CAT | Herbal Cleansing
It seems the beautiful people in Hollywood are finally catching on to the concept of inner beauty. Beauty nutritionist and nutricosmetics formulator Paula Simpson recently talked to Access Hollywood about stars and their beauty secrets, and guess what? Pop icons like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga go nuts over nutrient-rich “beauty drinks” loaded with essential fatty acids, antioxidant plant compounds, and… prebiotics and probiotics!
Just what are Prebiotics?
While we hear a lot these days about probiotics (the friendly bacteria in the gut that support optimal digestion and immune health†), we don’t often hear too much about prebiotics—but the two go hand in hand. That’s because prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of probiotics in the gut.† They are essentially food for your beneficial gut bacteria and are often found in the form of soluble fibers, such as FOS (fructooligosaccharides) and acacia fiber.
If you think about it, soluble fibers escape digestion, arriving in the colon (large intestine) largely intact. Then, good bacteria use the soluble fibers like food. A fermentation process occurs, yielding beneficial compounds such as the short-chain fatty acid butyrate, which fuels intestinal lining cells, and lactic acid, which lowers the colon pH to a healthy level.† When found together, prebiotics and probiotics form what’s called a “synbiotic” relationship—pretty much a win-win for your gut!
Cleansing Greens for Inner Balance
And what would a beauty drink be without cleansing greens for good digestion and detox? Says Simpson, “Greens or ‘cleansing’ foods supercharge the body and support the eliminative organs such as the digestive system to support optimal nutrient absorption and remove byproducts or toxins before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream (and get to the skin). Spinach, kale, dandelion greens or concentrated greens, such as wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina are great to add to smoothies for a detox beauty boost.”
You’ve turned the clocks forward, so now what? Before you start stacking your “spring cleaning” to-do list with tasks like organizing the closets, repotting the plants and planning a garage sale to get rid of all the clutter, ask yourself this: What about the clutter on the inside?
We are constantly being bombarded by harmful toxins from our air, food, water, household cleansers and other products we use each day, and over time those toxins can build up in the body and cause our health to decline. The good news? Regular cleansing and detoxification can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body more efficiently eliminate harmful toxins.† Here are three important reasons you should add “Spring Detox” to your to-do list!
- Jumpstart Weight Loss: One of the best ways to jumpstart your weight loss program is with cleansing.† Studies show toxins are commonly stored in fat cells in the body, so the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body will retain. As you lose weight, however, those toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream. There, they can inhibit your weight loss efforts by slowing down metabolism and making it harder to burn fat, which is why regular internal cleansing is often recommended.†
- Better Digestion: A buildup of toxins in the body can overwhelm our natural cleansing organs, especially the bowel (or colon), causing the digestive process to become sluggish and contributing to problems such as occasional constipation, gas and bloating. Cleansing the colon helps purge unwanted toxins and waste, and clears the way for other organs to function properly.† Look for a total-body cleansing program with an added colon cleanse to stimulate healthy bowel function and promote at least one healthy bowel movement daily.†
- Support for Your Natural Detox Channels: Your body has seven key channels of elimination that help filter and remove harmful toxins and waste from the body: the blood, bowel (colon), kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, liver and skin. If any one of these channels is not functioning properly, overall health can suffer. For this reason, many natural health practitioners recommend a total-body cleanse at the beginning of each new season to help the body cope with its constant task of eradicating problematic toxins.†
Make it your goal to cleanse at least twice a year to flush out toxins and waste.† A spring total-body cleanse can help restore digestive regularity and overall health after a period of cold-weather stagnation†, but there are also cleanses formulated specifically to jumpstart weight loss and address particular issues such as liver health, exposure to heavy metals, , and microbial and yeast imbalance (particularly in women).†
Need helping choosing the best cleanse for your needs? Start here!