The Ultimate Guide To zuPOO
By Jayton Miller
What exactly does it mean to cleanse your body?
Is it just some fad or a gimmick for supplement makers to release more products?
Perhaps you tried a natural colon cleanse in the past but didn’t really feel a difference. We totally get that there are boatloads of detox products on the market.
While some — in fact many — are indeed gimmicks, don’t blow off the idea of detoxification just yet.
- How Your Body Becomes Toxified
- How Your Body Handles Toxins
- Why You Should Take zuPOO
- Learn How To Balance Your Gut
- How zuPOO Works
- zuPOO Ingredients
- How To Maximize Results With zuPOO
- FAQs For zuPOO
How Your Body Becomes Toxified
Cleansing refers to the process of flushing accumulated toxins out of your body. Over the years, your body accrues all sorts of impurities. Yes, a poor diet is a large part of it, but other factors are also at play. Other ways your body accumulates toxins include:
- Alcohol intake
- Cigarette smoking
- Breathing in poor air
- Exposure through the skin, such as swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool
How Your Body Handles Toxins
A stomach cleanse occurs naturally in the body. Your gut is resilient and has the self-sustaining ability to produce enzymes that break down the toxins. Much of that bad stuff is then shuttled to the kidney, liver, or colon where the organ handles the elimination process.
- The liver allows the entry of nutrients while blocking toxins. The toxins are transferred into the stomach bile where they’re eliminated through the intestines.
- The kidneys filter toxins from the bloodstream and eliminate them through urine.
- The colon eliminates toxins through bowel movements.
- The lungs are the body’s air purifiers and filter out harmful air particulates and vapors. The lungs have hair-like filaments called cilia that catch pollutants (much like the hair in your nostrils).
Read More: How Long Does It Take For Probiotics To Work
Why You Need a Stomach Cleanse
You may wonder, then, why a gut cleanse is necessary at all when our internal system is already adept at handling this task. Here’s the thing: your stomach starts off like a well-maintained car. Everything initially operates in smooth order. However, as you rack up the miles, the oil begins to dirty and slowly becomes sludge. The filter also begins clogging up. The end results? Poorer mileage and increased emissions.
A similar analogy can be made about your gut and digestive tract. By eating nutrient-dense foods and following a natural colon cleanse protocol, you are essentially changing your body’s oil and filter.
What’s in Your Stomach?
This isn’t meant as a scare tactic, but your body is teeming with impurities that really shouldn’t be in there. We have already mentioned the word toxins several times. It’s somewhat of a catch-all word to refer to any and all impurities. What exactly do these toxins consist of?
Undigested Food Residue
Poor digestion results in partially digested food. Some of it remains in your body where it creates blockages and impairs circulation. Undigested food can also ferment and become acidic, creating an environment for bad bacteria to thrive.
Environmental pollutants include pollution from car emissions and factories, second-hand smoke, bleach and ammonia from household cleaners, etc.
The water we consume has pollutants, even if the H2O is from a bottled source. This includes fluoride and scores of mineral deposits. One study even found traces of pharmaceutical drugs, such as the antianxiety medication meprobamate and the anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine.
The skin is porous and absorbs anything applied topically. Hygiene items like lotions and skin creams contain all sorts of synthetics. Even shampoo contains unnatural chemicals like parabens, triclosan, and formaldehyde.
Undergoing a Natural Colon Cleanse
There is a lot of junk and crap in your body. Even if you’re a major health buff who only shops at health food stores, there is simply no way for your body to 100-percent avoid external pollutants.
This is why it’s a major health benefit to periodically perform a gut cleanse. How do you go about this? We’ll go more into detail in other posts where we list the best types of foods, teas, and herbal supplements. We’ll also discuss other factors like cycle duration and frequency.
For now, just know that it doesn’t require any drastic lifestyle overhauls. You don’t have to become a raw foodie or anything like that. We actually recommend a combination of fresh fruits, herbs, and intermittent fasting.
Speaking of fasting, not eating at all for an extended period is itself a form of a gut cleanse. This frees up your body from having to handle the cumbersome task of breaking down food. Your body can then allocate its resources to waste removal.
There is no single recipe that constitutes the best colon cleanse drink. Homemade cleansers meet our criteria as long as they contain the following:
- All-natural and non-GMO ingredients
- Ingredients scientifically proven to assist the colon or digestive system
- No artificial ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup or food dye
We want to touch on the second point a little bit. What are some examples of ingredients with strong scientific evidence? We wanted to list off a few items, so you don’t have to waste hours doing your own research.
Read More: Top 4 Probiotics For Women
Why Should You Take zuPOO?
Did you know that the average adult has 5-20 pounds of compacted fecal matter (POOP) in their body at any given moment?
All that poop, just sitting there, rotting away inside their intestines and colon! Is it any wonder that colon cancer is on the rise with all this waste just sitting inside the body?
As this toxic waste builds up, your body becomes a walking vessel of fecal toxicity. Once this happens, you begin to experience excess fatigue, weight gain, digestive issues (like irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, constipation, and diarrhea), skin conditions (like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne), brain fog, focus/attention issues, mood swings, anxiety, and depression … and that’s just the beginning!
In fact, over 170 SERIOUS health issues have been linked directly to an unhealthy gut!
Health concerns like:
- Mood Swings / Depression
- Inflammation / Joint Pain
- Heart Disease
- Memory Loss
- Increased Aging
- And much, much more!
Do you struggle with any of those issues? If you do …
It may be a bit embarrassing to talk about your POOP, but it has a HUGE impact on your health and is something you MUST understand if you want to look and feel your best!
It may come as a shock, but your digestive system impacts the health of your entire body, and understanding the health of your digestive system begins with understanding your POOP!
If you are not producing well-formed stools after each meal, then you are most likely suffering from a toxic build-up inside your digestive system that is secretly causing all of your health concerns.
New research suggests that most people have up to eight undigested meals in their gut at any given time (or possibly even more)! This undigested food is putting a huge strain on your digestive system, immune system, and your overall health and well-being!
As the quality of “modern food” has deteriorated with the invention of unnatural, hard to digest, heavily processed foods loaded with artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and GMOs — we are unknowingly putting a MASSIVE strain on our digestive system that is leading up to an epidemic of illnesses!
As we consume more and more unnatural, manufactured highly processed JUNK FOOD, we begin overloading our bodies with toxins that destroy the fragile ecosystem of bacteria in our gut!
Top 10 Shocking Fast-Food Statistics
- Fast-food restaurants in America serve 50 million customers per day.
- According to the American Beverage Association, American consumers on average drink more than 54 gallons of carbonated soft drinks each year, making carbonated soft drinks the most popular beverage in the U.S., almost three times more popular than bottled water, milk, or coffee.
- McDonald’s sells an average of 75 hamburgers every second.
- Forty-four percent of people report eating out at least once a week.
- On any given day, 34 percent of children between ages 2 and 19 consume fast-food.
- McDonald’s has more locations (35,000) than the combined total of Burger King (14,000), Wendy’s (6,500), Taco Bell (6,200), and Arby’s (3,400) combined.
- The average American spends an estimated $1,200 on fast-food each year.
- Children consume an estimated 12 percent of their calories from fast-food.
- Twenty percent of all American meals are eaten in the car.
- More than half of the money Ohio residents spend eating out goes to fast-food restaurants.
Our digestive system is a highly complex, delicate ecosystem of over 100 trillion bacteria living inside our small and large intestines, and they control every aspect of our digestive process! We have good, beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and bad, harmful bacteria (yeasts and fungi). Balance is key!
Read More: How Long Should You Take Probiotics?
Learn How to Balance Your Gut
When your gut is balanced, your body is healthy. When it is not, your digestive system becomes impaired, and your health slowly deteriorates because your digestive system is responsible for:
1. Vitamin and Mineral Absorption
Your body NEEDS your gut to be healthy in order to properly digest and absorb the micronutrients from the food that you eat.
Have you heard the phrase, “overfed and undernourished?”
This is what happens to so many people these days, overeating junk food while not being able to even absorb any nutrients in their gut. It’s a vicious cycle that leads to decay, disease, and premature death.
