A New Year- Fresh Start

Jan 2020 Specials on Cleansing Kits

This is the time of year when we look to re-focus on our health. We may have overindulged during the Holiday Season  and it took its toll. We notice a few extra pounds, an overall sensation of not feeling our best, and it seems we’re either getting sick or fighting off a seasonal bug. New Year’s Day is our favorite day to plan to make changes – eat better, exercise more, and lose weight.  But, what will give the right jump start you need to be successful with your new goals?

An internal body cleanse may be just what you need to restore your body’s health. Internal cleansing results in clean, well functioning intestines which increase nutrient absorption and allow other organs to function better. You can empower the body to heal itself naturally by freeing it from the burden of reabsorbed toxins. Other organs, like the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder can do their natural cleansing better when you have a detoxified intestinal and supporting herbs.

To help you with your new health goals, Southern Botanical’s is offering all our Cleanse & Detoxify Kits at great savings to you!

If you are a beginner, we have shorter cleanses that will give you a powerful boost in a shorter time. Our most popular short time cleanse in price and power boost is the 10 Day Liver and Intestinal Cleanse . The herbs featured in this cleanse program provide your body with nutrients that make it easier for your kidneys, bladder and intestines to gently release old toxins and waste without interruption much to your normal routine.  The 10 Day Intestinal Cleanse Kit is also quick acting and a great price. With this cleanse the liver breaks down excess hormones circulating in the body, as well as breaking down most of the toxic substances in the blood. A great option to get you ready for success, clearing the system for better diet and habits, reducing cravings and generally helping one get off to a fresh, healthy start.

If you want to keep it simple try the Kidney Cleanse Duo . Some of the benefits of the  easy duo are: flushes the urinary tract, soothes irritated tissues in the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, tones the urinary tract for better bladder control, increased energy and supports kidney function and a healthy prostate.

If you are experienced and have made cleansing a part of your yearly routine, we have classic Cleanse kits for detoxification to thoroughly address what you want – be it a small system or whole body. The Total Intestinal Body Cleanse draws toxins from every organ in the body. The cleanse is done in 4 steps starting with the digestive system and the intestines. The Whole Body Parasite Cleanse *Program is a full body detox cleanse, addressing the following body organs and systems – digestive tract (from stomach to colon), liver and gall bladder, kidneys and urinary tract, blood and lymph, lungs and skin.

 All Southern Botanical Cleanse kits are discounted 5%-20% until Jan 31, 2020.

Please feel free to email or call us if you want advice on choosing the right cleanse for you. These are great cleanses with potent, high quality herbs so you can feel a difference.

Order Today and get started on your healthier you! 

Cleanse Kits include instructions that start you out gradually on intestinal cleanse steps, and allow you to maintain healthy bowel movements without feeling like you need to know where every bathroom is located all day “just in case”. Herbs in our formulas can actually strengthen tone and support the intestinal tract, helping to balance.

Note: When doing any cleanse that involves tea, the increased fluid intake may require more frequent trips to the bathroom if you are not used to drinking several cups of water a day. When doing a Kidney Cleanse, those herbs in the kit encourage urine production and work to flush your urinary system, so you may need to go to the bathroom more for the kidneys.

 

How Much Sugar Is In Your Food? Artificial Sweeteners and 3 Good Sweeteners

Is Sugar to blame for how you feel?

Yes, sugar is often primarily to blame for the lack of energy, hunger, stupor, illnesses, and pain.  We, unfortunately, have  gradually acclimated ourselves, to having low energy and pain. We accept it as normal and for a quick fix we take medicine or over-the-counter drugs, rather than looking for the real answers, like detoxifying foods and herbal solutions. Our society is addicted to sugar; it slowly and silently crept up on us.

How much sugar is in your food and drink?

Here is the truth. Remember that one teaspoon of granulated white sugar is equal to 4.2 grams. For comparison, there are 42 grams of sugar in a can of coke. That comes to 10 teaspoons of sugar per can of coke.

