How to Build a Herbal Medicine Cabinet [Slideshow]

February 26 2014 | Digestive Health | Family Health | Immune Health | Nervous System | Respiratory Health

Last week, Laurence Smith presented a webinar on how to build a herbal medicine cabinet. These are his personal essential tips and life-saving methods to being naturally prepared and equipped for any urgent health situation. Check out the slides below, or see the all the webinars from Education Week here.


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Why Would You Need a Herbal First Aid Kit?

There are many health concerns that could and should be handled at home.  The sooner there is intervention, the sooner the healing process begins.  It is important to have natural products on hand that can immediately be used when a person feels "out of sorts".  

Developing a Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit

Provides peace of mind knowing that you have basic remedies on hand. Gives you the opportunity to practice using herbs in a non-emergency situation, and build your confidence in both yourself and these natural products – and caring for common complaints at home.


These should be separated into Primary Products, Secondary Products, Specialty Products and Programs:


Primary Products

  • Silver Shield 
  • Silver Shield Gel 
  • Elderberry D3fence 
  • VS-C 
  • Golden Seal 
  • Echinacea  
  • Mullein 
  • LBS II 
  • Oregon Grape 
  • Distress Remedy


Secondary Products

  • Echinacea 
  • Cascara Sagrada 
  • Capsicum 
  • Black Ointment 
  • Charcoal 
  • Tei Fu Oil 
  • Tei Fu Lotion 
  • Golden Salve


Specialty Products

ALJ capsules & liquid APS II Aloe Vera Gel Catnip/Fennel Cranberry-Buchu HistaBlock Lobelia Papaya Mint Peppermint Oil Stomach Comfort Tea Tree Oil Zinc Lozenges

Primary Products

The Silver Solution -- Silver Shield -- "Second Immune System." The very minute ionized particles of silver, suspended in pure water aid in immune system defense for maximum bioavailability. It works quickly when ingested. The very minute ionized particles of silver, suspended in pure water aid in immune system defense for maximum bioavailability. It works quickly when ingested. Silver Shield is cell-structure specific—any single cell organism is subject to silver.

Elderberry D3fense -- Supports the immune system and contains naturally derived Vitamin D3.

VS-C -- Vital Shield for the immune system, it's an immune-system Stimulant – Chinese (was HRP-C). It's Effective with l-lysine and nourishes the liver. It promotes a healthy respiratory tract.

Goldenseal -- Maintains a strong immune system, supports mucus membranes throughout the body. 

Mullein -- supports healthy ears and lungs and may help soothe the respiratory system. 

LBS II --  A lower bowel stimulant formula and Support that strengthens the colon and increases peristalsis. It improves digestion, reduces gas and cramping, and helps the growth of friendly bacteria.

Oregon Grape -- Supports the immune system and is easily assimilated in the body. 

Distress Remedy -- Flower essence version of Bach's Rescue Remedy and is for a variety of emotionally stressful situations. 


Secondary Products

Ultimate Echinacea -- Potent immune system stimulant and lymphatic cleanser. Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida, and Echinacea angustifolia. Directly stimulates the immune system.

Cascara Sagrada -- A stimulant laxative for a moving experience. "Sacred Bark" root is a popular treatment for occasional constipation because it is not habit-forming. It is used to increase the secretion of digestive fluids, create large soft bowel movements, and stimulate the peristaltic action of the colon.

Capsicum -- The hot pepper that cools pain after exercise or muscle overuse. Capsicum can be applied directly to the skin or swallowed. It is one of the most versatile stimulant herbs known. It is a digestive aid, relieves pain after exercise or muscle overuse, and itching palms and feet. Provides digestive and circulatory support.

Activated Charcoal -- Used to support the body's cleansing and detoxification mechanisms. Ability to "attract" and absorb. Removes toxins from the body. Absorbs intestinal gas.

Tei Fu -- Tei Fu Essential Oils and Tei Fu Massage Lotion. These stimulating aromatic oils are cleansing and mood enhancing.

Golden Salve -- Soothing salve that helps moisturize tissues. Use on any external tissue. Supports healthy skin and soothes and moisturizes dry skin.

Black Ointment -- Drawing salve that helps tighten, tone and firm the skin.


Specialty Products

APS II (w/White Willow Bark) -- Chemically similar to salicylic acid. Salicin appears to help prevent the production of prostaglandins. Includes valerian root to provide additional nervous system support, including promoting feelings of relaxation.

Relief Formula -- Pain relief formula after exercise or muscle overuse, also for sore muscles or sore back.

Products that encourage a healthy inflammatory response after exercise or muscle overuse: CurcuminBP, IF-C, Triple Relief, Licorice, Omega-3, Thai-Go.