2. Boosting Your Immune System
The gut is the seat of the immune system. Not many people know this, but your gut health directly impacts how often and how easily you get sick.
Research suggests that 70–80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system! In addition to digestion and absorption of necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients our body desperately needs, our gut is responsible for fighting diseases, infections, and illnesses.
If your digestive system is burned with toxic waste and undigested meals, it greatly reduces your body’s ability to fight infection and illness! If you find yourself getting sick more than normal this is a tell-tale sign that your digestive system and immune system are struggling and need help! You need to eliminate toxins and re-balance your gut immediately!
3. Boost Your Metabolism
Do you suffer from a slow metabolism?
Are you gaining more weight than usual?
Can’t seem to get your weight under control?
Are you always struggling to lose weight?
This is ALL your gut’s fault. Your metabolism is regulated by your digestive system, and multiple studies have shown that the bacteria living in our digestive system have a direct impact on our weight management and metabolism. If you’re gaining more weight than normal or struggle to lose weight, you need to cleanse the toxic build-up in your body and heal your digestive system — starting with good probiotic bacteria like those in Floracil50.
Multiple studies show there is a direct link between an unhealthy gut and mood swings, anxiety, depression, and unhappiness! Research shows an unbalanced gut loaded with toxins and waste causes us to be less motivated, have higher levels of stress, increases anxiety, and even causes us to feel depressed!
This is not opinion — a mountain of scientific research proves it!
Toxic waste and an unbalanced gut have a direct impact on our bodies and they’re something dieting and exercising alone cannot fix!
The American Nutrition Association estimates 70,000,000 men, women, and children (yes, even children) suffer from digestive issues every single day! Many doctors and researchers believe it’s actually closer to 100,000,000 people!
YES! ONE HUNDRED MILLION!
The bottom line is this: When you have a toxic build-up of waste and bad bacteria in your gut, your digestive system becomes compromised — thus leading to dozens of serious health concerns!
If you suffer from digestive issues, constipation, weight gain, gas, bloating, indigestion, skin issues, fatigue, or a slew of other health issues, your gut may be slowly and secretly killing you!
At this very moment, you may have up to 20 pounds of poop trapped in your digestive system… aiming to destroy your precious health.
That is why doctors now believe supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the digestive system is one of the most important goals of medicine in the next 10 years … and for good reason!
In fact, doctors from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Yale, AND M.I.T. all say …
“Death Begins In The Colon.”
Doctors and researchers alike now believe if you have even mild digestive problems – you most likely have a SERIOUS health problem brewing in your body.
This is not just the opinion of researchers all over the world — multiple studies prove it!
Harvard Medical Journal recently said that:
“Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal illnesses, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.”
Stop turning a blind eye to the many WARNING SIGNS right in front of you.
They are simply too great to remain unseen, and you need to stop kidding yourself once and for all. If you struggle with fatigue, weight gain, digestive issues, or anything mentioned above, you need to take proactive steps to eliminate harmful toxins from your body and rebalance your gut!
Your digestive system holds the key to unlocking the long-lasting health, energy, and vitality you deserve – and the only way to get there is by healing your gut first!
The Benefits of zuPOO
zuPOO is all about stimulating your body's digestive system naturally to allow for toxic waste to be removed from the system.
As mentioned earlier the average American carries between 5-20 extra pounds of poop in their intestines. Gross!
zuPOO flushes your gut and intestines of all the waste buildup that has accumulated inside of you for years. No wonder so many people have extended, bloated stomachs and they feel like they can’t lose weight.
zuPOO supports waste elimination and a clean, healthy gut.†
Some of the benefits you can expect with zuPOO are:
- Improved Digestion: By helping your body to pass waste, zuPOO helps your digestive system get back on track by giving it a restart button.
- Less Bloating: By getting rid of toxic waste the digestive system tends to create less gas resulting in less bloating.
- Flattened Stomach: When you have up to 20 pounds of poop in your colon, your tummy is bound to stick out a bit. By getting it out and cleansing your digestive system you can allow your stomach to relax and flatten out.
These are just a few of the incredible benefits that have been studied with the amazing ingredients in zuPOO, and zuPOO not only accomplishes this with research-backed ingredients but also contains the exact clinical dosages required to provide those benefits with an easy to use formula.†
How Does zuPOO Work?
zuPOO works in several ways.
The first is by stimulating peristaltic contractions. Peristaltic contractions are the contraction of the digestive tract. The intestines that make up the digestive tract contain muscle tissue that when stimulated properly can work to push out a lot of waste that has been building up in the digestive system.
The second method of action zuPOO uses is lubrication. Many times when people are struggling with digestive issues it’s because their digestive tract is dry, and doesn’t have the lubrication it needs in order to move out waste.
Drinking enough water on a regular basis is going to be the first step in combating this, however, several of the ingredients in zuPOO also work as a lubricating agent.
Finally, zuPOO works by having strategic chelators to attach to harmful substances and pull them out of the digestive tract.
A chelator is a molecule that contains carbon and attaches to heavy metals in the body and pulls them out. zuPOO contains bentonite clay which acts as a good chelation component.
As we’ve already mentioned, we’ve only included ingredients with clinical research supporting them. In our literature review, we found that the following are the most effective for improving your digestive health and cleaning out your colon are:
- Cascara Sagrada
- Bentonite Clay
- Aloe Ferox
- Milk Thistle
- Cayenne Pepper Extract
- Slippery Elm Extract
- Fennel Seed Powder
- Burdock Root
- Buckthorn Bark
- Senna Leaf
All ten ingredients in zuPOO can aid your digestive health by improving your body’s natural detoxification processes.
zuPOO Ingredient Doses
As we’ve already mentioned, each of our ingredients has clinical-research to back it. We’ve also made sure that we’ve included each ingredient in the exact dose research shows to be effective.
zuPOO Ingredient List
You may be able to get many of the ingredients we’ve included in zuPOO individually. However, taking a supplement that has everything in it is much more convenient, and is even more potent than the ingredients on their own.
It’s much easier to take two capsules a day than it is to force down a handful of single-ingredient products that may or may not be working.
Here’s what each daily dose (two capsules) of zuPOO provides you with.
You have likely heard of aloe vera. This substance is found in most topical creams for relieving itchiness and other skin problems. It’s also a mainstay in body lotions and shampoos.
Most people, however, are unfamiliar with aloe vera’s cousin, aloe ferox (also known as bitter aloe and cape aloe).
This compound is a godsend for anyone struggling with the typical symptoms associated with poor digestion, which is what we get into in this article.
What Is Aloe Ferox?
First, let’s examine the aloe vera plant. This species is known for its spiky green leaves. It’s often mistaken as a type of cacti, though it’s actually an evergreen succulent plant with origins in the Arabian Peninsula.
The plant is cultivated for its gel-like substance inside the leaf. The gel is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic folk medicine for treating a number of external ailments. This includes reducing acne, exfoliating the skin, and even repairing dead skin cells in the scalp.
We just described the much more commonly known aloe vera. How is aloe ferox related? Both plants are from the same genus and are also very similar in appearance. In the plant, though, the sap is derived from small capillaries just underneath the leaf surface. This differs from aloe vera where the sap is present throughout the entire leaf.
Physically, aloe ferox is distinguished by its reddish flower buds that protrude vertically and in the center of the plant.
Aloe Ferox Is a Colon Cleanser
How exactly do aloe vera and aloe ferox differ beyond the physical characteristics?
For one of its benefits, aloe ferox is said to be far more nutritionally dense and rich in a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has also been used as a colon cleanser in South Africa for over 400 years. Locals would remove the leaves and place them around a well to allow the sap to ooze to the bottom. As the sap dries, it hardens into a crystalline form and is administered as a natural laxative.
Its use as folk medicine is supported by modern science. In a 2004 study, subjects were given an aloe ferox supplement to treat their irritable bowel syndrome. After a four-week trial, 30 percent of the patients saw improvement or complete remission in their condition. By contrast, only 1 percent of subjects in the placebo group saw an improvement.
