Rope Worm Parasite: Health Concern or Pseudoscience Term?

Rope Worm
Cleanse Joy Research TeamResearch analysis:
CleanseJoy Editorial Team
Main references:
Dr. Alex A. Volinsky, Ph.D
Dr. Nikolai V. Gubarev, Ph.D
Dr. Elena Marchenko, M.D.

Research | Symptoms | Protocol | References

Did you find out that you have parasites? Or did you see something in your stool that looked like a rope worm?

In this article, we’ll address the rope worms controversy, once and for all.
Learn what exactly are rope worms, how to know if you have them, and natural safe home remedies to get these critters out of your body.
Will also review some risky enema recipes you should never do, and other parasite cleanse mistakes to avoid.

Are Rope Worms Real?

Let’s start with a quick disclaimer. We are an evidence-based community.
As such, we stick to proven facts, and try the best we can to stay away from controversial topics.

The research on rope worms is new (2013). It is entirely based on the work of a few researchers that discovered rope worms. This doesn’t mean, however, that rope worms are not real. But, when we look at the evidence, we must ask ourselves if there’s enough data to suggest that rope worms pose a threat.

The question of parasites in human is another story, however. With hundreds of million Americans infected with parasites, even the CDC (US centers for disease control) released an official statement about parasites.
Dr. Tom Frieden, M.D., CDC Director stated that:

“Parasitic infections affect millions around the world…they’re more common in the US than people realize and yet there is so much we don’t know about them. We need research to learn more about these infections and action to better prevent and treat them.”[1]

So, parasites in humans are real, and there’s enough evidence to suggest we should all take them seriously. But what about rope worms? Are we going to wait a few more decades for more studies to appear, or are there a few things we can do now to address the rope worm concern.

Time to look at the evidence.

What Are Rope Worms?

According to Dr. Alex Volinsky and Dr. Nikolai Gubarev, the two researchers that discovered rope worms, rope worms are human intestinal parasites that affect most humans, cause many health issues, yet, they are often overlooked.[2]

Here are their main claims.

Rope worm appearance

Rope worms (also known as: funis vermis, helminths), look like twisted fibers of a rope with irregular cylindrical shape. In its early stages a rope worm resembles slimy viscous mucus. In its adult stage, it can be over one meter long.

Rope worm diagnosis

Rope worm looks like human feces and intestinal lining. For this reason, they are often are overlooked or mistaken for the remains of other parasites. For example, roundworms.

DNA analysis results of rope worms were inconclusive. In their published paper, Dr. Volinsky and Dr. Gubarev mentioned that “further research is required to identify what the rope worms are.”

Simply put, they could not prove that what they discovered was indeed parasites.

Rope worm inside the body

Rope worm parasites can attach to the intestinal walls using suction cup-like bubbles. Once an adult parasite attaches itself to the intestinal wall, the human body does not have mechanisms to get rid of it.

Rope worms feed on semi-digested food remains in the intestines,  and move by utilizing jet propulsion by releasing gas bubbles.

Rope worm symptoms may include

  • Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, indigestion.
  • Food allergies.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Headaches.
  • Weight gain or weight loss.
  • Increased common colds.
  • Coughing.
  • Hair loss.
  • Back pain.

Dr. Gubarev Rope worm enema recipe

In their research, Dr. Volinsky and Dr. Gubarev reported that they were able to eliminate rope worms in multiple pateints by using a very specific protocol of a back to back enemas. In fact, this is how they initially discovered rope worms to begin with (cleansing enemas).

Dr. Gubarev rope worm enema recipe include a series of enemas right after another:

  1. Start with water enema to cleanse the colon.
  2. Proceed with enema with baking soda and eucalyptus oil
  3. Continue with lemon juice enema
  4. Complete the process with milk enema with salt.

We do not think the evidence on rope worm justifies doing such an aggressive extreme protocol. Furthermore, essential oil enemas or enemas with the other substances they used can cause side effects and harm your intestines.

Even more, while enemas are very common in the natural health world, practitioners rarely use these ingredients in enemas. Water enemas, coffee enemas, in comparison, are much more common. So at least you can read anecdotal reports from thousands of people and practitioners who use them daily.

How to Remove Rope Worms

For your consideration, below is a safer approach that holistically and naturally supports your body’s ability to eliminate parasites.

This protocol specifically addresses parasites that attach themselves to the intestinal wall.

Many people that have parasites usually report seeing them in their stool in the first week. With that said, It is important to continue the plan for six weeks to stop the parasite life cycle.

Step 1: Intestinal cleanse

Oxy-Powder (Ozonated Magnesium Oxides).
Take 4 capsules before bedtime, on an empty stomach for 5 days (and when needed).

Many intestinal parasites and candida yeast have the ability to attach themselves to the intestinal wall. Nothing new about the rope worm ability to do so, btw, as this is a known mechanism of parasites.[3]

Oxy-Powder releases natural oxygen in the colon that can help to loosen the parasites attachments as well as colon waste buildup that serves as their food source.

Many people report eliminating large amounts of waste often with dead candida and parasites. So be prepared to see these critters in the toilet. As disturbing as it may be, it is much better to have them out of your body.

Keep in mind, when you detox or deal with parasites or other harmful organisms, it is essential to to clear the colon as a first step, so your body can eliminate the dying parasites, candida (and their toxins) quicker.
This can prevent or minimize what is commonly known as a healing crisis or die off symptoms.

2: Take antiparasitic herbs

Paratrex.
Take 3 capsules twice a day, before your biggest meals for 4-6 weeks.

Paratrex is a blend of organic and wild grown antiparasitic herbs known for their ability to kill different types of worms, parasites, bacteria and fungus.
The formula also helps to eliminate parasite eggs and larvae in the body, which is essential to stop the reproduction and the parasite life cycle.[4,5]

Due to the combination of antiparasitic herbs in paratrex, the parasite cleanse may work against a large number of parasites in humans. This includes: intestinal worms, tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and candida.

3: Parasite cleanse diet

With the parasite cleanse diet you:
(see link for the complete plan)

  • Avoid foods known to feed parasites such as processed foods, high in carbs, fried foods, sugars, gluten, wheat, dairy, and alcohol.
  • Eat antiparasitic foods that kill parasites such as pumpkin seeds, garlic, papaya seeds (mix in smoothies), turmeric, ginger, coconut oil.
  • Eat foods that supports detoxification and organs of elimination such as cruciferous vegetables, and broccoli sprouts In particular.
  • Intermittent fasting and a lower carb approach may help to augment your results.

4: Tailor your cleanse

Some people may need to further support their body during the parasite cleanse. For example, parasites often cause nutritional deficiencies or other imbalances.

So, if you suspect that you have had parasites for a while, we highly recommend to read our parasite cleanse protocol overview. This way, you can educate yourself about these different steps, the reason behind them, to tailor your plan with the options that you may find relevant.

To learn more, see: parasite cleanse protocol.

Is it Rope Worm or Something Else?

