By now you’ve probably heard of CBD (short for Cannabidiol) and may have already tried it. It’s exploded onto the US market in recent years, usually in the form of a CBD containing oil, and is being hailed as a safe and non-addictive treatment and preventative for many different health issues.

This makes CBD an excellent alternative to pharmaceuticals—many of which come with harmful or harsh side effects. Last month, Cannabis Business Executive reported: “CBD’s domestic market reached $291 million in 2017 and will hit $1.65 billion by 2021.”

So its popularity is currently skyrocketing, and for plenty of good reasons!

CBD is one of over a hundred types of phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. But CBD products sold in the US are made from extracts of specific strains of cannabis that contain only trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—the main cannabinoid responsible for cannabis’ intoxicating effects—so you don’t need to worry about feeling high from using products containing CBD. It won’t happen!

But you can look forward to some pretty spectacular benefits with regular use.

Both CBD and THC have their own therapeutic value, but products containing more than trace amounts of THC are only available for purchase in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana have been legalized.

CBD products, on the other hand, are legal in all 50 states now and can be purchased online or in local stores and cannabis dispensaries. In December 2018, Congress approved the Farm Bill, which removed hemp and hemp-derived CBD from the Controlled Substances Act, resulting in a surge of CBD food and drink products in popping up across the nation—so don’t be surprised if you see CBD products offered at your local watering hole or your favorite restaurant soon.

So Many Potential Health Benefits!

CBD and THC are the most widely studied compounds found in cannabis, and CBD has been widely studied and found promising for treating and preventing dozens of different health conditions naturally, including:

  • Anxiety, OCD and PTSD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Nausea
  • Pain and Inflammation
  • Schizophrenia
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Gut Disorders

It’s been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, antioxidant and many other beneficial properties, which can help with countless health issues—and all with either no negative side effects or mild ones like drowsiness or dry mouth!

CASE STUDY: 10 YEARS OF INSOMNIA

I had a 49-year-old male patient who exercised regularly but suffered from insomnia for 10 years. He used alcohol to relax, but would still toss and turn and only get 5-6 hours of restless sleep per night.

He said he felt 20 years older than his age and even thought that he looked old as well. I started him on an anti-inflammatory diet with small amounts of white kimchi, got him off alcohol, had him do light therapy in the morning to reboot his circadian rhythm, and start taking CBD oil…1 drop in the right ear well and 2 drops under the tongue.

In 10 days, he reported: “ First time in 10 years getting a good night sleep! I am falling asleep within 15 minutes of laying down and staying asleep until my wake up time. I am getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per day now, it’s like a miracle Dr. Bennett!”

This is a great example of the power of CBD combined with healthy lifestyle choices!

Not All CBD Products are Created Equal

Products containing CBD come in many forms, ranging from oils to liquid extracts to powders to capsules. They’re not well-regulated yet, so wise consumers should do a bit of research before trying any product containing CBD. Look for products with clear, easy to understand ingredient lists.

Oils are the most popular way of administering CBD, and new companies are popping up every day offering their own CBD oils, but the difference between the one that I use and others currently on the market is in the delivery system.

I recommend NanoPure Hemp Oil—which has been nanosized—meaning that it’s at the nanometer size for optimal absorption in the body. Because of it’s nanosize, you only need a couple of drops under the tongue and one drop inside the well of the ear.

I recommend that my patients use it a couple of times per day, morning and night. Other CBD oils don’t absorb through the skin and intestinal tract as well due to the larger particle size, so you need higher amounts. Instead of drops, the dosage is more like dropperfuls. So you get more bang for your buck with the NanoPure Hemp Oil.

Right now, it’s only available through my office, but will be available online soon. If you want to know when NanoPure Hemp Oil will be available to be purchased online, click here to email my office.

And if you haven’t tried CBD yet for its many benefits, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you do!

In my last blog post, I talked about a little known health issue called Pyrrole Disorder which tends to be genetic and often results in severe zinc and vitamin B6 deficiencies.

