Winter Essential: Natural Skincare You Can Find at the Pharmacy

Winter is in full swing, and so is dry, parched skin. Having spent most of December back in Vancouver and now in Norway, my skin has gotten a good “workout.” Between the long-haul flights and the dry air in my home and hotels, my skin was looking less than radiant. It was thirsty. So I decided to try out a line I have been waiting to test for a while – an affordable natural skincare you can find at the pharmacy- Andalou Naturals.

Gone are the days of ordering affordable clean skincare online, or shopping for it at the tiny local health food store. These days you will find natural skincare brands like this beauty, stocked in convenient places such as your local CVS and Walgreens (and yes, of course, your local Whole Foods and iHerb, too). I love when natural skincare is made more affordable and more accessible.

Andalou Naturals: Quenching Skincare for Winter

So here’s the thing, I have naturally dry skin and I love my facial oils, but with the extreme travel and cold I needed something targeted at feeding the thirst. I usually mix and match my products, so this is the first time (in a while) where I tested an entire line of products from the same range. I was pleasantly surprised.

Coconut for Dryness: From Cleanser to Cream

One of the things I loved about this line was it was made with coconut water! Exactly the thing I would be drinking when dehydrated and dried out on the inside on a tropical island 😉 The products are all gentle and have lovely ingredients including enzymes, vitamin C, coconut water electrolytes and AquaCacteen (derived from prickly pear cactus, which is shown to nourish and binds water to nutrients). You’ll find this ingredient throughout the line.

The eye cream and youth serum had a great “kick” in from the kelp and green coffee extracts, not to mention the prickly pear. The Serum and Eye Lift Cream were very emollient, so they felt like they were not only providing moisture, but sealing in moisture.

The serum also boasted coconut milk aminos and olive squalene to make for a super nourishing base prior to moisturizer.

The day and night creams: the night cream was even more nourishing than the day cream (including coconut milk and coconut oil) – a great team for winter.

The creams also had an added spearmint leaf extract, which provided a light tingle upon application, bringing microcirculation to the surface of the skin. This is great for plumping and helping to invigorate the skin cells at the surface.

Andalou: Natural Skincare You Can Find at The Pharmacy

One of my favourite things about this brand is that you can shop for it so conveniently and affordably. You can find Andalou Naturals at your local CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Sprouts. As well as online, of course – check them out on one of my favourite online shops, iHerb.

Shop Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Cleanser for $12.99 USD here

Shop Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Firming Toner for $13.95 USD here

Shop Andalou NaturalsQuenching Coconut Water Firming Serum for $27.00 USD here

Shop Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream for $27.00 USD here

Shop Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Eye Lift Cream for $21.00 USD here

Shop Andalou Naturals Quenching Coconut Water Visibly Firm Day Cream for $27.00 USD here

Happy Moisturizing, lovelies!



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Toxin Cleanse: Which Toxins Are Disrupting Your Health?

Perfom a toxin cleanse. Toxins in fragance can disrupt your health.

Currently, more than 80,000 chemicals are used to produce many of the common household products we use in the United States. With an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 new chemicals being introduced every year, it’s impossible to completely avoid exposure to these agents. It is, however, possible to cleanse your body of many harmful compounds and create a healthier environment inside your home.[1] Here we’ll explore the various types of toxins that can affect your health, how you’re exposed to them, and how you can reduce that exposure.

What Are Toxins?

Toxins are poisonous substances created biologically through living organisms, or synthetically with chemicals. Toxins can come from either outside or inside our bodies. They are known as exogenous and endogenous toxins, respectively. Exogenous toxins consist of any poisons or pollutants that are introduced into the body through air, food, water, or other outside elements. Endogenous toxins consist of by-products that originate inside the body after metabolizing natural bacteria and yeast. The severity of a toxin is measured by its toxicity, or its ability to harm or damage an organ, disrupt an enzyme system, or disturb a biochemical process.

Types of Toxins

Toxins can come from just about anywhere and are either biological or chemical. Biological toxins are found in nature. There are three types of biological toxins, or biotoxins: zootoxins (made by animals), mycotoxins (made by fungi), and phytotoxins (made by plants).[2]

Chemical toxins are created artificially, often as a byproduct of producing something else. Toxins can cause damage directly at the site of contact (local) or elsewhere in the body (systemic). These effects may be immediate or delayed.[3, 4]

Some of the most common sources of toxins are found in everyday products, appliances, and foods. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though outdoor pollution can be highly toxic, growing evidence revealed that most toxins are found in public buildings, offices, and even homes[5]

Home Toxins

The home, both inside and out, is host to an abundance of chemical and biological pollutants. These toxins are found in everything from cleansers, floors, and cookware, to certain bacteria and insects that live on mattresses and upholsteries. Electrical devices can emit electromagnetic radiation, and if they break they can poison their immediate environment with toxic metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic.[6]

Some of the worst carriers of chemical toxins are the cosmetic products you put on your body. Soap, shampoo, and other personal care products expose the average person to hundreds of chemicals. While people may assume these products are harmless, many contain chemicals that have not been fully tested. Many of these products also carry known carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Ingredient labels are unclear, leaving most consumers confused about the safety of the products they use every day. Unfortunately, every time you bathe, breathe, cook, sleep, or continue your beauty regimen, these toxins and their effects begin to accumulate.[7, 8]

Common Biological Toxins in Your Home

When you’re in your home, you are in constant contact with floors, doors, cabinets, surfaces, and furniture. All of these household structures are home to varying levels of bacteria. For example, in the kitchen, bacteria from raw meat can be transferred from one surface, object, or food to another, causing cross-contamination—a major cause of foodborne illnesses.