Furthermore, a later study in 2011 yielded similar results. In this trial, constipated rats given aloe ferox in their water supply saw an improvement in their condition. There were also no adverse side effects nor were there any ill-effects on the kidney or liver.
In addition, the substance also has strong antimicrobial properties that kill the bad bacteria that lead to acute constipation. Its rich nutritional profile also helps combat inflammation in the gastrointestinal tracts.
If you struggle more often than not in the loo, then we definitely recommend looking into this medicinal herb. You should also supplement with a product like Betaine HCI for digestive support. You might also want to examine what you’re eating. Processed and refined foods do your stomach no favors.
Aloe Ferox Promotes Healthy Skin
As mentioned earlier, aloe vera is well known for treating a number of skin conditions. Well, aloe ferox not only does the same…it does an even better job.
In one study, rats with atopic dermatitis were given an aloe vera or aloe ferox supplement. While both groups saw a reduction in skin inflammation, the ferox group saw noticeably more improvement. The results suggest that aloe ferox may be effective as a natural alternative to antihistamines for treating chronic dermatitis.
It is also a humectant, meaning that it attracts and seals in moisture. This is vital for both skin and hair health as it promotes skin elasticity and prevents hair from tangling and splitting. It also contains nearly the complete amino acid profile, which the hair follicles require for healthy growth.
Aloe Ferox Packs a Nutritional Kick
Did we mention that it is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants? Yes, we believe we did. However, it’s worth mentioning again because we have the study to back it up.
A 2007 research revealed aloe ferox leaf gel to exhibit strong phytochemical and polyphenol content. Researchers concluded that the gel may show promise as a natural remedy for alleviating a number of diseases, including diabetes and neurodegeneration.
How to Use Aloe Ferox
Like most natural remedies, it can be applied both orally and topically. The method, of course, depends on the reason for use. To treat a skin condition like a rash or pimple breakout, use a rub-on product in gel or lotion form. You can also ingest it orally. Be aware, though, that aloe ferox in its raw form is also known as bitter aloe for a reason. Luckily, most ferox supplements in powder or drink form are flavorless or contain other natural ingredients to mask the bitterness.
You’ll also find it in capsule form. This is a rather simple way to ingest it. Just pop a pill or two, per the directions, and let your digestive system handle the rest.
In any case, consume it orally if you’re taking it for digestive relief or cleansing your colon.
Aloe Ferox Shows Amazing Promise
We find it puzzling that very few people have heard of aloe ferox despite the widespread familiarity with aloe vera. It is so beneficial that we included it in zuPOO. We encourage you to check it out if you suffer from the occasional bloating and gas.
Herbs have been used for centuries by our ancestors to prevent, treat, and manage a variety of infections and diseases. Slippery elm bark is one such herb that is thousands of years old. Native Americans used slippery elm bark to treat diarrhea, sore throats, and skin conditions.1 Thanks to advancements in science, today we understand this powerful herb even more and the benefits it offers. Let's take a closer look.
What Is Slippery Elm Bark Powder?
Slippery elm bark powder comes from the slippery elm tree, which originates in North America. Its unique name is derived from the fact that the inner bark becomes "slippery" when moisture such as water or saliva comes into contact with it. The resulting slippery substance is known as mucilage, and it's the component of slippery elm bark powder that makes the herb so valuable. This inner bark is popular for its numerous health benefits.2
Benefits of Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Slippery elm bark powder is a popular herbal treatment for a variety of digestive disorders, but it's also a powerful anti-inflammatory that is used to treat sore throats and other types of pain.
According to Kaiser Permanente, slippery elm bark is beneficial to the entire digestive system. For those who are experiencing diarrhea, slippery elm soothes the irritation that typically occurs in the intestines. This herb is also useful for easing the symptoms of heartburn and reflux as well as coating and soothing the walls of the digestive tract in individuals who suffer from gastritis.3
Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic intestinal disorder that results in painful bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Studies have shown that formulas consisting of slippery elm bark powder are beneficial in relieving the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.4
Anti-Inflammatory for Sore Throats
Slippery elm bark is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is commonly used in lozenges to alleviate sore throats as well as the powder form that instantly coats and protects the back of your throat from further irritations.5
Topical Wound Treatment
Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing abilities, slippery elm bark is used to help soothe and heal burns and wounds as a topical application for the skin. It is also used to alleviate the pain from toothaches and cold sores.6
How to Use Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Slippery elm bark powder is known for its versatility. It is most popular as a dietary supplement taken orally. This ancient herb is a common ingredient in medicines to treat certain types of illnesses and diseases. It also comes in the form of a topical treatment for the skin to relieve pain associated with wounds. In some cases, slippery elm bark powder is incorporated into baby food products as well.7
Recommended Daily Allowance of Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Slippery elm bark powder is not regulated by the FDA. More research is needed in order to obtain an established recommended dose. This supplement is generally considered safe with no reporting of food interactions. It is important to note that slippery elm bark is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.8 You should always follow all instructions provided by the manufacturer.
The proper dosage will depend on your age, health condition, and current medications you are taking. Your health care provider can recommend a proper dosage depending on your specific situation. He or she can also ensure that taking slippery elm bark will not result in unwanted interactions with medications.
Foods That Contain Slippery Elm Bark Powder
Slippery elm bark powder is edible and most commonly used as a dietary supplement. However, it can be found in some adult nutritional drinks and baby foods due to its ability to soothe the digestive tract.9
Modern medicine has come a long way in helping people to manage chronic illnesses and live a higher quality of life. However, for those who prefer products that are provided by mother nature, dietary supplements are a great option that in many cases can be used to compliment your current treatment plan or used to prevent the occurrence of certain diseases and illnesses. Slippery Elm bark is one such supplement that offers a variety of benefits but is most notably known for its ability to relieve irritations of the digestive tract. Take control of your health and start living your best life.
Slippery Elm Bark Powder Supplementation With zuPOO
There are always certain instances where diet alone is not going to give you everything you need. There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of slippery elm bark. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
Senna leaf is an herb that comes from senna plants in North Africa. Senna leaf powder is a ground form of the leaf of the senna herb, and it's slightly sweet in flavor, but also has some bitterness to it.
Senna leaf has long been used for constipation and is also a relatively effective anti-parasitic. The senna plant's leaves, flowers, and pods have been used for centuries specifically for these purposes.
Different Names for Senna Leaf Powder
Senna leaf powder is also known by its botanical name Senna alexandrina mill from the Fabaceae plant family. It may also be referred to as senna, Alexandrian senna, or Indian senna.
Benefits of Senna Leaf Powder
Senna leaf tea is a viable short-term treatment for constipation. Senna stimulates bowel movements by repressing the muscles that hold onto stool and activating the muscles that work to push stool through the intestines1.
Before the senna leaf is able to work to stimulate bowel movements, the sennosides in the senna leaf herb must change into rheinanthrones by healthy bacteria in the colon2.
Senna leaf powder's ability to alleviate constipation might also make it useful for treating hemorrhoids, though further studies are needed to support this notion.
Senna is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties3.
How to Use Senna Leaf Powder
Senna leaf powder is typically prepared as a capsule, tablet, or extract. It may also be taken in tea form. Since senna leaf is rather potent, those who are looking for a more mild effect are encouraged to use the pod of the plant.
It's important to drink lots of fluids when taking senna leaf powder in order to prevent loss of body fluids and electrolytes.
Recommended Daily Dosage
Senna leaf powder is approved by the FDA to be used as a laxative. The recommended daily dose4 for adults ages 12 years and older is 17mg, and 8mg for children 12 years and under.
Women who suffer from constipation shortly following pregnancy may take 14mg twice a day. Children under 2 years of age should not take senna leaf powder.
Exceeding the recommended daily dose may cause adverse effects. Senna leaf powder should only be used on a short-term basis and should not be used for an extended period of time. More specifically, the supplement should not be used for longer than two weeks at a time.