Fruit Drinks:  4 teaspoons (15 grams) of added sugar in 1 cup

100% fruit juice is a very concentrated source of fructose (naturally occurring fruit sugar). Fruit drinks, on the other hand, are often packaged and marketed to look like “wholesome” fruit juice but are mostly a mixture of added sugar and water. While 100% fruit juice does contain some vitamins and minerals, fruit drinks usually don’t. To avoid these hidden sugars, read the ingredients label. Anything other than “100% fruit juice” is likely to include added sweeteners.

Flavored yogurt: 5 teaspoons (19 grams) of added sugar in 6 oz.

Yogurt might be synonymous with “health food” for many, it’s a great source of protein, calcium, and cultures–but unless you’re buying “plain” yogurt, that dose of dairy may contain 20 grams of added sugar or more!

Spaghetti Sauce: 2 teaspoons (7 grams) of added sugar in 1/2 cup

Sure, the bulk of a pasta sauce’s ingredients are tomatoes and other veggies, but did you know that various forms of sugar (or corn syrup) are often added to your favorite red sauce? Manufacturers add sweeteners to tomato-based sauces to help cut down on the acidity of the tomatoes for a more widely appealing taste. But not all spaghetti sauces are created equal–some brands have 2-3 times the sugar of others!

Sports Drinks: 3.5 teaspoons (14 grams) of added sugar in 8 oz.

Many people turn to sports drinks during the hot summer months to stay hydrated or replace lost electrolytes from sweating. There are definitely some situations in which sports drinks are warranted: running a marathon or prolonged athletic training, to name a couple. Going for a brisk walk or a leisurely bike ride on a hot summer day is not one of these situations. Sports drinks pack in as much sugar as soda and essentially contribute empty calories that wreak havoc on our blood sugar and waistlines.

Chocolate Milk: 1.5 teaspoons (6 grams) of added sugar in 8 oz.

Chocolate milk and other flavored milk get their sweetness from 6 grams of added sugar.

Coffee Drinks: 8-15 teaspoons (30-60 grams) of added sugar per 16 oz.

Black coffee by itself is naturally sugar-free, but some flavored coffee drinks can pack more than 60 grams per 16-ounce serving. When shopping for your morning cup of Joe, avoid flavored or mixed coffee drinks that add in the sweeteners, flavored syrups, whipped (sweetened) creams, and other sweeteners.

Ketchup: 1.5 teaspoons (6 grams) of added sugar in 1 oz.

One of America’s favorite condiments, this seemingly innocent tomato-based sauce can pack as much as 6 grams of added sugar in a single ounce. High fructose corn syrup is usually added to ketchup to give it its sweet and savory flavor.

Sweetened Teas: 12 teaspoons (48 grams) of added sugar in 16 oz.

Like coffee, tea is naturally sugar-free. However, in some regions, tea comes sweetened with (lots of) sugar unless you specifically ask for unsweetened tea. This added sugar can rack up to over 48 grams for 16 ounces of tea.

Instant Oatmeal: 3 teaspoons (12 grams) of added sugar in 1 packet

Oatmeal has long been praised as a healthy breakfast of whole grains and fiber, which may help to lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, aid in weight loss, and keep you full.  While oats themselves are free of added sugar, the instant, flavored oatmeal that you buy in individual packages have 10-12 grams of sugar per packet. We have to read labels.

Protein Bars: 4 teaspoons (15 grams) of added sugar in 1 bar

Protein bars certainly sound healthy and many people choose them as an afternoon snack, post-workout recovery meal, or on-the-go meal replacement. Of course, these bars run the gamut when it comes to actual ingredients and nutrition profile, but one thing is for sure: They tend to be heavily sweetened. While they may have some protein, most of these bars have enough sugar to make a candy bar look like health food.

Coleslaw: 14 grams = 3.5 teaspoons per cup

Coleslaw can vary widely in its added sugar content, depending on the ingredients used. Some recipes actually call for adding up to one full cup of sugar…

Artificial Sweeteners

These mimic the flavor of sugar with virtually no useful energy. There are five dangerous sugar substitutes approved for consumer use: saccharin, neotame, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, and sucralose. Of these, the really dangerous ones are sucralose and aspartame. While they are not generically sugar, they are chemically created artificial substances to replace it. There is a lot of talk about them. What is true?

