Garden of Life Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox is a 12-day program formulated by Dr. Terry Willard, PhD, one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. The program consists of four herbal formulas: 3 in capsule form and 1 in Herbal Extract liquid form.
Most people know intuitively when they need a cleanse. Not surprisingly, many choose to follow some sort of cleanse or detoxification program following the winter holidays, during which time indulging in foods (sugar, refined carbs, alcohol, starches, more sugar) not common to our regular diets can take their physiological (and psychological) toll. (Google searches for the niche keywords “Body Detox” spike every year in January.)
It is important to note that human beings, despite what you may have heard, are not toxic! Our bodies do a very good job at processing the variety of junk we put in it and around it, but there is such a thing as over-doing-it, when a lapse in our diet and judgment becomes the norm. Pollutants from our environment and waste products from our own bodily processes can lead to chronic stagnation and congestion. After a time, it can catch up with our general sense of well-being, and we begin to feel it: The bloating and the gas; the lethargy; the constipation or irregular bowel movements; skin eruptions; mood swings; anger; sleep issues; weight gain, and so on. For this, a cleanse should be thought of as a re-set, or a tune-up to help the body ease back into its holistic equilibrium and a return to the daily practicing of healthy lifestyle choices once again.
For over 25 years, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program has been the leader in providing a complete detoxification of the liver, colon, kidneys and lymphatic system. The kit is broken down into these four distinct and effective daily formulas:
- Biliherb; utilizing Radish, Barberry, Dandelion, Parsley and 3 other traditional cleansing herbs.
- Cleansaherb; a lymph-supporting formula which contains Red Clover, Burdock, Mullein, Uva Ursi and more.
- Laxaherb; gently but effectively supporting elimination through herbs like Yellow Dock, Buckthorn, Rhubarb, Fennel, and Barberry, among others.
- CL Herbal Extract; a water and alcohol extract containing Licorice, Burdock, Uva Ursi, Cornsilk, Juniper Berry, and Yarrow Flowers.
By strictly following the recommended diet which comes with the kit and taking the herbal formulas provided, the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Program helps promote a healthy balance between assimilation and elimination. For many, a new detox is the beginning of a new lifestyle change and a time for breaking unwanted habits. It can also be a friendly reminder to our organs, gut bacteria and yeast that we are consciously in harmony with their needs, even while striving to “be in charge.” Whether it’s to stay in good health, to support a specific health goal, or to use after a period of over-consumption, a detoxification program can be an integral part of your personal approach to maintain overall health.
And of course, Garden of Life’s Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy and Soy-Free and does not contain any stimulating laxatives.
Lastly, I would like to add that in my opinion, the best way to detox our body and mind is to make routine the following practice:
- Consume a variety fresh, organic leafy green vegetables every day.
- Drink plenty of water, generally 8-8oz glasses (1/2 Gallon) a day.
- Move the body through some form of regular exercise. Even walking will work.
- Spend as much time as possible outdoors surrounded by the beauty of Nature. (Remember, we are a part of Nature, and not meant to be separate from her. Regular walks in the woods are profoundly healing on so many levels, from lowering blood pressure to strengthening the immune system.)
- Allow the body and mind to rest and cleanse and recharge with a solid good night’s sleep of 8 hours or more.
- Meditate, be thankful, or just sit and practice mindfulness for a little bit each day.
- Play and laugh. Believe it or not, laughter may indeed be the best medicine!
-Henry Long, Wellness Manager
Val’s Wild Rose D-Tox Experience
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and I am no longer a perfectionist. I did my personal best and completed this cleanse in a way that was comfortable and appropriate for where I am in my life. I also want to note that I take a variety of supplements every day (more on that later*), have a job that is physically active, go to the gym 2-3 times a week, and I am dedicated to getting a good night’s sleep. I also began doing shots of Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother 2-3 times a day during this cleanse (a practice I will continue after the cleanse). Finally, I did this cleanse as a way to reset my system after some holiday indulgence.
Wed, Jan 2-Day 1: Overall, I’m feeling fine! The handy mini-booklet included in this kit advised that some people, when starting a cleanse, may develop cold or flu-like symptoms as their bodies begin to release stored toxins. Although I follow a plant-based diet and I’m physically active, I, like many people, indulged over the holidays in foods that I don’t normally eat (baked good, candy, non-organic produce, dairy) and I wasn’t going to the gym as often, so I was fully prepared to feel awful.