Here is a list of biotoxins common to homes and where they’re found:

  • Dust mites: mattresses, pillows, upholstery, fabrics, floors
  • Mold and mildew: bathroom walls, window sills, wallpaper, ceilings, fabrics, food
  • Bacteria and viruses: kitchen surfaces, toothbrushes and holders, toilets, sinks, showers, food, tap water
  • Animal dander: pets, floors, clothes, curtains, beds, furniture, skin, hair
  • Insect parts and excrement: attics, basements, closets, storage boxes, cabinets, garages
  • Pollen: Anything that has come in contact with the outside, including shoes, pets, hair, skin and clothes
  • [9]

Common Chemical Toxins in Your Home

The idea of chemical toxins probably stir up thoughts of a garage full of paint cans and other liquid waste. But did you know that chemicals are used to produce plastic and other synthetic materials used to build homes? Paint, carpet, and pressed wood are just a few items that can release health-disrupting chemicals long after they’ve been installed.[10] Here is a list of common chemicals and the products that may contain them.[7]

  • Diethanolamine (DEA): shampoos, lotions, sunscreens, brake fluid, antifreeze
  • Formaldehyde: nail polish/removers, air fresheners, cleaning products, paper towels[11]
  • Triclosan: hair products, shaving gels, deodorants, toothpastes
  • Petroleum: detergents, fertilizer, synthetic fibers, vitamins, plastic, candles
  • Butylated compounds (BHA, BHT): Hair products, makeup, deodorant, fragrances
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE): cosmetics, Teflon, water[12]
  • P-phenylenediamine (PPD): hair dyes, cosmetics, henna tattoos[13]
  • Mica: makeup products, insulation, wallpaper, shingles, cement[14, 15]
  • Dibutyl phthalate: plastics, adhesives, printing inks
  • Sodium laureth sulphate: shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, body wash, soaps, detergents
  • Aluminum: antacids, cake mix, processed cheese, deodorants, baking soda/powder, soy based baby formulas[16]
  • Ammonia: fertilizers, cleaning solutions, plastics, fabrics, pesticides, dyes
  • Chlorine: water, pesticides, synthetic rubbers, polymers, refrigerants
  • Fluoride: non-organic/processed foods, toothpastes/mouthwashes, Teflon cookware, water
  • Sodium hydroxide: soaps, rayon, paper, dyes, petroleum products, detergents, oven cleaners[17]


Chemical contaminants are found in a variety of sources. Common chemical contaminants that can be found in indoor environment are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are chemicals containing carbon that can disperse through the air and usually have an odor. VOCs are released by many types of building materials, including:[18]

  • Sealants, caulks, and coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Paint and varnish
  • Wall coverings
  • Cleaning agents
  • Air fresheners and other scented products
  • Carpeting
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Upholsteries, fabrics, and furnishings
  • Employee personal beauty and hygiene products

Signs It’s Time to Detox

When toxins overwhelm your body, they can weaken your immune system and cause a domino effect of digestive issues, mood swings, loss of mental focus, and sleep disruption. Basically, they make you feel unpleasant. Even your body odor can change—an outward sign your body is telling you that it needs help. Signs that your body could benefit from a cleanse are:[19]

  • Sugar cravings
  • Digestive issues
  • Sinus issues
  • Acne and rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of mental sharpness
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sudden weight loss, or difficult losing weight
  • Unpleasant breath and body odor
  • Irregular sleep cycles or trouble sleeping

A poor diet and weakened immune system can also result in the overgrowth of a fungus called candida that takes residence in your mouth, gut, and skin. This condition is referred to as candidiasis, or a yeast infection. To support a healthy gut, a change in diet as part of a toxin cleanse will help balance levels of candida.[20]

Optimizing Your Body’s Natural Ability to Cleanse

Your body has a comprehensive detoxification system in which the immune system, respiratory system, skin, intestines, kidneys, and liver all work together. Your skin and respiratory system are the first defense to harmful toxins and chemicals. Once a toxic chemical or biotoxin makes it past these first two body defenses, your immune system takes over. After a filtering and metabolizing process, toxins are expelled from the body as waste.

Over time, the buildup of toxins can make it increasingly difficult for your immune system to work properly. Cleansing your body is a natural way to help it rid itself of toxins giving and optimize its ability to defend itself.[21]

How to Remove Toxins From Your Body

Native Americans have been performing cleanses for hundreds of years by way of fasting and sitting in sweathouses. These practices are still used as a way to purge their bodies of unhealthy substances.[22] It wasn’t until recently that society started adopting some of these practices in lieu of harsh medicines as a more natural way to detoxify, lose weight, and stay healthy.

If fasting or a sweathouse isn’t for you, flushing toxins from your body by performing a natural cleanse is a refreshing way to bring back a healthier you on the inside. Fewer toxins in your body will also result in higher energy levels. There are a number of cleanses you can try. Most last between three to seven days.

Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins

The first thing to tackle when starting a cleanse is to rid your home environment of harmful toxins—both chemical and biological. Avoid the microwave, and reduce your use of electronics. Clean the floors, beds, and upholsteries. Use a wet cloth to wipe up dust instead of sweeping, which can spread dust particles into the air and throughout the house. Make your own natural cleaning products. A mixture of distilled or purified water, lemon, peppermint, and vinegar makes a nice, natural disinfectant. Mixing baking soda with water and lemon acts as a good disinfecting scrub.

Replace cosmetics and hygiene products with organic versions. For example, coconut oil is a nice substitute for skin and hair care products.

Improve Your Diet

Once you have achieved a clean home environment, focus on the foods you’ll be eating to help cleanse your body. Shifting to an organic vegan or vegetarian diet is essential for a successful cleanse. In order to flush harmful toxins, you must give your organs a rest from unhealthy foods so that they can function at peak efficiency. Foods to avoid include:

Organic foods that naturally provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients can help combat the damage from toxins. Incorporate plenty of probiotic foods to keep your gut microbiota balanced. Some of the foods that are recommended during a cleanse include:

  • Brightly colored fruits: watermelon, strawberries, blueberries
  • Citrus fruits: limes, lemons, oranges
  • Brightly colored vegetables: broccoli, beets, carrots
  • Leafy greens: kale, Swiss chard, spinach
  • Seeds and nuts: flax and sunflower seeds, cashews pistachios, walnuts
  • Distilled or purified water
  • Non-caffeinated herbal teas
  • Garlic

Adding herbs and spices like dandelion, cilantro, eucalyptus, alfalfa leaf, peppermint, organic milk thistle, and organic gum acacia are a great way to season your meals and will be beneficial for a healthier cleanse.

Stay Hydrated

It is extremely important to stay hydrated during a cleanse. Drink purified or distilled water instead of tap water. To add taste and nutrients, mix two tablespoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) into a gallon of distilled water and shake thoroughly.

Take Supplements

Performing a cleanse using natural organic supplements is a great way to ensure success. Some supplements are even grouped together in kits that are specifically designed to target certain organs. These kits include Global Healing Center’s own Kidney Cleanse Kit, Liver Cleanse Kit, and Harmful Organism Cleanse Kit™.

Get More Exercise

Exercising during a detox or cleanse is a great way to help the body push out toxins and waste, especially if you break a sweat.[23] An hour of exercise a day, which can be broken up into two 30-minute sessions, is ideal. As an added benefit, studies have shown that short bursts of high-intensity training during a detox diet may support weight loss and cardiovascular health.