So, you are on your third day of the parasite cleanse. You just had a bowel movement and see weird looking long green-brownish rope-rubbery fibrous strands with mucus in your stool. Is it rope worm or something else?

Many natural health experts believe that rope worm is nothing but accumulated waste buildup in the colon. Here you may read about another controversial term, mucoid plaque, which appears to be another term for intesential waste.

And both, rope worm and mucoid plaque have one thing in common. They tend to stick to the colon wall to a point the body may not effectively eliminate them. Thus, they can cause more waste to accumulate.

To sum up, (and save you some precious time before you go into this rabbit hole of looking into rope worms pictures online), a few things to keep in mind.

  • Dr. Gubarev research DNA analysis did not prove that “rope worm” is actually a parasite.
  • The goal of natural cleansing is to improve our health and wellness, not to be consumed by it.

Therefore, continue with the plan and rather than counting how many parasites or waste you eliminate, focus on healthy eating, and avoid those foods that feed parasites. More importantly, be consistent and see how you feel.

Rope Worm Stages

One more thing. According to Dr. Gubarev, rope worms can develop into five different stages. Thus, they may look completely different.

  1. The first stage starts as mucus, almost anywhere in the human body.
  2. The second stage looks like slimy viscous mucus, and start to emit bubbles.
  3. The third stage looks like branched jellyfish.
  4. The fourth stage start to look like the 5th adult rope stage, but has a softer slimier body.
  5. The fully developed human rope worm looks like twisted fibers of a rope and resemble human feces.

Moreover, rope worms color depends on the food a person eats, and varies from white to black. In other words, rope worms in stool may look like mucus, waste buildup, or other parasites.

References

  1. US centers for disease control and prevention (CDC). Parasitic Infections also occur in the United States. Millions of people infected.
  2. Development stages of the “rope” human intestinal parasite
  3. Disruption of the intestinal mucosal barrier in Candida albicans infections
  4. Therapeutic efficacy of Artemisia absinthium against Hymenolepis nana: in vitro and in vivo studies in comparison with the anthelmintic praziquantel.
  5. Antioxidant potential of Juglans nigra, black walnut, husks extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide with an ethanol modifier.

How to Know If Parasite Cleanse is Working? Parasite Cleanse Timeline

How to Know If Parasite Cleanse is Working

In this post, our editorial team will go over some of the top parasite cleanse questions. How to know if parasite cleanse is working, how long does it take, warning signs that may indicate you should stop your detox.

We’ll also touch on some of the safest best home remedies, herbs and diet tips you can use in your parasite cleanse.

Related post:

How to Know If Parasite Cleanse is Working?

While everyone may have a different parasite cleanse experience, there are a few common things we usually see in our parasite cleanse protocol.

If you notice any of the following signs, you may know that the parasite cleanse is working.

Week 1-2:

  • You see dead candida, yeast, or parasites in stool.
  • Digestive issues such as bloating and excess gas become better.
  • Stomach may appear flatter.
  • You notice better mood, energy and brain function.

Week 2-4:

  • Chronic symptoms such as skin rashes, acne and pain become better.

Week 4 and up:

  • Stubborn symptoms start to improve.
  • Common examples: fungal nail infections or unhealthy looking hair.
    Nails and hair grow very slow and as such issues can take months to fully heal. It is common to see more improvements months after the parasite cleanse.

Symptoms of parasite die off are not a sign that the parasite cleanse is working.

These can actually be warning signs that may indicate that:

  • You have a reaction to parasite herbs
  • The parasite cleanse is too aggressive for your body.

We try to stay away from the “you need to feel bad before you feel good” notion. In most cases, these discomforts are not necessary and cause more harm than good.

Safety should always be your number one priority. Especially when you self cleanse at home.

If you already experience parasite die off symptoms, see our guide:
How To Manage Parasite Die Off Symptoms.

Before and After Parasite Cleanse

Know the classic symptoms of parasites

Know the classic symptoms of parasites

When you have a parasitic infection,  there may be signs in your entire body. Some of the signs of parasites can be very specific to your body or the type of parasites you have. Other signs such as digestive issues may be more common.

Educate yourself as much as you can about these signs. If they are related to parasites, you should expect to see improvements. Notice that having these signs doesn’t mean you have parasites. They can be caused by other issues.
So it is always best to consult with a qualified health practitioner.

  • Digestive issues.
    Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
    Certain vitamins and minerals deficiencies may be linked to intestinal parasites such as soil transmitted helminthes, Giardia duodenalis, Entamoeba histolytica. Iron deficiency and anemia for example, were correlated to Trichuris trichiura, Ascaris lumbricoides and hookworm infections.[1,2]
  • Abdominal pain.
    Upset stomach, stomach cramps, stomach pain, tenderness.
  • Unusual stool appearance.
    Greasy loose stool, worms, parasites, mucus, eggs or candida yeast in stool.
  • Cravings for sweets.
    Constantly hungry, increased or loss of appetite. More common with candida overgrowth.
  • Low energy.
    Feeling tired, fatigue, exhaustion.
  • Mood swings.
    Anxiety, depression.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
    Body aches.
  • Skin issues.
    Skin rashes and skin issues such as eczema, hives, rosacea.
  • Poor sleep.
    Insomnia, nightmares, night sweats, teeth grinding in sleep, anus itching at night.
  • Genitals issues.
    Vaginal itching around the vulva (very common with candida infections), anal itching, rash, vaginal infections.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
    Common with tapeworm infections.
  • Unexplained weight gain.

How Long Does it Take for Parasite Cleanse to Work?

Based on our parasite cleanse protocol results, most people start to feel better during the first week. Especially when the intestinal cleanse flushes out waste buildup that feed parasites.

For best results it is very important to complete the parasite cleanse.
On average, it may take six weeks. The main reason: you have to stop the complete life cycle of the parasites.

The life cycle of human parasites varies and can take anywhere between several weeks to months from the egg phase to the adult parasite phase.
Some strains of P. vivax for example, the parasite that causes recurring malaria, can remain dormant in the liver for several months.[3]

The average time of parasite cleanse we recommend is 6 weeks.
After six weeks, you stop taking the antiparasitic herbs for at least six weeks. If any of your symptoms come back, you may want to redo the parasite cleanse again.

During the time when you stop the parasite cleanse, there are a few effective home remedies for parasites you can still take. We’ll cover these below.

Home Remedies for Parasites

1. Herbs that Kill Parasites

Herbs that Kill Parasites

  • Paratrex®3 capsules twice a day, before your biggest meals.
    Use: during the parasite cleanse, or 1-2 times a week after the cleanse.

Paratrex® is a professional strength organic and wild grown antiparasitic herbs that have a unique ability to kill different types of worms, parasites, bacteria and fungus. The formula supports the entire parasite life cycle including the larvae and eggs stage.[4,5]

Antiparasitic herbs in paratrex: organic and wild black walnut (green hull), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), clove, epazote, neem and diatomaceous earth. 