Thursday, Jan 3-Day 2: Went to the gym today and still feeling good.
Fri, Jan 4-Day 3: I’m feeling really good, although there were a few moments this morning when I was concerned I was going to be spending some time in the bathroom, but it passed and overall, my tummy is feeling good now.
Sat, Jan 5-Day 4: I was ravenous today! For dinner we went out to eat with friends we haven’t seen in almost a year so guess what? I ate what I wanted, and I even had an Old-Fashioned cocktail…why? Because LIFE! If there is one thing I have learned on my journey of health and wellness, it is that it’s all about b-a-a-l-a-n-c-e. Yes, I’m on a cleanse and committed to it but if I put my life on hold during the cleanse or overly limit and restrict myself while on the cleanse, I know I will become resentful which leads to emotions that are more toxic to my body than that Old-Fashioned cocktail I drank with dinner. (NOTE: Today I added a new supplement to my regiment: Berberine.)
Sun, Jan 6-Day 5: I took a body combat class at the gym, spent 10 minutes in the sauna, and I may have strayed ever so slightly from the recommended foods but again, balance.
Mon, Jan 7-Day 6: Today I began “May Cause Miracles,” a 42-day guided meditation course by Gabrielle Bernstein. I also didn’t have a very big appetite most of the day.
Tues, Jan 8-Day 7: Yuck. I feel like I may have a cold trying to start. (Insert pouty face here.)
Wed, Jan 9-Day 8: The cold is either not coming or being kept at bay! Yay!
Thurs, Jan 10-Day 9: I’m feeling reeeaaallly good today. I started my day with a massage, then I went to the gym and spent 10 minutes in the sauna.
Fri, Jan 11-Day 10: I’m feeling great, my energy has been up, I’m sleeping well, and yet I think I was expecting a slightly more dramatic effect from doing this cleanse. Then again, perhaps I was being too hard on myself thinking I was in worse shape than I really was?
Sat, Jan 12-Day 11: Nothing new to report. Still feeling good but ready for the cleanse to be done!
Sun, Jan 13-Day 12: Last Day! I never realized how long 12 days can feel when you’re focusing so much of your attention on something you don’t normally focus so much attention on. I mean, I make a conscious effort to eat well, but for the past 12 days I’ve really paid close attention to what I was letting pass my lips.
One of the things I’ve learned from doing this cleanse is that I have to remember to give myself credit for the kind things I do for myself on a regular basis, like eating right and exercising. I am also proud of myself for remembering to be kind and gentle and not strive for (or force) perfection upon myself and simply complete this cleanse in a way that felt good for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox. I didn’t notice any significant weight loss (however, I did not complete this cleanse in order to lose weight). I do feel less bloated, and I feel like I look less bloated. I also noticed that my usually dreadful digestive system seems to be running more effectively, and I feel like my energy has been fabulous as well. I’m definitely planning to do this cleanse again in the spring!
Note: Before starting any detox regimen, it may be best to check with your doctor.
*3 of the supplements I take daily and why:
- Berberine (500mg/day): Benefits include protecting brain cells and improving memory, improving gut health, reducing inflammation, destroying bad cholesterol, possibly suppressing cancer tumor growth and spread (I’m a cancer survivor and I prefer to minimize my chances of going through that again!), and increasing serotonin, thereby combating depression. I use Solaray.
- Schisandra (950mg/day): Improves blood flow and circulation, combats stress and reduces anxiety, improves physical performance and increases energy, beneficial for the respiratory system, enhances the immune system, and alleviates menopause symptoms. (Due to a genetic mutation, I was medically forced into menopause at the age of 31). I use Oregon’s Wild Harvest.
- Ashwagandha (800mg/day): Reduces blood sugar levels, has anti-cancer properties, helps lower stress and anxiety, improves brain function, and may increase muscle mass and strength. I use Organic India.
I also take Emerald Labs Women’s 1 Daily Multi-Vitamin, Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw D3 5000 IU, and Gaia Herbs Daily Wellbeing for Women.