydrogen water” for similar medical and health benefits. Advantages linked to consuming hydrogen-infused water include weight loss, increased energy, and a stronger immune system. Hydrogen can also neutralize and reduce oxidative damage in your cells, giving it the coveted antioxidant status. It can help maintain healthy cells and tissues and is safe to consume in water.

My Hydrogen Water Experience

When I went on my 18-day water fast, I knew that hydrogen-rich water would give me the greatest benefits compared to regular purified or distilled water, especially considering that I wasn’t taking in any food. Drinking water infused with hydrogen during my abstinence from food was a natural way to help nourish my body.

Going on a water fast can present a lack of convenience regarding your choice in water – especially where hydrogen water is concerned. Because of my active lifestyle, I opted for spring or distilled water as a substitute when hydrogen water wasn’t available. I found that I had the most energy, however, when I drank hydrogen water during my water fast. It’s a relief knowing that today, this form of water is so much more attainable.

Hydrogen Water Benefits

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Easily absorbed by your body
  • Boosts energy and discourages exhaustion
  • Anti-aging promoter
  • Protects mitochondrial function
  • Combats muscle fatigue
  • Helps with skin health
  • Provides extra benefits during a water fast
  • Encourages better health during a liver cleanse and other cleanses

What Is Hydrogen?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and is listed as number one on the periodic table. Stars, like our sun, consist primarily of this element. Hydrogen is colorless, odorless, tasteless and non-toxic, and can be found primarily in soil, water, and to a lesser degree, air. Because a hydrogen atom is so small, it can penetrate cells and deploy all of its benefits on a cellular level.[1]

What Is Hydrogen Water?

Hydrogen water, hydrogen-enriched water, or hydrogenated water, is regular water (H₂O) that has been infused with hydrogen gas. This gas raises the concentration levels of molecular hydrogen in water for easy digestibility and immediate penetration in cells, which encourages overall health benefits. Many natural springs, now shut down, contained a higher concentration of hydrogen and were used for centuries to help heal certain illnesses. This healing ability is what may have prompted finding ways to infuse water with molecular hydrogen.[2]

Can I Make Hydrogen Water at Home?

The short answer is yes – hydrogen water can be made at home.

You may have seen videos online or websites explaining how to make hydrogen water at home using magnesium rods and malic acid. The most popular and least costly ways involve food-grade malic acid, magnesium rods, and filtered drinking water. The rods and malic acid are usually obtained online. Recipes for hydrogen water using these ingredients vary, as does the concentration of hydrogen in the water; the goal being to reach a concentration of at least 2.6 parts per million (ppm) of hydrogen. Most people, however, feel that stronger health benefits are seen at more than 3 to 4 ppm.[3]

There have been problems with this method of homemade hydrogen water. Issues have arisen regarding H₂ concentration not meeting optimum levels, the availability and quality of the magnesium rods, and hydrogen pressure building up in the capped bottles. There are now pills available as a way to add hydrogen to bottled water, but they contain smaller concentrations of hydrogen and tend to be expensive.

There is also bottled hydrogen water available for purchase as well as cans of water claiming to contain hydrogen. These bottles and cans tend to be expensive, and many don’t tell you the concentration of hydrogen you’re ingesting. On top of that, there is the environmental factor of purchasing plastic bottles.

Hydrogen Water Makers

Instead of playing with homemade hydrogen water recipes that don’t guarantee a sure outcome, or constantly buying cans or bottles of hydrogen water, purchasing a machine that is proven to infuse water with molecular hydrogen is a good option. Although hydrogen water makers can be expensive, they may be worth the investment as no recipe is needed, they are better for the environment, and they last for years.[3]

When scientists determined that hydrogen water could support the health of cells and help reduce tissue damage, companies worldwide started manufacturing hydrogen water makers. Neutral-pH hydrogen water generators are designed to produce high concentrations of hydrogen gas for better health benefits. There are even portable hydrogen-infusing water bottles now available.

Hydrogen water makers work using a process called electrolysis of water, or water electrolysis — the decomposition and separation of water into hydrogen and oxygen gas by way of an electric current. Machines use proton exchange membranes that create conductivity giving these machines the ability to produce H₂ in purified or distilled water. It is always best to steer away from tap water due to its high levels of toxicity.[4]

Hydrogen Water vs. Alkaline Water

H2 water benefits are head and shoulders above alkaline water. Alkaline water is water that has a higher pH balance than ordinary water (which has a pH of 7, or neutral water). Alkaline water has fewer benefits than hydrogen water. A high pH level alkaline water may, however, have therapeutic advantages when it comes to reducing acid in the digestive tract as well as being a good acid-buffer for people with acid reflux issues.[5]

What Are the Health Benefits of Hydrogen Water?

The health benefits of water are extensive. However, drinking water infused with molecular hydrogen is shown to alleviate symptoms associated with many different illnesses and restore certain aspects of a person’s health. More than 700 studies have been conducted regarding molecular hydrogen and its therapeutic effects on health issues – including 170 studies done on humans with various illnesses.

People with type 2 diabetes, for example, noticed their glucose levels normalize after receiving hydrogen water therapy. Researchers attribute this to the fact that the hydrogen atom is so tiny that it can immediately permeate cells. This ability can start a natural healing process that balances glucose levels.[2]

A Powerful Antioxidant

Studies have found that hydrogenated water can enter cellular membranes and function as an antioxidant in your cell’s mitochondria. This means that hydrogen water interacts with your body on a molecular level, bypassing the digestive process entirely.

Unlike other antioxidants, hydrogen is not an electron donor, but rather a strategic antioxidant that only reacts with cell-damaging free radicals. Your body harbors a balance of different free radicals, some of which can be helpful towards maintaining your overall health. Molecular hydrogen scavenges harmful free radicals like hydroxyl radicals and superoxides, while leaving free radicals that help us sustain life untouched.[2]

Discourages Cellular Aging

Molecular hydrogen’s natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities make this element a great anti-aging tool. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of a shoelace. In studies, water containing molecular hydrogen positively affected telomerase activity – a process that encourages healthier telomeres. The length and stability of telomeres are directly linked to the lifespan of a human cell, which makes it a useful biomarker for anti-aging practices.[6]

Suppresses Inflammation

As you age, your cells accumulate cell damage, often from oxidative stress caused by lifelong exposure to the sun and toxic chemicals in the environment. Hydrogen-rich water can reduce cell damage caused by oxidation and reduce or inhibit inflammatory reactions. This is particularly true with bones and joints. In studies where patients with stiff joints were given 4-5 ppm of hydrogen-infused water daily for four weeks, oxidative stress lessened, and their symptoms improved.[7]

Promotes Weight Loss

Hydrogen stimulates gastric leptin and ghrelin, hormones in the body that regulate fat storage, energy, and a number of other metabolic functions. Regular water usage on its own promotes hydration and gastrointestinal tract cleansing, but ingesting water infused with hydrogen can support better digestion and help with the breakdown of unwanted fat.

Research has shown that people who consume hydrogen water over a specified period of time saw improvements in weight loss and weight maintenance in people with metabolic syndrome. These results were attributed to hydrogen’s ability to reduce oxidative stress in cells, and its ability to optimize certain metabolic functions.[8] Hydrogen-enriched water also helps to restore a healthy gut, and maintaining healthy gut bacteria is a significant contributor to overall wellness.[2]

Resets Healthy Gut Bacteria

Your body makes hydrogen gas in the gut during the digestion process. The typical Western diet, however, lacks the water-soluble fiber needed to break certain foods down to make hydrogen gas. Introducing this much-needed element through hydrogen-enriched water, along with a good probiotic, into your diet can help restore a healthy balance of gut bacteria and encourage or enhance healthy digestion in your gut.[9]

Boosts the Immune System

Sixty percent of your immune system is tied to gut health. Damage in the gastrointestinal tract can cause a number of health issues that can, in turn, affect other organs in your body. Hydrogen’s ability to help counteract toxins in the gut and increase the secretions of healthy hormones directly affects the body’s ability to fight off illness and infection.[10]

Increases Energy Levels

H₂ can give you energy in several ways because it can so quickly enter your cells and release its many benefits. Adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, is known as the energy currency of the cell. Once ATP is broken down to adenosine diphosphate (ADP), energy is released. This energy promotes all cellular activities.