The real badass pair, Sucralose, and Aspartame

Sucralose is marketed under the name Splenda. To make it, they chlorinate sucrose, changing the structure of sugar molecules in it. Yes, I said “chlorinate,” adding chlorine atoms. Chlorine is a known carcinogen. Even so it has been approved by the FDA in 1999 for human consumption there are recently concerns about it’s safety.

Aspartame is marketed under the names Equal and Nutrasweet. There are over 6000 products using it, including yogurt, sodas, pudding, tabletop sugar substitutes, chewing gum, to name a few. Searle Company falsified reports of its danger, and lawsuits were delayed by clever legal maneuvering. When the statute of limitations ran out and the product was up again for the review, many discrepancies came to light between reported and actual findings.

How toxic is it? Flying Safety, an official United States Air Force publication reported that US Air Force pilots were warned not to consume Aspartame in any amounts at all. Why? Because it is being investigated for having caused brain tumors, mental retardation, birth defects, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes. The FDA has made no move to regulate this toxic substance.

Saccharine: Sweet and Low, Some reported side effects, for those with sulfa allergies, saccharin may cause nausea, diarrhea, skin problems or other allergy-related symptoms. Some concerns are: Early safety studies of saccharin caused bladder cancer in rats. The FDA recently lifted the requirement that saccharin is labeled as a probable carcinogen on food packaging. On the birth of Aspartame, there was a war between the two and Aspartame out-politicked saccharin, which had been investigated more than any other sweetener, and saccharin lost. To date, there is no connection between saccharin and bladder cancer in humans. Aspartame just ran roughshod over saccharin back in the eighties when Aspartame backers used every tool they had to destroy saccharin so Aspartame could take a foothold in the sweetener business.

Acesulfame Potassium is found in many products in protein powders and “reduced-sugar products.” These sweeteners have reduced calories but there is evidence they promote hunger, just as sugar and HFCS do in suppressing the hormone that tells you have had enough to eat. They cause headaches, weight gain, and more cravings, gastrointestinal problems, toxicity to liver and kidneys.

Dr. Oz says Aspartame and Sucralose create what is called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of factors that multiply a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Almost 35% of American adults are affected, which is now epidemic, causing high blood pressure, excess belly fat and insulin resistance. Natural health solutions would solve many of these problems in short order.

Truvia: This is NOT stevia-based as marketed. The name Truvia suggests truth, but it is just the opposite, it is a lie. The ingredients are Erythritol, Rebiana and Natural Flavors. 99.95% of Erythritol is a sugar alcohol made by processing genetically modified (GMO)) corn, the rest is Rebiana, a laboratory-produced extract of one-half of 1% of the Stevia plant, just enough to say it is a stevia product. Truvia is just another product, which  mainly consists of  sugar alcohol made from GMO corn!

Xylitol is another favorite of the food industry.  It is made primarily from GMO corn. Commercially available xylitol is produced by the industrialized process of sugar hydrogenation. In order to hydrogenate anything, a catalyst is needed, and in this case, Raney nickel is used which is a powdered nickel-aluminum alloy.

On being asked if he considered Xylitol a “natural product”, Shane Ellison, Organic Chemist, says: “I don’t consider anything natural if it’s processed with man-made chemicals.” He said, “Xylitol will rip up your insides, namely the digestive tract. It’s being touted as a natural product, most likely so that it can bypass regulation. Thus, very little studies exist on its side effects.” He further said it is a “Franken-chemical.”

What is a good sweetener?

Fresh fruit of all sorts makes the best sweeteners to add to your food, snack, drink. Dates are also often used.

The only truly raw and unprocessed plant-based sweetener on the market is Stevia, a natural product made of leaves of a South American plant that is 400% sweeter than sugar. It has all of the good sweetening properties that provide a sweet taste with none of the dire effects caused by any of the others. Sweetleaf Stevia is the only product that has pure stevia at this writing. Check the ingredients of other “stevia” products, and you will see they have other sweeteners in them. There are many products calling themselves stevia when they are actually sweetened by other sugar alcohol-based chemicals such as maltitol, sorbitol, isomalt, and xylitol. When you see these in the ingredients, you know you are still looking at sugar. For example, the ingredients of some of these fake stevia products contain maltitol which has high glycemic qualities and causes major intestinal difficulties.