Healthy Meals for a Cleanse

The following menu should keep your cleanse on the right track. Be sure to consume distilled or purified water throughout the day.


This meal should consist of a small bowl of your choice of fruit and a 12-ounce glass of the ACV water mix.


For a mid-morning or afternoon snack, grab a handful of nuts and seeds along with a 12-ounce glass of ACV water mix or a cup of green tea. To avoid unnecessary fat or sodium, make sure nuts and seeds are not oiled or salted.


Lunch should consist of vegetables. Try blending some of your favorite veggies and add some lemon juice for a veggie smoothie. A homemade soup using vegetables, herbs, and spices boiled together in purified water is also beneficial.


This meal can be the same as lunch, or you can choose to fast using just the ACV water mixture. You can also choose a small vegetable or leafy salad with a sprinkling of extra virgin olive oil.

What Kind of Cleanse Is Right for You?

Detoxification diets and regimens—also referred to as cleanses or flushes—are a means of removing toxins from the body or losing weight.[24] Some of these cleanses include:[25]

Review your goals with your healthcare provider to determine which toxin cleanse is best for you. It’s also a good idea to speak with them if you have any special dietary needs. Do not use laxatives during a cleanse, or in place of a cleanse. If you’re used to an unhealthy diet full of processed food, it’s best to approach a cleanse by easing into a healthier, organic diet. How often you should cleanse is best decided by you and your healthcare provider but we get positive feedback every day from people who perform a series of liver and colon cleanses throughout the year.

The Future of Cleansing

Growing attention to toxic chemical exposure and environmental health sciences continues to inspire extensive research by scientists as well as governments. This interest has prompted the medical and scientific communities to report on the impact of environmental toxins on human health. Knowing how toxins affect our bodies and environment will help us discover new ways to cleanse and improve our quality of life.[26]

Your Story

Have you ever done a cleanse? What kind was it? What diet did you follow? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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The Essentials of doTERRA Oils and Yoga – An Interview with Elena Brower

In the yoga world, there are those few teachers that truly inspire. New York-based Elena Brower is one of them.

When I first took her class a few years back while on a trip to NYC, I was in awe. Her demeanour was so grounded and at the same time her presence, etherial. Following her class, we spoke for a few moments in the elevator, but it wasn’t about yoga, it was about essential oils. She had been complimenting her yoga business with the essential oils business, doTERRA, and was building the dream life. I wanted to know more.

This month, Elena graciously offered up her time to do this interview, to give you beauties more insight into essential oils, their benefits and how to use them both in your daily practice and your yoga practice.

If you’d like more information on doTERRA and how to get the benefits, let’s connect in the comments below or check out my page on doTERRA.

LPN: How long have you been practicing yoga? And teaching? 

EB: Yoga practice since 1990. Teaching since 1998. 

LPN: How do you see yoga and essential oils blending together? 

EB: The Oils and the practices of yoga and meditation bring us to a similar place – an opening in the fabric of our being. A listening.  

LPN: How do you use oils in your personal yoga practice? What about your teaching?

EB: All day, applying topically, with a carrier oil, diffusing in my home, offering to students to experiment and explore. 

Sarah Willcox Photography

LPN: What was your first experience with essential oils like? Do you remember your introduction? 

EB: Vividly. The first time i inhaled it I felt a sea change in my belly and my heart. 

LPN: What is your favourite oil and why?

EB: Changes daily. Lately, Siberian Fir. It grants me perspective, patience. 

LPN: How do essential oils impact other areas of your life ?

EB: The moment of pause to feel into the Oils, whether it’s topically, aromatically or even internally in some cases, have changed the way I care for myself.  My family now uses Oils before any over-the-counter drugs, so there is less toxicity in my home. 

Sarah Willcox Photography

LPN: What are your top 3 essential oil natural remedies?

EB: For respiratory issues or colds, inhaling 2 drops Oregano and 2 drops of Breathe in a bowl of steaming water clears it all out. 

For headaches, Lavender Touch (roller-ball bottle) across my hairline. 

For sadness, Elevation in the Diffuser. Changes everything. 

Sarah Willcox Photography

LPN: Do you have any favourite recipes that use essential oils? 

EB: I love putting a drop on On Guard into honey when i feel like i might be catching a cold. 

A drop of Basil into homemade tomato sauce for pasta – but just one drop. 

Cinnamon or Cardamom into my cacao green smoothies… 

LPN: Which essential oil would you most likely add to your skincare regimen and why?

EB: I use one drop of Geranium plus one drop of Frankincense in my Skin Oil / Gel every single day. They seem to resurface my skin.

LPN: Which essential oil is next on your wish list and why? 

EB: I have them all 🙂 but I’ve run out of my Supplements and am re-ordering. The doTERRA LLV (Life Long Vitality supplements) are divine and make a big difference. 

Sarah Willcox Photography

LPN: What is your favourite essential oil blend that you’ve created?

EB: I love my Lavender + Siberian Fir for bedtime, and I also blend Balance + Tangerine for all day happiness.

LPN: Which oil do you always have on you?

EB: Balance, Rose Touch, Neroli Touch, Jasmine Touch, Geranium, Frankincense and Lemon for my warm water while on the road. 

Sarah Willcox Photography

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LPN: If I’m new to essential oils, which one would you recommend I try first?  

EB: Simplest is best. Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon. 

Sarah Willcox Photography

LPN: What drew you to use doTERRA oils and products as opposed to other brands? 

EB: Their charities, and their commitment to integrity, quality and transparency. 

LPN: DoTERRA not only is a place to shop for essential oils and products, but it also provides a platform for anyone passionate enough to become an entrepreneur and sell themselves. Could you explain to someone who isn’t familiar with how it works, what must one know if they want to build a business by selling doTERRA oils and products? 

EB: Don’t you dare sell. SHARE what works for you. The Oils don’t need us to sell them.

doTERRA provides so much education – if you just spend a month going over every page and article and video on you’d be able to teach the world. 

BELIEVE in yourself, your team, your mentor(s). When you doubt, ask for help. We are all here for each other. 

[Working in an team] is how we educate, support and uplift one another. It’s magical how much more we can do together.

By Michael George

Want to learn more about doTERRA and how you can be a part of this team?

Check out this page for more information.

In the mean time, you may use this link to purchase your doTERRA Oils as a Wholesale Customer, receiving wholesale pricing (and the option to build a business in the future, if you wish).

You may also consider building a business with doTERRA with me, by becoming a Wellness Advocate. Learn more about that here.

Can’t wait for you to join the revolution of natural healing and joy of essential oils!



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What the Bristol Stool Scale Tells You About Your Poop

Bristol stool scale can help determine your health.

