Thursday, 12 January 2012


To detox or not - benefits or balderdash?
As always, we read around, ask around, then make our own minds up. Personally, I do, detox that is. We clean ourselves on the outside but rarely consider the condition of our  inside. Quite frankly I rarely meet people who can constantly maintain "good diets" or people who don't let themselves go a little, and more than usual around festive times.  "Good diets" anyway is a can of worms. To a vegetarian those who eat 'meat' will always be endangering their health (and probably vice versa); and once you go down that road, you encounter so many dietary types, it beggars belief. And unless you grow or farm your own everything, it's so hard to find most food groups which are fresh and nutritious, whether it's fruit, vegetables or meat. It's laughable when government health departments declare a 'good diet' will see you through.

Over-indulgence at festive times
 Lifestyle choice, of course, varies:  Some smoke or we come into contact with smokers; drink alcohol; eat junk food regularly; knock back the tea or coffee and fizzy drinks; work with ill people or groups of people with randomly good health (school kids, patients, etc.,); work in jobs where chemicals are used (hairdressers, industry, etc.,); have sedentary occupations; or simply are required to take conventional drugs to maintain our health.

The upshot of many lifestyles lead to skin problems, catarrh, coughs colds and flu, wind and bloating and tiredness, headaches, bad breath, heavy periods for women and so on. Consequently, while hopefully we don't get all the above symptoms all together or some most of the time, the fact of the matter is, we all have days when we could do with a clean out on the inside.

They say obesity is increasing in every country of the world, with America and the UK leading the field. At Elixir Health Foods, irritable bowel and constipation are two of the major health problems showing massive increase. So, if you're in those two categories of being over-weight or suffering from IBS, or simply being human and over-indulge from time to time, there is a good deal of benefit to be gained by detoxing, (Yes, it's always sensible to consider your lifestyle choices as well, and looking carefully at your diet.)

One way to go
Basically, there's only one way to go - DOWN! The bowel! While the liver and kidneys deal with most of the junk that we encounter in daily life, the bowel needs to be working every day. Allegedly the Chinese have a saying: "Death begins in the colon." As dramatic as it sounds, from a health point of view there's a lot of sense in the expression. As the main exit route from the body, if the bowels are clogged up all sorts of health issues can occur. Think about it: if your bowels aren't working, it's not just that your other organs aren't going to work so effectively, but what happens to all those toxins building up in the body, instead of passing through?

If the large intestine is filled with rotting fecal matter (basically 'crap') - instead of nutrients from your food being absorbed into the blood stream and benefiting you, all those toxins get taken in instead, making you feel yucky! Skin problems, IBS, heartburn, mouth problems, catarrhal congestion, tiredness, metal mouth syndrome, the list goes on!

What to do about it?
Assuming there are no serious health issues behind anyone's health condition and it's just a question of wanting to clean up the inside, it's always smart to begin with a bowel cleanse and go on to support the liver and kidneys.

There are many useful products to begin a bowel cleanse, but here's a really good one - Colon Cleanse Tablets.
Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse Tablets

Aloe Vera & Other herbs
This product is a best seller for us in-store and online, and it's not hard to see why. They are easy to carry around and convenient to take. Another good feature is the good-bacteria in them.

If you take any product for cleansing the bowels or dealing with constipation it's a brilliant idea to take a good probiotic or digestive aid.

The bowels depend upon good bacteria. These good bugs work with the existing friendly bacteria. They stop the growth of  harmful microbes, which really benefits your digestion and absorption of food. They also help build your immune system, by assisting the body in making vitamins. So always consider taking a good probiotic. Often they will stop wind and bloating just by taking a course of these.

A Vogel Milk Thistle Complex
This product is a combination of Milk Thistle, Artichoke, Dandelion, Peppermint and Boldo. The seeds of Milk Thistle are combined with four other important herbs, such as Dandelion, Artichoke, Peppermint and dried Boldo leaves.

Combination of Milk Thistle
and other useful herbs
You would use Milk Thistle Complex to cleanse your liver and improve the way it metabolises both toxins and fats. The liver, likened to the 'sewage' plant of the body, helps to clear waste away. Another job it does is break down fats, which is very important in helping to maintain weight. So Milk Thistle offers liver protection and liver cell regeneration. The other ingredients do good things as well such as Cynara (artichoke), which helps the liver break down fats, thereby assisting in keeping cholesterol levels balanced. Dandelion nourishes the liver and helps improve the way bile (which breaks down the fats) is produced and transported.

Great kidney tonic

A Vogel Solidago Complex
 As Alison Cullen, Nutritionist at the herbal company Bioforce says, "Solidago will help cleanse and support your kidneys, helping them deal with toxins and keep your fluid balanced properly. After a course of Solidago Complex you may well fee more energetic and notice that your eyes are less puffy and any tendency towards fluid retention has diminished." Remember to drink more water while using this product just to help the kidneys do their job more effectively.

To Buy any of the above products click here or on any of the link below. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you an telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help

- Bowel Health Products.
- Probiotics or Digestive Aids.
- A Vogel Milk Thistle Complex.
- A Vogel Solidago Complex.

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