Unprocessed stevia, the green or brown leaf or liquid  retains the healthy properties of the plant: it feeds the pancreas, and actually aids in keeping blood sugar balanced.

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Organic Dark Robust Maple Syrup, Maple Valley

Another good plant sweetener choice is Maple syrup, rich Dark Robust variety. Dark Robust is the term for what used to be called Grade B, and before that, Grade C Maple Syrup. But the industry decided that all of its product should really be called Grade A, so now the term Dark Robust is used onstead, for late season maple syrup which has more minerals and is darker in color and richer in flavor.   Our Maple Valley Maple Syrup is 100% pure and organically produced Dark Robust.

Finally, unheated, unfiltered pure raw honey, like our Stakich Raw Honey,  is unprocessed, not blended with syrups as most commercial honey is to get the water content specified by the FDA.–>
How can you avoid sugar? It’s easy to say “stop eating it “,which is true but sugars are hidden in many packaged food products. To avoid sugars and their artificial counterparts, start reading labels!

Even more, start eating whole unprocessed nutritious foods. Once you switch over and your body get used to getting real nutrition, you will find your taste buds change and you  the sugar-laden foods you used to eat don’t even taste good anymore!

Eat foods that give you sustained energy, detoxifying foods, exercise, drinking lots of water, and discovering herbal nutrition will help you find your way back from sugar addiction.

Why are digestive problems on the rise?

It is because we are neglecting our internal intestinal environment and so are forsaking our digestive health. Bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and gas are just a few symptoms that could be a sign of digestive trouble.

How did we get there?

In our fast-lived world, we don’t take a lot of time to choose healthy and organic food. Most of us don’t know where the food comes from or what it is made of.  We buy our food conveniently in a box. This is where the problems begin with additives, food colorings, trans-fats, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. This low quality food is offered in every supermarket and is supposed to make our life easier.  The standard American diet is over loaded with unhealthy fats, sugar, and chemicals. Conversely it is also low on fiber and nutrition.

This highly toxic diet sits in our colon and creates greater strain for the eliminative organs. The way we eat greatly contributes to our intestinal health. There may be additional reasons why our digestive system is lacking e.g. allergies, food intolerance, etc. that could all be checked out by a health care professional.  But detoxing can support anything else you are handling.

Our intestines are not made to process food that is highly processed. We get constipated and our intestines get blocked and we can’t eliminate and toxins stay in the colon that can cause inflammation and irritation. Beyond that, due to the nature of the intestinal wall, some of the toxins may be reabsorbed back in the bloodstream. This makes your liver and kidneys work harder.

Your intestinal flora is made up of bacteria and other microorganisms that exist together. Your body functions best when bacteria are balanced with 80% good bacteria and 20 % bad bacteria. When you introduce too many processed foods your gut flora tends to become imbalanced as the unhelpful bacteria love that kind of environment.  About 80% of our immune system is located in the gut, so it’s no surprise that processed food can cause havoc on our overall health.

What can I do about it?

You can start with changing your diet

  • Change to whole foods
  • Try to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable preferable in season
  • Buy pasture raised / grass fed meats
  • Avoid Sodas
  • Drink plenty of fresh, clean water
  • Eat and drink slowly
  • Exercise more
  • READ LABELS IF YOU CAN’T PRONOUNCE IT, DON’T EAT IT
  • Get rid of toxins

See our simple and healthy recipes.

How to kick start your body health with a cleanse?

An intestinal cleanse is beneficial in many ways  as it gets rid of accumulations, toxins and promotes regularity. Here are some other benefits of an intestinal detox: improves mood, increases energy and concentration, can clear up skin and helps eliminate bad breath, and last, but not least, detoxing jumpstarts weight loss.

