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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!
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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: http://herbscancleanse.com/shop/ !

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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!

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Books

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.

Books

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!

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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.

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Bath Time!

If you have small children, you know that bath time can be a problem. Children can resist bath time and make it hard on both of you. Sometimes they are afraid of the water, or simply uncomfortable in the water. Other times, they just resist leaving what they’re doing for the bath.

But bath time can be an enjoyable time for both parent and child! What can parents do to make this time easier?
First, most children do best with a routine. Try establishing bath time as a regular part of your heading to bed routine. Then, sometime prior to bath time, start communicating to your child about the upcoming change in routine. Let them know that soon you’ll be stopping play time, and bathing. Repeat the communication several times leading up to bath time. Once the routine is established, your child will find reassurance in the structure.

Second, let your child have a sense of control over the process. Have them present as you draw the bath water, and let them test the temperature with you. You can also let your child scrub themselves a little bit, and have control of the pressure and friction. This can help normalize the process for your child, and also help her feel a part of the process.
If your child has a genuine fear of water, modulate the process for her. Let her stand in the tub (safely of course) with less water, and wash that way. Then, gradually encourage her to sit. When she feels safe, you can adjust the amount of bath water. Another strategy that can help with bath time fears is communication! Tell your child what’s going to happen every step of the way, letting her know (for example) that “Now we’re going to wash your hair” and so on.

Many children have fear of having their hair washed, or simply dislike it. Communication can help here, as well. Also, make sure that your shampoo doesn’t sting her eyes! Find a child safe shampoo, or use a guard to keep the shampoo from getting into her eyes. Rinsing your child’s hair with a small cup may feel safer than a shower nozzle.

If your child is resistant to bath time, make it fun! Have a sibling join in, use bubble bath, maybe enjoy a toy or two! These things make bath time fun, but also distract from fears or resistance.

Herbs Can Cleanse has a variety of kid-friendly bath items, including super fun “scrubbies!” Visit http://herbscancleanse.com/product-category/skin-body-care/plantlife/ and see our scrubbies and bath mitts by Plantlife, designed to bring fun to your child’s bath time!

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Peppermint oil

For thousands of years and across such countries as ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome, peppermint oil has been valued for its medicinal properties! (Source: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/peppermintoil retrieved March 17, 2018)

An extremely versatile oil, peppermint oil offers countless benefits. Its main component, menthol, has been widely studied and found to help in many different ways. In this blog we’ll discuss a few!

Energy: Instead of having that cup of coffee when you need a boost, try peppermint oil! Some studies have shown it improves both physical and mental energy levels as well as performance! And, it takes just five minutes to take effect! (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103722/ retrieved March 17, 2018.)

To use, inhale the scent of peppermint directly (but carefully!), put a few drops in your favorite diffuser, or add on drop to a large glass of water (a little is better than a lot!).

Muscle and joint pain: Whether from over exertion or an illness, peppermint oil can help your muscle pain! Studies have shown it can help reduce soreness and relieve inflammation. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607906/ retrieved March 17, 2018.)

Combine a quarter cup coconut oil or cocoa butter with 5 drops of peppermint oil. Massage into sore muscles or joints.

IBS and Bloating: Peppermint oil has been found to be one of the best natural treatments for IBS. Researchers believe its ability to relax the gastrointestinal wall and cool inflammation play a role. Studies also have shown it has a significant effect on abdominal pain, distension, and gas. (Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16121521 and https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0401/p1027.html retrieved March 17, 2018.)

Stress relief: Peppermint oil is popular in aromatherapy for its relaxing and refreshing effects. Inhale the scent of peppermint as needed or use in your favorite diffuser!

Essential Aromas, owned and managed by Herbs Can Cleanse, carries high quality essential oils. Our favorite essential oils come from Plantlife, and are available through our website at essentialaromas.co/product-category/essential-oils/. Take a look!

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Going Vegetarian – How to do it?

You’ve done your homework and want to try a new way of living! By going vegetarian, you support a healthy lifestyle for youcow-calf-cp and your family. Studies show that people who avoid meat live longer and have less disease (including heart disease and type 2 diabetes).