Supplementing With Senna Leaf Powder
Consuming senna leaf powder may cause certain side effects, including the following:
- Abdominal cramps
- Off-balance of electrolytes
Long-term side effects of senna leaf powder may include:
- Exacerbated heart conditions
- Liver damage
- Laxative dependence
- Rectal bleeding
Senna leaf powder may not be suitable for certain individuals, including those who are suffering from:
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Crohn's disease
Those who currently take certain types of medications may also not be suitable candidates for senna leaf powder, as it may interact with the drugs. These may include the following:
- Blood thinners
- Estrogen hormone replacement
It's very important to speak with a health care practitioner before taking senna leaf powder.
Is Senna Leaf Powder Healthy?
Senna leaf powder may be an effective natural and non-prescription supplement to alleviate constipation and should be relatively safe to take in small doses, but only for the short-term. Instead, it is best used occasionally when symptoms of constipation arise.
As with any other type of herb or supplement, it's always suggested that users consult with a physician before taking senna leaf powder.
Senna Leaf Powder Supplementation With zuPOO
There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of senna leaf powder. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
Some of the most powerful herbal remedies have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years. Milk thistle seed powder is no exception. In fact, milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for liver problems1.
The milk thistle plant originates from southern Europe, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. However, it is also currently grown in Australia and both North and South America2. Let's take a closer look at one of the most popular herbal supplements.
What Is Milk Thistle Seed Powder?
Milk thistle seed powder is an extract from the milk thistle plant. The main active component of this extract is silymarin. Milk thistle also contains a group of active ingredients known as flavonolignans3. Flavonolignans contain a flavonoid unit and phenylpropane component that is connected to an oxeran ring4. Together these, active components of milk thistle seed powder offer an abundance of benefits to those who suffer from a number of ailments.
Benefits of Milk Thistle Seed Powder
Milk thistle seed powder is used for a variety of medical benefits, including:
Prevent Bone Loss
Milk thistle seed has been shown to have antioxidant properties5. Silymarin is the compound in milk thistle seed powder that is responsible for these valuable antioxidant properties. One study6 showed that this antioxidant characteristic may be beneficial in preventing bone loss and helping to build bone in individuals with osteoporosis.
Treat Damaged Skin
Studies7 show that milk thistle can help treat skin damage that is caused by ultraviolet radiation and DNA damage. This is because milk thistle has been found to be an effective antioxidant and shows good cytoprotective properties.
Manage Blood Glucose Levels
Millions of Americans are currently living with diabetes in the United States. Diabetes means blood glucose levels are elevated. Failure to properly manage diabetes can lead to very serious health complications including cardiovascular disease, damage to organs, and even amputations8. Studies3 show that milk thistle seed has the potential to help manage both diabetes and associated complications.
Treat Liver Disease
Milk thistle is most commonly known for its ability to be beneficial to those who suffer from liver and gallbladder diseases9. Research10 established that milk thistle improves liver function numbers in individuals who suffer from chronic liver disease.
Inhibit Tumor Growth
Studies11 also explain that milk thistle can be effective in preventing the growth of tumors. Further research is needed to understand the mechanism behind milk thistle's role in inhibiting tumor growth. This same study reports that milk thistle increases individuals' immunity to infectious diseases.
How to Use Milk Thistle Seed Powder
Milk thistle is most commonly taken as an oral dietary supplement, but it can also be applied directly to the skin to help treat skin damage. In addition to being used as a powder, milk thistle can also be taken as an extract and as a capsule.
Recommended Daily Allowance of Milk Thistle Seed Powder
Milk thistle is not regulated by the FDA, which means there are not established recommended doses. It is always important to follow any and all directions provided by the manufacturer when taking milk thistle seed powder. This supplement is generally considered safe with mild side effects including headaches, itching, and gastrointestinal issues12. When adding any new supplement to your diet, it is important to consult with your health care provider.
It is advised to avoid milk thistle if you have any type of estrogen-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer because of its estrogenic effects9. Your doctor will take into account your age, current health status, and any medications you are taking when recommending an appropriate dosage.
Foods That Contain Milk Thistle Seed Powder
Milk thistle seed powder is not found naturally in food sources. It is primarily consumed as a dietary supplement instead.
Is Milk Thistle Seed Powder Healthy?
Milk thistle seed powder is an excellent dietary supplement for individuals with diabetes, liver disease, skin damage, gall bladder disease, and osteoporosis. Future research is sure to uncover even more benefits of this powerful herb that has been used for thousands of years.
Milk Thistle Seed Supplementation With zuPOO
There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of milk thistle seed powder. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
Fennel Seed Powder
Fennel seeds come from the fennel plant and are known for their potent aroma. Widely used in India, Greece, and China, fennel seeds provide rich flavor in various dishes, but they're also known to be packed with a nutritious punch. More specifically, fennel seeds have long been used as a digestive aid and anti-inflammatory supplement, and they may provide a host of other health benefits.
Other Names for Fennel Seed
Fennel comes from the Apiaceae plant family and may also be referred to by its botanical name Foeniculum vulgare Mill.
Health Benefits of Fennel Seed Powder
Adding fennel seed powder to a daily regimen may offer a number of health benefits.
Some studies suggest that fennel seeds may help to promote good heart health because of their high fiber content. Fiber has been linked to a reduction in certain cardiovascular disease factors, including high cholesterol levels.
One particular scientific review of a handful of studies showed that a higher intake of dietary fiber is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Fennel seeds may also contribute to a healthy heart because it contains specific nutrients that have been associated with heart health, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
May Have Antibacterial Properties
Some studies suggest that fennel seeds may be effective in hindering the growth of certain types of bacteria, including E.coli and staphylococcus.
Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Chewing on fennel seeds can help to increase the production of nitrite in saliva, which is linked to regulating blood pressure levels.
Helps With Digestion
The volatile oils in fennel seeds may help with digestion by encouraging the production of gastric enzymes. This can help alleviate indigestion, bloating, constipation, and IBS.
May Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Fennel contains vitamin C and quercetin, which are both powerful antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and inflammatory markers6.
May Alleviate Symptoms of Menopause
A scientific review of studies found that fennel may be effective at alleviating common menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal itching and dryness, and sleep issues7.
Reduces Water Retention
Fennel seeds may act as a diuretic. As such, it can help eliminate excess fluid from the body, particularly in those who retain water. Further, fennel seeds may be able to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by flushing out toxins as excess water is removed from the body8.
May Help Suppress the Appetite
As already mentioned, fennel seeds contain lots of fiber, which can help to increase feelings of satiety and therefore suppress the appetite9.
May Protect Against Certain Cancers
Certain compounds found in the fennel seed may be useful in reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancers. Anethole, for instance, is an active compound found in fennel seeds, that has been shown to potentially possess anti-cancer properties.
One study found that anethole was able to hinder the growth of human cancer cell growth in breast cancer cells and even cause cancer cell death10. Other animal studies have shown that fennel seeds may be effective at protecting against liver cancer11.
That said, further studies are required to solidify fennel seeds' place in the world of cancer treatment and prevention.
How to Use Fennel Seed Powder
While fennel seeds can be used whole and included in various recipes, it can also be used as a powder. In this form, the powder can be added to beverages and dishes easily and quickly. There are several baking and cooking recipes that can include fennel seed powder, making it easy to consume the supplement.
Recommended Dosage of Fennel Seed Powder
Manufacturers typically recommend taking 1-4 grams of fennel seed powder per day. However, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not stipulated an exact recommended dose for the supplement. As such, it's important to speak with a physician before taking it to get customized advice about how much to take.
Supplementing With Fennel Seed Powder
In moderation, fennel seed powder should be safe to take. However, users may want to be careful with consuming it in more concentrated forms or in higher doses.
Fennel seed powder is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women, as it may increase estrogen levels which can be harmful to a growing baby.
Fennel seeds may also have negative interactions with certain types of medications. As such, it's important for users to consult with a health care practitioner about taking fennel seed powder if you are on any type of pharmaceutical medication, as it may reduce its effectiveness.
Supplementing With Fennel Seed Powder
Fennel seed powder appears to have a number of promising health benefits, including reducing inflammation, promoting a healthy heart, and regulating blood pressure. In powder form, it can be easily added to various food and drink recipes for convenience.
However, it's highly recommended that users speak with a physician before using fennel seed powder — or any other type of supplement — especially those who are on medication or women who are pregnant or nursing.
