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.  




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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49 Basic Nutritional Supplements For An All-Around Healthy Body [Infographic]

December 10 2012 | Body System Health | Brain Health | Circulatory System | Digestive Health | General | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Immune Health | Infographic | Intestinal System | Men's Health | Nervous System | Nutrition | Respiratory Health

There are a lot of nutritional supplements out there. For some, it can be daunting to know what to take, and what parts of the body they benefit.

This graphic shows some basic nutrients that support the skin, brain, eyes, lungs, intestines, bones, colon, joints, muscles and heart. If you want to dig further into a specific area, and go beyond these basic nutrients, try out our Health Assesment quiz to see what could help you for your specific needs.  


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Supplements for the Heart:

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Soluble Fiber
  • B-Complex Vitamins
  • Reservatrol
  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E

Supplements for Muscles:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • B Vitamins
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for Joints:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for the Colon:

  • Fiber

Supplements for Bones:

  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B12

Supplements for Digestion

  • Fiber
  • Probiotics

Supplements for the Lungs

  • Lycopene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Resveratrol

Supplements for Eyes

  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Selenium

Supplements for the Brain

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin E

Supplements for the Skin

  • Silica
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Omega 3 EFAs


13 Ways to Be Your Own Nurse First [Infographic]

October 8 2012 | Body System Health | Brain Health | Circulatory System | Digestive Health | Family Health | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic | Intestinal System
In less than 10 years, there will be a national shortage of 800,000 nurses,about the population of South Dakota. To address this issue, LicencedPracticalNurse.com came out with this graphic showing practical ways to take preventative measures -- beyond diet and exercise.

The graphic focuses on the brain, shoulders, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, intestines, back, hands, knees, legs, skin, and feet. Enjoy:

Nature's Sunshine's Liquid Herbs

July 4 2012 | Immune Health | Intestinal System | Liquid Herbs | Nervous System | Respiratory Health

Nutritional Support that’s Easy to Swallow

Like co-founder Gene Hughes, we know the nutritive power of herbs, and the benefits of putting certain herb powders inside capsules for palatability. But some people have a difficult time swallowing anything in pill form.

With these individuals in mind, Nature’s Sunshine offers a terrific line of liquid herb extracts to support numerous body systems and help make getting herbal support as easy as one or two swallows. Most NSP liquid herbs come in a glycerin base for a naturally sweet taste. Unlike tablets or capsules that require greater digestion, liquid herbs are readily absorbed into the body and can offer rapid support.

ALJ Liquid

ALJ® for Respiratory Support

ALJ is NSP’s top herbal combination for respiratory support. This system relies on proper nutrition to function well. ALJ Liquid is a blend of boneset aerial parts, fenugreek seeds, horseradish root, mullein leaves and fennel seeds in vegetable glycerin. These herbs are used traditionally to nourish the respiratory tract. Fenugreek and mullein support respiratory tissues. Horseradish has a stimulating effect on the system. Fennel offers cleansing properties. Boneset provides nutritional support. Together, these herbs assist the body in maintaining health by nutritional means and encourage the entire respiratory tract to gently cleanse itself. For kids too!

Lymphatic Drainage Boosts the Immune System

The lymph system helps remove waste products from the body, and it transports vital nutrients throughout the body. The herbs in this formula synergize to help disperse lymphatic fluid and improve nutrient absorption. These two steps lead to enhanced immune function. Lymphatic Drainage also supports the circulatory and immune systems. This formula contains cleavers aerial parts, red clover tops, stillingia root and prickly ash bark in vegetable glycerin.

VS-C®—Chinese Wisdom Takes Liquid Form

VS-C is one of NSP’s most popular immune system products. Chinese herbalists call this formula “metalenhancing.” VS-C contains dandelion root, purslane tops, indigo leaves and root, thlaspi whole plant, bupleurum root, scute root, typhonium rhizome, ginseng root, cinnamon twig and licorice root in vegetable glycerin. These herbs create a favorable environment for microbial balance and overall health, support detoxification and promote a healthy respiratory tract. For kids too!

Black Walnut Provides Intestinal Support

Black walnut has been used for thousands of years to support the intestinal system and the skin. Known as an astringent herb, black walnut is rich in tannins, which have beneficial toning properties. Black Walnut hulls (in liquid extract) are cleansing to the body.

Maintain Proper Flow with Kidney Drainage

The kidneys work incredibly hard to filter the blood night and day. Kidney Drainage provides added nutritional support to keep these organs working in top form. Kidney Drainage is comprised of asparagus tops, plantain leaves, juniper berries and goldenrod aerial parts in vegetable glycerin. These herbs help to increase urine production, promote elimination of fluid and maintain proper fluid balance.

Echinacea/Golden Seal Helps Strengthen the Immune System

This liquid herb formula combines the powerful, immune-supporting Echinacea purpurea and E. angustifolia root with golden seal root. Echinacea species are hugely popular for their immune-system benefits and golden seal root has gained popularity in the past decade or two for its ability to help the body maintain immunity. It also offers digestive and circulatory benefits. This combination Echinacea/Golden Seal Liquid has a banana–orange flavor in a glycerin base. (Not for pregnant or lactating women.)