2. Mediterranean Oregano Oil

Mediterranean Oregano Oil

Oregatrex, 6 drops, 2-3 times daily, after the parasite cleanse.

Use: after the parasite cleanse. See special directions and warnings below.

Perhaps one of the most known all around parasite cleanse – immune support natural remedy, the Mediterranean variety of oregano oil has a long traditional use that is also backed by science.[6]

The research suggests that the active ingredient in oregano oil, Carvacrol, has the ability to break down the cell membranes of various bacteria and parasites, allowing our immune system to take over and eliminate them.

Special directions and warnings: The mediterranean oregano oil we use in our parasite cleanse protocol is very different from the oregano oil you see at your local stores. This oil extract contains 80% Carvacrol, the active ingredient.  It is so concentrated and strong you have to put it in capsules before you swallow. The capsules are provided with Oregatrex.
Do not put the oil directly in your mouth.

3. Parasite Cleanse Diet

Parasite Cleanse Diet

Just like any diet, you will need to tailor the parasite cleanse diet plan to your needs. To help you with the process, we published an entire guide with common healthy guidelines that can help support the body to detox and eliminate parasites during the cleanse.

Its a type of eating that avoid foods known to feed parasites and include antiparasitic foods. Intermittent fasting and a lower carb approach, two popular dietary protocols regardless of parasites, seem to augment the results for most people.

In fact, many of our members continued with the plan even after the cleanse due to the way it made them feel. Main benefits people reported include consistent, sustainable energy, mood and focus throughout the day, and better digestive health.

To learn more, see: Parasite cleanse diet.

Useful DIY anti parasitic recipes:

References

  1. Intestinal parasitic infections and micronutrient deficiency: a review.
  2. Association between Anaemia, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Neglected Parasitic Infections and Socioeconomic Factors in Rural Children of West Malaysia.
  3. History of Human Parasitology.
  4. Therapeutic efficacy of Artemisia absinthium against Hymenolepis nana: in vitro and in vivo studies in comparison with the anthelmintic praziquantel.
  5. Antioxidant potential of Juglans nigra, black walnut, husks extracted using supercritical carbon dioxide with an ethanol modifier.
  6. Antiviral efficacy and mechanisms of action of oregano essential oil and its primary component carvacrol against murine norovirus.

How To Clean Out Bowels Quickly: The One Day Natural Detox

How To Clean Out Bowels Quickly

Drink | Diet | Probiotics | Enzymes

In this guide: learn how to clean out bowels quickly, naturally and safely without the use of harsh laxatives.

This protocol also includes additional meals, probiotics and enzymes to promote better gut health. These are optional, but can augment the bowel cleanse results and benefits.

So while the plan can be as quick as one day, people with a history of digestive issues benefit the most from doing the complete protocol. For best results, see the diet, probiotics and enzymes options below, to see if they may be relevant to you.

On that note, an important note about digestive issues. While they are common, they may also be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
If you are concerned about your digestive health, it is always best to speak with your doctor. Functional medicine practitioners are usually very well educated when it comes to gut health issues.

Bowel Cleanse Summary

Target: entire digestive tract, including the stomach, colon, intestines and bowels.

Natural Colon Cleanse Drink.
The protocol is based on our popular overnight colon cleanse.
It is a natural colon cleanse drink you take before bedtime designed to clean out bowels quickly, safely and effectively while you sleep.

What to Expect.
Expect 3-5 bowel movements the next day.
First time users usually report eliminating a large amount of stored waste.
These are not your typical bowel movements, so it is best to stay at home the next day. 

Benefits.
The protocol offers an effective all natural remedy for digestive issue such as gas, bloating and occasional constipation. Most people report feeling “lighter after meals” with much better digestion and energy. You may also notice a flatter stomach and better complexion.

How To Clean Out Bowels Quickly

3 practical steps for better gut health:

1. Drink The Overnight Colon Bowel Cleanse Recipe

When: right before bed time. Duration 1-5 days.

Gut Cleanse Drink
Print Recipe
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Overnight Colon Cleanse

Natural, fast, instant safe colon detox benefits while you sleep.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian
Keyword: Overnight Colon Cleanse Recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 1kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Shake the apple cider vinegar bottle to mix the cloudy part at the bottom.
    ("The mother").
  • Add 1 teaspoon of organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar into 16 ounces of distilled or spring water at room temperature.
  • Squeeze the juice of ½ organic lemon, and add to the drink.
  • Drink before bedtime with 4 capsules of oxy-powder on an empty stomach away from any foods or other supplements.
  • Go to sleep.

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal

Oxy-powder: Clean Out Bowels Quickly Using Oxygen

Clean Out Bowels Quickly Using Oxygen

Oxy-powder releases natural oxygen in the bowels and colon to loosen accumulated waste buildup. The body then eliminate the waste through normal bowel movements.

This is done in a completely natural and gentle way, and it has shown to be both safe and effective. For this reason, it is the preferred way of many natural practitioners to clean out the bowels.

What to Expect

The easiest way to take Oxy-powder is by itself or with the overnight colon cleanse drink. The lemon and apple cider vinegar in the recipe simply enhance the results.

Start with 4 capsules of oxy-powder with a big glass of water (or the drink) on an empty stomach before bedtime. Always away from any foods or other supplements.

Expect to have 3-5 bowel movements the next day. First time users usually report eliminating a large amount of stored waste. Most people feel a significant “relief” as they eliminate the stored waste buildup. Common reports include:

  • “Feeling lighter” after meals
  • Better bowel movements
  • Flatter stomach
  • Improved digestion. Especially with people who have a history of digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, body odor and gas.
  • More energy
  • Better focus
  • A clearer complexion.

Dr. edward Group, the inventor of Oxy-powder is so confident about the effectiveness of Oxy-powder, he offers one year money-back guarantee.

Just make sure to order it directly from Dr. Group website.

Bowel Cleanse & Accumulated Waste Buildup

How To Clean Out Bowels Quickly Before and After

Processed foods and unhealthy diets often lead to scenarios where the body can’t digest the foods properly. As a result the food can stay in the digestive tract for too long, even days, starts to ferment and accumulate.

Overtime this accumulated waste buildup becomes drier and harder and sticks to the colon wall to a point the body can’t eliminate it through normal bowel movements.

We all know the results: digestive issues such as bloating, excess gas, occasional constipation, and stomach pain. Many people also notice skin breakouts, fatigue, low energy, body odor, and many other unpleasant discomforts.

Yes, all of these problems may be related to what’s happening in your gut!

Oxy-powder helps to remove the waste buildup very effectively. If you have plenty of waste buildup, chances are you will feel much better very quickly.

While Oxy-powder with the colon cleanse drink is the first step in our protocol, for best results, we highly recommend to follow the colon cleanse diet, probiotics and enzymes steps below.

2. Eat The Colon Cleanse Diet

Duration: 1-5 days.