Both my son Cody and I tested positive for this disorder, so we supplement with zinc and B6 to avoid any issues like anxiety from popping up, which can be caused by zinc and B6 deficiencies.

Anxiety comes in many forms and can have many causes and contributing factors, like chronic stress, trauma, nutrient deficiencies (especially zinc and B6), and lack of sleep. But there’s hope, because anxiety is easily treated at home with some key lifestyle strategies.

So today I’m sharing my 5 best tips and strategies for preventing and treating any form of anxiety naturally.

5 Natural Anxiety Soothers

Aim to incorporate at least 1 or 2 of these strategies into your daily routine. First thing in the morning is easy to remember and helps to set you up for a fantastic (and anxiety-free) day!

Practice Meditation – You’ve probably heard all about the endless benefits of practicing meditation, things like increased productivity, better focus, better sleep, and less stress. And let’s be sure to include anti-anxiety in that list, because a regular meditation practice is one of the best ways to prevent and manage any type of anxiety.

If you’re new to meditation, it may be helpful to start with some guided meditation audios, videos, or in-person classes in until you get comfortable practicing on your own, or you can continue practicing guided meditation if you prefer. It’s just as effective either way, as long as you practice daily!

I created a set of three guided meditation audios for my patients and students – one for morning, one for afternoon and one for evening.

The morning and afternoon guided meditations are to optimize your energy level, mental focus and resiliency throughout the day. The evening one is to activate the parasympathetic system at bedtime, to wind down and go into a deep sleep state. Most people who use the evening meditation fall asleep quickly while they’re still listening to it!

Meditation really helps to clear your thoughts and feelings, calming the monkey mind and soothing away tension, stress or anxiety. I highly recommend making meditation a priority in your life and experiencing the difference for yourself.

Tickle Your Vagus Nerve With Laughter – Laughter’s many benefits have been proven in multiple studies, and decreasing anxiety is definitely one of the best perks of having a good chuckle.

Can you believe that the average child laughs about 200-300 times PER DAY!? But the average adult? A wimpy handful of times per day. So we’re missing out on an incredibly fun and easy way to be healthier and happier here!

One of the reasons that laughing frequently can help to prevent and reduce anxiety is because it stimulates our vagus nerve in the back of our throat and diaphragm, which also connects to all of our critical organs (including the brain, gut, heart, lungs and liver!)

Vagal nerve stimulation restores the parasympathetic tone, and helps to ensure proper functioning of each organ, so it’s super important to have optimal vagal nerve function.  

But unfortunately, due to our modern lifestyles with chronic stress, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition, most of us are running on high alert throughout the day, and ends up creating an imbalance between the sympathetic (fight/flight) and parasympathetic (relax/rest) nervous system. When this happens, a slew of unpleasant symptoms and diseases can easily follow.

Luckily, science has discovered some simple ways to help tone up your vagus nerve, and laughter is at the top of that list for me! Laughing also increases blood flow and feel-good endorphins in the brain. Check out my recent laughing exercise video on Instagram here and try it for yourself today and every day!

Supplement with Glycine Glycine is an amino acid found in collagen that acts as a balm for the central nervous system. It can help with generalized, low-level anxiety and can also be used to relieve panic attacks in real time when they strike.

Glycine may just be my #1 favorite anti-anxiety supplement of all time! I recommend starting with 500 mg twice daily and then increase the dose up to 2-3,000 mg per day.

GABA/L-Theanine Topical Cream – The natural inhibitor and anxiety reliever neurotransmitter GABA (gamma amino-butyric acid) and the amino acid L-Theanine found in green tea, also help immensely in soothing a frazzled brain and nervous system.

Supplementing with GABA can even help to stop a panic attack in its tracks. I personally use this This topical cream by Xymogen before going on stage or TV show, as it sure cuts my fears down quickly! This product is sold only to physicians, so if it’s something you want to try, just email us at help@drsusanne.com.

Vitamin B6 and Zinc Supplements – Deficiencies in Zinc and Vitamin B6 is a common condition and also found in people who have pyroluria, a genetic condition as discussed in my previous blog. And a common symptom of these deficiencies is a feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. But taking these two micronutrients together as supplements can easily correct any deficiencies and prevent or eliminate anxiety.