Since hydrogen can permeate cells and protect mitochondria – also known as the “powerhouse of the cell” – from oxidative stress, it can help increase ATP production and assist with routine cell maintenance.[11]

Molecular hydrogen can also stimulate the metabolic hormone FGF21. FGF21 is a liver hormone that increases cellular metabolism which helps with weight management and increases energy.[12] Hydrogen also triggers all five complexes of the electron transport chain (ETC), which is the primary mechanism the mitochondria in your cells use to produce ATP, or energy.[13]

Are There Side Effects to Drinking Hydrogen Water?

You may wonder, “is it safe to ingest hydrogen?” Water infused with molecular hydrogen has yielded many benefits with no major adverse effects. Studies have shown positive results after consuming water infused with hydrogen over a period of time, and according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is safe to ingest.[14] Always use water that meets public water safety standards. Distilled or purified water usually meets or surpasses standards over regular filtered water.[15] It’s always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider if hydrogen-infused water is something that will help you feel better or make you healthier on your journey towards overall wellness.[16]

Your Story

Have you used hydrogen water? What was it about this type of water that made you want to try it? Did it help out an illness, or did it just boost your daily wellness? We’d love to hear your story. Please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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What Is Natural Health? A Comprehensive Guide to Living Healthy

Practicing yoga is part of the natural health lifestyle.

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
― Hippocrates

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to taking your first steps towards natural health, this comprehensive guide can help. This article is full of health tips, trends and natural health wellness information. I’ll explain how your daily lifestyle choices can create optimal health – or take away from it. These include making positive decisions about how and what you eat, your physical fitness habits, and the products you buy for your home and body. You can also find a wealth of natural health benefits, recipes, and resources at a great natural health website, like ours.

What Is the Definition of Natural Health?

Natural health is a whole-lifestyle approach to overall wellness that addresses every component of life: how you eat, how you take care of your body, how you deal with stress, and which healthcare providers you entrust with your care. By looking at body, mind, and lifestyle, natural health is holistic. People following a natural health approach try to identify the root cause of symptoms so they can solve their health concerns, restore balance and optimize health. Eliminating unhealthy habits, performing detoxifying cleanses, and choosing positive, life- and health-affirming choices helps restore the body’s natural vitality. The natural approach offers greater personal power over your health.

Natural Health and Conventional Medicine

A natural health approach provides a more balanced way to create a healthy lifestyle compared with conventional medicine. Natural health means promoting wellness with the natural solution. For example, if you’re tired, drinking an energy drink is the unnatural approach. Your body doesn’t need caffeine, sugar, and chemicals; it needs sleep.

Natural health can be used on its own – which is called alternative health – or integrated with traditional healthcare. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine combines conventional medical care with one or more alternative, natural health approaches. Alternative and complementary therapies include massage, acupressure, detoxing, and health supplements. More and more traditional medical doctors and healthcare practitioners are integrating holistic natural health into their repertoire.

In a Nutshell

In a nutshell, natural health means “out with the bad, in with the good” – out with the toxic chemicals, processed foods, bad habits, and in with healthy, environmentally-friendly, toxic-free choices. If you want to get healthy, you should know that natural health works. A health revolution is taking place, and I invite you to be part of it.

Out With the Bad

  • Eliminating bad habits (smoking, drinking, unhealthy foods)
  • Detox to get rid of toxic chemicals accumulated in the body
  • Removing toxic chemicals from your home and body products

In With the Good

  • Organic, wholesome, preferably plant-based diet
  • Corrective habits (exercise, meditation, counseling)
  • Natural therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy)
  • Nutritional and therapeutic plant-based supplements and herbs

The Natural Health Approach: An Example

Rather than isolating one issue, natural health methods look for the ultimate cause of a health issue. Take a headache for example. Using a conventional approach, you may take a couple of over-the-counter acetaminophen pills. These pills merely mask the pain, though, and the particular solution of taking pills does not take into consideration what caused a headache to begin with.

Using a natural health approach, a person would instead try to figure out different possible causes of the head pain. Could it be emotional stress, dehydration, muscle tension, or a serious issue needing medical attention? Each of these symptoms could be a possible cause of the headache and requires a different solution. Counseling, aromatherapy or massage work best for mental stress headaches, drinking water can solve dehydration headaches, and a visit to a doctor to further identify the cause of a more serious or unidentified headache issue.

Is Natural Health Anti-Science?

Some websites claim that naturopathy, alternative medicine and the natural health approach are not backed by science, or are “pseudoscientific.” This is unequivocally false and here’s why.

Natural Health Is Internationally Recognized

Not only is complementary and alternative medicine more popular than ever among the public, it is also receiving broader recognition and more funds for research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the world’s most prominent medical research centers, established the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in 1998, as “the [US] Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.”

NIH defines complementary medicine as that which combines mainstream medicine with non-mainstream, alternative approaches – herbal supplements, massage, yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and so on. NIH defines alternative healthcare as that used instead of mainstream medicine; hence, truly alternative healthcare is exceedingly rare since most people use some combination of natural approaches with conventional ones.

Internationally, natural health approaches are also gaining wider use and recognition. Natural health approaches – particularly nutritional supplements, massage, meditation, chiropractic care and yoga – are used by a full third of people in the U.S. and Europe.[1] The European Parliament recently held a workshop to discuss how to integrate the growing use of complementary and alternative therapies into traditional healthcare systems.[2] In Australia, complementary and alternative natural health approaches are even more widespread: almost 70% of the population uses one or more alternative approach to healthcare.

Natural Health Is Gaining Wider Acceptance

People with higher incomes use these non-conventional approaches more. This may be because insurance or Medicaid often does not cover alternative therapies, and lower-income individuals may not be able to afford it.[3] Even so, around 59 million people in the U.S. spend $30 billion out-of-pocket on natural, non-conventional approaches to healthcare every year.[4, 5]

Because more patients are asking for holistic, natural, patient-centered care, more hospitals and healthcare treatment centers are adopting natural remedies and approaches to health. As of 2017, twenty-eight medical centers, healthcare systems and cancer treatment centers in the U.S. now have at least one naturopathic doctor on staff.[6]

Natural Health Is Cost-Effective

According to the Institute for Natural Medicine, institutions that use complementary and alternative approaches are “delivering better health outcomes at lower costs.”[6]

Studies have found patients adhered to their treatment plan better, felt their healthcare providers spent more time with them and rated their overall experience more positively. In a different study, naturopathic therapies saved nearly $1,000 per patient with low back issues and people missed 6.7 fewer days of work.[7]

Natural Health Had Its Day in Court… and Won

It’s well known that Big Pharma and Big Medicine have in the past made concerted efforts to keep alternative therapies from becoming mainstream. For decades, the American Medical Association (AMA) tried to shut down the entire chiropractic industry, convincing the public that chiropractic medicine was based on pseudoscience, which means fake science.[8] The AMA established a Committee on Quackery in 1963 to keep chiropractors from being included on medical insurance, or from becoming mainstream. They spread the word in schools and columns like Ann Landers and Dear Abby, and wrote TV scripts that the entire field was anti-science, and even “killed people.”

But in the David vs. Goliath battle, chiropractic won out. Five chiropractors sued the American Medical Association in 1972, and after an 11-year court battle, the AMA was found guilty of trying to destroy its competition – chiropractors. As a result of this legal victory, chiropractic medicine has now become widely accepted and used and is even now recommended by conventional doctors.

