July 9, 2021
by Frederick Cheng, R.Ph, and Christine Cheng, R.Ph.
“Detoxification” is not a bad word. It is a healthy, perpetual process that occurs naturally in our bodies. In fact, it is what keeps our bodies in a clean, optimal state. Detoxification involves a coordinated effort of specialized organs, such as the liver, kidney, lungs, gut, and skin to rid the body of toxins.
Our detox organs can be overwhelmed by particular things in life, such as chronic medication and supplement use, and our choice of lifestyle (ie. diet and activity). In addition, there could be unsuspecting heavy metals, hormones, and other chemicals in our environmental air, water, soil, and foods. Thus, regular detox is arguably as important as diligently taking your heart and diabetes medications on a regular basis. “Toxicity” may be manifested in, eg., headaches, decrease in effectiveness of medications or supplements, changes in energy levels, regularity of bowel movements, skin breakouts, and weight fluctuations.
CanPrev’s Detox-Pro is becoming a favourite amongst our pharmacists and clients because it is a one-step, 15-day detoxification program for your liver and body’s detox pathways. It is a smart blend of vitamins and antioxidants (eg. Vit.C, B’s, folic acid, DL-alpha lipoic acid, selenium, curcumin), along with amino acids and derivatives (eg. L-Glutamine, N-Acetylcysteine, L-methionine), and detox herbs (eg. dandelion root, milk thistle, slippery elm). It can be repeated throughout the year, and best when taken with plenty of water and fibre, as well as a good probiotic.
Flor Essence liquid by Flora is an 8-herb, cellular cleansing formula for your detox organs that can be used as part of an acute cleanse or used in your daily regiment to optimize your detox organs. It contains blessed thistle, slippery elm, kelp, watercress, red clover blossom, rhubarb root, burdock root, and sheep sorrel. Flor Essence can also be found as part of Flora’s comprehensive Flor Essence 7-Day Purification Program, which includes Pro Essence (uva ursi, slippery elm, juniper berry, and others for urinary tract support) and FloraLax (flax seed, psyllium seed husk, oat bran for the bowels).
The 12-Day Wild Rose Herbal Detox has been a staple in our pharmacies for decades. It involves 4 types of tablets and 1 liquid, to be taken twice daily, along with a few recommended dietary suggestions. Examples of the active herbs in these formulations include dandelion, marshmallow root, cascara, buckthorn bark, uva ursi, and ginger root. This kit continues to be one of the most popular choices among our clients and we have clients who will do this cleanse once or twice a year on a regular basis.
For a homeopathic cleanse, look no further than the Pasco Detox Kit, which involves ingesting liquid drops in some water three times a day. This cleanse can be used in conjunction with any of the herbal cleanses mentioned above.
Regular systemic detoxification is often overlooked as part of our pursuit for a healthy life. Make your way down to Cloverdale Pharmasave or Pharmasave Steveston Village, and trust one of our passionate integrative pharmacists in helping you choose a fitting detoxification regiment as well as assist you in on-going medication management.
Christine and Fred Cheng are a passionate, charismatic sister-brother pharmacist team at their unique, family-operated Pharmasave stores in Cloverdale and Steveston, B.C. They specialize in natural remedies and compounding for both human and veterinarian use. Find them on Instagram and Facebook! Everything mentioned in their article is available InStore.
Articles, Q&A, blog posts and all materials submitted for publishing is the intellectual property of Cloverdale Pharmacy Ltd – reproduction in part or whole, in print or online, without written consent and permission is prohibited.