Start with 15mg twice a day for zinc and 20 mg twice a day for B6.

There’s no need to suffer needlessly with anxiety any longer. Start to work a few of these strategies into your daily life and within a few days to a few weeks, you’ll be amazed at the difference that simple natural interventions can make!

 

To your most vibrant life,

Dr. Susanne

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As our lives get busier and busier and more and more stressful, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to carry out even just our daily responsibilities, let alone making our hopes and dreams a reality. We just don’t have the ENERGY to get it all done.

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When tea comes to mind, it is a hot and soothing cup of joy that relaxes the body on a cold night or relieves symptoms when feeling sick. Organic white mulberry tea surpasses those perceptions and has incredible health benefits that will help you feel better right away.

White mulberry tea derives from the leaves of the mulberry tree that originated from Asia. It is caffeine free that contains various healthy ingredients that help eliminate and treat major health issues such as diabetes. Mulberry tea has a variety of nutrients such as: calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, amino acids, 1-DNJ (1-deoxinorjirimiycin), phytosterol, quercetin, flavonoids, carotenoids, chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

In comparison to green tea, white mulberry tea contains 2.5 times more iron and ten times more calcium found in milk. No wonder this tea holds a major responsibility within maintaining one’s well-being. There are 5 healthy benefits from drinking white mulberry tea.

  1. Blood Sugar Balancer: One of many imperative health issues that mulberry tea help control diabetes. 1-DNJ (1-Deoxinorjirimiycin) is the substance that keeps the uncontrollable amounts of sugar away that triggers the blood sugar levels to increase. In treating diabetes, getting a grasp of blood sugar levels on a consistent basis is key. In prediabetes and diabetes, the blood sugar levels rise, and the body produces more insulin, leading to insulin insensitivity/resistance. 1-DNJ minimize the sugar imbalance leading to healthier blood sugar levels.  
  2. Weight Loss: 1-DNJ (1-Deoxinorjirimiycin) also assists in weight loss. It blocks the unnecessary carbohydrates from digesting and turning into sugars. DNJ is also know to supports good bacteria health.
  3. Appetite Control: Organic white mulberry tea can reduce your appetite and burn more calories. Having a cup 30 minutes prior to your meal will kickstart the 1-DNJ to block those carbohydrates in your meal. Along with drinking this tea specifically for weight loss, it is key to have a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise.
  4. Vital Nutrients: Vitamin A, and B1, found in white mulberry tea helps with your skin, eyes, nervous system and immune system. This tea has shown sign of improvements in vision and reflexes, lessen dark spots and blemishes, and stronger resistance to bacteria and viruses.
  5. Liver Health: White mulberry tea also serves as an antioxidant and helps cleanses out the liver of toxic waste accumulated from excess alcohol and other chemical substances.  

There are many tea brands that have their own white mulberry tea but my favorite brand is organicmulberrytea.com. This product is found mainly in Japanese grocery stores so getting it online may be the most convenient way to try it for yourself and family. There is a store locator on their site that can be used to find stores near you that carry the tea.

BTW- instead of using one tea bag per cup, I actually cut the paper tea bag and pour ½ teaspoon into a cup of hot water, then I just add more hot water as needed. This makes the tea bag last longer and you can get 5-6 cups of tea out of one bag. I believe drinking the tea leaves will also give you more of an overall advantage!

Get your Organic White Mulberry Tea and sip for better wellness!

Discover a great new way to walk around town or boost your next hike with Nordic walking.  Using these great Nordic walking poles is a great way to increase your heart rate during a low impact workout.  The typical walker will use about 70% of their muscles, while a Nordic walker will use up to 90% of their muscles and burn up to 40% more calories!

What started out as a way for cross country skiers to workout year round, these walking poles have taken on a life of their own.  Discovered and honed by fitness guru Bern Zimmermann, Nordic walking has become a fast favorite all across Europe.  Thanks to its many benefits and easy technique, Zimmermann has even founded the American Nordic Walking Association (ANWA) to help people ease back into healthy living.

