Ever feel like you’ve had PMS for weeks on end? The fatigue, the belly bloat, the mood swings… where does it come from? And where did all your energy go? Before you chalk it up to age and hormones, there’s something you should know.
Nowadays women are exposed to more dangerous chemicals than ever before. There are toxins in our air, our food and water—even hidden in common household products such as soap, shampoo and cosmetics. Over time those toxins can build up in the liver and lymphatic system and wreak havoc on our health, causing everything from low energy and irritability to poor digestion, vaginal yeast infections and more.
Small Changes Make a Big Difference
While avoiding toxins completely is nearly impossible in our modern world, there are simple things women can do each day to reduce their exposure. Begin with eating only fresh, organically grown foods free of pesticides, herbicides, and unnecessary additives or preservatives. Because fiber helps to absorb and eliminate toxins in the body, be sure to eat plenty of high-fiber fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts and legumes.
When shopping for household cleansers, personal care products and cosmetics, choose natural products made without the use of harsh chemicals. Start beneath your kitchen sink or in the bathroom vanity, and choose one or two items each week to replace with a chemical-free alternative.
Get by with a Little Help from Your Cleanse
Finally, regular cleansing and detoxification is essential in order to support the natural organs and organ systems responsible for filtering and eliminating toxins from the body—including the liver, lymphatic system and bowel.
Look for a comprehensive, women-specific formula that combines potent detoxifying herbs (including milk thistle, dandelion, red clover and turmeric) with energy-boosting herbs such as yerba mate, green tea, ginseng and ashwagandha. Digestive enzymes should be included to help relieve bloating and water retention, as well as probiotics to restore vaginal flora balance and help prevent yeast overgrowth. A mild colon cleanse component will help relieve occasional constipation and promote regularity.