Natural Health Is Ahead of the Curve

However, there are some alternative therapies and supplements for which scientific research has not caught up.[9] There are simply not enough controlled studies on the effectiveness of various therapies, herbs and supplements – but I emphasize, a lack of studies does not mean that alternative therapies are not effective or are pseudoscientific. It only means that scientists have not studied these yet.

Natural Health Success Stories

People often turn to natural health approaches because it gives them a sense of greater control over their health. People also report that they feel they get better overall support from alternative healthcare providers, who typically give more time to patients.[1]

Katja’s Story: Nothing Left to Lose

Sometimes people turn to natural health when conventional medicine lets them down or runs out of options. “My medical doctors had reached a point in the treatment of my autoimmune disorder where they couldn’t do anything more. The only thing they could offer me was steroids,” says Houston-based artist Katja Akhtar. At that point, she knew she had to take her life into her own hands, “What did I have to lose?” So she researched online and discovered the integrative and functional medicine approach.

Katja’s functional medicine doctor “took not just my medical history but my emotional history and my lifestyle history,” she says. “The approach has been vastly different than my experience with standard medicine.”

The old adage by Hippocrates that ‘food is medicine’ applied to Katja’s health. “Altering my diet was fundamental to my recovery, and on top of that supplements. Most of what I’m taking are nature-derived supplements,” she says. That’s the advantage of natural health or integrative medicine. “They consider the entire body, as well as how the [body’s] systems interact with forces outside of it. It’s been extremely effective for me.” Katja no longer has brain fog, she has more energy, and her quality of life has dramatically improved.

Orna’s Story: Medicine In the Garden

In Oregon, licensed naturopathic doctor Orna Izakson has her own story of discovering the benefits of natural medicine. One day she felt so sick that she worried she may need to go to the hospital. Her herbalist neighbor recommended some medicinal plants. One was growing in her garden. Imagine, she says, “I am sick as a dog, I can’t breathe. But I go to the garden, pick some thyme, pour boiling water over it, breathe the steam, and I went from being on the verge of hospitalization to out of the woods in less than a day.”

Orna went on to become a naturopathic doctor, completing a rigorous 4-year medical program. Dr. Izakson is a fierce advocate for the natural approach to healthcare which includes both physical and mental wellness. She regularly hikes in nature to reduce stress and bring more peace into her life, and takes several natural health supplements to boost her energy and overall wellness. “This is the people’s medicine. It’s the weeds growing in your backyard.”

Starting the Natural Health Lifestyle: Out With the Bad

“The bottom line is that it’s empowering,” says Dr. Izakson. “You have the power to change your health and your life. The downside is you have to do it.” In other words, there is no magic bullet solution to health. Instead, natural health requires taking positive action to change your life. So where do you begin? First, you remove harmful elements from your life, as much as possible.

Removing Toxic Chemicals From Your Home and Products

Green living and a natural lifestyle go hand in hand. One of the first steps you can take when choosing a more natural lifestyle is to eliminate products that contain toxic chemicals – such as traditional cleaning products, beauty and body care products – and replacing them with healthier, environmentally-friendly, or organic options. Many companies sell green toxic-free cleaning solutions and are better options for your home. Some people create do-it-yourself cleaning formulas – such as baking soda to clean a toilet or bathtub, or vinegar to clean windows, or more complicated solutions.

Approved Chemicals Aren’t Always Safe

Many people think that because a chemical is present in a product, it must be OK – perhaps at least studied and tested by a government agency. The truth is, many chemicals present in beauty products, home cleaning products, and even furniture, pots and pans, or clothing receive minimal to no testing. As a result, many chemicals have been later recalled and removed from circulation after enough evidence accumulated that they were toxic and could harm health, as well as the environment.[10]

Getting Rid of Household Toxicants

Think about where toxic chemicals may lurk and then go through your home eliminating them where you can. You can get replace nonstick cooking pans with cast iron or stainless steel, choose glass storage containers and avoid plastic for storing and cooking. You can choose organic cotton clothing, sheets and mattresses. And of course, you can choose to buy organic makeup and beauty products that do not have chemicals that make aging worse.

Eliminating Toxins From Your Body: Detox and Cleansing

A core part of a natural health lifestyle involves detoxing or cleansing the body organs. Cleansing the body can boost your overall health and quality of life. For optimal health, you should detox different organs in your body.

Why You Need To Detox

Detoxing is necessary because the standard Western diet (or Standard American Diet, SAD) includes a lot of processed and deep-fried foods, meat, and non-organic fruits and vegetables. Even if you eat relatively healthy, most foods contain trace pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). During digestion, these toxic chemicals get into the bloodstream and end up stuck in body tissues, but particularly your colon.

With any detox or cleanse, you may experience a healing crisis when you first begin to eat raw. A healing crisis is a short-term increase in fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, among other symptoms, as your body eliminates stored up toxins.

Types of Body Cleanses

You can do a whole body cleanse, which means you detox all organ systems, one at a time, or you can just focus on one. To detox, you can use specific cleansing kits, herbal supplements, and detox-friendly foods. You can eat foods to cleanse the liver, you can detox your kidneys to prevent stones, or you can do deep breathing along with specific herbs like peppermint or oregano to cleanse the lungs. But many people report that colon cleansing is the single most effective natural remedy for detoxing the body and starting their natural health lifestyle – or keeping it on track.

Eliminating Toxins From Your Body: Fasting

Fasting is another way to detox the body. If you’re interested in getting healthy, water fasting can be an extremely effective way to jump-start weight loss, detoxification and a new lifestyle. Studies show that intermittent fasting in both laboratory animals and people has profoundly positive long-term impacts on health.[11, 12, 13]

The Health Benefits of Fasting

A prominent study summarized the research this way: “periodic fasting protects against diabetes, cancers, heart disease, and neurodegeneration, …[and] helps reduce obesity, hypertension, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.”[14] Scientists found that intermittent periods of fasting increases longevity in many organisms, including people, and this works by reprogramming the metabolic pathways and increases the body’s resistance to stress. Fasting helps cells regenerate and improves their ability to repair any damaged DNA.

And this is remarkable: fasting for three days before chemotherapy protected normal cells and triggered stem cell regeneration of damaged immune system cells.[15]

Natural Health Lifestyle: In With the Good

The natural health lifestyle encompasses the body, mind and spirit. Each person has age-specific needs to keep your body functioning properly. But no matter what your age, everyone needs physical exercise, nutritious food, and a healthy outlook on mental wellness and spiritual life. The natural health approach takes into account all these spheres of life.

Mental Wellness Habits: Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, and Sleep

Having a healthy mental outlook is a key part of the holistic approach to natural health, since there are known connections between the mind and body. When your body is hurting, it is sometimes hard to have a positive outlook and it can affect your mood. But there are also tools and techniques that you can use to feel better and get stronger, no matter what personal situations you are going through.

Natural Approaches to Mental Wellness

Scientists have evidence that mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, music therapy, and relaxation techniques have a positive impact on depression, anxiety and stress. The NIH is studying the use of mindfulness meditation and self-hypnosis for managing chronic pain in military veterans.[16, 17] NIH studies have already found that using complementary natural health approaches with cancer patients resulted in less anxiety and pain.[18] Other studies found that yoga and mindfulness meditation helped people quit smoking,[19] and yoga reduced fatigue in patients.

You Need Sleep for Mental Health

It’s also important to get enough sleep every night if you want to have a positive outlook during the day. There are natural solutions for sleep problems, including essential oils, avoiding foods that keep you awake, and herbal remedies. A natural approach seeks to identify the root cause of something like sleep problems. Then, the goal is to manage symptoms based on that knowledge, rather than immediately taking a pill. Getting sleep is very important to your overall health because during sleep your body strengthens brain cells stressed during wakeful periods.[20]

Mental Wellness: The Advantage of Outside Help

Psychological counseling can also be an important part of a mental health approach. There are many life coaches, licensed therapists, and social workers who are actively recommend and practice alternative therapies in mental wellness treatment, from color therapy to music therapy to biofeedback – training the mind to tell the body to reduce anxiety, slow heartbeats or other physical conditions.