But moving away from the standard American diet to eating a diet free of meat can be difficult task for many of us. Here are a few simply things to keep in mind when transitioning from a meat to meatless diet.

Go gradually. Give your family (and yourself) time to adjust by taking your time.. Cut out meat 1 day a week, then 2 days and so on. You may find it helpful to cut out beef first, then pork, chicken and turkey and finally fish.

Visit vegetarian restaurants to get ideas to use at home. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be a bowl of salad every night! Try tofu or seitan. Both are prepared foods and can be used as meat replacements in many recipes. (You may need to add a healthy fat when replacing meats with plant based proteins.)

Be careful not to replace your meat with other animal proteins. Explore plant based proteins such as beans or quinoa. Have sweet potatoes. Seeds and nuts are being used more and more as meat replacements also! Watch out for prepared foods. Many prepared foods will contain animal products such as dairy and can be in many different forms. One form that is often used to increase the amount of protein in a prepared food is Casein. The odd thing is they never tell you were the Casein comes from. A yak perhaps? “Food” for thought.

Boost flavor and to help your family feel full, use healthy fats. Coconut oil is great for cooking and to add flavor to potatoes and many dishes.

Finally, have fruits (rather than fruit juice or fruit drinks) available for snacks any time of the day. A whole apple or orange will fill your tummy and keep you feeling full better than a glass of juice. Plus you’ll be getting that extra fiber that is not found in juice.

This is a good starting point but of course there is much more. Getting your friends interested can be a good support and you’ll learn from one another too!

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MODERN MEDICINE’S BIG PLAN

Every one knows a business needs a plan to make money. When we consider Modern Medicine we realize it is a system that only makes money if its public is doctor-moneyroutinely ill. Ancient physicians were only paid if his or her patients were well, and earned no money at all if they were the least bit sick. Illness rewarded care presents ethical challenges to today’s physicians. Because of need, today’s Western Medicine is constantly reinventing itself with its drugs and surgery to remain viable.

A business that does not offer new products will eventually go out of business. The conundrum Modern Medicine is confronted with is that mankind has not changed. What has changed are the ways man becomes toxic and ill, yet his symptoms foretelling his toxicity, have not changed in the least. With the above in mind it takes clever marketing via the use of created disease names representing collections of symptoms, to sell Modern Medicine.

If one involves himself with Modern Medicine, expect a slow progression into deeper and deeper physical trouble. Medications are professionally made toxins for the purpose of awakening a sleeping or sedated immune system. Drugs do not heal the body, the immune system does. Otherwise we could elongate life indefinitely. Medications are overused and vastly toxic in their potency and when coupled a doctor who pushes therapy, debilitating and deadly. This is why herbals are so much safer to use, they are much closer to Nature. Herbals are good but a Raw Food diet is the Holy Grail of health if used.

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Milk Thistle

The liver is the central command of our immune system. It must come in contact and render safe all we come in contact with, unless we are ill. The liver is a chambered filter that relies on water to breakdown the waste it contacts. The liver must be active and functioning 24 hours a day or we are at risk of getting ill or milk-thistleperhaps staying ill. Toxins are attackers to the liver our bodyguard.

Man’s habits are often based on rumor and lore with purpose forgotten long ago. 

Milk thistle has a history of use as is known to be a “Liver Protector.” The Materia Medica (the European Herbal Text) routinely describes Milk Thistle as a “liver protector.” That is factual yet a curse at the same time. The job of the liver is to protect not be protected. Milk Thistle rests the liver at the expense of the body which is made worse when Milk Thistle is use as waste is not filtered.

There are numerous herbs that can be used to aid the liver including Bupleurum and Gentian. Yet, something as simple as water is vital to our liver health. Blueberries and Romaine lettuce are very powerful liver aids. But citrus, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, kumquats and lemons all support and heal the liver as well as killing parasites. To fully understand the liver, read the 5 chapters found in the book “Diagnostic Face Reading and Holistic Healing.”