Colon Cleanse Diet

Eat foods that cleanse the bowels and intestines

  • High fiber foods.
    Raw non-starchy vegetables such as cabbage, beets and carrots are rich in insoluble fiber. This fiber doesn’t dissolve in water, and can pass through the gut largely intact. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool which can promote regular healthy bowel movement. Think about insoluble fiber as rough brooms inside your bowels that grab waste and toxins on their way out.
  • Healthy Oils.
    Cold pressed oils such as olive oil have natural bowel cleansing properties. They can help to lubricate the bowels, add moisture to the stool, and increase the production of certain digestive enzymes which can improve digestion.
  • Good Fats.
    Fresh raw nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, chia and fatty fruits like avocado provide you both the fiber and natural oils.
  • Stay Hydrate.
    Make sure to drink enough water. Dehydration is one of the common causes of constipation. As a rule of thumb, drink half your body weight in ounces of water. A good indication that you drink enough, is having a strong urine flow, with clear urine color.

Examples of our most popular recipes with bowel cleansing foods:

Foods to Avoid

In addition to common allergens such as soy and peanuts, you may want to limit or avoid the following foods during your bowel cleanse:

  • Processed foods.
  • Fried foods.
  • Refined oils and sugars.
  • Alcohol.
  • Gluten & Dairy. Most people have sensitivity to at least one of these. Most functional medicine doctors recommend to eliminate these two in addition to soy.
  • Hard to digest foods such as beans and legumes. Unless they agree with you.
  • GMOs.

3. Take Probiotics & Prebiotics For Gut Health

When: before your big meals. Duration: 3-6 weeks.

Probiotics For bowel cleanse

When you clean out your bowels from waste buildup, you create an ideal environment in your gut that can encourage friendly probiotic growth, hence making probiotic supplements much more effective.

So now may be a great opportunity to take probiotics to further support your gut health.

What about Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are a type of fiber that the human body cannot digest. Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics that can help and support the good bacteria growth in your gut. In fact, taking prebiotics together with probiotics is a common best practice that according to research, can enhance the effectiveness of the probiotic supplements.[1,2]

How To Clean Out Bowels Quickly with Probiotics
Dr. Group Floratrex
is  the probiotics & prebiotics complex we use in our gut cleanse protocol. This is not your average probiotic supplement you get at your local store and not sure if its even working.

The formula combines 25 highly studied probiotic strains, 75 billion CFUs strength, with organic and patented prebiotic blend.

4. Digestive Enzymes & Your Bowels

Digestive Enzymes & clean your bowels

Who may benefit? digestive issues after eating, or food sensitivities. 

If you experience digestive issues despite eating clean, you may want to try and take digestive enzymes with your meals to support your digestion.

The reason is simple. When we eat, our body produces digestive enzymes to support the digestion and nutrients absorption from the foods. Each type of enzyme breaks down different types of foods. If for some reason your body doesn’t have enough enzymes during the time you eat, you may notice digestive issues when eating certain foods, even healthy ones.

So if this sounds like you, try and take digestive enzymes complex with your meal.

Digestive Enzymes & bowel cleanse

VeganZyme is the enzymes complex we use for all our gut cleanse protocols to help promote healthy digestion and gut health. It also became one of our most popular supplement to promote a flat stomach.

The biggest advantage we see in VeganZyme has to do with its versatile formula. With a total of 20 plant based digestive and systemic enzymes, it can support the digestion of a wide variety of foods, which makes it ideal for many different diets, and cuisines.

The addition of the systemic enzymes supports the body’s ability to break down allergens, excess yeast, candida, mucus and other toxins.

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Liver and Kidney Cleanse: How to Strengthen Liver and Kidneys Naturally

Liver and Kidney Cleanse_ How to Strengthen Liver and Kidneys Naturally

ProtocolDrink recipeHerbsDietFoods | Recipes

Since we published our liver and kidney cleanse protocols, we got many requests to combine both. The result is below: a practical, easy to do, 5-day protocol designed to detox and strengthen liver and kidneys naturally and safely.

The protocol is based on some of our most popular detox recipes using potent foods and herbs known to support the liver and kidneys.
The drink and diet are required. Tea, juice and smoothie recipes are optional.

How to Strengthen Liver and Kidneys Naturally

How to Strengthen Liver and Kidneys Naturally

Here’s a quick summary of the liver and kidney cleanse 5-day detox protocol:

  1. Make the liver and kidney cleanse drink. 2-3 times a day
    Traditional recipe with natural ingredients shown in multiple studies to help flush the kidneys and strengthen the liver. Ingredients include apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and liver and kidneys detox herbs.
    See full recipe and details below.
  2. Limit simple sugars and processed foods.
    Give your liver and kidneys a vacation from having to process these toxic foods. When you eat processed foods, your liver and kidneys work extra hard in order to filter and eliminate toxins, chemicals, hormones and antibiotics often found in these foods.
  3. Follow the liver and kidney detox diet.
    The diet focuses on liver and kidneys cleanse foods known to detox, nourish, and strengthen both organs.
    See the full list and recipes below.
  4. Drink enough liquids.
    The liver and kidney cleanse can increase the amount of toxins released and filtered through both organs. Make sure to drink enough liquids to support the kidneys ability to filter and eliminate toxins released during the cleanse.
    As a rule of thumb, drink half your body weight in ounces of water. You should drink enough so you have a strong urine flow, with clear urine color.
  5. Cycle off your liver and kidney cleanse herbs. 1 week
    The 5 days liver and kidneys detox helps to naturally flush out toxins and nourish these organs. After the cleanse, it may be beneficial to “cycle off” liver and kidneys cleansing herbs for 5 days. This helps to slow down released toxins and allows the body to restore balance and strengthen kidneys and liver. You can continue to eat the liver and kidney cleanse diet, though.

The Liver and Kidney Cleanse Drink

The first step in the liver and kidney cleanse, is the detox drink below.

Healthy, easy to make, effective, and safe, it is one of the best home remedies you can make to naturally detox and nourish your liver and kidneys.

Liver and Kidney Cleanse Drink

Based on ayurveda medicine principles as well as modern science. Healthy, easy to make, effective, and safe, it is one of the best home remedies you can make to naturally cleanse, strengthen and flush toxins from your liver and kidneys.
Prep Time2 mins
Course: Cleanse drink
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian
Keyword: Liver and Kidney Cleanse Drink
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 liter distilled or spring water
  • 1 tbsp organic raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small organic lemon
  • 1 ml Renaltrex kidney cleansing herbs drops
  • 1 ml Livatrex liver cleansing herbs drops

Instructions

Drink 2-3 times a day, always on an empty stomach

  • Squeeze the juice of 1 organic lemon.
  • Add to 1 liter of distilled or spring water.
  • Shake the bottle of the apple cider vinegar until the cloudy part ("the mother") is well mixed.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of organic raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
  • Add 1 dropperful (1 ml) of Renaltrex (kidney cleansing herbs)
  • Add 1 dropperful (1 ml) of Livatrex (liver cleansing herbs)
  • Optional: add organic stevia or monk fruit to sweeten

Update: The recipe below is designed for one serving. With that said, many of our testers prefered to make all the three servings the night before in a one gallon water bottle. This saves time and is also a great way to ensure you actually drink at least one gallon a day. Just make sure to keep the bottle in the refrigerator.

