Now is a good time
Anytime is a good time, but spring is the season for renewal. The garden is bursting with new buds, the sun is warming our skin. We open the windows and let the fresh breeze blow out the cobwebs. And just like our home, our bodies need a spring cleanse – time to get rid of the debris that has accumulated in our cells.
3 ways to use the Herbal Detox Program™
1. Spring cleanse
2. Starting point for diet and/or lifestyle changes
3. Regular maintenance of the digestive system
The Herbal Detox Program™ is a great place to start when you want to make positive changes towards improved diet and lifestyle. If you have been struggling with health issues and you are ready for a transformation, the Herbal Detox Program™ offers simple guidelines regarding diet and lifestyle to give you the support you need during the four-week detox experience and beyond.
The Herbal Detox Program™ supports the detoxifying organs in two vital steps:
1. Drawing stored toxins from the tissues into the bloodstream.
2. Removing them safely from the body so they are not reabsorbed into the tissues.
Effects of detox
Detoxing can bring temporary physical discomfort. Emotional issues may also surface as your tissues release old burdens. Think holistically–it’s a physical cleanout and more. It can be a valuable life-changing experience. Possible effects during the first few days as blood toxins increase, may include headache, memory lapse, moodiness, nausea, rash, constipation, fatigue, dizziness or palpitations.
How the Herbal Detox Program™ minimises these effects
- Stage One – Energising ALKALISER™ supports the first layer of cleansing for 2 weeks, preparing your body for the deep-level detox of cellular and extra-cellular toxins. This helps avoid a sudden rush of toxins into the bloodstream.
- Stage Two – Revitalising Liver DETOX™ supports intensive deep cleansing of the tissues, with Herbal Colon CLEANSE™ supporting full elimination of toxins from the body.
Begin to reduce the ongoing toxic burden on your body. Eliminate problem foods during the Herbal Detox Program™ as a starting point for making lasting healthy changes to your old dietary habits.
MOSTLY Eat and Drink
plenty of non-GMO, organically grown and produced (whole)foods:
a variety of fresh fruit vegetables for fibre, vitamins & minerals (esp. spinach, kale, blueberries, cranberries for antioxidants)
all root vegetables (except potatoes), garlic & onions
seaweeds (kelp, wakame) for trace minerals
nuts (not peanuts) and seeds (chia, pumpkin)
unpolluted wild-caught oily fish, extra virgin olive or coconut oil
goat or sheep feta, plain yoghurt and (grass-fed) butter (in moderate amounts)
water, lemon juice, herb teas, coconut water, non-caffeine grain coffees (dandelion, chicory, burdock, carob)
CHOOSE to Avoid
eating or drinking foods that slow your metabolism and burden your tissues. These can include:
sugar, refined white bread or flour, gluten grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats)
dairy products, flavour enhancers and other food additives
fast foods, highly processed/refined foods
alcohol, drugs, caffeine, black tea
hydrogenated vegetable oils and spreads
CHOOSE to Minimise
nightshade plants (potatoes, tomatoes, chilli, etc)
red meat, factory-farmed poultry, factory-farmed salmon or other seafood
unfermented soy (including tofu), peanuts
toxic pesticides, herbicides, hormones
Eliminating common food allergen groups (gluten grains, dairy, legumes, nightshades, etc) during this time creates a great opportunity for you to notice any differences you experience without them. Preferably cook with water and bake or steam food. If sautéing, it’s best to use virgin vegetable oils, preferably organic. Coconut oil is the most heat-stable oil, up to 177°C, and contains healthy fats and nutrients. Olive oil is another good option for cooking, but better eaten unheated.
OTHER Food Options
non-gluten grains (rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth), coconut flour or almond flour
raw, unpasteurised or fermented foods for their high enzyme and probiotic content
organic or free range eggs and small servings of organic poultry
Healthy bodies are naturally detoxifying the waste products of living, breathing and eating. The liver and other specialised organs and glands identify, neutralise and expel toxins. They become burdened by the impact of damaging toxins from many sources, including:
- industrially processed food and drinks
- GMO ingredients in food
- chemical herbicide and pesticide residues
- polluted air and water sources
- medical and recreational drugs (incl. alcohol and tobacco)
- domestic and work environments
Burdened with toxic overload, our degraded internal environment allows pathogens to thrive and disease to develop.
Cellular Toxicity – You Are What You Ingest
All disease comes from cells not functioning properly. The two reasons for malfunctioning cells are poor nutrition and cellular toxicity. The more waste builds up in cells the less nutrient exchange is possible. As those environmental stressors impact your body’s natural resources, toxins such as heavy metals build up in the tissues. Rubbish accumulates both inside the cell and in the surrounding fluid which exchanges nutrients for waste via the cell membrane. Energy is spent on a cascade of toxic effects as oxidative stress damages cells and the liver can no longer filter and purify the blood adequately.
All herbs in our unique New Zealand-made Herbal Detox Program™ are organic or wild crafted, and include powerful New Zealand native herbs. All are tested and certified for quality. We take care to source only the best herbs available for our products — most of them lovingly picked in the New Zealand bush, then dried and milled by the same caring hands. Read an interview with medical herbalist, Angela Chadwick, about the power of New Zealand native herbs.
New Zealand Native Herbs
The following native herbs have been used in the Herbal Detox Program™:
Harakeke (Phormium tenax) — Digestive tonic
Our native flax root is called the “aloe vera of NZ” for its tonic effect on digestion and bowel regularity. Harakeke supports detoxification, elimination and intestinal health with astringent, alterative, laxative and calming actions.
Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) — Gut restorer
Our native pepper tree is a warming herb supporting a cold constitution and weak digestion. Horopito has scientifically proven antiseptic, antioxidant and carminative properties. It supports natural relief of temporary discomfort due to the flushing of toxins.
Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) — Systemic purifier
New Zealand’s most versatile native herb, its big heart-shaped leaves are a tonic for the stomach, liver, kidney, bladder and bowel – it supports the entire alimentary canal from ingestion to excretion. Kawakawa moderates the temporary toxic load in the bloodstream, so your detox experience feels easier. Great for skin, respiratory and cardiovascular health too.
New Zealand Kelp (Ecklonia radiata) — Oceanic superfood
100% New Zealand grown in wild-floating forests, sustainably harvested and tested free of radioactive contamination, our kelp is a heavy metal detoxifier that soothes the digestive tract and supports bowel regularity. This marine superfood provides all the minerals needed to maintain health, plus alginate to prevent absorption of toxic heavy metals.
Kumarahou (Pomaderris kumeraho) — Herbal detergent
Known in New Zealand as gum-diggers soap, its slippery saponins help clean and flush impurities from the blood. Kumarahou supports detox via liver and gallbladder, kidneys, lymph, lungs, and pancreas. Calming and purifying actions support a complete detoxification and elimination process.
Tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides) — Liver support
Tanekaha (celery pine) is the most important New Zealand liver herb and a good constitutional for the stomach. Its astringency supports liver and gallbladder protection against pathogens and heavy metal toxicity. In fact, Tanekaha’s activity begins in the mouth and supports digestive tract health throughout its entire length.