What's in our liver cleanse program?
- 14 x Morning Teas
- 8 x Probiotic Teas (heat stable)
- 14 x Afternoon Teas
- Leak-proof glass thermos
- 14 x Night Teas
- 100 page in-depth Liver Cleanse guide
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“Stressing your system by way of inevitable toxic build up and a tired digestive system places a huge load on the body. You may not know that plaque and gunk build up, even in healthy guts, as a means to protect the body.” “When we clean out excess stress and load, the body will thrive”
Liver Physiology and function in the body: the essential basics to understand your liver function from a TCM standpoint.
And it’s over to Dr. Nat TCM,
“From a Chinese Medicine standpoint, the liver is responsible for regulating nutrient and blood flow. In the West, we understand that the liver is like a giant sponge, purifying and clearing up toxins in our body to protect us from any harm. The liver communicates with many organ systems including your lymphatic system (also responsible for detoxification), digestive system and bowel. It also plays a role in creating excellent hormones and helping ship out the unwanted build up of excessive hormones. Chinese Medicine recognizes the strong relationship between the spleen and stomach (the digestive system), and the reproductive organs. When the liver energy is smooth, our bodies run well. However, the liver energy can easily become stagnated, be it from emotional pressure, eating poor quality foods, over consumption of alcohol, and stress.”
According to our Dr. Nat Kringoudis, “…well here’s something I’ve come to learn through clinical experience; our bodies are so much happier when they are clean. This means flushing out the liver, keeping our gut happy and ensuring our digestive system is in fine working order.It makes way for a squeaky clean system and helps to balance hormones.
When we move excess stress and load, the body will thrive.
Stress by way of toxic build up and a tired digestive system places a huge load on the body. You may not know that plaque and gunk build up - even in healthy guts - as a means to protect the body. It goes into overdrive to trap toxic matter - generally in fatty tissue - to make sure you don’t get sick. These daily toxins we are exposed to, be it in the air we breathe or the water we wash in (even some of the foods we eat and simple daily occurrences take their toll), will without doubt make us sluggish. Since we don’t live our lives in bubble wrap, we have to find ways (like cleansing) to help our bodies become pure every now and again.
Our Liver Cleanse applies principles around eating foods that are as close to nature as possible and very easily digested to give your system a little rest. Foods that are rich, difficult to assimilate and sometimes toxic (think processed foods, overload of meats and alcohol), can place massive strain on the process of digestion even in the strongest of guts.
Before we go on – allow me to explain to you from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective how the digestive system likes to work. Imagine if you will, a pot of soup sitting on a fire. In TCM, both the spleen and stomach are the organs responsible for digestion; they transform and transport to the body the essential elements of the food and drink we consume. The nutrients they draw from food are sent out around the body to do good - and the waste product is removed and sent out as waste.
So going back to our pot again. To help you best understand, the stomach is the ‘pot’ and the spleen is the ‘fire.’ Therefore you may like to understand that digestion is a process that requires warm energy. Then let’s add another layer to this – you may know that all foods have properties in how they behave energetically in the body. Those which are warming and invigorating (think meat proteins, some legumes, chili and alike), and those that are cold (like melons and berries), which can slow down such processes.
For those who have a cold constitution (you know these people - they’d sit on the radiator and would bear burn marks if they had to), adding more cold to the pot can be disastrous and equally - those who are hot, adding more heat isn’t necessarily ideal either (it can lead to all kinds of issues like period pain or headaches). You can quickly start to see that what works for your cousin’s uncle’s baby sitter, won’t necessarily work for you. And just because Miranda Kerr thrives on juice, doesn’t necessarily mean you do too.
From a Western sense, we may like to look at it like this - our bodies digest food at 37 degrees Celsius. So when we consume raw and uncooked foods, not only does our body have to go to work to digest, but it first has to get the temperature of the food up to 37 degrees before it can effectively deal with it. For some people this is no problem. But for those with a sluggish metabolism - this can be disastrous.
We advocate for extremely gentle foods that your body requires little effort to process. You might wonder why many of the meals in our eating plan are cooked and why we suggest that cold and raw foods are avoided. After all – aren’t salads considered amongst the healthiest foods on the planet? Well actually – it depends on who is eating it! As we mentioned earlier, digestion occurs at around 37 degrees Celsius. What that means is that your body needs to effectively ‘heat up’ your food before it can think about assimilating it. If your digestive system is weak, this can be a huge task and often, by the time it is prepared for digestion, the gut is certainly tired.All round wellbeing begins in the gut. In any case, eating gentle foods that are simple to digest will propel you towards optimal health.
Pregnant Women - Although it is perfectly fine for those who are trying to conceive – in fact cleansing is part of the winning formula in increasing hormone function and increasing fertility.
Those recovering from severe illness - In most cases, cleansing can do wonders for those recovering from illness; however it is important to consult your health professional before embarking on a Cleanse.
