Dangerous pollutants are everywhere in our modern world, which is why it is more important than ever to adopt a detox-friendly lifestyle that includes regular internal cleansing. Made with herbs, fiber and other beneficial ingredients, natural cleansing formulas are designed to support the innate processes by which the body gets rid of toxins and waste. But while many products focus on a specific organ or organ system only, a total-body formula ensures a complete cleansing experience and is often the best way to begin your personal detoxification journey.

A total-body cleanse is one that supports each of the body’s seven channels of elimination—the lungs, liver, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood and bowel (or colon). Together, these vital organs and organ systems work nonstop to purge and eliminate harmful toxins from deep within the cells and tissues. Additionally, an effective total-body formula will help to clear the overall detoxification pathways in the body and jumpstart its natural cleansing ability.

How Do I Choose the Best Cleanse for My Needs?

Although a trip to the local health food store may present you with numerous options, it is best to choose a total-body cleanse that suits the needs of your individual lifestyle. For instance, do you prefer buying “green” products made with only organically grown ingredients? If so, a wholly organic cleanse may be right for you. Has it been several years since your last cleanse? Or are you new to cleansing altogether? Your ideal option may be a cleanse developed specifically for first-time users. The following highlights four of the best options for safe, effective total-body cleansing.

  • Gentle yet Effective.
    Many herbal detoxification formulas offer a gentler cleansing experience for novice cleansers or those have not cleansed in a few years. Such products generally contain whole herbs, which are milder than deep-cleansing herbal extracts, as well as a beneficial herb and enzyme blend to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption. (Ingredients may include ginger root, fennel, peppermint, spearmint, and the enzyme cellulase.)

    Typically, first-time cleansing formulas last about two weeks and will include a mild colon cleanse to support healthy elimination. Gentle bowel-stimulating herbs such as flaxseed, buckthorn bark and marshmallow root may be added, as well as an Indian Ayurvedic blend known as triphala.

  • Powerful Overall Support.
    For those familiar with cleansing, an advanced total-body cleanse is often the next step in the detoxification process. An effective formula will typically contain concentrated herbal extracts in addition to whole herbs and minerals for a more potent, deep-acting cleanse and should include both a morning formula and an evening formula to nourish and support the body’s 7 channels of elimination and provide a powerful colon cleanse.

    The morning formula may include herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root and hawthorn berry to support the liver—the primary detoxification organ—and the evening formula may contain a blend of cape aloe, rhubarb, slippery elm, fennel and other herbs to support healthy bowel function. Advanced cleanses generally last 30 days.

  • More Power, Less Time.
    If your on-the-go lifestyle leaves little time for healthy detox, a rapid cleansing formula may be the right choice for you. Generally a 7-day program designed to jumpstart metabolism and provide swift cleansing action, this type of cleanse is also ideal for those about to begin a weight loss program, as it primes the body for optimum digestive function.

    Fast-acting cleansing products combine powerful detoxification herbs with beneficial vitamins and minerals to detoxify the body and replenish needed nutrients. A blend of potent herbal extracts and amino acids may be included for concentrated liver support, and an added fiber component can assist with toxin elimination and healthy bowel function.

  • Globally Conscious Cleansing.
    As the world we live in becomes ever more inundated with harmful toxins, many people are opting for a cleaner, “greener” way of life, one that includes choosing organically grown products made without the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides. The good news? Now you can enjoy the same benefits from your total-body cleansing formula.

    Look for a product that combines organic whole herbs (such as burdock root, milk thistle, mullein leaf, nettle and oatstraw) with an organic fiber component from flaxseed, acacia and oat bran. Such a combination supports healthy detoxification and helps soothe and nourish the bowel during cleansing.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Cleanse

No matter what type of total-body formula you choose, herbal internal cleansing is an essential part of looking and feeling your best every day. Talk to your natural health practitioner if you’re still unsure about which product to use, and he or she can help you take the first step toward a healthier new you.

For more information, go to ReNewLife.com.