Why cleanse?

Christmas is gone and you might have overindulged in food and drinks, but realise that it’s not sustainable to carry on eating all day like we do at Christmas. Why? Because the digestive system needs a break, so do the body and our mitochondria - our energy factories. Eating that vast amount and without much break can make us sluggish, fatigued, give us headaches, skin issues and digestive problems.

The latest research suggests that our bodies and our mitochondria work best if we take a break between meals and overnight. Some call it intermittent fasting or restricted time of eating, so eating no later than 6-7pm and not consuming anything else before 10-11am in the morning. It’s just one way to cleanse our body to give itself a 12-hour non-eating window. Do you have to do this all the time? Of course not, but it’s best to do it seasonally for a period of time or at least to do it twice yearly. 

So what is detoxification or cleansing? ​

It’s one of the oldest known practices of health promotion and it has roots in some form or another in all ancient cultures.  Although it’s not commonly used in conventional Western world and medicine; Nutritionists, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Practitioners are great advocates of it.

There are organs in our bodies that perform detoxification without us realising it. The skin perspires, the liver filters the blood and secretes bile and enzymes and lymphatic system removes toxins. The intestines do a mucosal detoxification and they also excrete faeces, while the kidneys excrete urine.

Toxic World

What is a toxin? It’s an anti-nutrient which interferes with a nutrient absorption, excretes that nutrient or changes that nutrient’s metabolism. Toxins can be heavy metals (like mercury in tooth fillings), chemicals (including alcohol) and microbes. We might eat, drink or inhale them with or without knowing it or putting them on our skin.

In fact, we’re exposed to a huge number of toxins every day, from our water, food and air, through to the products we put on our skin and have in our home. Add to that too much stress, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, processed foods, not enough water, fruit and vegetables or enough quality sleep, and over time our bodies can become overloaded which can affect our health. So where possible do what you can to reduce that toxic load.


According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies. There is no wonder why so many people suffer from skin conditions like eczema, etc.

The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA has more than 85,000 chemicals listed on its inventory of substances that fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (US, 2017 data) but if you compare that with hunter-gatherer times when possibly were none, you see why it is important. 

Symptoms of Toxicity

What are some of the symptoms of toxicity that might indicate someone needs to cleanse? Toxicity symptoms that many people disregard as normal may be signs of toxic overload. Common signs include:

  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Acne and skin issues
  • Constipation and digestive issues
  • PMS and hormone issues
  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Bad breath
  • Allergies

If you have any of these symptoms or are just concerned about toxins that you may have been exposed to in the past, it’s time to start cleansing. Regular herbal cleansing can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body to detoxify more effectively. 


Cleansing can help improve the following:

  • Improved elimination
  • Headaches and migraines
  • PMS
  • Joint pain or stiffness 
  • Skin conditions
  • Constipation, poor digestion, water retention and bloating
  • Low energy, mental sluggishness, or fogginess
  • Allergies
  • Emotional stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improved overall health and well-being

What to expect during a cleanse

Biochemical processes change within the cells and toxins can get released.  As a sign of this you might or may experience ‘Healing Reactions’ whether it’s physical or mental. Common ones can be: headaches, digestive disturbances, weakness, cold, spots, rashes, itching, much increased need for sleep.

If severe or overwhelming, then the pace of change is possibly too fast and you need it to slow it down. Always talk to a Nutritional Therapist, before you are doing a cleanse. If you are on medication, always consult with your doctor first.

I would like to do a cleanse, where do I start?