The poles are uniquely designed to help you increase stride, length, and speed.  Using the poles during your walk helps with posture and to relieve tension from problem areas across the body, like in your shins, hips, knees and back.

Try using the poles the next time you and a few pals get together for a good, long hike. A great way to boost regular fitness workouts, Nordic walking is a relatively simple way to add some fun to the same old trails! 

My favorite Nordic walking sticks found here https://drsusanne.com/NWN are affordable and great quality. The accessories come at no extra costs and are easy to use. Please use the ID #813353 when making your purchase.

References:

https://drsusanne.com/NWN

SunTouchDo you find yourself feeling more depressed, sluggish and non-motivated year after year during the fall to winter months? If so, you may be experiencing a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that affects roughly 14% of the population. Statistically, as you move further from the equator, the likelihood of an individual to experience SAD increases incrementally, as days become shorter and nights longer.

Typical symptoms of SAD include heightened anxiety, depression, weight gain, increase in appetite, trouble sleeping, loss of energy, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms usually begin at the end of fall, with winter just on the horizon, and tend to dissipate at the start of spring. In my practice, SAD is much more prevalent when it’s the time of year for “trick or treating” or when you have to turn the clock back for daylight savings time, whichever comes first (even in “sunny” Los Angeles, we have mild to moderate cases of SAD).

So if you’re one of the 14% of people in the U.S. suffering from this seasonal slump, what can you do to help yourself feel better during the colder months? While there are several ways to overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder, including various medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy, one of my personal favorite ways to reduce SAD symptoms is to use artificial or natural light therapy.

Light therapy involves using light boxes emit a full spectrum of artificial white light in order soothe symptoms of anxiety and insomnia associated with SAD. Sitting or working near such a box can simulate the calming effect of natural, outdoor light. I personally use and recommend the Sun Touch Plus. Due to its intensity and effectiveness, only 15 -20 minutes is necessary to enhance your well-being, and turn off the pineal gland from secreting excess melatonin. The extra level of melatonin at inappropriate times is what causes you to feel so sluggish and depressed. The light turns off the pineal gland’s function in the morning. Light therapy works best if you use it in the morning to early lunch time. Please do not use it during the night, it will cause insomnia!

In addition to using light therapy, I would recommend spending some time outdoors daily, to help eliminate the winter blues. Half an hour in the morning outside in direct sunlight (not under an umbrella or shade) eating breakfast, drinking tea, reading or taking a short walk, even on a cloudy day, is sometimes just what you need to lift your spirits, and send your SAD packing.

References:

drsusanne.com/suntouch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/DS00195

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_therapy

Dr. Susanne and Robyn Benson

“Show and Tell” Time!

I am so excited and honored to be an expert speaker today on The Healthy Travel Global Summit hosted by Dr. Robyn Benson! It brings together over 30 highly respected, heart-centered medical experts who share their vast expertise about how to travel consciously and healthfully.

During my interview you will learn:

  • 7 Key Factors to Allergy-Free Travel
  • Preparation is key to making every moment of your life the very best
  • Bed bugs are more common than you think!
  • Which supplements you must bring on your trip
  • And you won’t want to miss my “Show and Tell” time where I will pull out all of the essential goodies from my Healthy Traveler Paraphernalia kit!

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Oh, one more thing! Because I absolutely love to serve you the best way I can, when you register today you will receive in your inbox by tomorrow….

Dr. Susanne’s Must Haves:
Healthy Traveler Paraphernalia Checklist

Healthy Traveler Paraphernalia Checklist

This is the very first time I have ever shared my personal tips, tricks and details of how to prepare for healthy travel, including a list of exactly what to take on the flight as well as which supplements to pack so that you can make each business trip or adventure the very best– full of boundless energy, sharp mental focus and maintain a powerful vibrant body!

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When you do, you’ll instantly download more than $1500 of bonuses, including access to a private Facebook Group where all of the Summit speakers and participants can connect. You’ll love what the remarkable health experts and travelers share.