Physical Fitness Habits

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy, and staying physically fit is a key part of a natural health lifestyle. Exercise is the best medicine!

The Health Benefits of Exercise

Physical activity has countless benefits to your mental wellness. Studies show that exercise improves mood, decreases the incidence of depression, and helps you sleep better.[21, 22] It also improves cognitive function – the ability to think and learn – especially as you age. But even physically active children have lower rates of depression than those who are not as active.

Exercise has many benefits to your overall health, as well. It helps the heart and lungs deliver oxygen throughout the body, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, and reduces inflammation and insulin resistance.[23] Exercise strengthens the heart muscle and reduces the risk of heart attacks.

Easy Exercises To Get Started

Your physical fitness level can be improved with cardiovascular exercise, like aerobics, running or sports, but also gentler methods of exercise can have remarkable benefits, including yoga, tai chi, and pilates. Weight training is another great way to improve your overall fitness.

Exercising outside can be a great way to get fresh air, sunshine for vitamin D, and the healing power of being in nature. You can walk barefoot to ground yourself in the earth. There are even specific exercises to improve your sex drive.

Protecting the Environment

Many people who adopt a natural health lifestyle are also interested in living green, or in other words, considering how our actions and consumer choices affect the environment. The only way that our children will live healthy lives in the future is if we make efforts to clean up the environment today, and make choices that reduce our impact.

To reduce the toxic burden on our children, people will need to collectively clean up the environment. This means reducing the impact of our daily choices, from the cars we drive to the electrical power we choose to the products we buy. Each choice has an impact on overall air and water pollution, toxic waste accumulation, and global climate change.

Easy Ways To Get Started

Some of these efforts will take longer than others. For example, we can’t easily get rid of the persistent organic pollutants which, persist in the air, water and soil although they have been banned for many years.[10] However, here are some simple steps you can take:

  • You can lobby your representatives to force past polluters to clean these up.
  • You can make your consumer voice heard by paying attention to where you spend your money.
  • You can educate yourself about where toxic chemicals lurk, and minimize your exposure as much as possible, especially if you are pregnant or for young children.

A Natural Health Diet: A Way of Life

If you want to live in a more healthful way, you must address the way you eat. Healthy eating is not a trend; it is probably the single most important thing you can do for your health on a daily basis.

Eat Organic Foods

Choosing organic foods is best because certified organic producers must follow specific laws and regulations, which include using virtually no chemicals — although truth be told, some are allowed. Organic farming is better for your health: one study found organic fruits have more antioxidants and less pesticide residue.[24] And buying organic crops and meat is better for the earth: organic farmers must follow sustainable farming practices, like improving biodiversity, crop rotation on fields, and biologically-friendly pest management. Organic products can not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or any genetic engineering.[25] Even organic produce contains chemical traces; you can wash some of it off, but research shows that washing does not remove all the chemicals.[26]

Quick Tips for Cleaning Produce

  • Avoid the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables which have the most pesticide residue, and look for the Clean Fifteen, which have the least, if you must eat conventionally grown produce.[27, 28] If your budget is tight, you can choose which fruits and vegetables to buy organic, versus conventional, for yourself and your family.
  • To remove pesticides from produce, soak fruits or vegetables for 20 minutes in a large bowl full of a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water (i.e., if you use 4 cups of water use 1 cup of white vinegar), then scrub lightly with a scrub brush and rinse.[29]

Eat A Plant-Based Diet

Eating a low-fat vegan or vegetarian diet has many health benefits: it can lead to weight loss, improve insulin function, lower blood pressure, and lower your risk of heart problems.[30, 31] Vegans generally have lower levels of bad cholesterol than people who do not eat a strictly plant-based diet.

Eating lower on the food chain also reaps enormous benefits for the planet, and is kinder to animals. Agriculture – including both animals and plant crops – account for one-third of all global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).[32] Livestock in particular account for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation – the world’s cars, trucks, and planes. Reducing the amount of meat you eat can, therefore, help curb climate change, which is one of the biggest threats to the environment and the future of humankind.[33, 34]

Quick Tips for Cutting Down on Meat

  • Try Meatless Monday, an international movement where people eliminate meat one day a week.[35] This can be a good trial for vegetarian or vegan natural health recipes, and to begin a transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
  • Look for one of many superfoods for quick boosts to energy and health, like goji berries, chia seeds, or golden berries.
  • Many people interested in a healthy, natural diet choose eat a gluten-free diet because this protein — found most commonly in wheat but also in other common grains — can trigger digestive problems.

Try a Raw, Vegan Diet

Have you heard about eating raw? Some people are choosing to eat exclusively raw food; this preserves all of the natural enzymes and nutrients present in food. You can start with 75% raw and 25% cooked and gradually work your way up to a fully raw diet. Or you can do a raw food detox, eating raw for a week or a month, and see how much better you feel afterwards. Gradually introducing one food type back into your diet, such as corn or dairy or wheat (gluten), can help you identify which foods your body is most sensitive to.

One study found a 70-100% raw diet reduced bad cholesterol, but also decreased vitamin B-12, which you need, but it’s typically only found in animal products.[36] When eating raw or vegan, you will need a vegan B-12 supplement.

The Benefits of Eating Healthy: Weight Loss, Wellness and Energy

Can a plant-based, clean diet help people lose weight? Absolutely. People who eat vegan or vegetarian generally have lower body-mass index (BMI) than those who eat meat; in other words, they weigh less.[37] One study found that people who eat more fruits and vegetables also have a probable lower risk of cancer and osteoporosis.[38] A diet high in saturated fats (often found in red meat) can reduce the effectiveness of good cholesterol (HDL) and increases the risk of hardened arteries (atherosclerosis).[39]

Will eating vegan give you more energy? That depends on what you eat. If you eat a lot of sugar, starchy carbs like potatoes and rice, and few vegetables you may miss out on the energy boost that comes from eating raw, “live” fruits, vegetables and nuts. Not only that, meat takes more energy for your body to digest.

Nutritional Supplements and Natural Health Products

The use of natural health vitamins and nutritional supplements has seen a steady rise over the past two decades, with more than $36 billion in retail sales in 2017.[40] A National Institutes of Health Survey found that 85% of people use natural products for overall wellness, and more than 40% use them to treat a health condition.[41] As of 2012, the most popular natural supplements in the U.S. – not including regular vitamins and minerals – included fish oil (though we recommend vegan alternatives like flax oil or hemp seed oil), probiotics/prebiotics, melatonin, echinacea, and ginseng, among others.[41]

Today, nearly 20% of American adults take one or more natural health supplement. Aging men and women need more calcium and aging support, while infants as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women need to get more vitamin D. Active adults often seek out plant-based supplements like ginseng, ginkgo and vitamin B-12.[42]

Introducing prebiotic and probiotic supplements has a positive impact on your health by improving the state of your gut. The gut biota acts like an “organ within an organ,” that affects not just the obvious – digestion — but also the immune system, metabolism, and even mental health. [43, 44, 45, 46] Prebiotics are fiber-dense foods that feed good bacteria, and probiotics are specific strains of bacteria that your body needs for optimal health. While your body will have some of these from living in the world, enhancing the number of good bacteria you have in your gut will improve your digestion as well as overall health.

What Kinds of Natural Healthcare Providers Are There?

People who use natural or complementary approaches to health often do it because they feel conventional medicine focuses too narrowly on one symptom or body system, with little integration of the body with other aspects of life, such as lifestyle, diet, and social factors.[46] The great thing about adopting a natural health lifestyle is that it is inherently empowering, allowing you to take charge of your health.

Sometimes you have a specific health concern and you want to see an expert. There are many different types of healthcare providers who adopt a natural approach.

Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.) and Naturopath Practitioners (N.P.)