Your poop is an important indicator of how your body is running and your current health status. While using the appearance of your poop to gauge your wellness may seem strange to some, it is a medically proven way to detect an imbalance in your gut and disruptions to your digestive health. If you want to measure your health by your poop, then the Bristol Stool Scale is one of the best tools to use.

What Is the Bristol Stool Scale?

The Bristol Stool Scale, sometimes called the Bristol Stool Chart or Bristol Stool Form Scale (BSF), was first developed in England by Dr. Stephen Lewis and Dr. Ken Heaton at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Initially, it evaluated the effectiveness of bowel diseases treatments, but since then it has been used more broadly as a diagnostic tool for general digestive health.

The charts itself breaks down bowel movements into seven different categories. Each type notes the appearance of the stool along with the associated health status. Below is the Bristol Stool Chart in its entirety.

Bristol Stool Chart

What the Bristol Stool Scale Tells You About Your Poop

The Bristol Stool Scale uses the appearance of your poop to help you determine what is going on inside your digestive system. By identifying your stool form, size, and consistency, you can match it with a Bristol Stool Scale “type,” and gauge your general digestive health status.

Type 1 Constipation

Type 1 is hard stools that appear in separate lumps, similar to nuts. They have a longer colon transit time and can be difficult to pass. Type 1 stools are a sure sign that you’re constipated.

Type 2 Constipation

Type 2 stools are lumpy, hard, and have a sausage-like appearance. They indicate constipation, toxic overload, and the need for intestinal cleansing.

Type 3 Normal

Type 3 stools have an appearance similar to a sausage but smoother and with surface cracks. Type 3 is considered normal stools.

Type 4 Normal

Type 4 stools are smooth and soft in the form of a sausage or snake, and like Type 3, also considered normal.

Type 5 Lacking Fiber

Type 5 stools are soft blobs with clear-cut edges that pass quickly. They are a kind of soft diarrhea. Type 5 may be a sign your diet is lacking fiber or of a toxic overload in your system.

Type 6 Diarrhea

Type 6 stools have fluffy pieces with ragged edges. These are mushy and almost resemble diarrhea. These stools are a sure sign of toxic overload.

Type 7 Diarrhea

Type 7 consists of soft, watery stools with no solid pieces. This kind of stool has spent the least amount of time in the colon and may indicate a bacterial or viral infection.

How to Use the Bristol Stool Scale

Using the chart to determine where your poop falls is pretty straightforward. Go to the bathroom, and then take a look into the toilet at your poop. You can match what you see on the scale to which type your poop most closely resembles. While there are some variations, the Bristol Stool Scale will help you identify your stools more often than not. If your stool is anything besides Type 3 or Type 4, then you may want to consider adjusting your diet or lifestyle to help normalize your bowel movements.

When to Consult Your Healthcare Practitioner

Listening to what your poop is trying to tell you is crucial. In some cases, your bowel movements can indicate serious health concerns that may require a visit to your trusted healthcare provider. Chronic constipation lasting for days or weeks may be a sign of bowel disease. Likewise, extremely loose stools or diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours can cause dehydration and may be a sign of serious health concerns like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you are experiencing painful bowel movements or blood in your stool, then it should be evaluated by a doctor.

Other Ways to Monitor Your Digestive Health

Beyond the Bristol Stool Scale, there are other ways to monitor your bowel movements. Here are the most helpful things to observe when self-evaluating your poop.


On average, adults have one bowel movement a day. That means anything from three times a day to three times a week is considered normal. However, an optimal bathroom routine is closer to two or three times per day. Less frequent than that and you may be experiencing occasional constipation. More than three times a day and you may be experiencing diarrhea or a digestive infection.[1]


How your stool smells is one way your body communicates the status of your inner health. Foul smells may suggest toxicity. However, it is normal to have a bad smelling poop. Usually, the fragrances are merely the result of bacteria in your body that help break down your food. What you should be watching out for most are drastic changes in the smell of your poop. These changes can indicate more significant health concern or disease at play.[2]


The color of your stool paints a clear picture of what is happening inside your body. While there are many shades of brown that are considered healthy, there are a few other hues best avoided.[3]


Not every shade of green is terrible. Certain vegetables like kale and spinach can cause your poop to appear green. However, consistently green stool can be a sign that food is passing through your digestives system too quickly, skipping a slower more controlled transition which often turns the feces from green to brown.[4]


Red feces is not always a cause for alarm, but it can be scary when you don’t know the source. There are innocuous causes, such as eating beets, but red poop can also be an indication of intestinal bleeding. If you are experiencing red stools caused by internal bleeding, seek immediate medical attention.


White colored stool is a sign of severe digestive issues. Typically, they are caused by a lack of bile. Bile is an essential digestive fluid produced by the liver and gallbladder and contributes to the brown color of your stool. If bile production has slowed or stopped, other health concerns are likely, and you should consult a trusted healthcare provider.


Yellow is an abnormal stool color, and typically is a sign of internal issues. Common causes of yellow poop include liver disorders, celiac disease, and intestinal infections. Temporary causes of yellow bowel movements can include food coloring and eating foods like carrots and sweet potatoes.

How to Improve Your Digestive Health

The health of your poop is a reflection of your overall wellness. When your body is functioning normally, there are rarely issues with your poop. Many of the ways to improve your bowel movements are the same advice for supporting your overall health. Because everything in your body is so intimately connected, as you make healthier lifestyle choices you will start to see and feel the difference both in and out of the bathroom.

Change Your Diet

Consistently eating healthy, raw food is critical to supporting your digestive system. Eating a plant-based diet can provide the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs. The right mix of fruits and veggies can also provide fiber and water to support regularity. Make sure to look for certified organic food that doesn’t contain harmful pesticides and chemicals that can weaken your digestive system.

Add Probiotic-Rich Foods

Bacteria play a key role in your digestive health. Healthy bacteria in your gut and colon break down food and promote a healthy balance inside your digestive system. Eating probiotic-rich foods like kombucha and kimchi will help multiply the good bacteria in your body and push out the harmful ones.

Drink More Water

The importance of water cannot be overstated. It keeps you hydrated and encourages healthy bowel movements. Be sure to drink purified and distilled water only. Drinking these types of clean water eliminates the risk of ingesting harmful toxins that are far too common in unfiltered tap water.

Avoid Toxic Foods

While moderation is an essential aspect of any healthy diet, some foods should always be avoided. Dairy, meat, and refined sugars can cause constipation and digestive stress. It may be a good idea to also cut out gluten unless you know for sure you do not have a gluten sensitivity or allergy.

