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Colon Health

Many of us are squeamish when it comes to discussing our colon and our body’s rhythms of elimination with our healthcare professional. But, this topic is important! For example, the average American may be carrying as much as 10-25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their colon. Toxins wedged in the digestive tract are absorbed by the bloodstream, and result in your body having difficulty assimilating the nutrition from the food you eat! Feeling lethargic or suffering from bloating, constipation, and gas? It may be your colon.

While opinions vary, many say that a healthy colon will produce two to three bowel movements per day. Your body’s rhythm may vary, but many find these come shortly after each meal. If you have difficulty eliminating your body’s waste, this is a sign the colon’s function is impacted. The stool your body produces should be light brown, long and large, and should float on top of the water. Of course, this will vary based on what you ate in recent meals, but overall look for these signs of a healthy colon.

Support your colon in the following ways:
1. Up your fiber. We all know fiber is important! Oatmeal for breakfast; cooked and chilled lentils in your lunchtime salad, berries for snacks (the darker the better), and a plate that is three quarters lightly steamed or stir-fried veggies for dinner will get you very close to the goal of 40 grams of fiber (soluble and insoluble combined) a day.
2. Control your diet. Eliminate processed foods, sugar, white flour, alcohol, and caffeine. Also avoid products with additives, colorings, and preservatives. Read the labels of the food you buy! If the ingredients all sound like chemical names, it’s a product best avoided.
3. Drink plenty of water! Start with 8-10 glasses of pure, filtered water each day, most of it in the morning.
4. Move! Exercise! This speeds up bowel action and encourages healthy elimination.
5. Use a supplement, especially if you feel you may be carrying extra weight in your colon. Digestive enzymes after each meal help your body get the most nutrition out of what you eat.

It’s also a good idea to do an occasional cleanse. Discuss what’s right for your health with your healthcare practitioner, and try some of the high-quality supplements offered by the Herbs Can Cleanse family of sites.


Your Skin

“Is your epidermis showing?” Remember that old joke from childhood? Your epidermis is the outer part of your skin, and your skin is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ! With a total area of about 20 square feet, our skin protects us in many ways.

How can our skin be an organ? Well, an organ is a collection of different tissues which have a particular organization and perform one (or perhaps several) common function(s). Your skin is an organized part of you that protects you, helps regulate heat, provides sensory input, allows excretion through perspiration.

Because our skin interfaces between the rest of our body and the outside world, it serves a very important function, fighting off so much. Do you ever have skin rash, dermatitis, eczema? How about abscesses, pimples, or other skin disturbances? It makes sense to see this evidence of your skin doing its job. We can help our skin protect us by protecting our skin! How? Here are some suggestions.

When you wash, treat your skin gently. For example, limit bath time. Hot water and long showers/baths remove important oils from your skin. Use comfortably warm water rather than hot.

Avoid strong soaps or soaps with detergents. These also strip protective, moisturizing oils from your skin.

If you shave, do so carefully. To help prevent ingrown hairs, shave in the direction the hair grows. Use quality shaving products to protect and lubricate your skin as you shave.

Pat your skin dry, don’t rub.

Use a quality moisturizer.

At Herbs Can Cleanse, we carry high quality soaps, gentle enough to use with everyone in your family! Choose from four different scents (lavender, lemongrass, vanilla orange, or patchouli) to add aromatherapy to bath time. But most of all, treat your skin well and it will take good care of you!



If you’re like most of us, you know it is important to detoxify your body. Even if you eat a great diet and exercise, your body is assaulted on a daily basis by all the pollutants in the air and water, not to mention in most of the foods we can buy!

Many turn to a detox to boost energy, kickstart weight loss, and reset your system to a healthy baseline. But, how should you approach your detox? How can you make it the most healthy and successful detox possible? There are many things to consider, and you can support the detox supplements you choose with other important strategies.

Here are some tips to help you regain your health using a detox program.