Naturopathic doctors (N.D.) must receive a 4-year post-graduate medical degree from one of 5 schools in the U.S. focusing on naturopathic principles and herbalism, and like traditional medical school have done clinical rotations. Naturopathic doctors in the U.S. are licensed by state medical boards. Some people earn a certificate in naturopathy that is not as rigorous as the full N.D. medical training; they are called naturopathic practitioners (N.P.) or just naturopaths.

Generally, six key beliefs guide the practice of naturopaths:

  1. Heal with the power of nature: the human body has a strong, built-in power to heal itself.
  2. Identify the root cause: find what is underlying symptoms and treat that, rather than suppressing symptoms.
  3. Treat the whole person: healthcare providers need to treat a person holistically, including their physical as well as mental, emotional and social health.
  4. Doctor as teacher: Naturopaths help patients learn what they can do to improve their own health and well-being.
  5. Do no harm: Use methods, herbs and techniques that do not cause harm on a person’s self-healing mechanisms.
  6. Seek prevention first: Always seek to proactively prevent disease and illness.

Twenty-three states in the U.S. license individuals with N.D. degrees to practice medicine. Each of these states has slightly different laws. In some states, N.D.s can call themselves a doctor, diagnose and treat patients with natural substances, education, and lifestyle prescriptions. In a handful of states like Vermont, Arizona, Oregon and Washington, a N.D. can also prescribe medications or do minor surgery.

Integrative & Functional Medicine Practitioners

Integrative medicine means integrating conventional and complementary approaches when treating people. It is a holistic approach, involving a person’s physical body, but also the mind, emotions, and social habits that may affect overall health and wellness.

Functional medicine practitioners use an integrative approach but additionally use an approach that considers all the body systems to understand the root cause of diseases, similar to naturopathic doctors. Functional medicine goes a step beyond integrative medicine by looking for a specific cause for every problem, especially issues like autoimmune diseases or diabetes, to find a solution tailored to each individual.[47] A functional medicine provider may run genetic or environmental tests, in addition to traditional tests of biological function, for example.

People trained in several healthcare fields can receive a certificate in functional medicine or in integrative medicine, including doctors (N.D., M.D., D.O, D.C.), nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered dieticians, and acupuncturists.

Chiropractors

The field of chiropractic medicine focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, or in other words the nerves, muscles, and skeleton. They are concerned with how the spine and its alignment affects overall health. They perform spinal manipulations or adjustments to correct alignment problems. These adjustments not only reduce pain but can improve overall health. In general, many chiropractors believe in a natural approach to healthcare, supporting good health practices like nutrition, exercise, therapies like massage, and natural supplements. Chiropractors believe in the body’s ability to heal without drugs or surgery.[48]

Chiropractors must complete at least a 4-year university degree, 1000 hours of clinical training, and them must receive licensing in the state or province they practice in.

Osteopathic Doctors

Like chiropractors, osteopaths are trained to focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system, but they take a whole-person approach to health care, looking at all of the body’s interconnected systems.[49] Whereas chiropractors focus on the spine, osteopaths focus on physical manipulation of the entire body’s muscles and skeletal system for optimizing health. They focus on improving health without drugs and unlike traditional medical doctors, treat the whole person rather than just addressing the specific presenting issue.

A Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) is a licensed, board-certified medical doctor who attended a medical college of osteopathy. There are more than 100,000 Osteopathic doctors in the U.S., and they are licensed to practice in all 50 states in the U.S.

Homeopaths

Like other natural health practitioners, homeopathic practitioners also embrace a natural, holistic approach to health care and take a comprehensive history of the patient and his or her condition. Homeopathic care follows three principles[50]:

  1. Like cures like: prescribe a natural substance that is similar in nature to the condition. The goal is to help the body heal itself.
  2. Minimum dose: prescribe the least amount of a medicine needed to heal an issue.
  3. Single remedy: give people one treatment at a time.

Homeopathy is a popular but controversial form of complementary medicine, mainly because the mode that homeopathy purports to work seems to go against what scientists know about science. According to the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Several key concepts of homeopathy are inconsistent with fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics.” Despite that, reviews of studies have found the positive effects of homeopathic treatment for certain conditions – including acute diarrhea, flu, and allergies – cannot be explained by a placebo effect alone (the placebo effect is when people get better because they are receiving some pill, even if that is a neutral “sugar pill”).[51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57]

Homeopaths come from a wide variety of backgrounds. There are currently only 5 colleges in the U.S. and one in Canada which provide a four-year program in homeopathy. However, Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) receive training in homeopathy as part of their medical training. Other colleges and institutions offer shorter training programs and certificates in homeopathy.

Natural Health Coaches & Dieticians

You can also go to natural health coaches or dieticians which have a wide variety of certifications and training. Registered Dieticians (R.D.) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (R.D.N.) have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and they also finished a certified practice program offered by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and passed an exam.

Other types of nutritionists or dieticians, include Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Nutritionist, and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Also, some individuals become health coaches to support other people on the journey to health and wellness, often after having an experience with it in their own lives. Not all of these healthcare practitioners take a natural health approach, so you will have to do your research into each provider.

Try These Natural Health Therapies and Modalities

Whether you are engaging in natural health self-care or you are under the care of a health care provider, there are dozens of alternative, natural health therapies that can be used for various conditions, or simply to support overall physical and mental health. Some of the most popular are below.

Massage

Massage is one of the oldest, most well-known and most used alternative therapies. Not only can massage relax you, but it also has specific health benefits. Studies have found that massage can reduce pain, decrease anxiety and depression, increase alertness, and improve the immune system[58]. Two-thirds of hospitalized patients attributed their greater ability to move around, higher energy levels, and speed of recovery to getting massages during their stay.[59]

How do massages help? Physiologically, they relax muscles and increase blood and lymph circulation. Some studies have found massage boosts the immune system in both sick and healthy people.[60, 61] One study found massage increased the hormone oxytocin, sometimes called the love hormone, and decreased levels of cortisol and adrenocorticotropin, hormones produced by the pituitary gland during stress.[61, 62]

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine from India.[63] Ayurvedic medicine takes the approach that the mind and body are intricately interconnected, and the mind has a strong ability to heal the body. According to Ayurveda, people have three different constitutions or “doshas,” which means life force:

  • Kapha types are dominated by water and earth, and are typically strong and stable as long as they exercise regularly, but may tend towards weight gain without exercise. To be balanced, kaphas may need to be motivated or energized through the various ayurvedic therapies, including herbs, food, and mind-body practices.
  • Pitta doshas are ruled by fire and water elements, are typically medium build, have ruddy skin, and can be competitive and sometimes irritable. To find balance, they need to manage their fiery tendencies.
  • The final dosha type is vatta, dominated by light and air, and who tend towards a light, airy constitution. They think on their toes, are fast-moving, and creative, but may tend towards anxiety or fatigue, and may need to find ways to ground their airy energy.

Ayurvedic practitioners use panchakarma, a system of cleansing different body systems using essential oils, massage, and foods. Meditation, yoga and deep breathing, getting outside in nature, getting adequate exercise and sleep, and including all six tastes in every meal (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) are used to help bring balance to the body and its systems.

Acupuncture, Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was developed more than 2,500 years ago in China, and involves understanding and redistributing the body’s energy force, called chi, along meridians or channels in the body. TCM healers use herbs and medicines (some of which come from endangered species, such as tigers or rhino horns), as well as mind-body practices like tai chi and acupuncture. In acupuncture, practitioners will insert tiny needles along the body’s meridians in order to heal an ailment.

There are few studies accessible to the western world that have systematically evaluated TCM, making it difficult to evaluate scientifically. However, some studies have started looking at the disease-fighting capabilities of certain TCM herbs.[64, 65] Although scientists do not understand how it works, but several studies have shown that acupuncture treats chronic pain more effectively than no treatment or “sham” acupuncture treatments (placing needles on non-meridian points). Not only that, some brain imaging research has found that stimulating specific acupuncture points activated specific parts of the brain.[66]

Acupressure is a bodywork technique that involves putting pressure on the meridian points associated with a particular ailment, instead of using needles as they do in acupuncture.