The Ingredients In the Liver and Kidney Cleanse Drink

 Kidney & Liver Cleansing Herbs

For the drink, we like to use Dr. group’s kidney (renaltrex) and liver (livatrex) herbal drops.

The formula (see below) combines traditional organic herbs shown by research to help repair and regenerate the liver, soften liver and gallbladder stones, flush toxins from the kidneys and support the entire urinary tract.

The liquid form makes it very easy to use. You simply add one dropperful to your drink.

Livatrex® Liver Cleansing Herbs

Liver Cleanse Herbs Strengthen Liver and Kidneys Naturally organic milk thistle (seed), wildcrafted chanca piedra (herb), wildcrafted borotutu (root bark), organic reishi mushroom, organic yellow dock (root), organic dandelion (root), organic turmeric (root), organic chicory (root), organic peppermint (leaf).

 

Ingredients: organic milk thistle (seed), wildcrafted chanca piedra (herb), wildcrafted borotutu (root bark), organic reishi mushroom, organic yellow dock (root), organic dandelion (root), organic turmeric (root), organic chicory (root), organic peppermint (leaf).

See Livatrex product page.

Renaltrex® Kidney Cleansing Herbs

Kidney Cleanse Herbs: Organic Cranberry (fruit), Organic Horsetail, Organic Hydrangea (root), Organic Uva Ursi (leaf), Organic Ginkgo biloba (leaf), Organic Juniper (berry), Organic Marshmallow (root), Shilajit, trace minerals

Ingredients: organic cranberry (fruit), organic horsetail, organic hydrangea (root), organic uva ursi (leaf), organic ginkgo biloba (leaf), organic juniper (berry), organic marshmallow (root), shilajit, trace minerals.

See Renaltrex product page.

Lemon Juice & Apple Cider Vinegar: Liver & Kidneys Support

Lemon juice. 
The research data suggests that the antioxidants in lemon can help to regulate elevated ALT and AST liver enzymes and balance triacylglycerol and lipid peroxidation in the liver.[1] The citric acid content of lemon was also suggested as a natural way that may help prevent kidney stones.[23]

Apple cider vinegar.
Multiple studies found that apple cider vinegar can regulate lipid metabolism in the liver, and protect both the kidneys and liver from an oxidative injury due to high fast diet[4,5].
Many natural health experts recommend to consume apple cider vinegar as a way to promote an alkaline environment in the body. This can help to alter the acidity in the urine, which help the kidneys to better flush toxins.

Liver and Kidney Cleanse Diet

Liver and Kidney Cleanse Diet

Summary:

  • Focus on the liver & kidney detox foods below.
  • It is best to eat most fruits on their own. Don’t mix different types of fruits, always on a empty stomach. This is essential for optimal digestion. The exception to these is avocado, which you can eat with your meals.
  •  75% of your plate should be veggies and greens.
  • Avoid large meals and overeating, as these can stress your liver and body.

Foods to eat:

  • Healthy fats: avocado, olive oil.
  • Nuts & seeds: fresh raw walnuts, almonds, sprouted pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, hemp seeds.
  • Greens & veggies: especially dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, beetroot, carrots.
  • Clean proteins: for best results, stick with plant based proteins such as sprouted pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, moderate sprouted legumes and beans (as long as you can tolerate them). You can still have high quality animal proteins, that are antibiotic hormones free. Good options include wild caught alaskan salmon, grass fed beef, and bison.
  • Fruits: citrus especially lemon, blueberries, pomegranate and apples.
    Fruits with high water content such as watermelon, melons, cantaloupe, grapefruits, oranges, and grapes are all great choices. Always eat fruits on an empty stomach.
  • Spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger.
  • Condiments: raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

To educate yourself more about these foods, see our research and summary of evidence: best liver & Kidneys detox foods.

Foods to Avoid

  • Processed foods, processed beverages, artificial sweeteners, fried foods.
  • Sugars, ceralls, bread, pasta.
  • Gluten and dairy (most people have sensitivity to these).
  • Artificial stimulants, watch your energy drinks and supplements.
    One cup of high quality organic black coffee or organic matcha may be ok as long as they agree with you.
  • Alcohol.

Liver and Kidney Cleanse Recipes

Liver and kidneys Cleanse foods

Below are a few our our most popular detox recipes that include many of the liver and kidney cleanse foods.

If you normally do not eat a lot of vegetables or do not drink enough liquids, we highly recommend to include at least one of the juice recipes every day during the liver and kidney cleanse.

Detox Salads:

Detox Meals:

Liver & Kidney Cleanse Smoothies, Juices & Teas:

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What is the Best Drink to Flush Your Kidneys? Kidney Detox Juice Recipe

Best Drink to Flush Your Kidneys

Recipe | Kidney cleansing herbsBeet-coconut drinkFoods | Water

In this recipe, learn how to make the best drink to flush your kidneys, using evidence-based kidney cleansing foods and herbs.

Healthy, easy to make, effective, and safe, this drink represents the best mother nature has to offer to naturally support your kidneys.

With that being said, always speak with your doctor if you have concerns about your kidneys. The following symptoms may be signs that something is wrong with your kidneys:

  • A change in urination you can’t explain
  • Unusual urine (foamy, bloody, discolored)
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain in the mid-back where kidneys are located
  • Swelling or water retention in your ankles, arms, wrists, legs, face, abdomen
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Restless legs during sleep
  • Joint or bone pain.

What is the Best Thing to Drink for Your Kidneys?

Update: based on your many requests and our testers comments, we added two options for the kidneys flush drink:

  • A quick under a minute “on the go” option: no juicer is needed.
  • The original recipe with the beets and ginger is still the most popular one. You do need a juicer or a blender (use a nut milk bag or a food strainer), unless you can get fresh beet juice at the store. (See the 30 seconds option of this recipe below)
  • We removed parsley and cilantro from this recipe. While these are powerful kidney cleansing herbs, they do not taste good. So, you may find them in our other kidney cleansing recipes, but not in this one. We wanted to create a good tasting kidney flush drink.
The Kidney Flush Drink
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The Kidney Flush Drink

The best evidence based drink for your kidneys using mother nature's top kidney cleansing foods and herbs
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Kidney Flush Drink
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian
Keyword: Kidney Flush Drink
Servings: 1
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces purified or spring water
  • 500 ml or coconut water
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 teaspoon  raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ml Renaltrex kidney cleansing herbs drops
  • 1 medium beetroot optional
  • 1 inches fresh raw ginger root optional
  • Organic stevia drops (alcohol free) or monk fruit optional for flavor

Instructions

  • Squeeze the juice of 1/2 organic lemon.
  • Add to purified/spring water or coconut water (same amount).
  • Shake the bottle of the apple cider vinegar until the cloudy part ("the mother") is well mixed.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of organic raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
  • Add 1 dropperful (1 ml) of Renaltrex
  • Optional: add the juice of the beetroot and ginger

Kidney Cleansing Herbs

Kidney cleansing herbs

To further support the kidneys, we recommend to mix 1 ml of Dr. Group Renaltrex (kidney cleansing herbs drops).