Individual Products

ALJ -- Lung support. Helps soothe irritated tissues. Provides effective respiratory system support.

Aloe Vera Gel -- Soothes the skin. It spreads on and penetrates quickly. Use generously and keep the skin moist.

Catnip and Fennel -- Although the flavor is mild enough for an infant, you can also rub the liquid on baby's back and abdomen. Also try some on the back of the tongue to expel occasional painful gas or control hiccups.

Cranberry and Buchu -- Cranberry juice does contain substances that support a healthy urinary tract.

Histablock -- Supports the respiratory system in its battle against pollutants and toxins, especially during the changing seasons. Stabilizes immune cells.  

Lobelia -- Muscle-relaxing respiratory and lymphatic stimulant. Relaxing, antispasmodic, supports the respiratory system. Larger doses can bring on nausea. This is cleansing; not a reaction to "poison."  

Papaya Mint Chewable Tablets -- Tasty digestive stimulant. Papaya fruit contains proteolytic enzymes that function in the digestion of protein, while peppermint leaves contain aromatic compounds capable of triggering the production of digestive fluids.  

Pau d'Arco Capsules -- Strengthens and supports the immune system. Fortifies against foreign invaders.

Peppermint Oil -- Digestive aid and Freshens breath.

Stomach Comfort -- Helps neutralize acid and soothes the stomach and is a pH-balancing formula that provides natural ingredients to help nutritionally support digestion in times of occasional stomach upset. Contains calcium carbonate, which is alkaline in nature and helps buffer acid. Helps neutralize acid.

Tea Tree Oil -- The wonder from down under.

Zinc Lozenges -- Help Take the Bite out of Winter. Lozenges dissolve slowly in the mouth, releasing beneficial nutrients to the body. Zinc supports the respiratory, immune and glandular systems.


Colon Health --Artemesia Combination, Black Walnut concentrate,Herbal Pumpkin and Fossil Shell Flour.  

Digestive Health -- GastroHealth aids the digestive system, soothes the stomach, ,inimizes occasional gastric heartburn, acid indigestion, and discomfort.

Acting Quickly in an Emergency

Food Poisoning -- Activated Charcoal (Always call Poison Control Center first. If they recommend inducing vomiting, use Lobelia. Lobelia – emetic, Distress Remedy and Capsicum.

For Skin Issues

Use Black Ointment for a drawing salve, Aloe Vera Gel to moisten the skin, Silver Shield gel, Tei Fu Oil, Lavendar Oil and Tea Tree Oil.

For Pain

Use Relief Formula for minor muscular aches and pains following exercise, APS II and Tei-Fu Massage Lotion may promote muscle relaxation for aching and tense muscles. Also use Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, and Curcumin.

For Digestive Issues

Catnip and Fennel for occasional gas, occasional mild acid indigestion, occasional bloating. Activated Charcoal for bloating, absorbs gas.

For Occasional constipation and diarrhea use activated Charcoal, LBS II or Cascara Segrada. Peppermint Oil promotes digestion.

For the Nervous System

For occasional sleeplessness, nervousness, and situational anxiety, use Distress Remedy and Lobelia, which calms nerves and muscle tension. Topically, use Lavender Oil to promote restful sleep, Peppermint Oil for muscle tension and Tei Fu Oil/Lotion for muscle tension due to stress.

11 Reasons Why Dehydration is Making You Fat and Sick [Infographic]

September 19 2013 | Digestive Health | General | Infographic

If you could point to the very first thing that determined your health and wellness, it might be water. Or more specifically, drinking enough of it.

Depending on your weight and age, the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Source.

With those numbers, hydration becomes critical for many of the body's functions. Trace minerals and ionic minerals can also help with dehydration.  This infographic provided by Seba Mechor, provides a great explanation about what happens when we don't drink enough water:




Water is the most vital sources of energy in the body. dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue.

Asthma and Allergies

When dehydrated, your body will restrict airways as a means to conserve water. In fact, the rate of histamine produced by the body increases exponentially as the body loses more water.

High Blood Pressure

The blood is normally about 92% water when the body is fully hydrated. When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance to blood flow, which results in elevated blood pressure.

High Cholesterol

When the body is dehydrated, it will produce more cholesterol to prevent water loss from the cells.

Skin disorders

Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, including dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as premature wrinkling and discoloration.

Digestive Disorders

A shortage of water and alkaline minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, can lead to a number of digestive disorders, including ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux

Bladder or Kidney Problems

With a dehydrated body, the accumulation of toxins and acid waste creates an environment where bacteria thrive, resulting in the bladder and kidney to be more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.