The young and the elderly. Whilst it isn’t contraindicated, it is again important to consult your health care professional. Children under age 16 should request parental/ guardian permission.
And it’s over to our Dr. Nat TCM to speak about our herbs and their traditional uses,“Let’s talk about the ingredients and benefits of in our Morning and Afternoon teas. Before we begin please note, Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the concept of "Yin and Yang". All of our blends are professionally developed to work harmoniously within the body. The roles of ingredients/herbs on their own often do not translate to their role when combined correctly with other herbs. The place of source, time of picking and combining of all herbs precisely is extremely integral in the creation of an effective herbal blend. Let’s begin:
Jasmine Tea - The health benefits of Jasmine tea for many include a stronger immune system which is immediately beneficial for our cleanse. Jasmine tea also helps to reduce stress, improve digestive processes, and lower cholesterol. It has also been found to eliminate harmful bacteria and ease chronic inflammation like muscle aches and pains. Better yet, it tastes lovely!
Dan Shen - Dan Shen has been esteemed by the Chinese for thousands of years as a circulatory stimulant. Like hawthorn berry, it is said to be a safe effective remedy for many circulatory problems. Dan Shen is used traditionally in TCM to treat conditions caused by blood stagnation, primarily those affecting the lower abdomen, such as absent or painful menstrual periods. The sedative action of Dan Shen helps calm the nerves and it is therefore helpful in treating anxiety and worry. Palpitations, insomnia and irritability also benefit from Dan Shen’s sedative properties. Dan Shen is a soothing remedy that is used to remove “excess heat,” in TCM, particularly in the heart and liver. It can also alleviate inflammatory skin problems, such as abscesses, boils, and sores.
Huang Qui - Huang Qui invigorates qi (vital energy). It also benefits protective qi and consolidates the exterior of the body. Other uses include promoting diuresis, relieving edema (generalized swelling of the body), supporting qi to promote skin wound/ulcer healing and promoting tissue/ muscle regeneration
Yu Jin - The use of Yu Jin in modern times reflects its use in the past. It is still used to promote blood flow and eliminates toxins in the body. It is also a treatment to calm nervousness and stimulate a sense of well being. Yu Jin can also benefit women who are suffering from painful menstruation, abdominal pain and many other menstrual problems. It can also control fever that has an unknown origin, jaundice related to liver disorder and many other excretory problems.
Bai Shao - Bai Shao is said to nourish the blood and regulate menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails). It can address menstrual dysfunction for many women. It is also said to calm liver yang, alleviate pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen. It also assists to alleviate cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
Bai Zhu - Bai Zhu is used for fighting ulcers, protecting the liver, improving immune system, relieving stress, enhancing hematopoietic function, slow down aging (yippee!) and regulating blood sugar levels. Compared with the traditional applications, the above-mentioned findings are perfectly in line with them, which to some extent gives more scientific proof to this amazing herb.
Chai Hu Chai Hu is said to calm the mind and body down, making it useful for rest during the night. It is also said to have an antiviral effect on the body, assist in pain relief from coughing and said to have an overall positive effect on the liver.
Mu Dan Pi (tree peony bark) - The bitter and mild cool herb has been used in TCM as an anti-microorganism, anti-inflammatory agent and to enhance circulation and immune system, as it clears heat and cools the blood. By enhancing the functions of heart, liver and kidney channels, it clears fire of yin deficiency, clear blood stasis and rid of clots, etc.
Gan Cao (liquorice root) - This is not only one of the most common Chinese herbs, but also an indispensable one in many herbal formulas. This is simply because it is able to harmonize the efficacies of a variety of other herbs. It assists to tonify the spleen and augment qi, whilst it also helps to moisten the lungs and alleviate a cough.
Tai Zi Shen - Tai Zi Shen actually has quite a sweet flavor and neutral properties, and is associated with the Spleen and Lung meridians. Its main functions are to supplement qi, strengthen the spleen, generate fluids and suppress coughs. It is also used to improve the functioning of the immune system. Tai Zi Shen is especially effective in treating fatigue and lack of appetite.
Chen Pi (orange peel) - Overall, we use Chen Pi in our Liver Cleanse blend to assist with the taste. You may be able to taste, and perhaps smell a light fragrance of orange in our teas. Chen Pi is useful in treating allergies, in fact, in traditional Chinese medicine it is widely used to avert as well as cure allergic reactions. Apart from the citrus peel, the complete Mandarin orange may be used to treat conditions such as diarrhea, nausea and indigestion.
Zhi Ke (bitter orange) - a bitter, sour, acrid and slightly cold herb that has been used in TCM as diuretics and to raise blood pressure, improve the strength of contraction and tension of the uterus, stimulate the smooth muscle of the digestive tract, treat constipation, cough with abundance of phlegm, etc.; as it moves Stomach-Qi and Spleen-Qi by enhancing the functions of the stomach, and large intestine channels.