Fennel Seed Powder Supplementation With zuPOO
There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of fennel seed powder. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder
Cayenne red pepper fruit powder or more commonly cayenne pepper is found in almost every spice cabinet in the United States. It is derived from chili seeds, and it's known for adding a little heat to many well-known dishes. What isn't as well-known is the health benefits cayenne pepper provides as a spice as well as a dietary supplement. Let's take a closer look at cayenne red pepper fruit powder!
What Is Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder?
Capsaicin is the compound in red peppers that offer numerous health benefits. It is a phytochemical that is found in most red and chili peppers1. The two most common capsaicinoids in cayenne red pepper are capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin2. These phytochemicals are commonly used in cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals, and agro-foods3. Capsaicin is now gaining popularity as a dietary supplement that is beneficial to one's health. Let's take a look at the benefits offered by cayenne red pepper fruit powder.
Benefits of Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder
Cayenne red pepper fruit powder is used for a variety of medical benefits, including:
Studies1 explain that capsaicin, the active compound in cayenne red pepper may have anti-cancer properties. The mechanism behind this phenomenon is that capsaicin interferes with and alters the genes of the cells that are involved with the growth and reproduction of cancer cells.
Reduce Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain presents as abnormal sensations or pain of the nervous system. Damage to the nervous system and certain diseases can cause neuropathic pain. Evidence4 suggests capsaicin as a topical treatment can help provide relief to those who suffer from neuropathic pain.
Treat Idiopathic Rhinitis
Idiopathic rhinitis is a broad term that encompasses a number of nasal conditions of which the causes are unknown5. The Academic Medical Centre in the Netherlands6 conducted a study showing that patients who suffer from idiopathic rhinitis benefit from intranasal capsaicin treatment.
Thanks to the active ingredient capsaicin, cayenne red peppers are known as anti-inflammatory. Research7 suggests that capsaicin is effective in treating pulmonary arterial hypertension by reducing inflammation.
How to Use Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder
Cayenne red pepper fruit powder is very versatile, and it's used in a variety of ways. It is a popular seasoning in many foods because it adds a bit of heat for those who like spicy foods. This naturally occurring spice is also used as a dietary supplement, topical cream and its active ingredient, capsaicin, is used in various medications.
Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder Recommended Daily Allowance
Cayenne red pepper fruit powder is not regulated by the FDA, which means there aren't established guidelines for recommended daily dosages. You should always follow all of the manufacturer's guidelines and instructions. As when adding any new supplement to your diet, consult with your medical doctor before beginning a cayenne red pepper fruit powder regimen.
Your doctor will take into account your medical history, age, current health conditions, and possible interactions of any current medications. Only your health care provider can recommend the appropriate daily dosage, based on your specific needs.
Foods That Contain Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder
Cayenne pepper is used in a variety of dishes in several cultures. Popular dishes containing cayenne pepper include:
You can add this spice to just about any dish you desire to add a bit of spice. The bottom line is that it comes down to personal tastes and preferences when it comes to your food.
Is Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Powder Health?
Cayenne red pepper fruit powder contains the active ingredient capsaicin, which offers health benefits such as acting as an anti-inflammatory, relieving neuropathic pain, treating rhinitis, and inhibiting cancer growth. Although it is most commonly used as a spice, it is also beneficial as a dietary supplement to those looking to reap the health benefits from this powerful spice.
Cascara sagrada is a shrub from the buckthorn tree family that grows in the United States and some parts of South America. Its dried bark has been used for medicinal purposes, particularly as a laxative to alleviate constipation.
Cascara sagrada has long been used for centuries by Native Americans to treat a number of ailments, such as:
- Digestive issues
- Muscle and joint pain
Other Names For Cascara Sagrada
The botanical name of cascara sagrada is Rhamnus purshiana. It may also be known as bitter bark, chittem bark, dogwood bark, sacred bark, Sagrada bark, or yellow bark.
Benefits of Cascara Sagrada
Cascara sagrada has been used to treat the following ailments with some degree of success.
The predominant use of cascara sagrada is to treat constipation. Cascara sagrada has certain chemicals called anthraquinones that stimulate the bowel and cause muscle contractions in the intestines1. In turn, these contractions help push stool through the bowels.
Gallstones and Liver Disease
It has been suggested that cascara sagrada may be able to help treat gallstones and liver disease; though, there is currently a very limited supply of clinical research to support these claims. That said, one animal study found that cascara sagrada emodin may have been able to help with liver damage.2
Further, some holistic health care practitioners believe that natural enemas made with cascara sagrada and other substances may be used as a gallbladder flush to help with the passage of gallstones3.
How to Use Cascara Sagrada
Cascara sagrada is available in capsule, liquid extract, or powder form. If using the powder or liquid extract form, users can mix it into beverages or add it to different recipes.
Recommended Daily Dose
Currently, there isn't enough scientific data available to determine the appropriate daily dose for cascara sagrada. Users are encouraged to follow manufacturer labels and consult with a doctor before using it.
It's important to take various factors into consideration before taking a certain amount of the supplement, including the person's age, health, and whether other medications are currently being taken.
It's important to drink plenty of liquids with cascara sagrada — or any other type of laxative — to ensure that you stay hydrated and to keep stool soft.
It’s also important to take these stimulant laxatives for no longer than one to two weeks. Furthermore, it should only be resorted to after other measures have been exhausted, such as changing the diet and adding exercise.
Supplementing With Cascara Sagrada
Cascara sagrada was once approved as an over-the-counter medication by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat constipation. However, concerns have been raised over the years about its safety and effectiveness. As such, the FDA required manufacturers to submit data regarding the efficacy of cascara sagrada, but no such information was provided because of the cost associated with providing it.
In turn, the FDA removed cascara sagrada from its list of approved drugs and instead allowed it to be distributed as a dietary supplement.
When taken for a short period of time, cascara sagrada is safe to use. However, some side effects may occur, including:
- Stomach discomfort
- Abdominal cramps
If used for more than two weeks, more serious side effects can occur, including:
- Electrolytes disturbance
- Heart problems
- Muscle weakness
Not everyone is suitable for taking cascara sagrada, including:
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- Children under 12 years of age
- Those with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, appendicitis, and intestinal blockages
- Those with kidney disease
Anyone taking certain medications may also want to be cautious of taking cascara sagrada because of possible interactions. These medications may include:
- Stimulant laxatives
Is Cascara Sagrada Healthy?
Cascara sagrada may be an effective stimulant laxative supplement to help stimulate the bowels and promote bowel movement when constipation is present.
However, it's important not to use cascara sagrada over the long-term, as the risk of serious side effects may increase. Certain individuals may be at greater risk of side effects from cascara sagrada, and as such, it's crucial to first consult with a physician before taking this supplement for constipation issues.
Burdock Root Powder
Burdock root powder is a ground-up form of the burdock root vegetable that grows mainly in Asia and Europe, although it now grows extensively in the United States. Burdock root1 has been shown to have anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial properties. It has also been linked to detoxification of the skin, blood, and lymphatic systems. In fact, burdock root has been used for thousands of years specifically for these purposes, as well as a holistic medicine for digestion.
Burdock root powder’s properties are thought to have been linked to its quercetin and luteolin, which are phenolic acids that are known to be potent antioxidants.
Other Names For Burdock Root
Burdock root is also known by its botanical name of Arctium lappa from the Asteraceae plant family.
Benefits of Burdock Root Powder
For centuries, ancient civilizations have used burdock root as part of traditional medicine. Researchers are increasingly discovering a variety of health benefits associated with taking burdock root, including the following.
Purifies the Blood
The active ingredients in burdock root purify the blood and remove harmful heavy metals. In turn, this detoxification process can help to improve overall organ health and foster healthy blood circulation.
Acts as a Natural Diuretic
Diuretics help to eliminate excess water from the body by stimulating the kidneys, which can provide relief for those who retain water. Since burdock root acts as a natural diuretic, it can help the body and blood remove waste more effectively3.
Treats Skin Conditions
Burdock root may be able to alleviate severe skin issues when applied topically, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Studies have shown that burdock root may be able to calm such conditions thanks to its cleansing and toxic-eliminating effects on the blood.