When short of water, the colon is one of the primary regions the body draws water from in order to provide fluids for other critical body functions. Without adequate water, wastes move through the large intestines much more slowly or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.

Joint Pain or Stiffness

All joints have cartilage padding which is composed mainly of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slow resulting in pain and discomfort.

Weight Gain

When dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy. As a result people tend to eat more when, in reality, the body is thirsty.

Premature Aging

When chronically dehydrated, the body's organs, including its largest organ, the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.

How Digestive Tract Microbes Can Shape Our Health [Scientific Update]

July 9 2013 | Digestive Health | Enzymes

The digestive system essentially converts the foods that we eat into the energy needed to support processes critical to the body. The anatomy of our digestive system involves a complex series of organs and glands that work in concert to break down consumed foods into smaller molecules so that they can be utilized by the body.

Where Digestion Begins

Digestion begins in the mouth where food is partially broken down by the process of chewing and by the enzymatic action of the carbohydrate-digesting amylase enzymes present in the saliva. Food is then swallowed and propelled down the esophagus to the stomach.

In the stomach, food is mixed, ground and digested by gastric acid and a protease enzyme called pepsin. Gastric acid consists mainly of hydrochloric acid (HCl), and it efficiently breaks down food material, particularly protein. If production of gastric acid decreases, as is often the case with advancing age, digestion is less efficient. Researchers have found that over 30 percent of men and women past the age of 60 suffer from atrophic gastritis, a condition marked by little or no gastric acid.

Fortunately, natural approaches and nutritional supplements help support optimal digestion in the stomach.

The partially digested food leaves the stomach and enters the small intestine, a tubular structure composed of the duodenum, jejunum and ileum. The duodenum continues the process of breaking down food with the aid of bile from the gallbladder and enzymes released by the pancreas and the duodenal walls.

Bile converts large fat globules into smaller ones. Further digestion of fats, protein and carbohydrates takes place with the help of the pancreatic enzymes lipase, trypsin and amylase, respectively. Certain nutritional enzyme supplements help support the digestive action in the small intestine.

Digestion is basically complete once food passes through the duodenum. In the jejunum and ileum, nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. Then the blood is purified by the liver to remove harmful substances. The liver also stores fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and excess glucose for future use. Nutritional supplements can help support these valuable liver functions.

The large intestine receives mostly indigestible material and water from the small intestine. Excess water and any residual minerals are absorbed here. Fiber helps move the remaining debris through the large intestine, thus easing the passage of waste. Fiber also helps to support friendly bacteria. About 100 trillion bacteria reside in the digestive system and perform several essential functions.

Friendly Bacteria, or Probiotics

Probiotics, as these bacteria are called, promote efficient digestion, support the immune system, inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms, and produce several vitamins. Many fiber supplements (soluble and/or insoluble) are available from a variety of plant sources. Different bacterial species are available as probiotic (friendly flora) nutritional supplements.

Probiotics have long been known to provide many benefits to human health. I have read with great interest several research reports on some additional actions of probiotics. One experiment found that mice fed broth containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus behaved less anxiously than mice fed broth without these bacteria. The behavioral changes can be partially explained by differences in brain chemical receptors and stress hormone (corticosterone) levels. The overall observation was that a change in the mix of intestinal bacteria provided by L. rhamnosus influenced mouse behavior by way of the vagus nerve. The vagal impulses induced by the microbes resulted in an increase in GABA (gamma amino butyric acid, a brain chemical and neurotransmitter) receptors in the brain and lower levels of stress hormones. The net result was a significant decrease in anxiety observed in the mice receiving the bacteria.

Probiotics Affect More Than The Gut

Just a few years ago, most scientists believed that probiotics only acted locally in the gut. However, this study suggests that gut bacteria could play a role in various brain and psychiatric disorders as well as being involved with individual behavioral differences.

In previous papers, we have addressed the important concept of how the microbial composition of the gastrointestinal tract (microbiome) affects weight loss/gain. The idea that changes in gut microbial populations can occur when an individual loses (or gains) weight was the subject of a recent research publication.

It has been known for quite some time that gastric bypass surgery reduces the quantity of food that can be processed by the stomach, and this usually results in weight loss. The microbial composition of the digestive tract also changes with the loss of body weight. This change in the microbiome that occurs during gastric bypass-induced weight loss gradually approaches the gut flora composition of normal weight people. To determine if this weight loss is caused by microbiome population changes, scientists at Harvard University performed gastric bypass surgery on a group of mice and then, after a certain period of time, implanted the new mouse gut flora into mice bred to have no gut bacteria at all. As it turned out, these mice quickly lost weight, which indicated that an alteration of gut microbe composition might represent a nonsurgical approach to treating the constantly growing worldwide health problem of obesity.