Try a Cleanse

Your digestive system is bombarded every day by toxins and harmful organisms. If you’re not eating organic, then you are likely consuming chemicals and pesticide residue left on your food. Over time, these toxic substances can build up along your digestive tract and cause issues with your poop.
Cleanses and organic detoxes are useful resources to expel these toxins from the body. Global Healing Center offers natural and organic cleanses to support a healthy gut, colon, and intestines. The foundation of all of these cleanses is an all-natural intestinal cleanser called Oxy-Powder®, which uses the power oxygen to cleanse the entire digestive tract. It has also helped millions of people put a stop to occasional constipation, bloating, and other annoying digestive issues.

Your Story

Have you used the Bristol Stool Scale to determine the health of your poop, or tried an intestinal cleanse? Tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.

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The Health Benefits of Glucomannan

Glucomannan comes from the root of the konjac plant

Glucomannan, or glucomannan konjac (KGM) is a supplement that’s used for maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar, and relieving constipation, among other health issues. It’s only recently become popular in the United States and Europe, but Asian countries have enjoyed its benefits for thousands of years. The positive effects of glucomannan, including its impact on cholesterol and the immune system, have even become the focus of research.[1]

Glucomannan: A Brief History

For the past two decades, the use of glucomannan as a dietary supplement and food additive has been on the rise in Europe and the United States. Japan, China, and Southeast Asia, however, have been enjoying konjac glucomannan as a healthy food and traditional medicine for more than 2000 years. The use of glucomannan can be traced back to an old Chinese poem from the third century describing its preparation process. It is thought that in the sixth century Korean Buddhists brought it to Japan. In traditional Chinese medicine, glucomannan is believed to help with asthma, hernia, cough, burns, skin conditions, and other ailments.[2]

What Are the Health Benefits of Glucomannan?

Several clinical trials have studied the impact of glucomannan on health. The results confirmed many beneficial effects. It’s shown to:[3]

  • Encourage normal body weight
  • Reduce food cravings
  • Support normal blood sugar
  • Promote healthy, balanced cholesterol

Glucomannan has the potential to act as a therapy for insulin resistance syndrome. It also enhances the immune system in several areas of the body, especially the gut. Glucomannan has a positive effect on triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose.[4, 5]

Glucomannan & Weight Loss

Glucomannan’s claim to weight loss is owed to its ability to absorb water quickly and form a gel which fills the stomach, giving you a feeling of being full. Food calories that get caught up in this gel are more likely to be excreted out of the body rather than be absorbed. It also reduces the appetite-inducing hormone ghrelin.[6]

A 2015 study suggested that glucomannan supplementation reduced both body fat and weight without the loss of lean mass or bone density sometimes associated with weight loss.[7] In further studies, when compared to other supplements that did nothing, the use of a glucomannan supplement by healthy overweight individuals prompted significant weight loss.[8]

Glucomannan & Cholesterol

In most Western countries, more than 50 percent of the population have high cholesterol levels. A dietary fiber with significant cholesterol-lowering effects, either as a dietary supplement or as a natural component of the of the diet, has the potential to help promote normal cholesterol within the general population. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that daily ingestion of glucomannan resulted in the lowering of total cholesterol levels by ten percent.[9]

Glucomannan & Fasting Blood Glucose

Your pancreas releases insulin to lower blood sugar, breaking it down so that the body can store it for later or use it right away for energy. High fasting blood sugar means that your body is unable to complete this process effectively. Over the long term, this can lead to diabetes.

Several studies have evaluated the natural benefits of glucomannan for patients with diabetes. A 2006 study examined the effects of plant sterols and glucomannan on diabetic subjects. The results suggest that glucomannan combined with plant sterols substantially improves plasma LDL cholesterol concentrations.[10]

In another study, multiple tests showed that fasting blood glucose (FBG) levels were significantly reduced after konjac food was ingested for one and two months. Researchers suggested that konjac food may be useful for hyperglycemia.[11]

Can Glucomannan Help With Constipation?

While the body of research is smaller than with psyllium, a commonly used laxative, glucomannan has much of the same potential. Constipation is a frequent condition in western countries, but dietary fiber, such as that found in glucomannan, can often help alleviate this issue.

Constipation in Adults

Occasional constipation affects us all at one time or another, but natural remedies can help get things moving again. In one study, adult patients with constipation took a glucomannan supplement. Due to glucomannan’s natural fiber, the patients reported a significant improvement after taking the supplement for only a month. The results were long-lasting and had no major side-effects. Researchers concluded that glucomannan could be an effective therapeutic aid in the management of constipation.[12]

Constipation in Children

Constipation is common in children and typically results from an unhealthy diet, a change in environment and schedule, or simply avoiding going to the bathroom. A 2004 study was done to evaluate whether a fiber supplement was beneficial for children who are constipated. It found that using a glucomannan supplement had a positive effect. Children who were already on laxatives still benefited from this fiber supplement.[13]

Constipation During Pregnancy

Whether it’s due to stress, lack of exercise, a low fiber diet, or the uterus pressing up against the intestines, constipation happens frequently to women who are pregnant. Some remedies normally used to control constipation, like laxatives, can result in uterine contractions and dehydration.

In one study, pregnant females affected by constipation were provided with a mixture containing glucomannan twice a day for one to three months. This therapy resulted in normal bowel movements. As a bonus, because of glucomannan’s hunger control properties, some women who experienced disproportionate weight gain were better able to curb food cravings.[14]

Glucomannan & Exercise

Exercise is a good way to encourage a healthy body weight and overall wellness, but studies have shown that the benefits of exercise are multiplied when it’s coupled with a glucomannan supplement. In a study of people who were sedentary and overweight, a glucomannan supplement was added to a regular exercise regime. The results showed that proper exercise and a glucomannan diet encouraged weight loss more effectively than exercise alone.[15]

A separate study on the same effect confirmed these results. Daily glucomannan supplementation paired with regular exercise helped to reduce overall caloric intake. Fat mass in both males and females was significantly reduced.[15]

Glucomannan & Your Gut

Over the last 25 years, interest has escalated regarding the role dietary fiber plays in the microbiota, particularly concerning prebiotics. Observational evidence shows that a diet high in fiber is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These results may be related to the effect of dietary fiber on the gut microbiota and its ability to promote healthy gut bacteria. Most research has shown positive effects of dietary fiber, like glucomannan, on gut function.[16]

Ways to Consume Glucomannan

Glucomannan is commonly available as a tablet, capsule, flour, or powder. Many people will simply take a capsule or tablet with water before meals or sprinkle a power over whatever they’re eating.