Stress-J—Natural Help for Frazzled Nerves

Many customers find needed nervous system support in one of our Stress-J formulas. This particular combination helps provide relief for occasional stress. It contains passion flower aerial parts, fennel seeds, feverfew aerial parts, hops flowers, chamomile flowers and marshmallow root. For kids too!

Choose from 23 liquid herb formulas available, including extracts of:

See our complete line of liquid herbs.

Probiotic Supplements For Digestive Health and Immune Strength

August 3 2011 | Body System Health | Digestive Health | Intestinal System

Probiotic supplements can influence your overall health in many ways. Probiotics, better known as good bacteria, help counter the body’s lack of gut flora. Most people view bacteria as harmful, disease-causing microorganisms that attack the body when in fact, probiotics do a great job at fighting infectious, harmful bacteria.

Many of us lack healthy amounts of gut flora required for optimal digestive health. These good bacteria need to be replenished and are a nutrient that the body regularly needs. Very few foods offer a natural source of probiotics. Those that do are fermented foods such as yogurt, soy drinks and miso. However, most of these foods do not contain therapeutic doses of probiotics.

When the body lacks the good bacteria needed to digest efficiently and effectively, other body systems are affected. Most noticeably affected might be the immune system. Digestive stress or improper digestion withholds essential nutrients from the life-sustaining immune system. Furthermore, probiotics play a role in fighting off harmful bacteria.

Thus the importance of probiotic supplements. These supplements are safe and easy to take if you find a healthy, substantial source of probiotics. Nature’s Sunshine has a variety of probiotic supplements. Its most popular probiotic product is Probiotic Eleven. Try probiotic supplements today for relief from intestinal stress and an overall feeling of improved health.

Whole Body Cleansing - Facebook Contest

August 1 2011 | Cleansing/Detox | Intestinal System

In June, NSP hosted a Facebook contest to find out what our customers have to say about their experiences with whole-body cleansing.  Here are their stories...

Winning Entry! I was pregnant with our 3rd baby and seeing a midwife. My allergies were absolutely horrible...I'd been taking Seldane and Allegra for years with little relief. Benadryl worked but made me horribly sleepy. So after Abbi was born, my midwife suggested I use CleanStart. After only 1 cleanse, I was totally allergy free. And except for my latex allergy, I have had no problems for the last 7 years! -Bridget Kathleen Armstrong

Aubri Nicole Colescott - I am actually doing a "raw cleanse" right now. I am on day 3. I feel great - hardly hungry which surprises me. I wanted to cleanse and detox but also hit the restart button on my body. I have lost over 100 pounds in the last year and hit a major plateau. I have also been using NSP with the help of an herbalist to continue the healing process! :-) I'd love to try your cleanse! Love your products!

Ruth Ann Dunkerly - I have been out of work for a year and half, doing a cleanse for me was leaving all the old behind and filling my body with a fresh new me!! It brings in a new attitude ;)

Shelby Cassida - Winters I am about 1/2 way through my second box of cleanse...been doing it for about 3 weeks. I have list 10 pounds and I feel amazing! I have been sleeping much better and have had a ton more energy all without any caffeine! Thank you for making such great products!

Emily Voshell - My husband and I have been doing these cleanses for several years - we always feel better after - more energy - it's time to do it again. We won't change our products - can't improve on a good thing.

Bridget Kathleen Armstrong - I was pregnant with our 3rd baby and seeing a midwife. My allergies were absolutely horrible...I'd been taking Seldane and Allegra for years with little relief. Benadryl worked but made me horribly sleepy. So after Abbi was born, my midwife suggested I use CleanStart. After only 1 cleanse, I was totally allergy free. And except for my latex allergy, I have had no problems for the last 7 years!

Julie Weberg - Hall I do these about every 9 months. Before I did the clean start, I had bad allergies and sinus problems, now they are not bad at all. I feel less bloated and it helps my raw stomach. I hardley ever get sick anymore and I used to get sick about every month and sometimes every other week, but not anymore. I have gotten several others doing the cleanse too.

Tara Elmore Siler - I feel like a new person when I'm taking the CleanStart. I have alot of health issues. Within the first 2 days of starting CleanStart, I could feel the brain fog lift and the overwhelming fatigue lift. I have a way to go but CleanStart will be in my healthy life tool kit forever! Thank you for such healing and helpful products!

Cesar Miramontes Velasquez - well i first was hesistant cause of the price.. when i received my free first clean start from my upline manager margarita de la rosa. i noticed i would wake up refresh more energetic and in a better mood. when i would hear stories that it so good that it would cleanse your conscience i was like sure whatever long and behold i would notice i had even better thoughts and i was able to retain more information and focus on positive things. so to anyone out there dont worry about spending money on your clean start wild berry to be precise or any other cleansing product you are investing on the most important thing in your life...Yourself...

Cesar Miramontes Velasquez - one of my clients gave a box to a friend in chihuahua mexico. they took the product consistently for three weeks and nothing was happening on the third week she poop a foot long hook worm and it was till squirming in the comode... ever since that testimony my hat goes off to clean start and all the magnicificent and wonderful Nature sunshine products..... :)

Ana Gonza - Hello Cesar! yes its very good products I am been using these for long time now and I love it!

Ali Dominguez - yes,clean star is very good product

Cesar Miramontes Velasquez - Keep using these wonderful products...

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