Aromatherapy

Scent is one of our most prized senses, and it can be used to improve health and well-being. Massage therapists often add in aromatherapy into their practice, but this is a great therapy to do self-care. There are hundreds of essential oils that you can use for various needs, and these are sold at grocery stores, online and specialty stores.

  • Lavender oil can reduce anxiety and improve sleep.[67] Inhaling lavender also lessened the effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women.[68]
  • Orange oil was found to lower heart rate and decrease stress for students studying for exams[69]
  • Peppermint oil not only improves muscle relaxation and achy joints, inhaling peppermint oil can reduce nausea,[70] reverse mental fatigue[71] and improve physical performance in both mice and men.[72]

Natural Health Wrap-Up

There are a number of other alternative and complementary natural therapies, but what they have in common is that they look to natural herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes like exercise to maintain wellness while seeking to avoid costly and invasive surgeries or treatments.

Natural therapies can be empowering because — although many are not as well-researched as some conventional medical treatments — they typically have fewer side effects. However, always be sure to research the quality of the healthcare or therapy provider, natural health supplements, or treatments you are interested in. Check reviews, read as much as you can, and be an informed decision-maker about your own health care.

I truly believe my purpose on this planet is to help people live healthier lives. There are many simple, natural ways to improve your health and make you happier every day. I hope this guide helps you on your journey to better health.

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Plastic-Free Natural Skincare – The Ultimate Environmentally Friendly Brand

It wasn’t long before Earth Day I came across this amazing brand – Ethique . They have become my latest and greatest eco-friendly plastic-free travel companions – especially for short haul flights. Let me explain why.

Ethique  does things very differently. Yes they’re creating completely naturally derived and vegan products like most items you will see on the pages of LPN; however, they don’t do plastic, or jars or anything non-recyclable. At all. Ever.

Ethique uses potent ingredients to create solid forms of almost every skincare product you need – ranging from everything including shampoo and conditioner, to solid facial serums, deodorants and body butters (which luxuriously melt on your skin).  I absolutely love traveling with Ethique products, as it allows me to take all the products I need in a carryon bag – no liquids = no problems. For someone who travels as much as I do, that is a dream.

While they do products for pets, home and baby, today I’m focusing on what I know best: face, hair and body. Ethique is the first beauty company in the world to develop an entirely solid product range and what’s even more impressive is that all products are sold in compostable packaging, meaning zero consumer waste and totally plastic-free.

I fell in love with so many of their products, and I wanted to highlight a few of my favourites here.  This is what was physically in my bag on my trip to Vienna last weekend.

Gingersnap Face Scrub

Made with organic brown sugar, white cane sugar, cocoa butter, kokum butter, as well as ground ginger, cinnamon and vanilla essential oil, this facial scrub cube smells like desert. You snap off a piece like a chocolate bar and use 1 cube for two washes.  The blocks are packaged in a reusable storage box and there are 16 blocks in a box. The bar gently exfoliates, but at the same time moisturizes beautifully. I have been using it as a cleanser and not using anything additional to wash my face (although sometimes I need a little extra love for that eye makeup – thank you coconut oil).

Saving Face Serum

Like everything Ethique does, it’s solid, so you should not be surprised that they found a way to create a facial serum as a solid bar. Made with cupuacu, shea & illipe butters as well as rosehip & pomegranate oils, the antioxidant packed product is a hydration powerhouse. If your skin is not too dry, using this as a stand-alone moisturizer is often enough. I love this one for travel, especially on those long dry flights (which I’m actually writing this from as I head over to NYC).

 

Damage Control – Shampoo for Normal-Dry Hair

How amazing it is to travel with my own solid shampoo and conditioner duo (I really dislike – and avoid like the plague – using the junky stuff you find at most hotels). To compliment the conditioner, I love prefacing my wash with this solid shampoo, which actually foams. It’s simple as you would imagine: stroke the wet bar around the hair several times and massage into the roots to the tips as well if you use hair products or live in a very polluted city.

The Guardian Conditioner for Dry, Damaged or Frizzy Hair

As a dry haired gal, I am pleased with any conditioner that makes the hair look and feel silky – and with this conditioner’s cocoa butter, coconut oil, and vitamin B5 it is super hydrating. It is also great to use as a shave bar, if you’re really packing light! To use this, simply slide a wet bar a few times over the hair following your shampooing, then massage the conditioner into the hair.  

Butter Block – Divine Jasmine & Ylang Ylang Body Lotion

This product is the queen, and my favourite. I can’t help but fall in love with a product that combines two of my favourite essential oils into a soft block of body butter. The scent is intoxicating and truly creates a beautiful post-shower experience. Made with organic cocoa butter from Ghana, organic coconut oil from Samoa and pure essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Jasmine, it is beautiful. I love this butter block on my skin post shower and shave.  Since it is so soft, sometimes it needs a little solidifying by putting it in the fridge (especially if you’re in a tropical climate).

Other reasons to love plastic-free skincare, Ethique? They use biodegradable ingredients and wrappers so the solid bars leave no trace on the planet – no bottles, jars, lids or pump dispensers contributing to landfill or oceanic pollution. They are also certified climate neutral, cruelty free and a living wage employer.

Further, solid bars last between three to six times longer (depending on the product) than bottled products because they’re super-concentrated. Since we add the water we control the concentration and yes, the solid beauty bars foam.

Last they are huge supporters of causes like Helping You Help Animals, World Animal Protection and The Orangutan Project by donating 20% of their profits (2% of revenue to these causes) each year.

Before you take off this summer – or just for the pure fact that you’re saving the environment from bottles, check out this beautiful plastic-free skincare line.

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Why a Gluten-Free Diet Is the Healthiest Way to Eat

Millet is part of the gluten free diet.

A gluten-free diet (GFD) is an eating plan devoid of gluten-containing foods. People with gluten intolerance and people who want to eliminate this protein for a healthier life experience adopt a gluten-free diet plan. Many people experience unpleasant reactions after consuming gluten, including bloating, skin eruptions and digestive issues. Some reactions are a result of celiac disease: a genetic health condition in which the body has an autoimmune response to gluten, attacking the small intestine. Sticking to a gluten-free diet may be more favorable for overall wellness and better digestive health.[1]

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is the primary storage protein of wheat grains. It is comprised of hundreds of distinct proteins, mainly gliadin and glutenin and is also found in other grains like rye, barley and spelt.

What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?

A gluten-free diet is a daily menu typically containing foods and drinks that don’t have wheat-related proteins – specifically gluten. Some people opt to go completely carb-free when approaching a diet devoid of gluten as so many carbohydrate-containing foods are made using wheat, barely, or rye. People with celiac disease need to follow a gluten-free diet to relieve the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance. Prolonged exposure to gluten in people with celiac disease can result in more aggravated symptoms or other health conditions.

Eating a gluten-free diet has been related to health benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, and overall wellness. As a result, many people with no medical aversions to gluten have adopted an eating lifestyle incorporating only foods devoid of gluten.[2, 3]

First Steps To Going Gluten-Free

Deciding to go gluten-free isn’t as easy as just jumping on a gluten-free diet. Knowing that those delicious pieces of bread served at restaurants are now off-limits can be hard to digest, so-to-speak. Understanding how to read food labels, and even supplement and vitamin labels can feel like a chore, but people get the hang of it quickly, and the benefits are worth it. Some people opt to start with a vegetarian or vegan diet to ease into a stricter gluten-free lifestyle. Here are ten steps to start you on your gluten-free journey:

  • Consult your healthcare provider to make sure this diet is right for you.
  • Get excited about going gluten-free, whether it’s voluntary or mandatory: visualize the benefits.
  • Start a list of delicious gluten-free groceries.
  • Look up delicious gluten-free recipes.
  • Go through your pantry, fridge, medicine cabinet, and toiletries and check labels for gluten-related ingredients.
  • Give away or dispose of, items that aren’t gluten-free.
  • If you live with others who are not avoiding gluten in their diet, create an individual space for your new lifestyle.
  • Replace food items, supplements, and vitamins with healthy, gluten-free substitutes.
  • Find fellow gluten-free dieters for on-going support, discussion, and diet ideas; try online support groups.[4]
  • Start enjoying your new, gluten-free life.