The nutrient is also found in tofu and other foods. When it comes to these foods, glucomannan is primarily used in konjac flour, a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine. This flour is used to make a variety of noodles, most notably the shirataki noodle. Glucomannan as an ingredient is enjoyed for its texture, which tends to assume the taste of whatever foods with which it is cooked.[17]

What’s the Best Serving Size?

Glucomannan is a powerful, bulk-forming supplement, so it’s best taken in small servings with plenty of water at first. You can gradually increase your serving size as your body acclimates. The recommended daily servings of glucomannan are:

  • Relieving occasional constipation: 3-4 grams
  • Promoting normal cholesterol: 4-13 grams
  • Encouraging normal blood sugar: 500–700 mg of glucomannan per every 100 calories of food in your
  • Supporting a healthy body weight: 2-4 grams before each meal[1, 17,18]

This table is only a guideline, consult a healthcare provider before use to find a serving size that works best for you.

What Are the Side Effects?

Side effects of glucomannan are rare, but some people may experience an allergic reaction including rash, itching, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the throat and mouth. Other potential side effects include:

One thing to consider is that capsules may be safer than tablets. Tablets can stick to the back of the throat, causing difficulty swallowing. This issue worsens when water is taken to wash the tablet down, causing the fiber to expand further.

Some users of glucomannan have reported blockage of the intestines, and intestinal damage due to bloating in the intestines.[19, 20]

Who Should Try Glucomannan?

Based on varying research and studies, glucomannan has been used by people who have constipation, high cholesterol, insulin resistance syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and people who want to lose weight and body fat. Although the benefits of glucomannan are many, consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning supplementation for advice and instructions.

If you’re interested in getting a jump-start on your path to a healthier weight, try Slimirex®. This supplement is a blend of powerful herbs that fire up your metabolism, help control your appetite, and energize your body in a natural way.

What’s Your Story?

Have you taken glucomannan? What kind of supplement did you use? What was your reason, and did it work? We’d love to hear your story. Please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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Natural and Clean Holiday Makeup – Snow Queen

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And with that comes darker shades in the makeup palette, and for some of us, fairer skin tones. I know a lot of beauties try to ward off the fairer skin during the winter months, but I love to embrace it – even play  it up. So here is my winter Snow Queen natural and clean holiday makeup picks.

Natural Holiday Makeup Picks

For this look natural and clean holiday makeup look, I muted down the eye makeup – no eye shadow and instead went for bold lashes and brows, then pumped up the lip with red. Instead of bronzer on the highlight points, I used it as a contour under the cheekbones and kept the foundation fair.

Natural NonToxic Lipstick – ILIA Wild Child

The most obvious pick in this look is the red lips. This one is by ILIA and called Wild Child. I love this high impact red – it’s bold and playful.

Shop ILIA here at The Detox Market. 

Natural Foundation: AnnMarie Skincare Minerals in Pearl

I have been a long time lover of this foundation – you essentially create you own liquid foundation that is super natural and buildable. I love combining the minerals with a facial oil, sunscreen or facial cream to make the perfect texture. Since it is winter and skin is dry, I combined a skin balm (hard facial oil) and the mineral foundation to ensure the skin didn’t look dry.

Shop Annmarie Minerals here

Concealer: Elate Clean Cosmetics Creme Revealer in Porcelain

Making sure my jet lag eye bags stayed at bay for this post, was the tiny little superpower Elate Clean Cosmetic’s Creme Revealer. This also helped to cover a few spots I’ve picked up on the long-haul flights over to Vancouver this holiday season.

Shop Elate Clean Cosmetics Concealer here.

Brows: Plume Science Nourish & Define Pomade in Golden Silk

Another love of mine is Plume Science’s define brow pomade. It is so easy to make a bold brow, but also keep it very natural. I’ve written a whole post on them here.

Shop Plume Science Here

Bronzer: Elate Clean Cosmetics Bronzer in Sunkiss

Sunkiss is the lighter of Elate Clean Cosmetics’ two bronzers. Normally I would wear this on my highlight points for a sun-kissed look, but for this look, I used it as a contour. I placed the product under my cheekbones and high on the forehead. I love that the pigment looks natural – and the ingredients, I am loving. The bronzer is made with natural mineral pigments, fruit and vegetable extracts, and pressed with organic jojoba oil – love!! Also – notice packaging, pretty much waste-free! All the containers are refillable and made with bamboo!

Shop Elate Bronzer here. 

Natural Mascara: INIKA Mineral Vegan Mascara

One of the few natural mascaras that I’ve found which you can build – and create that high impact dramatic lash. It’s mineral and vegan, and non-toxic.  This has been one of my favourite mascaras as of late, and you can now shop in the US/Canada!

Shop US/Canada here.

Shop Pureskin in Norway here. 

Natural Eyeliner: W3LL People Hypnotist in Brown

I wanted a soft look for the lined eyes, so I chose a velvety pencil that could be blended with my angled brush, so that it’s slightly smokey just on the lash line. The brown is a bit softer, but for a more dramatic look you may wish to use black.

Shop at the Detox Market. 

Well my loves, I hope you have a lovely holiday season! Enjoy these natural and clean holiday makeup finds for your next holiday party!




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Liver Cleanse: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

Fruits like watermelon are part of a liver cleanse.

The liver is the human body’s largest internal organ and one of the most important for survival. Without it, bodily tissues would die from lack of nutrients and oxygen and the digestive process would not be able to take place. One of the liver’s most important functions is the removal of toxins from your system. This function is why cleansing your liver and living a healthy lifestyle is so crucial. Performing an organic liver cleanse can help remove toxic buildup for overall health and wellness. Before doing a liver cleanse, it is important to understand what the liver is and all of the necessary functions it performs.

The Liver’s Location & Design

Inside your body, the liver sits primarily on the right side. It spans across the top of the abdominal cavity, above your stomach and below your diaphragm, leaning down towards the right kidney. This vital organ is soft and rubbery with a reddish-brown color, weighs about three pounds, and contains one pint of blood at any given moment. It is triangular and consists of two primary lobes made up of 1,000 lobules. These tiny lobules contain small tubes that are connected to larger tubes which form the common hepatic duct. This duct is responsible for transporting bile made by the liver to the gallbladder and the first part of the small intestine known as the duodenum.[1]

Functions of the Liver

The importance of this organ is immense. The liver is responsible for essential activities beyond digestion and filtering toxins. The functions it performs on a daily basis warrant regular health maintenance and care.


