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The primary purpose of a cleanse is to remove stored toxins from the body. Built up toxins in the body can cause chronic fatigue, frequent colds, poor concentration along with a myriad of other imbalances.There are a various types of cleanses: strict fasting cleanses, juice detoxes, colon cleanses, liver cleanses, the list goes on. During menstruation, your body requires calories, and is loosing iron through bleeding, so it's best not to choose an extreme detox, like fasting. If you still want to do a cleanse while on your period, play it safe and keep it moderate. Here are a few methods you can try.

Herbal Detox

Choose an herbal tea or herbal supplement to take during menstruation. Common herbs and supplements that are used for cleanses are milk thistle, dandelion root, ginger, sarsaparilla, and parsley.

Use the tea or supplement twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Take these prior to eating so your liver and kidneys will have an easier time digesting your meal.

Meditative Detox

Use menstruation as a time for meditation and rest. Turn down the stress level and amp up the relaxation-- this will help your body do it's own cleansing work more effectively.


Water, water, water. Good old H20, is the most basic and effective way to help the body flush out toxins. Stay hydrated with at least 2 liters a day during a cleanse.

Eliminate Junk

Avoid processed foods, cigarettes, and alcohol. These will only add toxins to your system and continue to tax your liver and kidneys.


  • Remember that the menstrual cycle is your body's natural way of cleansing. When performing a detox during this period you are merely trying to support what your body is already doing. You don't need to conduct an extreme cleanse, fast or detox at this time.

  • Conducting fasting cleanses prior to menstruation may help alleviate cramping and moodiness during your period. It is best to do more extreme cleanses just before your period begins.