By far the best kidney cleanse supplements we have tested, the formula combines science proven kidney cleansing herbs that have been used traditionally for many generation to support kidneys health.

Both safe and effective, we find it a quick and easy way to naturally flush your kidneys. Simply add 1 dropperful to this drink or when busy, add to your water. Some of the kidney cleansing herbs in Renaltrex include:

  • Chanca piedra, traditional remedy for kidneys stones.
    The names literally translates to “stone breaker” for its ability to dissolve and soften liver, kidneys and gallbladder stones.[1,2]
  • Horsetail, increases urine flow, flushes the kidneys.
    Long traditional use supported by research to detox the kidneys and increase urine flow.[3]
  • Hydrangea root, supports the entire urinary tract health.
    Natural support for the entire urinary tract including the kidneys and bladder.[4]
  • Uva ursi, flushes the kidneys, UTIs support.
    May also help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).[5]
  • Marshmallow root, flushes the kidneys, reduces inflammation  
    Unique ability to flush the kidneys on one hand, and soothe inflammation in the urinary tract.[6]
  • Dandelion leaf, natural diuretic to increase urine flow.
    Natural and safe diuretic shown to increase the frequency of urination.[7]

The Beet-Coconut Kidney Flush Drink

A 30 second drink to flush your kidneys

Beet-Coconut Kidney Flush Drink

A quicker under 30 seconds version of a drink you can make to flush your kidneys. Many of our testers used it successfully before their workouts.
Many stores have 100% pure beet juice which is still a great option. Just read the label. Many beet juices have way too much added sugar.

  • 500 ml coconut water or water bottle
  • 1 shot of 100% beet juice (about 1 oz)
  • 1 dropperful (1 ml) Renaltrex.

The Ingredients in The Kidney Flush Drink: Summary of Evidence

Beets: Increase Blood Flow to the Kidneys

Beet root juice Increases Blood Flow to the Kidneys

Out of the common kidney cleansing foods you often see at your local store, beetroot truly stand out. In particular, it is its ability to increase blood flow to the kidneys, which can augment the kidney cleansing properties of other ingredients.

How does it work? Beets are rich in nitrates. When you drink beet juice, the body converts the nitrates into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, meaning it relaxes the inner muscles of the vessels. As your vessels become wider, your blood flow increases.[8,9]

So when this happens, you may get a better pump at the gym or improve exercise performance. You may also hear the term “natural viagra” as far as the benefits go. All these are linked to the ability to increase Nitric oxide.

In fact, in his post “The Kidney Dysfunction Epidemic”, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno described a study where beetroot juice was able to increase blood flow to the Kidneys, up to 26%. According to Dr. Joseph:[10]

Increasing blood flow to the kidneys has a huge impact on improving detoxification and decreasing oxidative stress.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Flushes Toxins from Kidneys

Apple Cider Vinegar flushes toxins from kidneys

Apple cider vinegar is a very popular natural cleansing ingredient, although the issue is usually that there are not a lot of studies or solid evidence on its effectiveness.

Can apple cider vinegar helps to flush your kidneys? Turns out, it may.

Apple cider vinegar is very acidic. When you drink it however, it actually promote an alkaline environment in the body, which can help to alter the acidity in the urine. This can improve the way the kidneys flush toxins, and may also prevent the formation of kidney stones.

A study that evaluated the connection between the dietary habits of 12,570 adults to kidney stones in china, found that more consumption of tea, legumes, and fermented vinegar was indeed associated with a lesser risk of kidney stone formation.[11]

Lemon Juice: Natural Kidney Stones Protection

Lemon juice protect against kidney stones

Lemon juice is an excellent natural source of citric acid. According to research, drinks that contain citric acid can help to increase urinary citrate excretion, which is a primary focus in the medical management of kidney stones.[12]

Ginger: May Help with Inflammation & Oxidative Stress in Kidneys

Ginger: decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in kidneys

While ginger is a great natural kidney cleansing herb, it does have a very strong and dominant flavor many people do not like.

To address that, we balanced the ginger with beets and lemon in the kidney flush drink recipe. So you get a nice kick, but not too much.

As for the evidence, research suggests that ginger can help improve kidney function and may even protect the kidney from certain toxins. The primary mechanism of protection appears to be ginger’s ability to decrease inflammation and oxidative damage.[13].

Coconut Water: Hydration

Coconut Water Hydration

Coconut water has gained a reputation as a great source of electrolytes and a natural way to hydrate the body. Initial data suggests coconut water can also help protect against impaired kidney function and reduce oxidative stress in the kidneys. In fact, one study showed that treatment with coconut water was able to inhibit crystal deposition in the kidneys, which may help for kidney stones.[14]

To clarify these findings, the researchers didn’t make any claims that coconut water can treat or prevent kidney stones. These are initial results that look very promising.

In the context of natural kidney cleansing, we have here a natural drink (coconut water) we all love that is highly available, with good evidence on its ability to promote kidney health. (Among other benefits).

Kidney Flush with Water

While this goes without saying, you can’t discuss the best drink to flush your kidneys without covering the basics: you need to drink enough water.

The main function of the kidneys is to filter waste products and extra fluids and flush them from the body as urine.

To do so effectively, the kidneys need enough water. The current guideline for total water intake for young men and women (ages 19 to 30 years) is 3.7 L and 2.7 L per day, respectively.[15]

Another way to look at this which we have heard from many physicians, is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.

In General, you should drink enough so you have a strong urine flow, with clear urine color.

More Drink to Flush Your Kidneys

Kidney Cleanse Protocol: for more kidney cleansing recipes, kidney detox tea, juices, smoothies, diet and supplements.

Best Anti Aging Supplements: The Longevity Protocol for Graceful Aging

Best Anti Aging Supplements
Heidi Moretti Author circleHeidi Moretti, MS, RD
Certified Clinical Dietitian
Anti-Aging Researcher

Products | ProtocolDiet | Snacks | Smoothie | Lifestyle | Caloric Restriction | Intermittent Fasting

I am often asked for my opinion on anti aging supplements. As a clinical dietitian and a researcher, anti aging has always been one of my greatest passions, and as such, I spend a lot of time looking into the literature and studies.

The good news is that research in the field of epigenetics has shown us that our lifestyle choices can turn off “bad genes” and activate protective and longevity genes, allowing us to significantly extend our lifespan and improve our quality of life.

