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As a wellness educator, I believe in starting almost every client that comes to me with a class on how and why to do internal cleansing. It is such an essential and powerful healing tool to kick off most healing programs.

Internal Cleansing (Detox) : Secret to Greater Health and Wellness
What Detox Mean?

Since so few people know much about it, I knew that internal cleansing was the topic I wanted to address here.

Why Cleanse

I first learned about internal cleansing at the School of Natural Healing, where I was trained extensively on the subject.[1] Health pioneers such as Dr. Christopher, founder of The School of Natural Healing, and others such as Dr. Bernard Jensen taught that constipation causes nearly 90% of disease in the body and that cleansing the colon and keeping it open was the first step to healing and good health. 

In addition to this, recent research shows that over time our bodies collect and become burdened by the following toxins:[2]

  • Synthetic chemicals
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Industrial wastes
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Additives
  • Heavy metals from our food and other sources

Toxic chemicals have been discovered in everything from our food to our makeup, bath and body products, household cleaning products, and even our air and water. A troubling study done in 2004 found 287 chemicals (many of which are toxic) in the umbilical cord blood of newborns.

As more people become aware of the fact that our bodies are being bombarded by toxins, interest in helping our bodies deal with toxins has grown. Consequently, there are a thriving number of products entering the market that promise to cleanse the body.


Gut Vita

*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

The Right Way to Cleanse

To understand cleansing, we must first understand how the body’s own built-in cleansing system works. This system consists of our elimination channels, including the lungs, skin (through pores), kidneys, and colon. Let’s look a little more closely at a couple of these channels in order to grasp how this works.

The colon is like a wastebasket in our home. In a well-run body (home), everything that is put in the wastebasket is carried out of the house (the body).

Unfortunately, the average American diet has created generations of people who struggle with serious constipation, i.e., their wastebaskets are not being emptied. Even people who eliminate frequently can have faecal matter impact their colon walls and be surprised by what comes out during a colon cleansing![3]

Constipation is caused by undigested food putrefying in the colon, producing by-products that absorb through the intestinal tract and deposit in joints and tissues. 

Let’s take a brief look at what happens to the liver and blood when one becomes constipated. One of the liver’s jobs is to filter the blood of toxins, which are then taken out via the colon.

Health authorities explain that when we become constipated, the liver (which empties into the colon and is partially responsible for keeping the blood in good health) is putting toxins into a colon that is not carrying them out of the body. The result is toxin buildup and recirculation, putting a growing burden on the liver and kidneys.

Although the blood is not counted as part of the eliminative channels, its role in battling toxins is too fascinating not to mention. In the Merk Manual (a trusted medical reference used by doctors worldwide), it explains that the blood is designed to neutralise everything from parasites, viruses, and bacteria to cancer cells! This is a big deal, yet so many of us do not have blood that is doing this for us.

Since the kidneys filter blood too, we can see how, as the blood becomes heavier, more work is put on the kidneys and how eventually toxins just build up and circulate. Considering this information, it’s much easier to be motivated to cleanse!

How to Cleanse

How to Cleanse

What Is the Cleansing?

As a master herbalist, I’m an advocate of herbal and food-based cleansing. I like to think of herbs as super-powerful vegetables that supply our bodies with the nourishment they are lacking.

Before I outline my favourite internal cleanse, let’s first take a quick look at enzymes and how they support the detox process.[4] The easiest way to understand enzymes is to view them as protein molecules carrying energy.

Enzymes are used in pretty much every process in the body to provide energy. Our body makes them, but that takes work, and as we age, our body makes less of them.

This is where raw foods come into play. Cooking food destroys enzymes, but raw foods contain live enzymes, which is why they are so easy to digest and recommended in natural healing programs. The concept taught is that raw foods not only nourish the body, but they also greatly assist the digestive process, which conserves energy for healing and supplies the body with more enzymes needed.

Although enzymes are beneficial in any cleansing regimen, they are especially important and required in higher doses if you are cleansing but have not chosen to follow a raw food diet. It is believed that by supplementing the body with enzymes during a cleanse, we can reduce cleansing time as well as stress on the body, making our cleanse more efficient.

Related: Nature Sunshine Para Cleanse Review: How Safe And Effective Is This Product?