The liver is the metabolic center of the body. Controlled by the central nervous system, the liver is responsible for the metabolization of macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins). This metabolic process also produces free radicals that antioxidants scavenge to maintain the oxidative and antioxidative balance in the liver. Insulin and glucagon hormones are what drive the metabolic function of this organ.[2]


The liver is responsible for the production of bile, proteins for blood plasma, glucose, and cholesterol. The bile your liver produces helps break down fats in the small intestine and take away waste. The proteins needed for blood plasma are also made in the liver and consist of fibrinogen, prothrombin, and albumins. The first two proteins are coagulation components that aid in the blood-clotting process, while albumins maintain the blood’s environment to keep blood cells at an even hydration level. The production of cholesterol and other proteins help transport fats throughout the body.

The liver helps keep your blood sugar levels even. It produces and distributes glucose depending on your body’s needs. When you eat, your liver holds onto sugar, or glucose, to use as fuel for a later time. If there is little to no sugar present in your body but your organs and red blood cells need it, your liver produces another kind of fuel called ketones derived from fats. A low level of insulin in your body is what triggers this process called ketogenesis.[1]


The liver acts as a storage unit holding your glucose supply, nutrients, minerals such as iron and copper, and vitamins A, D, E, K, and B-12. Many of these components are collected from blood passing through the hepatic duct. This function of the liver ensures that a constant supply of these essential nutrients will be provided to the body’s tissues when they need it.[3]


The liver is part of the innate immune system, also known as the nonspecific immune system. This type of immune system provides immediate action against infection but does not generate long-lasting immunity to the organism, which is a trait the adaptive immune system carries. The innate immune system identifies an issue and deploys immune cells to the area in need of defense and repair. The liver’s primary immunity function is to identify and remove harmful toxins in the body. It also helps with the production of cells responsible for the activation of the adaptive immune system.[4, 5]


It’s the production of bile that places the liver in yet another category—digestion. The cells responsible for this process, called hepatocytes, are found in the parenchymal tissue of the liver. They make up 70-85% of the liver’s mass.[6] Bile is passed through bile ducts and either stored in the gallbladder or released into the duodenum to help with digestion. It is comprised of cholesterol, water, bile salts, and a pigment called bilirubin. These components that make up bile help break down fats into fatty acids.[7]


The liver and kidneys are the main organs responsible for detoxification. The liver protects the body from toxic chemicals by cleaning blood and filtering out harmful chemicals in red blood cells. This process transforms these chemicals into compounds that can then be safely and efficiently removed from the body through urine.[8]

Signs of a Poorly Performing Liver

You are exposed to toxins every day. These toxins can come in the form of water, food preservatives, chemicals, pesticides, and electromagnetic radiation which can greatly affect the liver. There are several signs to look for regarding a troubled liver.[9]

  • Tendency for the body to overheat resulting in excessive perspiration
  • Difficulty digesting fatty foods
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Inflammation of the liver
  • The development of dark spots, commonly referred to as liver spots, on the skin
  • New weight gain or the failure to lose weight even after lowering calorie intake
  • Bloating in the abdomen
  • Fat around the upper part of the abdomen
  • Pain over or around the liver
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • High levels of triglycerides
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Sleep apnea

What Is a Liver Cleanse?

Sometimes referred to as a “liver detox,” a liver cleanse is a regulated diet over a period of four to five days with a “flush day” at the end. The objective of a liver cleanse is to reduce or eliminate toxins in the liver so that it can perform all of its functions more effectively.

Why Is a Liver Cleanse Necessary?

The liver is your filter for toxins. After a time it can become clogged with toxic residue, hindering its ability to keep your body free of these unhealthy components.

Think of the liver like the air conditioning filter in your house. You know it’s time to replace or clean it when it becomes dark and clogged. In this state, the filter can no longer keep your house clear of things like dust, pet dander, dirt, and toxins. Before the liver gets to a similar state, it’s time for it to be cleansed of the toxic residue that has built up over time. This will also give the liver time to heal itself.

Steps to Cleanse the Liver

To safely and efficiently detox the liver, try to eat healthy organic meals leading up to a cleanse. Avoid meat, fatty foods, and foods high in sodium such as processed foods. Following a liver cleanse diet lasts about five days and has two phases: the preparation for your liver’s flush (the first four days), and the purge itself on day five.

Following a healthy liver cleanse diet is crucial in the first days of your cleanse. Eat fresh, organic foods and drink purified or distilled water. You can may be able to enhance your water with a liver-supporting herbal blend, such as Livatrex®. Global Healing Center includes Livatrex in our Liver Cleanse Kit, a program that helps stimulate your liver and purge toxins.

A week before the cleanse you should rid your home of toxins, and eliminate products that contain chemicals like nail polish, hairspray, or other chemically produced beauty products. Stay away from alcohol before and after a cleanse, and consider eliminating alcohol from your life altogether. Consult a healthcare professional before undergoing a cleanse.[10]

Days 1-4: Foods to Avoid

There are several foods to avoid during a liver cleanse. Because the liver acts as a filter, only fresh, healthy organic foods are permissible to avoid added buildup and eradicate the liver of residual toxins. Foods to avoid during this time are:[11]

  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Fried foods
  • Processed foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Heavy sauces
  • Condiments
  • Pastries
  • Spicy foods
  • Soda, energy drinks, caffeinated beverages, and tap water
  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol

Days 1-4: Foods to Embrace

In order to support a healthy liver cleanse, there are specific liver-friendly foods that can aid in digestion and promote a healthy evacuation of toxins from your body. These foods contain vitamins and minerals, namely potassium, that are linked to healthy liver function.[12]

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables (preferably eaten raw)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Foods high in potassium
  • Water (only distilled, purified, or fluoride-free)
  • Fresh, natural juices
  • Herbal teas (non-caffeinated)


A healthy liver cleanse should involve homemade meals using only fresh, organic ingredients. Try using these recipes when undergoing a detoxification process.

Dr. Group’s Liver Cleanse Soup

Instructions and ingredients for a healthy liver cleanse soup:

  • 1 organic beet
  • 2 organic carrots
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 10 organic garlic cloves
  • ½ organic onion
  • ¼ organic lemon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan crystal salt

Wash the vegetables and finely chop the ingredients to your preferred consistency. Pour 32 ounces of distilled or purified water into a soup pot and add all ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer on low heat for one hour.

Dr. Group’s Liver Cleanse Juice

To alternate meals during your cleanse week, try a blended drink:

  • 3 organic carrots (washed and peeled)
  • 2 organic apples (washed and cut)
  • 1 organic beet (washed and peeled)
  • 6 organic kale leaves
  • ½ organic lemon (washed and peeled)
  • ½ inch ginger root

Blend until the desired consistency is reached.