Dr. Susanne's Overnight Flight Must-Haves

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To your vibrant health,

Dr. Susanne
Healthy Travel Summit

You probably don’t know this about me, but I get so excited in the springtime because it’s when I start planning my next big summer vacation! Yippee!

I just LOVE to travel to other parts of the world where I can jump into the ocean to swim, snorkel or stand up paddle. I’ve actually lived near the ocean my entire life… from Korea, to Monterey and now the Pacific Palisades, and I have a deep love and respect for the ocean and marine life.

In fact, my family and close friends call me the “Sensitive Voyager ” – not only because I have a strict rule to explore beaches and oceans wherever I go, but also because of the “way” I travel.

Sensitive Voyager

I’m very organized and prepared with all of my food, supplements and healthy travel paraphernalia.

My philosophy is that I want to have the best experience possible at every moment in my life – including during my travels – and if it takes an extra bag of goodies to do that, I am all for it!

Preparation is key for healthy traveling, whether it’s for a business trip or a fun-filled adventure.

On Nature’s Secrets today I will share my top healthy travel essentials for you and your family, so you can maintain your energy and mental focus, be free of allergies and avoid any potential health disasters that are so common for people when they travel.

First let’s pack a Healthy Travel Paraphernalia Kit for you!

Daily essential supplements of vitamins and minerals allow you to travel guilt-free – you may not be getting enough fresh vegetables and fruit backpacking in the Alaskan wilderness. Which ones to take? A Multi-vitamin and mineral formula for sure and take extra Vitamin C and Vitamin D for extra energy and immune boosters. Also important are probiotics that you don’t have to refrigerate, especially in areas that commonly cause traveler’s diarrhea such as South America, Asia and Africa!

  1. Instead of toxic hand sanitizers, colloidal silver spray is an excellent alternative to sanitize your hands, also can be spray on cuts to prevent infection! Best formulation is one that has been manufactured with SilverSol® Technology you can find Silver Sol Power on my drsusanne.com website
  2. Broad spectrum anti-microbials such as olive leaf and oregano oil for viral, bacterial and fungal infections
  3. Calendula and arnica ointments for cuts and bruises with a few extra Band-Aid’s
  4. Tropical environment means more exotic insects that can bite you! Wear light long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect your body and pack a mosquito netting for your bed. Dengue fever is more common than you think!
  5. Don’t forget non-DEET bug repellent you can apply to your skin found at your local health food store. It will keep the mosquitoes and sand flies away. Another great bug repellent is Magnesium oil! This was my own discovery while I was traveling in Mexico. They hate the taste of it, and at the same time you can have extra Magnesium that will absorb though the skin.
  6. My favorite ointment for itchy bug bites? Tiger Balm! Get the one that is white in color, to prevent stains

Other healthy travel tips:

  • A “green” or eco-friendly hotel could be more suited for your family – those are more conscientious about chemicals and allergen that can be aggravating to your health.

Today, many hotels and restaurants all around the world now accommodate for the sensitive traveler. Even if you do not have allergy symptoms, being mindful of your environment and nutrition will make your travels so much more enjoyable and memorable.

Hotels are now equipped with air purifiers, feather free bedding, non-chemical cleaning products, you just need to ask for it.

Also, check if the resort is “pet friendly.” You don’t want your sensitive child sneezing and coughing through the night.

  • Weather or not? Look online for the weather of your destination; you can see the next 10 days, but also check out the average temperatures for the month, including the ocean’s water temperature. I take my snorkel gear, shortie wetsuit and underwater camera on every trip!
  • Travel with healthy snacks! I love packing foods that will sustain my energy and brain power, just in case we are stuck somewhere without a decent restaurant. Worst situation is when a child is hungry! We all know that a hungry child is not a happy child!

What are my healthy snack favs?