Furthermore, some studies suggest that burdock root may be associated with slowing down the aging process of the skin. One study, in particular, showed that topical treatment with burdock root extracts greatly improved the dermal extracellular matrix metabolism, leading to a reduction in wrinkles4.
Those who suffer from diabetes may be able to better manage their blood sugar levels by using burdock root, which may be able to lower blood sugar and improve digestion thanks to the presence of inulin, a prebiotic fiber.
Some animal studies have also linked burdock root with a reduction in the severity of complications stemming from diabetes5.
Acts as a Powerful Antioxidant
Burdock root contains several different types of powerful antioxidants6, such as quercetin, phenolic, and luteolin acids. Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting the cells from oxidative damage created by free radicals. They're also integral in helping to treat various health issues.
Alleviates Pain From Arthritis
Patients suffering from arthritis often take prescribed pharmaceutical medication to fight the pain associated with this condition. But burdock root may be a great natural supplement that patients can take to further reduce the pain suffered from arthritis.
Because of its potent anti-inflammatory properties, burdock root may have a place in the diet of arthritis patients. One particular study found that burdock root tea can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with degenerative joint disease of the knee1.
Strengthens the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal health and is tasked with serving as the body's drainage system. Through a network of blood vessels and lymph nodes, the lymphatic system is able to carry fluids around the body to and from different tissues, as well as excrete them out of the body.
A strong lymphatic system will make it easier to fight off disease. As a natural detoxifier and cleanser, burdock root may be able to help promote better lymphatic drainage and detoxification7.
How to Use Burdock Root Powder
Burdock root may be taken in powder form and mixed into various beverages or even added to foods. It can also be consumed as a tea and steeped in hot water for a few minutes before consuming.
Recommended Daily Allowance
Burdock root is safe to take in moderation, with the typical dosage of the powder form being 1-2 grams, no more than three times a day. If consumed in tea format, one cup of burdock tea a day is sufficient.
Considerations When Using Burdock Root Powder
Burdock root powder is relatively safe to take, as long as followed by the directions of the manufacturer and a physician, and if taken according to the recommended daily dosage.
That said, some people may not be well-suited for this supplement, such as:
- Pregnant or nursing women
- Those who are dehydrated, since the herb’s diuretic effects can worsen the dehydration
- Those who are sensitive to certain plants and flowers that are related to the Asteraceae family, such as daisies, ragweed, chrysanthemums, and marigolds
- Those who are taking certain types of medication for diabetes, as burdock could lower blood sugar and cause hypoglycemia
- Those who are taking blood-thinners, as burdock may slow blood clotting and possibly increase the risk of bleeding
Supplementing With Burdock Root
Burdock root powder appears to have some powerful effects on human health. Those who are looking for a natural way to detox their bodies may want to consider adding burdock root powder to their repertoire. However, like any other supplement, it's important to discuss the use of burdock root powder with a healthcare practitioner before use.
Burdock Root Supplementation With zuPOO
There are always certain instances where your diet is not going to give you everything you need. There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of burdock root. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
Buckthorn bark is made from the European buckthorn shrub and rhamnus frangula tree, which is native to Europe1, the western part of Asia, and the Middle East. It has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1600s, mainly as a laxative to treat constipation and other issues that may arise as a result of this condition, such as hemorrhoids and irritation.
Buckthorn bark powder is available as an alternative health supplement and may be used in the form of tablets, dried extract powder capsules, or tea. The bark tastes sweet and slightly bitter.
Other Names for Buckthorn Bark
Buckthorn bark is also commonly referred to as:
- Alder Buckthorn
- Alder Dogwood
- Arrow Wood
- Rhamnus Frangula
- Glossy Buckthorn
- Nerprun Bourdaine
- Nerprun Noir
Benefits of Buckthorn Bark Powder
Buckthorn bark is typically used as a laxative to alleviate constipation and any sub-issues that arise from this condition. The compounds in the bark, called anthraquinones2, work by increasing the colon’s ability to contract and reducing water absorption by the intestines, allowing more liquid to be left in the colon. As a result, larger, softer stools are produced, which then eases constipation.
Issues that may arise as a result of constipation, such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures, may also be treated with buckthorn bark powder. Since the supplement serves as an effective stool softener, it can make bowel movements less painful and more comfortable for those with these issues.
Buckthorn bark may also be used as a colon cleanser to prepare for surgical procedures.
How to Use Buckthorn Bark Powder
Buckthorn bark powder can be taken as a tablet, capsule, or tea.
Recommended Daily Allowance
The typical dose of buckthorn is between 0.5g to 2.5g of the dried bark. Take only the amount of bark needed to produce a soft stool. It may also be taken as a tablet at the onset of bowel issues, which is the most convenient way to take the supplement.
It may also be taken as a tea by steeping 2g of the herb in 150mL of boiling water for about 10 minutes, though the taste may be too bitter for some. Alternatively, between 2mL to 5mL of liquid extract drops may be taken three times a day for no more than a week.
Buckthorn bark powder is not for long-term use. Ideally, it should be taken for no more than 8-10 days. If the supplement is taken for extended periods of time, it may cause low potassium levels, stomach issues, muscle weakness, and even heart problems. If you experience very loose stools while using buckthorn bark powder, stop taking it.
Considerations When Using Buckthorn Bark Powder
Buckthorn bark powder is never used fresh, but is rather dried and seasoned before it's ready for consumption after the bark has been aged for at least a year. If not, consumption of the bark could lead to uncomfortable and painful abdominal issues and may irritate the mucosal lining of the stomach and cause gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle spasms.
Those who are currently suffering from diarrhea, abdominal pain, or intestinal disorders should not use buckthorn bark powder. Further, pregnant or nursing women or children under the age of 12 years should not take the supplement.
Anyone taking certain medications should not take buckthorn bark powder unless they have specific permission from their physician. Since buckthorn is a laxative, it could reduce how much medicine the body is able to absorb. A reduction in how much medicine the body absorbs could weaken its effect.
Always consult with a health care provider before using buckthorn bark powder or any other herbal products.
Supplementing With Buckthorn Bark Powder
Buckthorn bark powder can be an effective natural alternative to traditional laxatives sold as pharmaceutical products. It can serve as a natural stool softener and alleviate the issues that often accompany bowel issues.
As always, be sure to consult with a physician prior to taking buckthorn bark powder in order to rule out any potentially harmful interactions.
Buckthorn Bark Supplementation With zuPOO
There are always certain instances where your diet is not going to give you everything you need. There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of buckthorn bark powder. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
Bentonite clay is a type of absorbent clay that is formed from aged volcanic ash found all over the world. Today, bentonite clay is predominantly harvested in the U.S., France, and Italy.
This specific type of clay has a unique ability to absorb toxins in the body. As such, many have been using bentonite clay to detoxify the body. In fact, bentonite clay has been used for centuries as a detoxifying agent in ancient cultures.
Today, many people use it to improve skin tone and digestion, in addition to detoxifying the body. In turn, the body may be better able to fight disease and illness. Bentonite clay is now used as a wellness product and may be either applied to the skin topically or ingested.
Other Names For Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay is also known as "Montmorillonite clay" after the region of France of the same name where the clay was first discovered. It has also been dubbed "healing clay."
Benefits of Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay has a long track record of medicinal uses, and while there are few human clinical trials that have been done on this substance, the lab and animal studies that have been done reveal that bentonite clay shows some great promise. Here are some of the benefits of bentonite clay.
May Help Eliminate Harmful Toxins From the Body
Because bentonite clay is highly absorptive, it may be able to draw many heavy metals and toxins out of the body. More specifically, it may be able to attract positively-charged particles in the body because of its negative electric charge. Many toxins — including heavy metals and free radicals — are positively charged, making the negatively-charged bentonite able to attract these particles and draw them out of the body.
One animal study1 found that pigs who ate bentonite clay for a few months experienced a reduction in the concentration of lead in their blood, bones, hair, brain, liver, and kidneys. In another study2, rabbits who were fed food with aflatoxins, which are carcinogenic toxins, showed an improvement in reproductive function after bentonite was introduced into their feed.