Days 1-4: Meals

Instead of three large meals, eat five small portions per day (this includes two snacks). Chew your food thoroughly and eat at a slow pace to ensure proper digestion. Drink only distilled water. To enhance flavor and nutrition, you can mix two tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) to one gallon of distilled water. Shake and refrigerate. You can prepare this in the morning and enjoy it throughout the day.


Start each morning with an eight-ounce glass of the ACV and water mix accompanied by a small bowl of fresh fruit. Choose only one fruit for this meal. Some of the better choices are:

  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit


To break up the day and get more nutrients into your system while on a cleanse, eat a handful of nuts or seeds and wash it down with 12 ounces of your ACV/water mix. Choose only one type of nut or seed. Good choices include:[13]

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Almonds

Natural supplements consisting of herbs and spices like turmeric, milk thistle, dandelion, and cinnamon are a great way to add more nutrients and flavor to meals while maintaining a healthy liver detoxification.[13]


Around 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m, choose one fruit, chop it into a bowl and eat for breakfast. Make sure to eat only one selected fruit. Watermelon is a great choice due to its water and fiber content. Enjoy your meal with eight-ounce glass of the ACV/water mix.


Around noon, have the liver cleanse soup or the liver cleanse juice. The soup is ideal for flush day, as the leftovers will be a nourishing lunch for the day after the cleanse.


As an afternoon snack or your dinner around 4:00 pm choose either a handful of walnuts, an avocado with lemon and sea salt, or fast through the afternoon with just the ACV/water mix.

The Flush

To prepare for the flushing process on day five, you will be ingesting water, Epsom salt, and olive oil over a period of about two hours.

Around 7:00 pm, mix one tablespoon of Epsom Salt in eight ounces of warm purified water and drink it quickly. You may experience liquid stools within 20­ minutes after ingestion, so it is advisable to be near a bathroom.

Between 8:30 and 9:00 pm, drink ¾ cup of organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. A small amount, about two tablespoons, of freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit, or lemon juice may be added to improve taste. It is important to drink all six ounces. There are a few ways to ingest the oil to make it easier to go down:

  • Thicken the oil by refrigerating it for a few hours
  • Using a jar, pour ½ cup of orange or grapefruit juice into the oil and shake until thin
  • Split into two cups with juice in one and oil in the other and drink through a straw alternating between the two

Sleep Preparation

Immediately after drinking the oil, go to bed and lie on your right side with your knees pulled up to your stomach for 30 minutes. After this step, you can stretch out and go to sleep. Cramping can occur, which is a sign the purge of toxins is working. Walking around for ten minutes followed by another attempt at sleep should help. Nausea can be another common side effect due to the release of toxins from the liver. Be sure to vomit if necessary. This nauseous result is a sign that your body may be in need of another cleanse.[12, 13]

The Day After

The day after completing the cleanse, consider doing a natural water enema or taking six Oxy-PowderⓇ capsules immediately after waking up to naturally flush the stones that have been released from the liver and gallbladder. If you’re curious as to how many stones you’ve released, buy an inexpensive colander and place it over the toilet to collect these stones. Afterwards, rinse thoroughly in the sink to see how many stones you’ve passed.

Breakfast should consist of fruit, followed by the remaining liver cleanse soup for lunch, and a healthy dinner of salad and a light protein. Make sure to drink distilled or purified water with fresh lemon.[13]

What to Expect During a Cleanse

Liver cleanses are different for many people, but a lack of energy and an emotional response can occur, especially once the cleanse is completed. Some people may also notice a few issues with their skin, along with an overall feeling of sickness during and after the cleanse. These conditions will improve over a short period. A week or so after a cleanse, many people experienced higher energy levels, better digestion, and an overall feeling of wellness. Again, consult your healthcare provider before starting a liver cleanse. [14]

Top Liver Cleanse Benefits

Many people don’t realize the impact an unclean liver can have on their daily performance, energy levels, and even appearance. The accumulation of different toxins is taxing on the liver. These toxins are lumped into two categories: exogenous toxins and endogenous toxins. Exogenous toxins are comprised of anything that originates outside of the body including toxins found in food, water, and air. Endogenous toxins are a normal byproduct of your body resulting from cellular metabolism. Performing a liver cleanse to remove these toxins can affect the overall wellness and health of your entire body.[15]

Improves Your Outward Appearance

An unhealthy outward appearance can show what’s going on inside of your body. Detoxifying your liver may help to boost your immune system and enable much-needed nutrients to reach destinations that help with cell regeneration. Once your inside is refreshed, your outside will reflect that and may reduce the appearance of age by as much as five to ten years.

Promotes Healthy Weight

Weight loss can be one of the results of a liver cleanse. When the liver becomes blocked due to high toxicity levels, it isn’t able to perform two of its key functions—bile production and metabolism. Cleaning this organ encourages healthier functioning making it easier for the liver to break down fats and produce bile.

Boosts Overall Vitality

Fatigue, sleep apnea, and sluggishness can be linked to an unhealthy diet and unclean liver. Flushing your body of toxins through a cleanse enables the body to receive the nutrient byproducts produced by the liver. These nutrients will have a marked effect on your energy levels as well as an overall feeling of wellness.

Helps Curb Liver Stones

The kidneys and gallbladder aren’t the only organs to produce stones; your liver can achieve this as well. These stones are similar to gallstones with the exception of location, and form due to high cholesterol levels. When too much cholesterol is present in the body, excess amounts may crystallize into lumps resembling tiny pebbles. These stones, stored in the liver, can considerably affect liver function. Performing a cleanse may help flush these unwanted stones out of your system, supporting a more productive liver.

Supports the Immune System

The liver’s role as part of your immune system can be compromised as a result of residual toxins. Cleaning these toxins from your liver will give your immune system a boost by affecting your liver’s ability to address infection and identify toxins in the blood.

How Often to Do a Cleanse

The number of times you choose to perform a liver cleanse is up to you. Experts recommend a full cleanse two or three times a year. Always consult a trusted healthcare professional before beginning any cleanse. However, some people perform this process several times with five to 10-day intervals to feel a more profound result. To start your cleanse, try the Liver Cleanse Kit. This all-natural, multi-tiered program uses the power of Livatrex to kickstart your liver’s natural cleansing abilities, and Oxy-Powder to facilitate toxin removal.

Your Story

Have you ever done a liver cleanse? Are you thinking about trying one? We’d love to hear your story. Please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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