Digestive tract microbes can shape and influence our precious health. Research work on the function and diversity of the microbiome is extremely robust, and valuable therapies will continue to emerge. We will also gain a greater understanding of the relationship between digestive function and health.

By Dr. William J. Keller


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How to Obtain Optimal Digestion From Start to Finish [Slideshow]

June 18 2013 | Cleansing/Detox | Digestive Health

Did you know that Americans spend nearly a billion dollars each year on laxative products? In this webinar, Steven Horne shares tips on how to obtain optimal digestion and the resulting health benefits. You’ll also learn how NSP’s top-selling digestion products (Stomach Comfort, Food Enzymes, Proactazyme, LBSII, Gastro Health, Liquid Chlorophyll ES) can support you on your journey to wellness.

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We know nutrition is important. But, to get the benefit of the food we eat, we also need to be able to digest it properly, absorb and utilize the nutrient, and eliminate waste products efficiently.

Digestive System Functions include three areas:


  1. Manufacture enzymes, HCl, intrinsic factor, mucus, vitamin K and some B-complex in large intestine.
  2. Absorption of nutrients from the small intestine into blood via capillaries.
  3. Re-absorption and elimination of water for reuse, eliminate bile, form feces and produce defecation.


The Process of Digestion Simplified

Chewing physically breaks apart food and starts the digestion of starches and fats. Adequate hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach is required for pepsin to break down proteins.

After food leaves the stomach, bile salts emulsify fats and increase pH (alkalize), while pancreatic and intestinal enzymes complete digestion in the small intestines. Disaccharides are broken down into simple sugars by enzymes from the small intestines.

Digestive Enzyme Facts

Human and animal research has demonstrated that digestive enzyme levels produced by the pancreas reduce with age. Likewise, studies have shown that the ability to secrete hydrochloric acid decreases with age. More than half of people over 60 have low stomach acid.

Bile production may similarly decline. Lack of pancreatic enzymes and hydrochloric acid may be also be associated with many health problems. Dr. Weston Price discovered that the more cooked foods a people consumed, the more cultured foods they ate.

The Importance of Bacterial Balance

The colon is home to a large number of friendly bacteria (probiotics). The small intestines, however, should have low concentrations.

Too many bacteria can interfere with sugar-digesting enzymes and ferment the sugars for food causing excessive gas, bloating and belching. A healthy balance is the key.

Causes of Bacterial Imbalance

Insufficient HCI: HCl is part of our immune system. It helps to disinfect the food we eat and inhibits the growth of microbes in the small intestines.

Lack of peristalsis (migrating motor complexes) In between meals, after food has been digested, peristaltic waves known as migrating motor complexes, sweep microbes out of the small intestines. We experience this as “stomach” rumblings or hunger pains. Motilin is a hormone that causes these movements.

Anthraquinone Glycosides

These are yellow-brown dyes found in herbs and are acted on by intestinal bacteria. They increase peristalsis and inhibit water and electrolyte absorption in the intestines. They do not directly irritate mucus membranes.

Major herbs with Anthraquinones


  • Cascara sagrada 
  • Buckthorn 
  • Turkey rhubarb 
  • Aloes (green part, not the gel) 
  • Senna Yellow Dock (small amount)


Ileocecal Valve Problems

The ileocecal valve is the valve between the small and large intestines. It prevents “back wash” of bacteria and waste material into the small intestines. If this valve doesn’t close properly, material from the colon will migrate into the small intestines.

The Green Blood of Plants

The green color we associate with plants is due to the presence of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll allows plants to capture light energy from the sun and produce carbohydrates, the basic energy source for both plants and people.

Natural Chlorophyll

Natural chlorophyll is built around a molecule of magnesium, surrounded by three nitrogen atoms. Natural chlorophyll (in green plants) is a good source of magnesium and has a mild laxative action. It captures photons (light) and uses this energy to combine carbon dioxide and water to make carbohydrates.

Research on Chlorophyllin

Little research has been done on chlorophyllin as a supplement. Research that has been done suggests that it: Can bind to certain toxins in the intestines inhibiting absorption (specifically polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in tobacco smoke, heterocyclic amines found in cooked meat, aflatoxin-B1). Research that has been done suggests that it has a deodorizing effect to reduce stool and body odor.