So based on your many requests, here it is! My latest anti-aging protocol, including my favorite anti-aging supplements, diet, recipes, and lifestyle strategies.

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Voted as best supplements & diet guide for men and women over 40
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“Beauty From Within”: My Natural Protocol for Graceful Aging

My Natural Protocol for Graceful Aging
I like to think of anti aging beyond wrinkles and skin tightening.
Yes, these are all important, and we all want flawless skin! So obviously, my protocol supports healthy glowing skin.

But, I feel there’s much more to anti aging than making our skin look young.

When I approach anti aging, I look into graceful aging, beauty from within, with evidence-based anti aging strategies shown to:

  • Activate longevity genes
  • Protect from DNA damage
  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Support healthy mitochondria function
  • Support a stronger immune system

When you support these key anti-aging pathways, you may notice:

  • Look and feel younger
  • Glowing skin, better complexion
  • More energy
  • Better focus and cognitive function
  • Higher sense of well-being and mood
  • Feel healthy and vibrant

Starting the Anti Aging Protocol

  • The anti-aging supplements below offer one of the immediate ways to activate the body’s natural longevity pathways.
  • My protocol goes above and beyond anti-aging supplements, though.
    I also cover my favorite anti-aging diet, snacks, smoothie and lifestyle, all backed up by the latest research to support longevity.
  • With that said, there’s no need to start with all of these steps at the same time. Choose the ones you feel more comfortable with, and gradually include more steps as a part your transition to anti-aging living.

1. Best Anti Aging Supplements: Dr. Group’s Cell-Fuzion

Anti Aging Supplements Cell Fuzion

I find that certain nutrients have impressive anti-aging potential. With that said, I like to focus on unique nutrients we can’t get from our diet, to compliment the anti-aging diet.

In other words, enrich your diet with anti-aging whole foods, and take supplements with those proven anti aging nutrients you can’t get from foods.

Cell-Fuzion by Dr. Group is my favorite overall anti-aging complex supplement. Just like you take a multivitamin for overall health, think about Cell-Fuzion as a multi anti-aging complex.

Cell Fuzion Summary

  • Formula includes some of the top studied extracts, in the same patented extracts used in studies. The source of active ingredients matters in terms of effectiveness, potency and also safety.
  • Ingredients support multiple longevity pathways, saving you the need to stack dozens of anti aging supplements, or having to worry about interactions between ingredients.
  • Clean label: 100% natural, organic or wild grown ingredients, no artificial fillers, or chemicals.
  • One year money back guarantee. That’s a big one, considering it is pricey.

Cell-Fuzion Ingredients Analysis

  • Orgen-P®‡ (Organic Pomegranate Extract).
    Potent antioxidant with a high ORAC value of 187,900 µmoleTE/ 100gm.[1]
    Rich source of Urolithin, a molecule that enables muscle cells to protect themselves against aging.[2]
  • Organic Astragalus.
    Can help to increase telomerase activity which may help delay or reverse the cellular aging process.[3]
  • Trans-Resveratrol.
    Shown in studies to mimic caloric restriction, which is the most known anti aging strategy suggested to extend lifespan.[4]
  • Trans-Pterostilbene.
    A potent neuromodulator in aging, supports healthy cognitive function and memory as we age.[5,6]
  • Bio-Enhanced® Na R-Lipoic acid.
    Shown to activate the basic cellular defenses of the body, including some of those that naturally decline with age.[7]
    The Bio-Enhanced form is shown to have superior absorption and improved oral bioavailability.
  • CoQ10 (ubiquinone).
    The primary antioxidant in human cells that protect and support mitochondria function. May also have cardioprotective effects.[8]
  • BioPQQ® (pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium salt).
    Shown to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis, the cellular process that produces new mitochondria.[9].
  • Orgen-GT®‡ (Organic Green Tea Extract).
    Potent antioxidant, standardized for 90% polyphenols, very high ORAC value of 1,000,000 μmoleTE/100gm. Shown to lower DNA damage in humans.[10,11].
  • Rhodiola Rosea extract.
    Shown to have natural anti-stress, anti-aging effect, may also support DNA repair and healthy immune function.[12].

Directions: take two capsules two times daily.

Cell-Fuzion Product Page On Dr. Group Website.

2. Anti Aging Diet

Top Anti-Aging Foods 

While there is no one anti-aging diet that works best for everyone, there are a few basic principles shown to play a significant role in aging, which most people can benefit from.

Simply put, we limit damaging foods shown to accelerate aging, and introduce more foods with anti-aging properties.

  • Avoid: processed foods, processed meat, sugary drinks, and fried foods. All related to chronic disease and decreased lifespan. All make us look old and tired. Yes, it’s that simple!
  • Limit common inflammatory foods: especially: dairy and gluten (wheat). While every person may be sensitive to different foods, many people have problems digesting dairy and gluten. So, try to eliminate both for four weeks. There’s a good chance you will notice dramatic improvements in the appearance of your skin, and the way you feel.
    Generally speaking, if you experience digestive issues on an ongoing basis despite eating healthy, I highly recommend you should work with your doctor and get tested for food sensitivities.
  • Eat less carbs: a growing body of evidence link low insulin levels to increased longevity. So, the less carbs you eat, the better. This doesn’t mean going full blown ketosis, however.
  • Focus on nutrient dense plant-based whole foods: simply put: these plants have more nutrients and antioxidants, yet, contain less carbs and calories. Most people can benefit from eating more: veggies, dark leafy greens, and low glycemic fruits. See my top anti-aging foods section below for my favorites.
  • Eat from the rainbow: look for colorful fruits and veggies, each color represents a different plant pigment that offers different nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Cut meat intake: studies that looked into eating habits of adults in North America and Europe, found that very low meat intake is associated with greater longevity.[13]
    These findings correlate with the research data on the Mediterranean diet, a traditional way of eating that also practices low meat intake, well known for its anti-aging benefits.

My Top Anti-Aging Foods

Make sure to check my favorite anti aging snacks and smoothie recipe below!

Reishi, the Longevity Mushroom

Reishi, the Longevity Medicinal Mushroom

Reishi has been viewed as a longevity elixir since Chinese ancient times. According to research, reishi contains unique bioactive components with potent life extending potential. In particular, the polysaccharides, triterpenes and peptides found in reishi have demonstrated powerful antioxidant, immune system support and anti-neurodegeneration effects in studies.[14]

Just like any herb, the source matters. There are many moving parts that have to be taken into consideration to make sure you get a high quality, effective and safe Reishi.

From the location it was grown, the parts of the plant used in making the extract, how the extract was made, freshness, purity, and more. So, always get your reishi (or other herbs) from a source you trust.

A good source of reishi I use: Hawaiian Medicine Foods Organic Reishi.