First, consider your overall diet. Supplements alone aren’t enough! Consider loading up on organic greens like kale, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.). Increase antioxidants buy eating deeply colored fruits and vegetables. Use your detox to branch out into things you might not ordinarily eat.

Make sure you include clean protein! Juicing is great, of course, but you need amino acids as well. These come from eating protein, even plant-based proteins like beans nuts, and seeds. Also consider chicken and fish (from good sources and in moderation).

Try to avoid foods that stress the liver. Keep away from processed sugar, gluten, corn, alcohol, and caffeine. Saturated fats from dairy and red meat are also hard on the liver.

Up your water intake! While you detox, your body will release poisons and waste. Plenty of water will help flush these bad guys out.

Along with your detox supplement, be sure to include B vitamins! Since they are water soluble, your body doesn’t store them. As you increase your water intake, you may need more B complex to support healthy energy and mental clarity.

When you choose a detox supplement, look for herbs that have a long history of use in supporting overall body cleansing. Peppermint leaf, mullein leaf, fenugreek, dandelion, golden seal root, milk thistle, echinacea, black cohosh all have been used over time and may support your body’s natural ability to release toxins.

At Herbs Can Cleanse we feature products by the Pure Body Institute! For body detox, try the Whole Body Program and the Colon Program. These gentle, but effective, cleansing formulas can help your body regain health and vitality! Visit our product pages, ask us questions, and start your own journey to better health.


Vendor Spotlight HEALTH PLUS – A Gateway to Better Health

We’re very pleased with the products we carry from Health Plus! This company has been around for over 30 years, producing high quality supplements.

The family started with three health food stores in Southern California in 1983. Their desire to provide customers with high quality health products led them to begin their own product line in a back room in one of their stores.

This first product used psyllium husk and was inspired by the ancient Ayurvedic health care system in India, was an instant success! This product (their original formula Colon Cleanse) helped establish colon cleanse products in the United States market.

Today, their formula has evolved into a great product, called Super Colon Cleanse. This product is designed with the philosophy that your colon should be thoroughly cleansed every few months. Many things (our poor diet, exposure to environmental toxins, drinking alcohol, and others) limit your body’s ability to manage waste and absorb nutrients effectively. Super Colon Cleanse utilizes a blend of nine different herbs that nourish and cleanse your system together with good bacteria to help support overall digestion!

Among the important ingredients in Super Colon Cleanse are:

Senna Leaf, which stimulates the contractions throughout the colon. This helps to move waste through your system. If these contractions (called peristalsis) don’t occur naturally (often because of poor diet), a build-up of fecal matter and constipation can occur. Super Colon Cleanse, with Senna leaf, may encourage these contractions and help you be free of this build-up!

Psyllium husk, which provides soluble dietary fiber. This fiber absorbs water in the intestine, creating a gel-like substance which helps stool pass smoothly and also may help remove build-up. The FDA reports that the fiber in Psyllium Husk has a positive effect on the health of your heart, especially as a part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Good bacteria, not generally found in colon cleanse programs, makes Super Colon Cleanse a front runner in the colon cleanse category. Acidophilus may help replenish your digestive tract and plays a significant role in digestion.

Take a look in our store for Super Colon Cleanse as well as other high-quality Health Plus products! Herbs Can Cleanse has some of the best prices you’ll find, as well as personal customer service.


Bone Broth

If you follow natural health, there is no doubt you’ve been seeing an increased mention of bone broth! Perhaps your grandmother saved the chicken or turkey carcass to make broth. Or, if you grew up in a rural area, your parents or grandparents may have used pig’s feet or chicken feet to make broth.

These preparations were generally simple and arose from the frugality people developed in the Great Depression. Families needed to get as much as they could out of their food dollar, so nothing went to waste. We know today, from scientific studies, that collagen and gelatin (both found in spades in these bone broths) are essential for health skin, joints, and bones. We also know that the protein from the broth is easily digested and utilized in our bodies. Our grandparents knew this from direct experience.