Source: Linus Pauling Institute,

7 Natural Products to Improve Digestion [Infographic]

June 4 2013 | Digestive Health

Digestion is at the core of maintaining good health. As you provide your body with essential nutrients and it breaks them down into usable fuel for energy, you create a solid foundation for health. This graphic covers 7 different supplements that support the digestive system

It’s Good to Break Down


We’re not talking about cars or machines here. We’re talking about digestion. Enzymes are specialized proteins that speed up normal, necessary reactions in the body. Digestive enzymes can help make digestion infinitely more efficient.

Proactazyme provides natural, plant-based enzymes that break down starches, proteins and fats. It assists the stomach and small intestines in breaking down food into smaller particles, thereby enhancing proper digestion and helping to eliminate gas, occasional bloating and occasional indigestion.

Contains the following enzymes:


  • A blend of proteases and peptidase—breaks down protein 
  • Amylase, glucoamylase, malt diastase—digests starches (carbohydrates) 
  • Invertase and alphagalactosidase—simplifies sugars 
  • Lipase—breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerides


Proactazyme features a base of herbs that support digestion, including beet root, dandelion, fennel, gentian and ginger. You know this product is working when you eat a big meal and don’t feel the after-effects.

Maintain Harmony in the Stomach

The stomach is home to a variety of living organisms, some of which can negatively alter normal balance. The effects of certain invaders, especially combined with hydrochloric acid, can be deleterious to the stomach lining and raise digestive-system issues.

Gastro Health

Nature’s Sunshine scientists spent nearly two years formulating this product for the stomach. Gastro Health is a blend of licorice root extract, pau d’arco bark, clove flower, Indian elecampane root and capsicum fruit. Together these herbs aid digestion, soothe the stomach, and help minimize gastric heartburn, acid indigestion and occasional discomfort. Gastro Health helps you maintain critical balance.

Get Your Beneficial Bugs

Probiotics are healthful bacteria that perform a number of good and necessary functions in the body, including promoting immune system health, aiding in the absorption of vitamins, breaking down some foods, and more. Adding probiotics to the daily diet can pay huge dividends in maintaining smooth digestion.

Bifidophilus Flora Force® 

This best-selling formula is a blend of four types of beneficial bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. casei and Bifidobacterium longum.

Replenishing friendly bacteria can help:


  • Support the digestive and intestinal systems
  • Promote intestinal and respiratory health in children 
  • Improve immune system function 
  • Help maintain vaginal and urinary tract system health 
  • Help synthesize needed B vitamins


Probiotic Eleven

Getting extra quantities of friendly bacteria helps to rebalance the normal, healthy populations in the gut. It’s especially important to replenish probiotics after intestinal cleansing or any illness or medication that may harm this delicate population.

NSP Probiotic Eleven provides a full complement of 11 strains of beneficial bacteria that offer a variety of aid to the body, including intestinal, digestive and immune support.

8 Nutritional Supplements to Support a Healthy Intestinal System [Infographic]

March 26 2013 | Cleansing/Detox | Digestive Health | Enzymes | Infographic | Intestinal System

The health of your intestinal system may also represent the health of your entire body. Every nutrient first has to be digested and passed through the intestines before it can make it to the other organs. The stomach and intestines are often the first line of defense for your immune system, too.

Nature's Sunshine has plenty of supplements for the intestines. But to make things a bit more clear, we put this graphic together below to help you understand 8 of them and how they could help your intestinal health:

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8 Nutritional Supplements that Support a Healthy Intestinal System


Nature’s Three


  • Nature's Three provides insoluble and soluble fiber from psyllium, oat and apple. Both kinds of fiber are critical to a properly functioning intestinal system. 
  • Encourages regular bowel movements
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range




  • LBSII Herbal blend supports the intestinal system, promoting optimal bowel function and clearing the bowels of toxic waste. 
  • Contains cascara sagrada, buckthorn, licorice, capsicum, ginger, Oregon grape, turkey rhubarb, couch grass and red clover


Cascara Sagrada


  • This “sacred bark” has been used by cultures the world over as a nutritional support for waste elimination. Cascara Sagrada acts as an herbal laxative, influences intestinal contraction and supports a clean colon. 


Intestinal Soothe and Build


  • Intestinal Soothe and Build are made up of herbs that soothe and balance the bowel. 
  • Maintains the proper balance of microflora for optimal function. 
  • Also helps relieve occasional bloating pressure, soother the mucous membranes lining the intestinal tract, relaxes the bowl and encourages the removal of toxins. 
  • Contains slippery elm bark, chamomile flowers, plantain leaves, rose hips fruit, bugleweed aerial parts and marshmallow root. 