  1. Organic turkey jerky- high protein, low sugar and helps keep the blood sugar balanced and reduces sugar cravings
  2. Gluten free granola for breakfast or a snack
  3. Organic seed bars (with pumpkin, sunflower, chia and hemp seeds)
  4. Almonds, Macadamia nuts and Hazelnuts
  5. Individual packs of unsweetened almond milk (yes, they will weigh down your bag, but love that I will be dairy free and add it to my breakfast granola or morning ginger and cinnamon tea
  6. Individual green drink packets and veggie or egg protein powder shakes that can be mixed with a bottle of purified water
  7. Herbal organic teas, such as chamomile and Rooibos with a drop of liquid stevia

Dr. Susanne's Healthy Snack Faves

Last minute tips for the plane ride:

  1. Bring on board plenty of purified water- drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you are up in the air. Flying dries your eyes, nasal and lung tissues as well as your skin!
  2. Colloidal silver throat spray for before, during and after flight to ward off viral and bacterial infections.
  3. Before boarding your flight, apply a thin layer of “unpetroleum” jelly to moisten and protect nasal passages – It will keep nasal passages moist, help collect dust, dirt and possible harmful microbes. Don’t forget to eventually blow your nose after the flight!
  4. Socks and a scarf. Even if you are dressed appropriately to go to the islands, the plane ride can be brutally cold. Covering up will prevent you from catching a draft and weakening your immune system!
  5. If you are flying to a different continent, best to make your flight arrangement over night so you can wake up fresh and ready to go when you arrive at your destination! Don’t forget to bring on board loose & comfortable clothing to sleep in such as long sleeve shirt and sweats, it can get very cold in the plane!

Also pack your eye mask, earplugs and natural sleeping formulas such as gaba cream and melatonin with 5-HTP to help you relax and get deep uninterrupted sleep of at least 7-8 hours. The worst flights are when you can’t get the rest you need and half of your vacation is trying to get used to the jet lag!

Dr. Susanne's Overnight Flight Must-Haves

Again, preparation is key for healthy travel! When you do, you’ll have the best experience wherever you go! Isn’t having fun what it’s all about? Bon Voyage!

Healthy Travel Summit

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I receive a lot of questions from my community about cleanses.

Cleanses have been around since ancient times, and were originally a springtime phenomena. As winter ended, people would want to shed the winter layer of fat that they had accumulated in order to keep warm! In some religions, cleanses and fasting have long been used in support of a path to spiritual rebirth.

Today, most of the popular forms of cleansing limit diet intake in some way for a short period of time. Many have cleanse-specific “boosters” that may be part of the diet protocol, such as herbal laxatives, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, probiotics and other anti-inflammatory supplements. Relaxation techniques may be recommended as well, such as massage, sauna, soaking baths and aromatherapy.

While the body naturally detoxes itself fairly efficiently most of the time, people today are exposed to many more toxins in their everyday life. Environmental toxins from our drinking water, our foods (antibiotics in our meat!), chemicals around the home, even within the skincare products that we slather on… our bodies can easily become stressed and unhealthy from this toxic overload.

The goal of a cleanse is typically one or more of the following:

  • Detox body of toxins
  • Heal inflammation in GI tract, liver, kidneys and colon (“healthier gut”)
  • Reduce food cravings
  • Weight loss
  • Diet reset: help kick-off a better eating plan
There are literally hundreds of – if not thousands – cleanse programs.

Fasting Cleanses

Fasting cleanses dramatically limit your caloric intake or may in fact be water only. I am not a big supporter of fasting cleanses as this type of cleanse stresses the body, which basically thinks it is starving. No inflammation healing occurs, and there is the possibility for many negative health consequences with nutrient deficiencies (from lack of protein and healthy fats), blood sugar spikes and stalled metabolism. Any weight that is lost will likely be water or lean muscle mass, not fat.

Some people are proponents of intermittent fasting, where you eat your entire day’s food within an 8-hour period and then eat nothing for the next 16 hours. Supporters of intermittent fasting say that it helps them lose weight and feel energized.

