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- Use Revive Colon Cleanse Kit if you haven't cleansed before and are looking for some help getting your digestive system back on track – 5 days, no fasting required.
- Use the Colon Cleanse Kit if you want a deeper colon specific flush. This can be done in 8 days, 9 days or 30 days and it all depends on how much you want to alter your diet. Only the 8 and 9 day option involve fasting and that portion of the cleanse only lasts 5 days.
- Use the Internal Cleansing Kit if you want a full body system detox – 21 day program, includes a Colon Cleansing Kit, optional 5 day fast
- Use the Women's Rebalancing Cleanse if you are nearing the menopausal years and would like help specifically resetting your reproductive system – 5 days, no fasting required.
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States of anxiety do capture the body into a type of neurosis stress state that can be layered over time with states of depression. These states typically stem from deeply rooted fears and apprehensions as “root causes”, so one should examine all states of our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for preventive solutions. Calming and relaxing herbs can certainly help to calm anxiety states and therefore release us from depression.
Herbal remedies including Chamomile, Valerian, California Poppy, Passion Flower and St. Johns Wort used in combination should help provide relief. I would suggest finding a tea that may have a combination of some or all of these type herbals.
Secondly, incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle such as avoiding stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and cola drinks. Incorporate daily breathing and perhaps meditation time with positive thinking and walking outdoors, preferably in the woods or by the ocean. At times of high stress, try more strenuous exercise to benefit the heart action as an added bonus. Other forms of exercise may include biking, dancing, or skipping rope.
The lemon and honey remedy for nausea most likely has roots from some of the simplest cleansing regimes known in home remedies. Lemon is a perfect liver food and a great body cleanser high in Vitamin C and potassium and other minerals. The astringent action of lemon helps to contract the epigastric tissues in the gut that loosens up and clears the toxic reaction from the deep tissue and organs.
The honey helps to keep the lemon juice into a matrix for delivery to the tissues of the gut such as like a “slow release” so the lemon can do its work. As a result the lemon water is also very alkaline which is the natural pH of our bodies as with our blood being a pH of 7.41. The alkalinity action results in overcoming the “nausea” that was a result of imbalance in the gut from various causes and exists as a “state of imbalanced health”.Read More
There are several great ways to stay regular during pregnancy, though I recommend herbs last. Eat a plant-based diet to ensure optimal nutrition, including five or more servings a day of fruits in season, vegetables (raw salads and cooked vegetables), and one to two servings of whole grains that suit you.
Supplement with plant proteins such as cooked garbanzos tossed on summer salads, split pea soup when weather turns cooler, and every lentil or bean you like (be sure to cook with aromatic herbs and spices to make them more easily digested).
All that fiber and adequate hydration will keep you regular and feeling satisfied as your appetite naturally goes up during pregnancy. Whether you include animal protein is up to you, so I'll just note that excess cheese or red meat can contribute to constipation. Too much bread or the refined sugar-and-flour sweets some women seem to crave can lead to a sense of bloating, indigestion, or constipation as well.
Plain water and soothing herb teas such as raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, lemon balm, ginger root, dandelion leaf and/or root, rooibos, fennel seed, and lemon verbena are just a few of the teas that pregnant women have been enjoying hot or cold for centuries, along with plain water. I like mine with a dash of fresh lemon juice added. We also offer a Pregnancy Tonic Herbal Tea Blend for this specific purpose.
In addition, maintaining regular digestive function depends on movement. I would also recommend some light form of exercise, even if just walking. Tailor your activity to take into account some natural spells of fatigue as your pregnancy progresses. Many studies show exercise and fitness reduces complications at the time of birth, for mother and baby. The general guideline is to try a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of water just off the boil, covered, to steep 5-15 minutes. Strain the tea leaves and enjoy a single herb or a mix and match according to your palate. If it tastes too strong, you can always dilute with plain water until it tastes good to you.Yours, Amanda McQuade Crawford Read More
You are still in your first trimester, and the dose of Dong Quai (Angelica Sinensis), as you say, is well below therapeutic ranges, and far, far below "high" or problematic doses cited in the literature as a concern. In my estimation, you have nothing to fear about the little you took with the prenatal vitamins. Still, I agree with you: switch to a prenatal formulation that does not contain Dong Quai or other unfamiliar herbs, though, just for the record, nettle leaf, raspberry leaf, and other nutritive herbs are generally considered safe, even recommended by some midwives, during pregnancy.
I re-checked the literature on Dong Quai and birth defects. There is one report, questioned by health experts, of one woman taking an herbal combination of several herbs including Dong Quai that may or may not have been a co-factor in her baby's birth defects. Of course, we want to know more. I am sad for her experience. The good news for you is, there is no other research linking this herb with similar problems.
As I scan governmental, medical, and popular sites, I see a fair amount of fear of the unknown reflected in the blogosphere, not supported by either scientific or traditional information, about Dong Quai acting as an estrogen (it does not), and as a blood thinner (to some degree, but not significant in the amount you were taking). Occasionally, Dong Quai may even be prescribed for a pregnant woman if she needs it.
Most healthy pregnant women on prenatal vitamins do not need it. So, rest assured, it is extremely improbable the amount you took did much of anything. Still, stopping the vitamins containing Dong Quai is my recommendation. I also recommend you give yourself credit for researching this, asking the right questions, and taking the safest, most cautious path for your peace of mind, all important to you and your baby. You have my best wishes for a safe and happy pregnancy.
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There are no long term effects of taking Digestive Stimulator continuously – however, it is intended to be a supplement only. The primary goal would be to get your digestive system functioning correctly so bowel movements happen on their own vs. taking a supplement to assist them. Without knowing more information about you or why you need them it is difficult to help with a possible solution.Read More