What Should You Eat on a Gluten-Free Diet?

Many people think a gluten-free diet means limited or even unpleasant food options. With the gluten-free substitutes available today, however, anyone can enjoy a nutrient-rich, satisfying meal. Here are some common items that you can add to your gluten-free foods list:

Previously thought as a gluten-intolerant ingredient, oats have been proven safe for consumption by people with an aversion to gluten. Oats contain a protein called avenin that is non-toxic and well-tolerated by people with celiac disease. Although oats are not associated with gluten-containing grains, they may have been in contact with wheat, barley, or rye during manufacturing. A quick check on the label can tell you if the source guarantees a lack of cross-contamination.[5]

You can also buy gluten-free versions of foods such as bread, flour, crackers, and cereals. These products are made with rice and other gluten-free flours. Keep in mind that these processed foods may be higher in sugar and calories and lower in fiber than the foods they replace. These items can also be more expensive.

What Foods and Ingredients Contain Gluten?

You can enjoy a wonderful, varied diet without the use of gluten in food. A great way to start planning your menu at home, or ordering from the menu at a restaurant, is by knowing which foods contain gluten. Some food products, and even restaurants offer gluten-free food substitutes or meals. Usually these options are labeled openly as being “gluten-free.” However, if you’re not entirely sure, look for these ingredients, or ask your server if your meal contains these items. Here are some gluten-containing ingredients and additives to avoid:

  • Wheat
  • Barley (this includes malt, malt flavoring, and malt vinegar)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a grain that is a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Bulgur
  • Couscous
  • Durum flour
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Semolina
  • Spelt

It definitely takes an adjustment and even a bit of mourning when it comes to the realization that there are foods you will no longer be able to eat. With the increase of gluten-free dieters, however, manufacturers and nutritionists are getting closer to replacing some of your favorite foods with tasty alternatives. Here are some foods that typically contain gluten and, unless there is a gluten-free substitute, need to be eradicated from your everyday diet:

  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Crackers
  • Flour
  • Croutons
  • Pastas
  • Cereal products
  • Stuffings and dressings
  • Cakes, cookies, and other baked goods

Other foods that may contain gluten:[2]

  • Candy
  • Licorice
  • Marinades
  • Soy sauce
  • Energy bars
  • Salad dressings
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Sauces and gravies
  • Thickeners (roux)
  • Imitation seafood
  • Imitation meats
  • Processed lunch meats
  • Soup bases, broth and bouillon
  • Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • Seasoned rice mixes
  • Breading and coating mixes
  • Self-basting poultry

Are Medicines, Vitamins, and Supplements Gluten-Free?

Gluten is a protein found in many things including over-the-counter medications, herbal and nutritional supplements, vitamin and mineral supplements, and even communion wafers. Ask your healthcare provider if your medications contain gluten, and check labels on supplements to make sure they are made with high-quality natural ingredients that don’t include gluten.

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Healthy?

A healthy, gluten-free diet encourages a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, and other healthier food choices to make up for any nutrition lost from wheat proteins.

Going gluten-free is necessary for people with gluten intolerance issues such as celiac disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Over time, people with celiac disease who are on a gluten-free diet see a significant reduction in symptoms or experience no symptoms at all. In many people, damage done to the intestines brought on by celiac disease is eventually repaired after following a gluten-free, healthy diet.

A rise in popularity to go gluten-free has prompted the development of healthier and more nutritional substitutions. A healthy, gluten-free diet encourages a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, and other healthier food choices to make up for any nutrition lost from wheat proteins. A diet rich in these foods in and of itself encourages better digestion and a healthier GI tract.

Since humans only started eating wheat about 10,000 years ago, scientists speculate that it’s harder for the body to digest and absorb. However, it is not certain if this is still true as there are bacteria in the mouth that help break gluten down. Nonetheless, a gluten-rich diet has been linked to poor digestion.[6]

Gluten can also cause degradation to the thyroid with continued use,[7] and affect the brain – one of the reasons avoiding gluten has been linked to a reduction in headaches. Sticking to a plant-based, gluten-free diet, therefore – as long as you’re getting the proper nutritional intake, may help support overall health.

Gluten Intolerance: Celiac Disease, NCGS, & Wheat Allergy

Celiac disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) and a wheat allergy are all conditions that result from gluten intolerance and are often confused as the same condition. One thing they have in common is that they can all be cared for by adopting a gluten-free diet.[8]

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder. People with CD are genetically predisposed to this condition which is activated through gluten consumption and specific stress-related triggers like trauma and surgeries.

When people with celiac disease eat gluten, the cells that line the small intestine flatten, resulting in a reduced ability to absorb nutrients. Celiac disease can materialize on the skin in the form of blisters or a rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. The only way to alleviate celiac disease is to eliminate any form of gluten in the diet.[9, 10]

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), also called gluten sensitivity, has similar symptoms to celiac disease, but it is not categorized as an immune or autoimmune condition. It also does not adversely affect the intestine, does not cause skin issues, and is not known to be genetic. Therefore if these factors are not present, it is unlikely that celiac disease is responsible for your gluten sensitivity.

It is difficult to establish if it is, in fact, gluten that is causing a reaction in people with NCGS or another element since gluten-containing grains are made up of several different components. There are no tests currently available to identify NCGS, except by avoiding gluten in the diet. If symptoms subside, it is then safe to assume that you have a gluten sensitivity condition.[11]

Wheat Allergy

A wheat allergy is an immune response to one or more of the several hundred protein strains found in wheat. The symptoms of a wheat allergy are also similar to celiac disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. However, a wheat allergy is the only one out of the three conditions that can result in anaphylactic shock, which often requires the immediate administration of epinephrine into the body.

People who have a wheat allergy do not necessarily have a gluten intolerance and may continue to enjoy gluten-rich foods as long as they don’t contain wheat. They do however need to remain on a wheat-free diet and may benefit from other allergy-prone foods.[12, 13]

Gluten-Free Diet Benefits

Many people who have switched to a gluten-free diet, whether they are gluten-intolerant or not, experience several health benefits. Weight loss is one of the claims linked to avoiding gluten, but there’s no direct evidence stating that this is true. Many testimonials, however, state that weight loss was experienced after switching to a GFD. This weight loss may be the result of eating a diet containing fewer carbohydrates.

Some people with celiac disease gain weight as their symptoms improve. Other benefits that have been associated with a gluten-free diet, but are still not proven are a reduction in headaches, depression, and chronic fatigue.[2]

Are There Any Risks or Side-Effects of a Gluten-Free Diet?

Although there are several benefits connected to following a gluten-free diet, there are some things to take into consideration.

  • A lower intake of fiber may increase the chances of constipation
  • More rice consumption can lead to a greater exposure of toxic chemicals
  • Increased risk of nutritional deficinecies
  • Gluten-free foods may have a higher cost

People who decide to practice a gluten-free diet may experience some issues associated with their new menu. If you don’t include a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables, you may experience a decline in nutritional intake or may become constipated frequently due to a lack of fiber from wheat and grains.

Many people on a GFD tend to consume more rice, more than any other gluten-free grain. This particular grain has higher trace elements of chemical toxins like arsenic and mercury than other grains, so a variety of grains other than rice is recommended.[14]

The use of amaranth, quinoa, teff, buckwheat, and sorghum as a replacement for wheat has yielded promising results regarding better nutritional value for GFD users.