Anti-Aging Foods You Should Eat Every Day

  • Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, and dandelion greens. Simply put, go to your local store, and get the freshest preferably organic greens you love eating.
  • Cruciferous vegetables and my favorite, raw broccoli sprouts, are very high in sulforaphane, which may help to increase cellular lifespan and prevent neurodegeneration.[15]
  • Berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
    One cup a day or more. Always choose organic to avoid herbicides and pesticides.
  • Mediterranean healthy fats. Essential for brain longevity, beautiful skin and to support healthy aging overall including a decreased risk of chronic disease. Good options include raw fresh sprouted nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, and wild small fatty fish such as salmon.
  • Brazil nuts & Selenium:
    Selenium is an essential trace mineral shown to have potent anti-aging properties, mainly due to its ability to reduce DNA damage and prolong telomere length.[16].
    Brazil nuts are by far the richest source of Selenium. One nut a day (5 grams) provides 150% of your daily value of selenium. If for some reason you can’t eat brazil nuts, consider taking natural selenium supplements.
    Dr. Group Organic selenium is a good example made from from certified organic mustard seeds.
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi help to promote a healthy gut microbiome. 80% of our immune system resides in the gut, so as a part of our anti-aging living, it is essential that we nourish our gut with healthy nutrients that promote good bacteria growth. When needed, take probiotics.
  • Dark raw chocolate: high in polyphenols shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Can also release nitric oxide (NO) which may offer vasodilation and cardioprotective effects.[17]

The Ultimate Anti Aging Snack

The Ultimate Anti Aging Snack

Many chocolate bars on the market are heavily processed or full of sugars, even the natural vegan ones. So you end up with a ton of sugar and very little polyphenols or antioxidants.

If you are a dark chocolate fan that is passionate about anti-aging, always look for dark, raw, low sugar, and organic options.

Hawaiian Medicinal Foods Lovers Bar is one of my favorite anti aging chocolate bars. I find it a tasty powerful anti-aging treat that helps to support my mood, energy levels, and anti-aging living. Low in sugar, yet tasty enough to satisfy my picky chocolate loving taste buds.

A little deeper analysis of the ingredients:

  • Made from the highly prized Arriba cacao beans variety in a process that preserves the nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Longevity medicinal mushrooms: reishi
  • Adaptogens herbs such as maca and ashwagandha that helps to control stress.
  • Mucuna that helps to naturally boost dopamine levels, known to support a youthful sense of well-being.

My Anti-aging Chocolate Smoothie

Anti-aging Chocolate Smoothie

Just like any recipe, feel free to experiment and modify based on your unique needs. Personally, I find it a better fit for the earlier parts of the day as it does boost my physical and mental energy.

Anti-aging Chocolate Smoothie
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Anti-aging Chocolate Smoothie

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Anti-aging Chocolate Smoothie
Servings: 1
Author: Cleanse Joy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed berries, my favorites: blueberries antioxidants
  • 2 oz fresh nuts, my favorites: walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts healthy fats, flavor
  • 1 scoop Hawaiian Medicinal Foods Cacao Elixir antioxidants, polyphenols, energy, mood, and chocolate flavor
  • 1 scoop Hawaiian Medicinal Reishi Mushroom high in polysaccharides shown to extend lifespan
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 medium banana flavor, texture, energy, fiber
  • 1 cup spinach phytonutrients
  • 1/2 cup broccoli sprouts sulforaphane, optional

Instructions

  • Throw everything into the blender, drink, and enjoy!

3. Calorie Restriction: Eat Less, Live Longer

Calorie Restriction Eat Less Live Longer Anti Aging Supplements

Calorie restriction is the most studied experimental intervention for extending lifespan. The idea with calorie restriction is to reduce energy intake (calories), but still supply the body all the nutrients it needs. So we are not risking nutritional deficiencies.

Since humans live longer and are more complex, it is easier to test caloric restriction on animals. So far, studies have shown that a 20 – 50% reduction in caloric intake was able to extend lifespan by up to 50%.

Even more exciting, is the fact that caloric restriction data in humans (while still limited), show the same metabolic and molecular adaptations.[18].

So what’s the catch? Calorie restriction can be unpleasant and difficult to sustain. With less calories, we may lack the needed energy and motivation to thrive and reach our full potential. We can still function and even live longer, but, our quality of life and way of living may not be the same.

Bottom line:

  • I believe we can all benefit from some degree of mild caloric restriction, but I am not sure it is realistic long term.
  • Certain ingredients found in Cell-Fuzion, are shown to stimulate the same longevity pathways that are activated during caloric restrictions, without you actually having to restrict your calories.

4. Intermittent Fasting & Time-Restricted Eating

Intermittent Fasting & Time-Restricted Eating

New research has emerged showing that intermittent fasting may offer some of the benefits of calorie restriction, without the discomforts. According to the data, not only does intermittent fasting tend to reduce calories naturally, it can also turn on Sirtuin longevity genes.[19]

In fact. many people find they feel even better with intermittent fasting despite consuming less calories.

A few examples of popular intermittent fasting protocols:

  • 16 hours fasting each day, 8 hours eating: for example, you eat between 9am to 5pm, or skip breakfast, and eat between 11am-7pm
  • OMAD: one meal a day, may sound extreme, but it is getting very popular, especially if you prefer to eat larger meals.

To get started, it is best to ease yourself into intermittent fasting by simply skipping breakfast for a few days. Also limit processed foods and high carb foods as much as you can. The cleaner your diet, the easier it usually is to practice intermittent fasting.

If you are pregnant, on medication, have diabetes or other conditions, use caution with intermittent fasting and consult with your healthcare provider before.

5. Anti-aging Lifestyle

Anti-aging Lifestyle

The basics pillars of healthy aging:

Get enough sleep

Sleep is deeply essential to every process in your body. Lack of sleep can lead to premature aging and chronic disease. While most adults need at least seven hours of sleep, you may find you need up to nine hours to be at your best. So listen to your body and make sure you are prioritizing sleep in order to optimize your anti-aging potential.

Manage stress

In the past, the fight or flight stress response was essential in order to survive. Think about our ancestors hunting and gathering when all of a sudden a saber tooth tiger showed up.

That stress response, however, doesn’t serve us well if we are under constant stress, which is a known issue in our modern life. With so many studies linking chronic stress to disease, it is essential to have it under control.

Healthy stress management tools include: breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, exercise, spending more time in nature, and many others. The key takeaway: be mindful about your stress levels and include some stress management activities in your daily routine.

Exercise & movement

Exercise is shown to activate the body’s anti-aging genes, reduce inflammation, balance mood and stress, support healthy sleep, boost immunity, and so much more.

The great thing about exercise, is that to get these benefits, you don’t need to join a gym or do a physically challenging routine. So long gone are the days where you need to trudge on a treadmill, (unless this is what you love).

Just find something you love, and get started.  Here are some examples:

  • Join gentle yoga or dance classes.
  • Take a stroll with your dog (or cat!).
  • Find joy in household chores that get your heart rate up.

In my case, I personally fell in love with a gentle dance class at the age of 43. And I had never danced before. Remember, you’re never too old to try new things. Just imagine, and you might find your new favorite hobby!

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