We have put together a gentle,  yet effective 10 day intestinal  detox protocol, that will detox your intestines, increase energy, help flatten your stomach and boost your over all well-being. Our specifically designed powerful herbal formulas help you step by step to get rid of toxins and accumulations and are soothing and healing to give you the least discomfort.  We use only the high quality ingredients for our formulas to ensure the best results. You can do the cleanse from the comfort of your home in just 10 days, although some people lengthen it to 14 days.

Please go to our 10 Day Intestinal Cleanse site for more information.  If you think you have parasites, you can choose the Anti-Parasite Concentrate as an add-on at a savings.  Once you have cleansed your gut, you can expand the cleanse to include liver and kidneys, and even to our most comprehensive Total Internal Body Cleanse. There are many options to adapt the cleanse for your needs.  A good start is the 10 Day Intestinal Cleanse and once you get the hang of it expand your cleanse. Life is a lot more fun when you feel better, trust me.

Feeling Sluggish? It May Be Your Liver!

Out of the hundreds of functions, your liver performs, ensuring toxins are safely removed from your blood is one of its most critical jobs. Your liver also breaks down or deactivates certain hormones – like insulin, estrogen and cortisol, the stress hormone – and clears them from your blood. Your liver also converts Vitamin D, which is actually considered a hormone, into a more useable form that activates the immune system, supports calcium absorption and other crucial functions.

More ways your liver helps naturally aids in many important daily functions.

If your liver is overloaded and stressed, symptoms may show up as:

  • Difficulty in concentrating (brain fog), reoccurring headaches, irritability
  • Problems with digestion including poor absorption of nutrients, bloating, and constipation
  • Difficulty losing weight, despite dieting
  • Rashes and other skin problems, including brownish spots appearing on the skin, often called “liver spots”
  • Chronic fatigue or lethargy
  • Dark circles under the eyes and low energy
  • Difficulty with blood sugar
  • Hormones being off balance including premenstrual complaints that are worse than usual

Symptoms that may be improved by a simple 5 day cleanse.

One of the key products in any liver cleanse program is a combination of specially selected herbs that encourage your body to heal damaged liver cells, strengthen your liver’s ability to provide vital functions and stimulate flushing of wastes from your liver and gallbladder. There are certain foods with a well-earned reputation for supporting and cleansing the liver. Adding any of these to your daily diet will provide extra nutritional support for this cleansing program.

Foods can be added to your diet to improve liver function.

Our Liver Cleanse flushes your liver and gallbladder of toxins, waste and excess bile so it can protect you and keep your energy levels high. It nourishes with herbs the liver loves. A great way to resist disease and bring your body back into balance is to cleanse your liver periodically and nourish it well, so you can live!

5 day Liver Cleanse Duo

 

Green Detox Soup

green detox soup recipe

Green Detox Soup

Supporting your liver recipe

Makes 4-6 servings

 

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil

1 small onion, diced

1 tsp minced ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 celery stalk, chopped

3 cups chopped broccoli, florets and stems

½ head fennel, chopped

¼ cup parsley

1 tsp Celtic sea salt

3 cups water

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Optional handful of spinach

Basil for garnish

 

  1. Heat the oil on medium in a medium-sized pot.
  2. Add onion and ginger and cook until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic, celery, broccoli, fennel and a generous pinch of Celtic sea salt and continue to cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the water, remaining Celtic sea salt, and pepper.
  5. Bring to boil, then cover, reduce the heat, add parsley optional spinach and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Eat the soup chunky or blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with basil.

Adventures in Total Internal Body Cleansing

Amina, Deb and Katie starting their cleanse

Here at Southern Botanicals some of our crew is doing our Total Internal Body Cleanse program to get a great start to a new year.

Amina, Deb and Katie starting their cleanse
Amina, Deb and Katie at Southern Botanicals taking a break to take Intestinal Cleanse 2 as part of the Total Internal Body Cleanse program.

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New York Times Brings Up Childhood Constipation Controversy

An interesting article was in the New York Times recently on the controversy of a popular drug for adults being used to treat chronic constipation in children. According to the article, doctors have pointed parents to Miralax for years to help children who suffer from chronic constipation. The problem is the label itself says the product is not recommended for kids under 17.

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