There has been speculation regarding the lack of nutrients present in a gluten-free diet, namely iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin D, and vitamin B. Developing a deficiency in these micronutrients should be taken into consideration when approaching a gluten-free diet. Due to the popularity of avoiding gluten in foods, however, more nutritional gluten substitutions are available.[15]

The use of amaranth, quinoa, teff, buckwheat, and sorghum as a replacement for wheat has yielded promising results regarding better nutritional value for GFD users. Newer nutritional products that use these substitutes are usually labeled “gluten-free” and can be expensive, so look for alternatives that naturally carry higher levels of vitamins and nutrients for a less expensive shopping trip.[16]

Ready to Go Gluten-Free?

If you feel that you would benefit from a gluten-free diet try reaching out to others who are eating only gluten-free foods. This approach is a great way to get a first-case account of how this eating lifestyle works for them, and may be beneficial for you. If you do decide to go gluten-free, make sure you have enough nutritional supplements in place to avoid a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Additionally, embrace healthy alternatives when it comes to gluten-free food: A plant-based diet is a healthy and positive menu to consider no matter what diet you choose for overall wellness.

Your Story

Do you have a gluten intolerance? Are you giving up gluten for health reasons? Have you been on a gluten-free diet? We’d love to hear about your experience. Tell us your story in the comments section below.

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High Vibe Skincare: Why it Matters – An Interview with Max & Me Co-Founder Tanja

I love when serendipity strikes. It happened again this weekend when I was traveling to Vienna to practice yoga under the beautiful teacher Elena Brower. This was so special because not only was I given the gift of indulging in my own practice for the weekend, but it also happened to be the home of my favourite natural high vibe skincare brand, Max & Me.

Where do I even begin with this brand? The ingredients are sublime (the plants used in their products are expressing themselves at their highest vibration), the packaging beautiful, the love that goes into each glass jar is incredible (an energetically cleansed studio space, where mobile devices are left outside the door and beautiful intentions and high vibrations are brought in), the founders are radiating authentic, pure love… the list goes on. This is truly a work of love and it shows.

Max & Me was founded 7 years ago by husband and wife duo Max and Tanja. Dually inspired by both their love and their childhood living and working with plants (Max grew up on a farm and Tanja grew up in the country where she cultivated her own roses), they created this beautiful line of skincare that truly has some of the finest formulations and efficacy. 

The light that shone through the screen on Tanja and my first Skype call, I knew I had to meet her in person – she is a true, glowing gem. As an energy worker, aromatherapist, creative director and kinesiologist, Tanja was meant for this work.

Below is an excerpt of some of our time together at their beautiful home, garden and studio in Vienna. After a beautiful lunch of steamed asparagus salad, fresh pressed orange and basil juice and fresh organic market berries, we dug into all things skincare, energy and nature.

LPN: Your garden and products are so connected to plants. How did your relationships to plants begin?

Tanja: I spent my childhood in a very special place, surrounded by pristine nature, the woods and many flowery meadows. It was here I first learned that plants had energy and that their energy communicated with mine. This was a deep experience for me that is still rooted down in my soul. Max grew up on a farm and is very connected to the earth cycles, seeding, fostering and harvesting plants. Both Max and I come from a place where we were very much entwined with mother earth.

LPN: The beginning sounds beautiful – How do you continue to build your relationship to plants today?

Tanja: Today we work a lot in our own garden and try to have plants which feel at home in our climate, so we can get to know them as you would get to know a really dear friend: different moods, different cycles of the year, what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are, and this is how we are able to know what they can offer you. Each and every day in the evening (regardless of weather and how late) we stroll in the garden to connect with the plants.

LPN: How did your high vibe skincare line come to life?

Tanja: Both Max and I wanted to birth something into the world that was doing good and the idea grew that we wanted to create skincare that infuses you with the most beautiful flow of energy and of course creates beautiful skin. But your skin is influenced by so many things, your thoughts, emotions, patterns and blockages and we thought “wouldn’t it be beautiful if we created skincare with the wholeness in mind.” Although people are very aware of their physical body, we are energy beings and everything is energy. Science states that vibration is the phenomenon that underlies all physical things we see and have, so this realization was very important. We wanted to created something that helped people care for not just the physical body but also the subtle body.

LPN: You speak a lot about vibrancy of the plants, could you speak a bit about why it is important?

Tanja: It makes a difference how high something vibrates. Research has shown that certain vibrations create certain outcomes, for example if your body is vibrating in a certain range, it opens up to healing or if it vibrates in a low range, people become sick. If something vibrates at a higher amplitude, this means, for example, a plant has more light particles and opens it up its healing possibilities. Working with plant materials that are highly vibrant we are able to transmit those vibrations into our products.

LPN: I’ve heard that rose is the highest vibrating plant, is that true?

Tanja: Actually we have found some roses that do not vibrate highly. It really depends. In order for a plant to be highly vibrant, the plant needs to be growing in conditions that are right for the plant: soil-wise, gardener’s intention, the subtle energy of the place (for example the country and continent). Yes rose and frangipani is highly vibrant, but sometimes you also have a root that is highly vibrant.

LPN: What was the first product you brought to life?

Tanja: Mesmerizing, the plant body oil was the first one, and six others followed not long after that. I am the formulator, and it’s a very intuitive process for me. I meditate and tune into the plants before creating. It’s not something I think it about, it’s more like a dance, and it’s the most beautiful part of it all. Right now I am dancing again because I am creating a new product that will come out very soon.

LPN: You have so many beautiful ingredients in your high vibe skincare range, but I want to know your top three ingredients.

Tanja: That’s a very difficult question, but I would say out of the spur of the moment: Jasmine. We traveled to Vietnam and saw it growing there filling the streets, it was so intoxicating and ravishing. The second is Helichrysum italicum, we travelled to the island of Corsica and went to the island with the growers to see the plant growing there, and you can feel the energy of that plant and how deeply healing it is. It can also heal age-old scars, it will cause it to resurface again and heal it again (Helichrysum also does this to your soul). Last, it would be raw Manuka honey – this is so beautiful because it is so deeply healing and it’s a humectant. It’s healing for skin conditions but also illnesses, and also Manuka essential oil (which I met in New Zealand when I was there, and used it every day while I was there, it was my constant companion).

LPN: You’re such a picture of wellness; what is your morning routine like?

Tanja: I start with a short meditation everyday, I use the “I am the Light” oil and that helps me set up for my day. I rub it in my hands, breathe it in and hold some acupressure points. After I finish my meditation, I do my skincare ritual – everyday is Purity and Grace (Oil Cleanser) and I am the Light (Serum) and if I have a little extra time, I wash my face with Sweet Serenity (Mask and Wash). It’s only five minutes, but when you do it with intention, it can really help fulfill you. After that it’s last minute homework and breakfast for the kids. Following the kids heading off to school, I tune in again to see what needs to be done for the day.

LPN: What are some wellness practices that punctuate your day?

Tanja: Always daily I need to move my body, whether it’s going for a walk or yoga, it is so important. I also love to drink pressed juice, and eat fresh foods that feel good in the body. My body feels better when I’m eating freshly picked fruits and foods where the energy is very high.

LPN: Some of your products have won awards, tell me more.

Tanja: Our first one was Enchanted which won facial oil at the Indie Beauty Expo in 2016 and the Mask & Wash won best mask in 2017 and again Mask & Wash won Beauty Shortlist Award in 2018, as well as Enchanted and for Circle of Protection Body Plant Oil.

LPN: What is your favourite product in your line?

Tanja: It has to be Mask&Wash. It is important to mix this with water! Even though it looks like a beautiful mouse, it still needs to be married with water to bring together the honey and the beauty oils. This makes it so much more beautifully experienced.

Max&Me ships worldwide, and you can find them here.

Use LNP150 as a code with your purchase of 150 Euro or more you will receive three beautiful gifts with your purchase: 5ml mask&wash, 5ml beauty balm and 10 ml purity & grace (oil cleanser).

I’m so excited to have shed a bit more well deserved light onto this high vibe skincare brand – I hope you enjoy their beautiful treats on your skin soon. Let me know how your experience goes. 

X

K

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