Aloe Vera Liquid:


  • Aloe Vera Liquid nourishes the digestive and intestinal systems
  • Soothes internal tissues of the digestive and intestinal tracts
  • Contain vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients
  • Supports intestinal health


CleanStart/Tiao He Cleanse


  • Cleansing products (such as CleanStart and Tiao He Cleanse) help rid your body of common colon toxins that affect your overall health and supports natural waste elimination to provide a sense of energy and well-being.


Food Enzymes


  • Food Enzymes break down toxins and undigested food to keep your intestinal tract healthy.  
  • One capsule digests: 30 g Protein, 30 g Carbohydrates, 20 g Fat


Probiotic Eleven


  • Probiotic Eleven is a unique combination of healthful friendly  bacteria to help maintain and replenish intestinal supply.  
  • Each capsule contains 6 billion microorganisms. 


Anti-Gas TCM


  • Anti-Gas TCM is a highly concentrated blend of 15 Chinese herbs that support the digestive and detoxifying functions of the body, including the urinary system.  




Why CleanStart is a Comprehensive Approach to Cleansing the Entire Body

March 14 2013 | Cleansing/Detox | Digestive Health

The practice of cleansing the digestive system dates back to ancient Greece. In the United States, cleansing became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, it is widely accepted that proper digestion is crucial for overall health.

When digestion is efficient and complete, all of the food you eat is broken down and either utilized or flushed out as waste. When the digestive process is inefficient, partially digested food matter may be left behind in the digestive system. It is theorized that this buildup may produce toxins that can contribute to fatigue and a host of other undesirable symptoms. Sluggish digestion or debris in the bowel may also reduce the efficiency with which the body is able to eliminate toxins and waste products.

CleanStart is a comprehensive approach to cleansing the whole body. It contains laxative herbs to facilitate the cleansing of the intestinal tract. Soothing herbs blended into the formula help support gentle cleansing. Herbs that help rekindle the ability of the digestive system to properly handle digestion, absorption and waste elimination are also part of this product. Because the digestive system is not alone in the waste-elimination process, herbs for detoxifying the accessory organs (liver, gallbladder, pancreas) and the urinary system are incorporated into this formula. Blood purification is also an important aspect of body cleansing; hence, reputable blood-purifying herbs are also components of the CleanStart program.

Laxative Herbs

The laxative herbs in this formula help remove toxic debris that build up in the colon. Psyllium and fenugreek seeds are high in fiber and have a bulk laxative action, which helps support optimal gastrointestinal transit. Cascara sagrada, yellow dock, buckthorn and Turkey rhubarb are high in anthraquinones. These substances act on the large intestines, stimulating colon peristalsis to promote elimination.

Marshmallow, licorice, aloe and ginger soothe the digestive system while cleansing. Marshmallow root contains mucilaginous polysaccharides that help protect and soothe tissues. Licorice and ginger are reported to have antispasmodic and gastroprotective effects.

Sarsaparilla, red clover, echinacea, burdock, Oregon grape, couch grass, milk thistle and dandelion are purifying herbs in this pack. They are recommended for periodic “spring cleaning” of the body. Their mild diuretic effects are beneficial in promoting the elimination of toxins via the urinary system. In addition, sarsaparilla, through its sweat-promoting properties, enhances toxin elimination from the lymph and circulatory systems.

Bentonite and sodium copper chlorophyllin are detoxifying ingredients. Bentonite adsorbs toxins, facilitating their removal from the bowel. Sodium copper chlorophyllin is a green pigment found in almost all plants. It has been used to aid in the removal of various toxins via the liver and remains a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways.

Pepsin, capsicum, potassium citrate and lactobacillus help restore improved function of the digestive system. Anytime a deficiency of proteolytic enzymes exists, bits of undigested protein may remain in the body, causing difficulties. Pepsin supports efficient protein digestion and protects the intestines from foreign invaders. Capsicum is used to improve digestion and relieve occasional gastrointestinal problems. Potassium citrate plays a role in gastric secretion and enzyme reactions, helping to support digestion. Lactobacillus spores were thoughtfully blended into this cleanse to help re-establish the balance of these beneficial organisms. CleanStart is a thorough, yet gentle cleanse that is perfect for just about anyone. The ingredients in CleanStart are incorporated into a capsule packet and a powder drink mix packet (available in Apple-Cinnamon and Wild Berry flavors) that make cleansing easy and convenient.


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11 Reasons Why You Should Detox, and 12 Natural Ways to Make it a Habit

March 11 2013 | Cleansing/Detox | Digestive Health | Intestinal System

"Death begins in the colon." Different sources attribute this quote to The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain, Dr. Bernard Jensen and to Elie Metchnikoff, a Russian Nobel Prize-winning biologist.