May Help Promote Better Digestion
Eliminating toxins and heavy metals from the gut can help promote better digestion, and that's exactly what bentonite clay may be able to do. Research has shown that bentonite clay can help extract toxins from the body.
In terms of improving digestion, bentonite clay can bind to certain toxins like aflatoxins, as mentioned earlier, which are common in the standard North American diet. An overabundance of aflatoxins can lead to liver damage and even the development of certain cancers.
In one animal study3, researchers discovered that the molecules in bentonite clay are able to bind to bovine rotavirus and bovine coronavirus in cows, which are two significant viruses that can cause gastroenteritis.
Bentonite clay may also be effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In one study4, patients with IBS who took 3g of bentonite clay twice daily for eight weeks saw improvements in their digestion compared to those in the placebo group.
May Promote Better Skin
The skin can benefit from the use of bentonite clay. Rashes, allergic reactions, and blemishes can all potentially be alleviated with the use of bentonite clay.
In one study5, participants who applied a bentonite clay lotion showed a reduction in the severity of poison ivy, particularly when it was applied before coming into contact with poison ivy. The study's participants also showed improvements in chronic dermatitis when a solution containing bentonite clay was applied to the skin.
Bentonite clay may also be beneficial to those suffering from acne6. One study conducted on people with mild acne showed that applying a mask containing bentonite clay twice a week (for six weeks) experienced a significant reduction in the number of lesions.
May Help Combat Bacterial Infections
Many bacterial infections have become resistant to antibiotics, such as MRSA, which is a type of staph. This particular bacteria can cause several issues, ranging in severity from skin infections to infections of the blood. However, bentonite clay may actually be effective at combating bacteria like MRSA and step in where conventional medicines are unable to be effective.
One study showed that certain bacteria — both resistant and nonresistant to antibiotics — could be killed off by exposing them to bentonite clay. In the study7, it was shown that the clay's minerals may have antibacterial properties that might be effective at killing harmful bacterial infections like MRSA.
May Help With Thyroid Function
Some animal studies8 suggest that bentonite clay may help to absorb certain thyroid hormones that can help alleviate hyperthyroidism, showing that bentonite clay may be a viable alternative to help lower thyroid levels.
May Help Strengthen Immunity
A significant portion of the immune system lives inside of the gut microbiome. When the gut is unhealthy, immunity weakens. That's because toxins can more easily leach into the blood when the gut wall is compromised.
Bentonite clay may be effective at strengthening the gut wall. Some studies9 suggest that bentonite clay may not only fight off infections and viruses, but it may also work to keep the gut wall strong. By protecting the gut wall, the number of toxins, chemicals, and bacteria entering the blood will be limited, thereby helping to strengthen the immune system and protect the body.
May Help Slow the Growth of Certain Cancers
Bentonite clay's ability to extract toxins from the body may play a role in slowing the growth of tumors in certain cancers. One study10 found that bentonite clay slowed the growth of cancer cell line U251, a type of cancer cell found in glioblastomas.
Another study11 found that bentonite clay was able to kill off Caco-2 cancer cells, which is a colorectal cancer line. The researchers found that the clay caused oxidative stress only on the cancer cells without harming healthy cell material.
How to Use Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay can be used in a couple of different ways, including the following:
For the purpose of clearing and protecting the skin, bentonite clay can be applied topically. Mixing water with bentonite clay powder will create a paste that can be lathered on the skin to draw out impurities, clear the skin, alleviate any blemishes or rashes, and protect it from the elements.
The clay should be applied as a mask and left for a few minutes to dry. It can then be removed by using a wet washcloth.
You can also add 1/4 of a cup of bentonite clay to a bath, and allow it to dissolve into the water.
To target specific spots, a concentrated amount of bentonite clay can be applied directly to the affected area and covered with gauze, then left on for a couple of hours before being rinsed off.
Small amounts of bentonite clay can also be consumed through capsules for the purpose of boosting immunity, fighting off infections, strengthening the gut wall, or simply cleansing the body of any toxins and heavy metals that may have built up over time.
The clay can also be gargled in the mouth with water for a few seconds to be used as a mouthwash. It may also be consumed by drinking 1/2 to 1 teaspoon once a day with water.
Recommended Daily Allowance
Bentonite clay may be used daily without any known side effects. If taken orally, as much as 2 teaspoons may be used daily, split between two separate servings. It's generally not recommended to consume bentonite clay for longer than four weeks at a time.
Always follow the directions of the manufacturer, as well as the advice of your physician before using bentonite clay, particularly if using orally.
Supplementing With Bentonite Clay
There aren't any known significant side effects of bentonite clay. That said, it's possible to get sick from consuming more than the manufacturer's directed dosage.
If using bentonite clay on the skin, it's recommended to first conduct a patch test before using it on the face or on a larger area of the body in order to rule out any potential allergic reaction or sensitivity.
Is Bentonite Clay Healthy?
Bentonite clay has long been used as a topical lotion or face mask to clear the skin of blemishes as well as to draw out impurities, both in the skin and in the deeper tissues within the body.
Many ancient cultures have been using bentonite clay for centuries as a way to treat various disorders. If you decide to consume it orally, make sure to start with a small amount first and only obtain your bentonite clay from trusted sources.
Bentonite Clay Supplementation With zuPOO
There are always certain instances where your diet is not going to give you everything you need. There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of bentonite clay. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.
ZuPOO Recommended Daily Dose
We recommend that you take two capsules at night preferably after dinner.
This allows the supplement to stimulate the digestive tract throughout the night so you wake up the next morning ready to release the load.
How to Maximize Results While Taking zuPOO
zuPOO is an extremely potent product and works for most people without any kind of changes to their life other than adding in the supplement, however, there are some things that you can do to make zuPOO work even better for you!
- Combine it with The Thermo Diet - Without a good diet, supplements can only do so much good, but when you support your body properly with the right fuel then the supplements you use can work wonders.
- Drink plenty of water - Making sure to get in enough water with zuPOO is crucial to ensure you do not have dry poop that will get stuck.
- Be consistent - Many people don't see results because they are simply not consistent with taking the supplement. The more consistent you are, the better your results will be!
- Exercise - Exercise is crucial for a healthy body, and is a key component for having a healthy digestive system. Resistance training and walking specifically have been shown in research to be the most beneficial in the long term for an optimal functioning body.
- Get enough sleep - Sleep is crucial for the body to be able to heal and function at its best. Be sure to get 7-9 hours a night to allow for your body to be fully rejuvenated.
- Stack it with Floracil50 - After cleaning out the gut with zuPOO, making sure to replenish the gut microbiome with good bacteria is going to allow for even better digestion to follow.
- Take the Gut Health Optimization Course- Our health experts show you exactly what to do in order to increase the health of your gut and optimize your digestion! This course can only be found inside UMZU fit, UMZU's educational platform with all things health and wellness related. If you want to check it out you can find it inside of UMZUfit here.
The good thing about taking a supplement like zuPOO is that it’s filled with natural ingredients so you can combine it with other supplements that support other aspects of your health.
If you’re somebody who lives a busy or stressful lifestyle, you may benefit from taking an adaptogen (a supplement that can reduce your stress hormone cortisol).
It’s no secret that stress increases your likelihood of having digestive issues, so taking a supplement like Cortigon can further help improve your digestion.
Who Benefits the Most from zuPOO Supplement?
We feel confident that anybody can benefit from taking a colon cleansing supplement like zuPOO. However, there are certain groups of people who may particularly benefit from taking it.
People who struggle to have regular bowel movements on a daily basis can see very good results with zuPOO. Helping the body to get rid of many different harmful substances this product, in particular, can be of extreme benefit to you.
It’s never too early to take your digestive health seriously. If you have trouble with having a bowel movement on a daily basis or symptoms of constipation, you may be able to control the symptoms by taking zuPOO. Even if you haven’t experienced symptoms yet, you can use zuPOO in a preventative way.
Commonly Asked Questions about zuPOO
Our Suggested Use instructions call for 2 capsules per day after dinner.
This works very well for the vast majority of our customers. However, if you’re one of the few who have the following concerns, you might try a lowEverybody is different, so sometimes what works for most people may not work as well for you.
Particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you may have some challenges when you add a potent supplement to your regimen.
If you are taking a prescription drug, we strongly recommend that you consult your prescribing medical professional before introducing a new supplement.
We can’t tell you how a drug might interact with a supplement, beyond saying that sometimes the drug or your underlying condition contraindicates the use of one or more ingredients in a supplement, and it’s important to consult your prescribing physician to make sure everything will work well together to support your health.
Another thing to consider is your overall sensitivity to foods and supplements, as well as your body weight. If you know you’re quite sensitive or you are petite, start out slowly with a lower dose and work up to our recommended serving size, paying attention to how you feel, and dial it back if you find that your body isn’t tolerating the ‘whole enchilada’ – maybe you’re happiest with half an enchilada.
Know that efficacy is proven at the recommended serving size, but again, that’s a general rule and you may still be able to experience the benefits with a lower dose!
er dose and see how that goes, rather than jumping in at the full serving size.
Increasing gut motility might not feel good if you suffer from this condition, however, if you want to try zuPOO, proceed cautiously with a lower dose of 1 capsule per day, with a meal. Increase to the recommended serving size slowly and only if your body is comfortable.
All the ingredients in zuPOO are integral to the formula but occasionally cause digestive upset. Make sure to take zuPOO with a meal and if you have any pre-existing digestive issues consult with your doctor before using.
How does UMZU’s Money-back guarantee work?
We take full responsibility for your purchase if you aren’t satisfied for whatever reason. If you want to return zuPOO, we’ll give you your money back hassle-free within 60 days. You can return up to one open bottle of zuPOO. If you bought more than one bottle, the other bottles need to be unopened to be returned.
- Inhibitory effects on angiogenic and metastasis regulatory processes make emodin a sensible candidate as a specific blocker of tumor-associated events. (Link)
- which suggests emodin might become an effective chemopreventive or chemotherapeutic agent for SCLC. (Link)
- Emodin (EMD) is an anthraquinone derivative extracted from the root and rhizome of Rheum palmatum L. which exhibits a range of activities, including antibacterial, antitumor, diuretic, and vasorelaxant effects. (Link)
- Cascara Sagrada as an effective all-natural laxative and peristalsis stimulator. (Link)
Senna Leaf Powder
- Leaves of C. podocarpa Guill. and Perr. and of senna had identical laxative potency (Link)
- The laxative mechanism for genkwanin 5-O-β-primeveroside may in part involve stimulation of intestinal motility via acetylcholine receptors. (Link)
- This confirms the traditional use of khi lek curry as a very mild laxative drug. (Link)
- These findings indicate that EEA has a laxative effect, without causing diarrhea, in a rat model of low-fiber diet-induced constipation. (Link)
- Rhein‐induced laxative effects occur through two distinct mechanisms: an increase in intestinal fluid transport and an increase in intestinal motility. (Link)
- Several species of Senna are well known for their therapeutic properties, being used in folk medicine to treat throat inflammation and constipation. (Link)
- All the extracts and infusion relaxed the ileum dose-dependently. (Link)
Fennel Seed Powder
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- Potassium is vasoactive; for example, when infused into the arterial supply of a vascular bed, blood flow increases. (Link)
- Efforts to increase dietary fiber in individuals consuming >25 g/day may help to decrease the currently high national prevalence of obesity. (Link)
- Our study suggests that fennel seed oil emulsion is superior to placebo in decreasing intensity of infantile colic. (Link)
- In conclusion, anethole in an ER independent manner suppresses cell survival and induces apoptotic events in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 at an optimal concentration of 1 × 10−3 M. (Link)
- Secondary end-point analyses support the hypothesis that supplemental selenium may reduce the incidence of, and mortality from, carcinomas of several sites. (Link)
- Our results indicate that specific mineral products have intrinsic, heat-stable antibacterial properties, which could provide an inexpensive treatment against numerous human bacterial infections. (Link)
- Our results showed that in comparison with Calendula, Bentonite had a faster healing effect and was more effective on the improvement of infantile diaper dermatitis (Link)
- Research has shown success using clay-based binders to adsorb aflatoxin. (Link)
- The inclusion of treated Ca bentonite to the AC diet linearly decreased aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels and quadratically decreased ALP and GGT levels (Link)
- Results revealed that all the adsorbent agents had good to excellent capability of adsorbing rotavirus and excellent capability of absorbing coronavirus. (Link)
- Weight loss and improvements in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels occurred after a low-energy-density dietary intervention plus regimented supplementation program. (Link)
- This review discusses the discovery and development of drugs derived from natural products for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases. (Link)
- The C-IBS formula significantly improved both bowel habit and IBS symptoms in patients with constipation-predominant IBS. (Link)
- The aloe bitter is best known for its use as a laxative. However, in addition to the purgative effect, the anthraquinone (bitter) substance is also an antioxidant, antiviral, and effective for cancer prevention. (Link)
- Oral aloe vera taken for 4 weeks produced a clinical response more often than placebo; it also reduced the histological disease activity and appeared to be safe. (Link)
- Cape aloes is a laxative drug prepared from this leaf exudate. (Link)
- Taking aloe latex by mouth can reduce constipation. (Link)
Cayenne Pepper Extract
- Both capsaicin and capsazepine may be promising drug candidates for ameliorating inflammatory diseases and cancer. (Link)
- Capsaicin acts by stimulating afferent neurons in the stomach and signals for protection against injury causing agents. (Link)
- Importantly, CAY-1 appears to act by disrupting the membrane integrity of fungal cells. (Link)
Burdock Root Powder
- The dietary fiber powder prepared from the residue of burdock root after inulin extraction was rich in phenols (302.62 mg GAE/100 g powder). (Link)
- Effect of Burdock Root Powder on Reducing Body Weight and Blood Lipid of Alimentary Obesity Model Rats (Link)
- The hydroalcoholic extracts obtained from the studied vegetable species have shown antimicrobial activity against the bacterial strains of Escherichia coli and Salmonella abony, but they have not shown any antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus. (Link)
- The overall results indicate that BJBEP has a protective effect on INDO-induced gastric mucosal cytotoxicity in vitro and ethanol-induced AGML in rats. (Link)
- Alcohol can result in significant oxidative damage of kidney and brain tissue in mice but exhibit less damage to the heart and testis. Burdock inulin and Jerusalem artichoke inulin both exhibit a protective effect against oxidative damage of these organs. (Link)
Buckthorn Bark Powder
- Seeds and pulp of sea buckthorn are rich in particular alpha-tocopherol. The seeds contain 447 mg/kg of alpha-tocopherol and pulp 551.7 mg/ kg of alpha-tocopherol. (Link)
- The results implied that SBPC plays an important role in the healing of acetic acid-induced gastric lesions possibly by the acceleration of the mucosal repair. (Link)
- The antitumor activity of alcohol extracts of the bark of Hippophae rhamnoides as well as the bark of the tree itself was tested upon 10 different forms of transplantable tumors found in mice and rats. Tumors were markedly inhibited in 8 of the 10 types of tumor tested even if complete resorption failed to be observed. (Link)
- Research results of some small studies suggest silymarin has hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties producing a beneficial effect for some types of hepatitis. (Link)
- Analytic data revealed that CD11b+ cell population from UV‐irradiated skin resulted in significantly higher production of ROS in both epidermis and dermis than CD11b− cell population and that silymarin inhibited UV‐induced oxidative stress through targeting infiltrating the CD11b+ cell type in the skin. (Link)
- The Many Faces of Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle): Part 1 - Treating Cancer and Hyperlipidemia and Restoring Kidney Function (Link)
- Milk thistle syrup proved to have the highest antioxidant activity in all the assayed methods, providing the best results either in single syrup or included in mixed syrups. (Link)
- Silibinin Suppresses TNF-α-Induced MMP-9 Expression in Gastric Cancer Cells through Inhibition of the MAPK Pathway (Link)
- Silymarin significantly prevented ethanol-induced, elevated activities of interleukin (IL)-10, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, γ interferon (IFN-γ), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A, and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, as well as decreased IL-4 activity in mice blood. (Link)