Cleanest Body

*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

The Cleanse

The following is a gentle yet powerful method I like to use and have seen wonderful, life-changing results with. This cleanse is an adaptation of Dr. Christopher’s Extended Herbal Cleanse, and the duration is 4 weeks.

This may seem like a long time, but it’s important to slowly eliminate the toxins to help decrease cleansing reactions. You can spread each step over two weeks if you would like to take things even slower. *Please see the disclaimer at the end of the article. 

# Week 1, Colon & Kidneys

Good herbal colon cleansing

Colon Cleansing Foods

To begin a cleanse, start with a trio combination consisting of a good herbal colon cleansing formula that contains casgara segrada , enzymes, pectin, and fibres such as psyllium and flax.[5]

If the colon has not yet begun to function properly, it may take some time. Drink plenty of water to aid the body’s elimination process. A word of caution when it comes to laxatives…

Although there are many colon cleanses on the market, it’s important to choose one that is not simply a laxative. A simple laxative (such as senna or magnesium, for example) generally only cleans the colon to an extent and is not likely to get impacted matter off the colon walls.

Another disadvantage is that many laxatives don’t strengthen the colon; they can weaken it. Look for “tonic” herbs that strengthen, such as casgara segrada, barberry, and licorice.

For the kidneys, some favourite formulas contain uva-ursi, parsley, dandelion, juniper, and marshmallow. Marshmallow is a tasty herb that can bind and eliminate toxins, and it can be used during the cleanse as a tasty tea.

Both of these steps are recommended for the entire duration of the cleanse.

# Week 2, Parasite Cleanse

This is a step not included in Dr. Christopher’s herbal cleanse, however, I’ve personally found it to be important as most people have parasites. Also, since some parasites can be in the liver, it is recommended and makes more sense to me to do this prior to the liver cleanse. Most parasite cleanses take around 21 days, and I like to find ones that have cumin and/or black walnut.

# Week 3, Liver

Oregon Grape Cleansing

Detox for Liver

Herbs traditionally used for the liver are called hepatics, and a few include barberry, dandelion, Oregon grape, milk thistle, and yellow dock. Please note that some people like to do liver cleansing in conjunction with parasite cleansing.

# Week 4, Blood and Continued Liver

After being on the liver support herbs for a week, it is recommended to continue the liver support herbs for another week plus add herbs to support the circulatory system. According to Penny C. Royal in the book Herbally Yours, blood purifying herbs include red clover, burdock root, dandelion root, and yellow dock.

This finalises our cleanse! To get the most out of a cleanse, there are just a few suggestions I have. Please don’t let the following suggestions keep you from getting started!

  • Since the skin and lungs are part of the eliminative organs deep breathing exercise and dry brushing are a good idea during a cleanse.
  • It’s important to take ionic minerals and whole food vitamins all the time, especially during cleansing!
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice is wonderful during a cleanse
  • It’s a good idea to eat organic or pesticide-free foods while on the cleanse.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables, sprouted grains and seeds, are wonderful to feast on during a cleanse
  • It’s a good idea to only eat whole grains and skip the sugar while cleansing in order to make things easier on your body

If you must break the last three rules, be sure to support your digestion and take extra enzymes with your meals!


colon detox plus

*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.


At the School of Natural Healing, we were taught that good health is created by continually cleansing the body and nourishing it with the foods it needs. We believe that by routinely doing these two things, the body will be supported and better able to do the job it was designed to do.

There are a few conditions or individuals that should approach cleansing with caution. It is suggested that you consult with your doctor or naturopath to discuss whether cleansing is right for you.

If you use cascara sagrada, do not use it alone; it must be used in combination with other herbs.

Nonetheless, if your body refuses to detox in a natural way, you can always switch to a natural colon cleansing supplement such as ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic. You can also consult your physician for any uncertainty regarding this supplement or any other colon supplement you wish to use.


Information, accounts, and statements made in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to treat or diagnose disease, nor is the information intended to be prescribed. The information is not intended to replace medical advice. If you have a severe condition or an emergency, consult with your doctor.

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shayla pollert


Shayla Pollert is a Certified Master Herbalist, and health and wellness researcher. She began studying herbology and alternative healin