No matter who said or penned it first, it seems sensible that the organ that houses the body’s waste and toxins for elimination is the same place where adverse health conditions would originate, and, consequently, health should flourish when proper care of this organ is given.


Most of us wash our hands many times a day to remove dirt, food residue and potential bacteria. We soap and scrub our bodies regularly to remove dead skin cells, sweat, bacteria and dirt. It only makes sense to clean the inside of our bodies periodically to help remove unprocessed food material, fiber, environmental pollutants and other debris, and to expel these same items that may be stashed in cells throughout the body. This can be achieved using herbs and nutrients that strengthen the body’s regular cleansing processes and help remove or neutralize toxins. Go here to see a list of Nature's Sunshine cleanses and detox products

Why Cleanse?

Just as cleaning your body’s exterior has many benefits (fresherlooking skin, removing bacteria, improving your scent), cleansing and detoxifying the body on a consistent basis offers many health benefits. These include:

  • Helps remove waste/debris and toxic chemicals (preservatives, artificial colors, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) from the colon and other body cells:
  • Improves digestion (removal of putrid material associated with gas, body odor, etc.)
  • Helps tune up the intestinal system, which has a tendency to get sluggish without proper fiber and water
  • Typically increases energy levels and promotes a feeling of well-being
  • May increase nutrient absorption
  • May increase efficiency of body systems and functions

How Toxic is Your Little Corner of the World?

You don’t have to live in a concrete metropolis to be surrounded by pollutants. Consider these sources of toxic chemicals and fumes, and steer clear where you can.


  • Household products, including cleansers, bleaches, ammonia cleaners, and “air fresheners” that contain powerful chemicals. 
  • Personal care products often contain unsafe compounds. These include some lotions, make-up, nail polish, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, hair spray, etc. 
  • Your lawn. Putting pesticides or herbicides on your lawn can make it healthier and nicer-looking. But the treatments that kill bugs and weeds can harm your cells too. 
  • Your work environment. This can include fumes from gasoline, diesel fuel, paint, thinners, industrial cleaners and such, along with seemingly harmless gases from new carpeting, furniture, etc. 
  • Xenoestrogens. These chemicals mimic estrogen in the body and can throw hormone levels out of balance. They are found in plastic packaging, Styrofoam, some cleaning products and lawn treatments, cosmetics, meat, etc.


To Maintain a Toxin-Free Body, Try to Avoid These:

  • Artificial chemicals, including colorings, flavorings and preservatives 
  • Medicines such as hormones, acid blockers and antibiotics 
  • Polluted environments (air, water, strong chemicals and fumes, etc.)
Did You Know? During active weight loss is an ideal time to cleanse and detoxify. As your body burns up fat, it releases more stored toxins, which need to be removed before they get back into your bloodstream.

The Do's and Dont's of "Detox" Eating

Research shows that certain foods, nutrients and habits can greatly aid the body’s normal detoxification processes. Consider adding the following to your grocery/supplement list and start some new, clean-eating habits.

  • Fresh vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, kale, onions, garlic, tomatoes, celery, cilantro, artichokes and olives 
  • Fresh fruits, including pomegranate, papaya, berries, grapes, watermelon and cherries 
  • Nuts and legumes 
  • Whole grains (plenty of fiber in general) 
  • Lean meats and eggs 
  • Herbs and spices, including dandelion, burdock, green tea, rosemary, grape seeds, turmeric, licorice root, fenugreek, slippery elm and kelp. Note: mucilaginous herbs may help carry toxins out of the body. 
  • Probiotics. When waste sits in the colon too long, levels of bad bacteria can escalate. Bacteria continue to work on waste matter, creating toxins that may leak through the colon wall and into the bloodstream. Probiotics (friendly bacteria) help rebalance ratios of good bacteria to bad in the colon. They also support digestion and the assimilation of some minerals. 
  • Other nutrients: aloe, antioxidants and B vitamins 
  • Plenty of water 
Cleansing/detoxifying your body two to four times a year should spell excellent news for your intestinal system and promote good health, energy and focus. Show your colon some love, and it will love you right back.


Sources: Detoxification 101 by Dr. Hugo Rodier, Sunshine Horizons, Jan. 2008. The Textbook of Functional Medicine 2005, 2006, The Institute for Functional Medicine


Is Your Road to Good Health Paved with Good Intestines? [Slideshow]

March 7 2013 | Cleansing/Detox | Digestive Health | Enzymes | Intestinal System | Liquid Herbs

The average American diet can wreck havok on the intestinal system. And an unhealthy intestinal system can lead to a host of other problems. If you missed our webinar, you can see the slides below. Go here to listen to the entire thing. 