Juicing Cleanses

Juicing is a strict dietary regimen of only fruit and vegetable juices. Juicing that is heavy on fruits can be unhealthy as your blood sugar levels can go crazy due to the high fructose in the fruit. Better to focus the majority of your juicing cleanse on organic, nutrient-rich vegetables like green veggies, spinach, kale, cucumber and the like, and maybe throw a small handful of berries in for taste. Dark berries such as blueberries help your liver get rid of certain toxins. Rather than juicing a few times a year as a cleanse strategy, I personally feel that juicing is healthier as part of an ongoing whole food diet.

Liver Cleanses

There are a variety of packaged products as well as “recipes” for drinks to flush toxins through bile ducts and our liver; a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice being just one. I am more of a proponent of regularly eating healthy, non-inflammatory foods that help detoxify the liver naturally. Cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli and cauliflower increase your kidney’s ability to transport toxins into the urine, which helps liver cells recover from detoxification efforts. Foods high in sulfur such as kale and Brussels sprouts, and foods high in glutathione such as spinach and carrots, also help with liver detoxification.

Herbs that are helpful for liver detoxification are milk thistle and dandelion root. Dandelion root tea will get your bile flowing! Vitamin E, zinc and selenium and B Complex (which helps with alcohol metabolism) are all helpful in ridding our bodies of toxins. I suggest that a little self-restraint on alcohol, sugar and other liver-impacting toxins is also a great strategy!

Colon Cleanses

Some people do colon cleanses which are herbal remedies, laxatives or enemas focused on cleaning out the colon. There isn’t a lot of research data supporting that this is necessary for a healthy bowel.

Some people opt for a colonic irrigation, also known as colon hydrotherapy. This is when tubing is placed in the rectum and several gallons of water are introduced. Often, the water is combined with enzymes, probiotics or herbs.

Instead of a colon cleanse, I recommend drinking adequate pure water (1/2 your weight in pounds, in ounces daily), increasing your intake of fiber and strengthening your “good” bacteria flora using a good probiotic or through fermented foods like kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage) to help protect your colon.

Detox Cleanses (with specific foods included or specifically eliminated)

Most detox cleanses focus on a diet of specific foods – ideally including healthy proteins and fats – along with nutrients to support the detoxification process and toxin elimination. The best detox cleanses provide a list of foods to avoid (typically allergens like dairy and gluten; caffeine, alcohol, etc.) along with a preferred list of foods that are suggested and geared towards protecting the body’s detox organs. Proportions, caloric intake and supplementation (nutrients, enzymes and probiotics) may also be advised. I favor this type of program as it is anti-inflammatory, supportive of the body’s natural detoxification processes, helps balance hormones and also provides insights as to food sensitivities and allergies!

Allergy Elimination Cleanse

In my practice I recommend my allergy elimination cleanse, as I have found that for most people, reducing exposure to allergens and eliminating toxins in their environment support their body to cleanse and heal itself naturally.

If you look at the cleanse goals referenced above, most professionals suggest that rather than infrequent cleanses, the best approach is long-term lifestyle modification.

Improving upon your body’s natural detoxification, gaining a healthier gut and reducing inflammation…even losing weight, can best be achieved by reducing the toxic load in your environment and your body. This includes ensuring the healthiest nutritional foods, cleaner water and air; cleaning up toxins and allergens in your living environment; using less-toxic personal hygiene products, as well as reducing stress. Along with allergen elimination, I am a big advocate of utilizing your largest detox organ in your body: your skin.

Using Your Skin to Detox: The Perfect Cleanse Companion

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is a major avenue for detoxification! Daily dry skin brushing with a loofa in the direction of your lymphatic system will increase circulation and open up the pores for detoxification.

Sweating is a wonderful detox mechanism. A soaking bath can be a wonderful detoxifier, and can reduce mental and physical stress…. and it feels heavenly!

When having your daily shower or bath, probiotic soap can also be a great way to ensure that only healthy flora on your skin get absorbed. Like oral probiotics or fermented foods (like kimchi), probiotic soap is anti-microbial and helps promote healthier flora on your skin.

Make conscious decisions to keep your body inflammatory-free! This involves a commitment to a healthier lifestyle versus following the latest cleanse fads.