It's never too late for a new beginning and to start a detox. Get inspired to make the changes for the better; for our wellness, happiness, and let’s be honest, just to keep us sane.

Let’s just clean everything out and refresh, not stopping at cleaning the garage, closets, or sorting old files. Taking it one step further to include a holistic body cleanse and detox, and the accompanying mental motivation for lasting healthy habits,  is a win-win for you and your body  any time of year

Where to start?

Taking a holistic body approach — one goes beyond just digestion — this is key to success. Our digestive system is the main focus of most regular cleanses. That means you avoid certain foods and drinks and incorporate others while taking specific supplements that aid the digestive process. But also key in the cleansing is to care for your other body systems like the skin, blood, lungs, kidneys, liver and lymphatic system. Getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, supplying clean nutrients, herbal extracts, breathing well, partaking in plenty of exercise, and hydrating regularly are all ingredients for smart holistic body cleansing.

Why is it helpful?

Basically, the process of holistic cleansing helps the body be more efficient in the “disposal” of everyday  toxins that collect in our bodies.

Simply just being ourselves create toxins that need to be removed along with all the daily stuff we inhale, ingest or absorb from the environment, food and other products. (Think food additives (those E numbers), medications, that cup of joe, alcohol, cigarette smoke, building materials, compounds in plastics, synthetic chemicals in body care and household cleaning products not to mention city pollution, etc. Yuck!). Also remember being stressed out adds to the load, creating the never ending “honey do”  list for our bodies internal housekeeping system.

When is it time?

Our bodies send up smoke signals when they may need some detox help, signs such as: headaches, digestive discomfort, skin problems, fatigue, low energy and weight management issues. Regular focused cleansing can help our body's detoxification system recover and rejuvenate to help us operate more efficiently, just think your regular car service.

Top 5 Cleansing Tips:

1. Support your liver.

This is our very own hard-working filter, cleaning all the blood in the body many times a day,

capturing toxins so they can be removed by the body. To help keep the liver efficient, doctors suggest reducing the daily toxic load and introducing liver-supportive herbs into our diet such as:

Milk Thistle contains silymarin for liver cell protection and regeneration; its antioxidant power helps scavenge free radicals during cleansing.

Dandelion Root stimulates the gallbladder, kidneys and liver for more efficient removal of toxins.It increases the production of bile, which aids toxin elimination.

Artichoke Extract is closely related to milk thistle, and contains the liver-protective compound cynarin.

2. Drink water.

Keeping hydrated helps to moderate hunger and wash away toxins. Add citrus juice such as fresh lemon or natural cranberry juice will help stimulate digestion. You can also drink “cleansing herb” teas such as dandelion, licorice, peppermint and chamomile.

3. Eat right. Eat light.

As our mothers kept telling us, eat your nutrients and fiber, eat your greens and veggies and dont forget cleansing foods (my favorite - beets, artichokes, lemons, onions, garlic, cranberries, apples, avocados, spinach, berries and yummy oatmeal). Avoid artificial and processed ingredients, hydrogenated fats, excess red meat. Avoid too much caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Eat smaller portions and go organic to avoid all those nasty chemicals.

4. Get extra help from supplements:

Probiotics these support your immune system and intestinal health, replenishing gut flora.

Enzymes are complex proteins that break down food particles into nutrients.

Gentle but very effective, like Dr.J’s Natural Simple Detox and Simple Cleanse aid digestion and speed elimination.

5. Lay back and take it nice and slow.

Try to increase circulation and breathe deep through relaxing low-impact exercise like gentle walking, stretching and yoga. Try and reduce your workload and slow down your activity level. Avoid stressful situations and get plenty of quality sleep!

Its it time to bring out the new you? Think recharged batteries, healthy habits and a new lease on life. For more help why not drop Dr. J a line at our contacts page or pick up a bottle of Simple Detox or Simple Cleanse online and start today.

Do you plan on doing a cleanse or detox soon?  What do you see as you motivation?


Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen,
Social Media Manager at Dr. J's Natural.
Director of External Events and Director of Social Media at Alpha Phi Epsilon Eta.
Currently majoring in Graphic Design at Old Dominion University, VA.