the simple concept of detoxing is to help our body's burden of processing all the crap we ingest (eat, breathe, absorb through skin, etc). supposedly the composite ones, like below, are best because the different herbs, minerals, etc work on different detoxification "channels" of the body (liver, skin, bowels, etc).
ideally, if we ate, wore, washed with, and breathed nothing that was "unnatural", we'd be fine. some people are fine regardless. and some people don't bother detoxing, instead just eating better, exercising more, and otherwise altering their environment to make it as healthy as possible. for city dwellers, junk food junkies, folks recovering from drug abuse, or those who have jobs working with "icky stuff", some choose to give their bodies an extra hand now and then.
if you're at risk for cancers or other debilitating diseases, even contagious ones, it makes sense to periodically detox too. many of the herbs aren't just for cleaning your body but for strengthening it and fortifying it against future contamination. bad germs and bad cells feed off other bad stuff- chemicals, food (or what passes
for food for many of us), and whatnot.
i like this company a LOT for detoxes because it's like 75% of their whole business. (everything else they do is digestive too.) plus, i didn't get the "pushy sales vibe" like from other reps. she was WAY more into explaining the backing science to me than explaining how to woo customers with fancy language.http://renewlife.com/cleansing/organiccleanse.aspx
this would probably be a nice, easy one to start with. i did a 3 week one but got impatient and started doubling up to finish in 2 weeks. (NOT recommended.) anything 7 days or less is usually designed to be more intensive, so they don't recommend it for folks starting out.
gaia is another brand i dig a lot, but i don't know much about their boxed cleanses. i think it's all herbal, though, and their herbs are high quality. so are herb pharm's, but i theirs are almost exclusively tinctures. you can also use single, "simple" herbs from a local, organic source. dandelion and milk thistle are great basic detoxers. and yogi and traditional medicinals tea companies both make great, multi-herb blends. those are SO easy, plus you get all the extra liquid included automatically. (it's recommended, i think, to drink extra with the capsules, but easy to forget if you're not normally inclined to drink a lot.) basically, as long as it's a "simple" or "starter" cleanse, and preferably organic (so as not to tax your body further), i'd just pick whatever delivery method seemed best to me. if you're not the type to drink 6 cups of tea per day (like me
), get the capsules instead. if you're not a complicated gal, get a simple dandelion tincture. if you have specific concerns (like maybe you've had a lot of heavy metal exposure), look for something geared towards that.
i don't represent anyone besides myself. i used to work for a health foods store, but don't anymore. and my first, last, and best preference for detox or weight loss is always to adjust your diet, eat organic, exercise, and change your overall relationship to food and the earth.
: that is te only way we can achieve true, lasting "good" health.