Small Instestinal System

  1. It reabsorbs water and electrolytes and sends them back into the blood stream.
  2. It eliminates cellular waste and toxins released from cells.
  3. It eliminates digestive by-products and indigestible substances.

Colon Function

  • Includes: large intestine, rectum, and anus
  • Absorbs water and minerals
  • Formation and elimination of waste
  • Houses over 700 species of bacteria, some of which are considered friendly bacteria, that produce vitamin B12, Biotin, and K and  protects us against harmful some bacteria, virus, and fungus.

Did You Know…

  • Your diet directly influences the diversity of microbes in the intestines?
  • Undigested meat and other foods cause mucus buildup in the colon? This buildup produces toxins that enter the blood's circulation?
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement causes waste material to build up and become compacted, leading to constipation?

Intestinal System Challenges

Due to overwhelming stress in our lives, our bodies are struggling to eliminate all the different toxins that accumulate in our cells.

Unhealthy Intestinal System can lead to:

  • Fatigue 
  • Skin issues
  • Occasional diarrhea 
  • Occasional constipation 
  • PMS 
  • Bad breath
  • Occasional gas & bloating
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety & worry
  • Mild age related memory loss and concentration

Transit Time is Key

Colon transit time is about 10 Hours. The longer the transit time, the more toxic the waste becomes. Longer transit times can lead to auto-intoxification through the reabsorption of putrefied and fermented waste. Short or quick transit times result in occasional diarrhea. 

Causes of Occasional Constipation

Causes of constipation can include stress, medication, poor dietary habits, inadequate fiber, dehydration and lack of exercise. 

14 Questions to Know if Your Colon is Healthy

  1. Do you use tobacco?
  2. Do you drink alcohol daily?
  3. Do you exercise less than 3 times a week for 30 minutes?
  4. Do you eat 4 oz (size of a deck of cards) of red meat more than 3 times per week?
  5. Are you overweight?
  6. Do you eat fried foods?
  7. Do you eat processed meats? (i.e. hot dogs, lunch meat, etc.)
  8. Do you have less than two bowel movements per day?
  9. Is your stool hard and dry?
  10. Can you have a bowel movement without straining?
  11. Do you delay your bowel movements?
  12. Do you eat less than 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily?
  13. Do you consume less than 25 grams of fiber per day? (One apple contains 5 grams)
  14. Do you have a stressful lifestyle?

A Few Standard American Diet Number

  • Avg. national daily calorie consumption: 3,770 
  • Avg. global daily calorie consumption: 2,833 
  • National overweight and obese children: 33% 
  • Global overweight and obese children: 
  • 12% National annual sugar consumption: 
  • 142 pounds per person National percentage of fast food as part of daily diet: 55%

Dietary Suggestions to Maintain a Healthy Intestinal System

  • Eat more whole grains
  • Avoid "white" bread, replace it with whole-grain breads with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving
  • As you increase your fiber intake, drink at least 8 glasses of fluids a day
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are the natural choice
  • Slowly increase your intake of healthful foods, allowing your digestive tract to adjust
  • Beans are an excellent source of fiber
  • Read package labels to compare fiber content

Nutritional Supplements that Support a Healthy Intestinal System

Aloe Vera Liquid:

  • Nourishes the digestive and intestinal systems
  • Soothes internal tissues of the digestive and intestinal tracts
  • Contain vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients
  • Supports intestinal health
  • Supports the intestinal system
  • Is an excellent source of soluble fiber
  • Encourages regular bowel movements
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  •  14-day cleansing product that helps rid your body of common colon toxins that affect your overall health and supports natural waste elimination to provide a sense of energy and well-being.
  • Break down toxins and undigested food to keep your intestinal tract healthy.  
  • One capsule digests: 
  • 30 g Protein 
  • 30 g Carbohydrates
  • 20 g Fat
  • A unique combination of healthful friendly  bacteria to help maintain and replenish intestinal supply.  
  • Each capsule contains 6 billion microorganisms. 

Three of the Best Poo InfoGraphics on the Web

March 5 2013 | Digestive Health | Infographic | Intestinal System

Since it is intestinal health month, we decided to graphically bring you health information concerning probably the most important part of the whole intestinal system: Poo.

Poo really is no laughing matter. Much can be learned about your intestinal health, and your overall health for that matter, by the state of your feces.

Everything from the shape, size, smell, color, could indicate disease, poor diet, or something else. Even the color and smell of your urine can give you a hint about your overall health.

I looked around the Web for some of the best graphics to help you understand your own digestive health a little bit better. And since the average human will produce 9,000 pounds of poo over their lifetimes, this should help everyone:

To see supplements for the intestinal system, go here.

Know Your Poop


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