Our Top Tips for doing a Cleanse

  1. Drink plenty of water – to flush out toxins and help bowel movements.
  2. Begin to cut back on red meat, sugar, white flour, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, salt and drugs of any kind other than your needed prescriptions.
  3. Eat plenty of fibre (oats, fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts, seeds, ground flaxseed) – to ensure you have a bowel movement at least once a day – to help eliminate toxins.
  4. Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit, including raw vegetables and juices.
  5. Increase vegetable protein.
  6. Try not to eat after 7pm!
  7. Cut out all processed and charred foods.
  8. Cut out sugar – use cinnamon, berries, mashed bananas, a little xylitol or stevia as natural sweet alternatives.
  9. Cut out tea and coffee. Switch to green tea instead, especially Matcha, as it’s naturally high in antioxidants which help the detoxification process in the liver. Try a Turmeric latte.
  10. Cut out alcohol – try Kombucha instead!
  11. Avoid gluten and dairy, two common food allergens and any other foods you know you react to.
  12. Get plenty of quality sleep, go to bed earlier for additional rest if necessary.
  13. Ensure your work commitments are not too demanding and you have time for rest and relaxation. Calm the mind and use stress-relieving techniques.
  14. Get moving! Anything which gets the heart pumping but also spend time outside to get fresh air. Exercise improves circulation which helps the release of toxins, as does sweating.
  15. Grounding – try to walk with barefoot in the park or your garden when it gets warmer.

Other ways to detoxify/cleanse

These may bring added benefit while doing a cleanse but can also be done on an ongoing basis.

Add in super greens, such as chlorella, barley grass, wheatgrass, and sea greens. These are cleansing and alkalising and a good source of antioxidants. Add to juices and smoothies.

Try probiotics for a gut cleanse

Try juicing – for a rapid cellular cleansing, which gets quickly absorbed you can try juicing for those vital enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that alkalise your body and protect your cells.

Dry skin brushing – it helps the lymphatic system to cleanse the body.

Have a sauna – to sweat and help the body rid itself of toxins.

Have a massage – to improve circulation and help release toxins.

Switch to natural skin care products, including make-up and toothpaste

Switch to natural household products – washing up liquid, cleaning products and laundry liquids

Use BPA free bottles and glass containers to store food.

Colonic irrigation is another way to detoxify. Please always check with the doctor if you are unsure and use probiotics after.

If you’ve never done a cleanse before why not come in and have a chat with us. We have a team of qualified nutritional therapists in the shop and are here to help! 

You can reach us on 01737 223499, or book a FREE Health Check In here.

If you are on any medication, always check with your GP or healthcare practitioner before taking any supplements.

Puressential Purifying Air Spray

Indoor air pollutants and Covid-19

According to a South African government paper on air quality, indoor pollution levels in developing countries generally exceed the World Health Organisation’s guidelines and is damaging to health.

Indoor pollution can be more toxic than outdoors and treating the air in homes, offices and other interior spaces with essential oils may be effective in countering viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi and dust mites, according to research.

SA Pharmacist, Giulia Criscuolo, says eliminating indoor, airborne allergens by using essential oil sprays such as Puressentiel may counter respiratory allergies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when so much time is spent inside.

 “Studies indicate that aroma molecules of essential oils may activate nasal passage receptors, triggering an immune response. Essential oils’ chemical structure resembles hormones, making them uniquely useful for respiratory symptoms,” she says.

All-natural ingredients

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is a 100% plant-based natural biocide with a patented formula made from a unique blend of 41 EOBBD essential oils (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) essential oils and bioalcohol not denatured by phthalates. It is free of harsh chemicals, detergents, dye, preservatives and synthetic perfumes.

The patented formula of essential oils contains: Dill, Anise, sweet Basil, Bay St Thomas, Rosewood, Cajuput, cassia Cinnamon, Atlas Cedarwood, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Cumin Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Juniper, Geranium, Ginger, Clove, English Lavender, Lavandin grosso, Mace, Mandarin, Wild Marjoram, Melissa, Curled Leaf Mint, Peppermint, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Oregano, Parsley, Petitgrain, Scotchpine, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Wild Thyme, Tea tree, Thyme, Vervain, and Wintergreen.

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Proven efficacy

With over 15 studies for efficacy and tolerance, it is clinically proven to eliminate 99.86% of bacteria and viruses with immediate effect. It also reduces invisible pollutants, smoky atmospheres, assists people with seasonal, dust mite and mould allergies, and removes odours from bedding, animals, child and adult bedrooms, damp rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, offices, workshops, public places, cars, etc.


Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is especially right for now during the pandemic due to its antiviral properties – for homes, offices, doctor practices, cars and businesses – wanting clean air and peace of mind.

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Available in 200ml, simply spray 1-2 times daily in one or two applications into the four corners of a room (12 m²), wait 30 minutes for it to act, then air the room. Each application requires 6 or 8 sprays or 3 to 5ml. Carry out a preliminary test for spraying onto carpets, bedding and fabrics.

Furthermore, eco certified Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray can be sprayed on fabrics (even face masks), carpets, bedding and surfaces without leaving traces. It is gentle on you, your family, propellant gas and aerosol free, and leaves a fresh invigorating, long lasting natural fragrance too.


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Detoxing for weight loss

This article has been brought to us by Nature’s Plus, written by Lisa James

When you think about the effect environmental toxins can have on health, weight gain may not be the first thing that comes to mind.

But the link is very real. That’s because the toxins we all carry, which are stored in body fat, disrupt normal metabolism—which in turn makes fat loss that much harder.

Fortunately, there is a way to break this cycle. Detoxification, including the use of foods with purifying properties, has been practiced for centuries to boost overall well-being. Now researchers are beginning to understand how detox can make losing weight—especially the loss of excess body fat—that much easier.

Burdened Liver

All toxins are broken down by the liver, the body’s main chemical processing plant. Trouble comes when more toxins show up than the liver can comfortably handle.

“The liver says, ‘What am I going to do?’” explains naturopathic physician Brenda Watson, ND, CNC, author of The Detox Strategy (Free Press). “It then stores these chemicals within its own cells.” Eventually the liver starts looking for storage space elsewhere—and fat cells within the abdomen will do quite nicely.

If the presence of noxious substances from the outside wasn’t bad enough, toxins are produced internally by the very metabolic processes that keep us alive. What’s more, stress results in a biological chain of events that may also lead to weight gain.

Cleanup Crew

The body doesn’t just stand idly by as toxins build up, of course: Noxious substances are constantly being eliminated through the kidneys, bowels, skin and other channels. However, the sheer amount can overload the system.

This explains why many complementary practitioners recommend detoxification on a periodic basis. “Almost everybody needs to detox, cleanse themselves and rest their bodily functions at times,” says Elson Haas, MD, author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition (Celestial Arts).

That’s especially true of people looking to lose weight. “If you can reduce your exposure to toxins while aiding in the elimination of current toxins, you can support a healthy—and possibly faster—metabolism,” says Watson.

Fiber is an effective cleansing agent. There are two types, which Watson compares to the yellow and green sides of a kitchen sponge. “The yellow side, the soluble fiber, soaks up cholesterol and toxins,” she explains. “The green side, the insoluble fiber, scrubs—it gives you bulk and curbs appetite.”

In addition, fiber affects hormone production. Watson says that people on a high-fiber diet release a hormone called CCK, which is “really good at making you feel full and leading you to eat fewer calories.”

As fiber helps sweep toxins away, beneficial micro-organisms called probiotics can set up shop in the intestines. Watson says that fiber and probiotics work hand in hand because “good bacteria love to eat soluble fiber,” allowing them to multiply and flourish.

What’s more, many detox products include the so-called “superfruits”—especially açai, a South American berry. These fruits supply what are known as phytonutrients, substances that, among other functions, help the body deal with internally produced toxins.

Diet and exercise are crucial in the fight against excess pounds. But they work better after you’ve reduced your toxic burden. Watson says, “I hope we can educate people to understand that total-body cleansing and weight loss go hand in hand.”

†The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.

The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

With Spring here, is it time for a cleanse?

With Spring here, is it time for a cleanse?

Many people think of doing a detox or cleanse in January, but in fact Spring is a much better time to do a cleanse. We are moving from the hibernation of winter to a season of new growth and rejuvenation. As the weather gets weather it’s also easier to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and less of the heavy, comfort foods. Much in the same way our houses need a spring clean so our bodies also benefit from one!

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