Here are more reasons to love your bone broth:

Some of the amino acids in bone broth (arginine, glutamine, and cysteine) have been shown to boost immunity.

Other amino acids (cystine, histidine, and glycine) help reduce inflammation, and l-glutamine specifically reduces gut inflammation.

Bone broth can strengthen your bones and teeth because contains the minerals necessary for your body to maintain the skeletal system. We need an adequate supply of calcium, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and other minerals and vitamins found in broth.

Even if you don’t have the time to make your own bone broth, or if you are not a cook, you can gain benefits from bone broth! One of our favorite supplies, Jarrow Formulas has a wonderful powdered mix that makes it easy to include bone broth in your diet. Jarrow Formulas has taken care to ensure that you donÕt ingest hormones or antibiotics when you use their bone broth powder. There are no artificial flavors or sweeteners present, and the mix provides a savory drink with significant amounts of nutrients such as collagen and minerals.

Head on over to our Jarrow Formulas page and see what we have!


Adrenal Fatigue

Do you experience a lack of enthusiasm, mild depression, or anxiety? Maybe a lack of energy? Or do you sometimes overreact to the stress in your life? Do you find yourself having multiple food allergies? If you answer yes to any of these, learning about your adrenals is important!

The adrenals are on the top of each kidney. They produce hromones that helop the body control blood sugar, utilize protein and fat for energy, respond to major illness or injury, and help regulate blood pressure. Two of the most important adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone.

All of those conditions listed above can indicate something we call adrenal fatigue. This term is applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as those above, but is not an accepted medical diagnosis. We believe that it is an important point, at which we can impact and improve our health before we experience a major disorder. As always, it’s important to work with an experienced and trusted medical professional to rule out adrenal insufficiency or an underlying disease! Please don’t self-diagnose.

Whether you call it adrenal fatigue or chronic stress, if your lifestyle is affecting your body’s ability to recuperate from physical, mental, or emotional stress there are things you can do to heal!

Certain herbs have been long associated with support of our body’s ability to manage and respond to stress. Now, we know that the glands responsible for this (and supported by these herbs) are the adrenals.

Asian ginseng and black pepper may help with your fatigue and fight everyday stress.

Ashwagnada root (an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine) may help decrease anxiety you may feel that is related to all your daily obligations.

Astragulas (also important in Ayurvedic medicine) may help support your immune system.

Amla berry and astaxanthin (together with Asian ginseng and black pepper) provide antioxidants to help fight free radicals.

Health Plus, Inc. is a company committed to developing and manufacturing high quality supplements. Their adrenal support formula contains these herbs in a balanced formula designed to support your body’s response to stress! That’s why Herbs Can Cleanse has chosen to carry this formula (as well as some of Health Plus’s other high-quality products). Need some help handling the stress today’s life brings? Click here to try this formula: !


Detox Your Kidneys!

Your kidneys filter out toxins and waste from your bloodstream. Because toxins can affect your entire body, supporting your kidneys is crucial, and can help keep you in good health. Without a planned approach to cleansing your body systems, toxins can build up and affect the function of your kidneys and liver, as well as the neighboring organs.

Toxins can come from either outside or inside our bodies. Exogenous toxins (i.e., coming from outside your body) are poisons or pollutants introduced into the body through air, food, water, or another outside source. Endogenous toxins (those originating within your body systems) consist of byproducts of metabolizing natural bacteria and yeast. We all encounter toxins in our day to day lives, so it’s important to cleanse!

Your kidneys are important organs, so consider building a healthy foundation for them to do their job! Just drinking plenty of purified water is a first step toward an effective flush. What else can you do?

Some simple, at-home approaches include:

Cranberry juice. Research shows that cranberries can help fight against urinary tract infections, and my also be helpful in cleansing the kidneys of excess calcium oxalate (one of the main contributors to kidney stones).