Chi Shao - a fragrant smell with a slightly bitter, sour, astringent taste. Its properties are bitter, pungent, light and cooling; it helps to clear heat and thus cooling blood. It activates blood thus resolves stasis, therefore clearing liver fire. It invigorates blood, aids in removal of wastes and helps overall immune responses.
Da Zao (Chinese date) - rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin P, calcium, phosphorus, iron and other nutrients. It is rich in cyclic adenosine monophosphate, one of essential substances in the body’s energy metabolism. It is said to enhance muscle strength and eliminates fatigue. It tonifies deficiency and invigorates qi, nourishes the blood and soothes the nerves, and strengthens the spleen and stomach. In other words, it is an excellent remedy for deficiency of spleen and stomach, deficiency of qi and blood, weakness or inertia, insomnia, and more.
Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry) is sweet and neutral in nature. It nourishes and tonifies the liver and kidneys to treat aching and weakness of the waist and legs, dizziness and night sweat due to decreased function of the liver and kidney. It benefits the essence and brightens the eyes, to treat weak or blurred vision due to yin deficiency of the liver and kidney. It also enriches the yin and moistens the lungs for consumptive cough.
“Ensuring you’re getting enough sleep whilst cleansing is so vital. That’s why each evening after your Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea has been consumed (both being the Liver Cleanse Teas), your last tea is the Night Tea.
Our Night Tea is a beautiful mix of ingredients specifically designed of to help get you on your way to a rejuvenating, blissful sleep. It’s been carefully blended to make sure not only does it leave your insides feeling like they are in heaven, but rest your tired mind to ensure you’re relaxed from tip to toe.
One of the reasons we find it so difficult to rest at night is due to an overwhelming feeling of heat. Some people report night sweats whilst others tell us they need to sleep with their feet poking out of the covers. Perhaps you can relate? Of course not everybody experiences night time heat (most of us like to actually sleep cosy but not sweltering!), and so we’ve used a special herb, from the lotus plant which helps to clear any excessive heat. This means you will feel calmer, less sweaty and in turn, more relaxed. Too much heat in the body can make the mind race along; it can also contribute to restlessness and weird dreams – not ideal!
Licorice root, lavender and rose are all extremely calming ingredients. Licorice root is used in many Chinese Medicine formulations for its overall calming ability. It is a sweet herb that helps to alleviate pain and aches and its overall action is referred to as “harmonizing” meaning it helps to tie all the herbs together to have an overall calming effect. Me Gui Hua or rose is a wonderful herb that helps to calm, alleviate aches and pains as well as support digestion.
Rose is able to assist with supporting the gut, reinforcing its assimilation and digestive role ensuring you can get the rest you need. Lavender is also well recognized for its therapeutic ability to relax the mind and body. It’s also aromatic which aids in calming the senses, which can often be on high alert in times of stress.
Gynostemma pentaphylla is a super herb. Its actions are wide and varied and extend from helping to nourish body fluids (so you’re not reaching for your water bottle at 3am), and equally important, it helps to reduce inflammation and pain. For this reason it can assist in calming the body, supporting digestion alongside Me Gui Hua and help to support the respiratory system. If you’re a nighttime asthma or coughing-fit type person, you’ll find your symptoms may lessen with its support. It really is one of the most versatile, gentle and well-recognized ‘wonder herbs’ I’ve ever come across. This especially unique and well-devised formula won’t have you feeling drowsy. Instead, rather cool, calm and relaxed ready for a restful, rejuvenating night sleep.
Sleep is the elixir of wellness – without good quality sleep we can’t rejuvenate particularly during a Cleanse”.
The probiotic tea that is included as part of your cleanse program will help to begin to restore your gut flora. Containing black tea and Probiotic BC30, it is conveniently dairy free.
We are so excited for its inclusion in the regime because it really is the icing on the cake when it comes to restoring wellbeing and purifying your body. Our Probiotic Tea is also heat stable, meaning the properties of the tea will remain the same despite being immersed in hot water.
Yes. Our Liver cleanse is gluten free, lactose free, vegan friendly, free of additives and artificial flavours (yuck!). Our tea bag material is also all natural.
The first 2 – 3 days of your cleanse will be the most challenging as your body rids itself of caffeine and sugar; those foods always feel good going in, but never when going out! It’s not uncommon to feel unwell or experience headaches, fatigue or body aches during the first few days of a Cleanse. Sometimes skin conditions will get a little worse before they get better too. As such you may experience skin breakouts or redness. Please know these above symptoms will pass and what is around the corner is a more purified version of you. Know it is normal and a sure sign your body is doing exactly what it should be doing at this point. Withdrawal from sugar can also be difficult and equally result in fatigue and headaches. Again, know that this is normal and keep your eye on the bigger picture and away from the chocolate!