Beet Juice. Betain, a very beneficial phytochemical in beet juice, has antioxidant qualities and can help clear calcium phosphate buildup.

Lemon Juice. Naturally acidic lemon juice has been shown to increase citrate levels in urine, a factor that discourages kidney stones from forming.

These easy to use at home solutions will definitely help. But, if you need more of a cleanse, consider adding a specially formulated supplement. Herbs Can Cleanse carries a range of internal cleanse solutions, including high-quality formulas from the Pure Body Institute. Try Kidney Rescue, with its proprietary blend of cinnamon, borage, cedar leaves, lycci, cloves, fenugreek, and other cleansing herbs. You’ll notice a difference!



Did you know that Herbs Can Cleanse carries more than just high-quality supplements to support your body’s health? While you may have noticed our specially selected lines of natural skin care products, we also carry resource materials to help you educate yourself about natural health and your body’s needs. Our selection of books, charts, and DVDs can help you understand your physical health needs without using big pharma products you may be concerned about.


One of our favorite authors is Elson Haas, MD. Dr. Haas is an allopathic physician who blends different approaches to support your health into a system he calls NEW (Natural, Eastern, and Western medicines). His book “The Detox Diet,” now in its third edition, is a must have to use as a roadmap to making changes in your health through changes in your diet! Read about how caffeine and sugar impact your body, understand why you are tired/fatigued even though you’re not overly active, and find natural ways to control blood pressure and blood cholesterol!

Another popular name in the field is David “Avocado” Wolfe. After developing an intolerance to dairy when he was 18, he went on a life-long journey exploring diet and natural health. You’ve probably heard reference to “superfoods.” What are they? How can they support your health? Find out in Mr. Wolfe’s book “Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.” This book can help you understand which foods are nutritionally dense and offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. Learn about goji berries, hempseed, maca, spirulina, and a host of other superfoods. These foods are powerful sources of the nutrients your body needs to operate at optimal health.

Explore this area of our website and learn more!


Why Detox?

Colon cleansing and detoxification is an excellent way for most people to begin the process of reclaiming their natural ability to look and feel healthy.

Under your sink you have cleansers for an array of surfaces, scum and build-up. In your bathroom you have all the latest products for cleansing your body – soaps, shampoos, foaming facial cleansers, clay masks, toners and moisturizers. The truth is, we spend a lot of money and time on products that help “beautify” our environment and cleanse our outsides, but we rarely give thought to the cleansers for our insides.

Think of a cleanse as an internal ‘spring cleaning’ for your body. Cleansing is a way to gently and effectively kick-start your body’s natural detoxification abilities. Two of the most important organs in body detox are the liver and the colon.

The use of herbs and botanicals to help cleanse the body dates back thousands of years. In fact, in India the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda began approximately 3,500 years ago. Like the modern cleanse, Ayurveda relies upon an intimate knowledge of the natural healing elements and maintaining balance within the human body.

In general, herbal cleansing products sweep the colon clean of waste that should have made it out but for various reasons may have stubbornly resisted your body’s best attempts at elimination. Some herbs are especially good at cleansing the colon and assisting in the natural process of detoxification. There are fibrous herbs that absorb water as they move through the intestines, thus providing bulk and softening stools. That means less straining and pushing with bowel movements. There are herbs that support liver detoxification and health. And there are herbs that alleviate common gastrointestinal upsets and promote a general sense of wellness.

Herbs Can Cleanse carries high quality herbal formulas designed to safely cleanse your colon, liver, and other organs. The cornerstone of our cleansing products are from Pure Body Institute, and include the Whole Body Program and the Colon Program. Our colon program features time-tested herbs for cleansing and regularity, such as psyllium seed, fennel seed, cascara Sagrada, licorice, rhubarb, and ginger! Our Whole Body Program cleanses your system using peppermint, sarsaparilla, yarrow, fenugreek, burdock, golden seal, and many other herbs.

With Herbs Can Cleanse, you can rely on products that are safe, gentle, and effective.