There are two words I hate more than anything at the moment in the healthy living world. DETOX and CLEANSE. Urgh, they are everywhere! By taking a couple of tablets you can eliminate all toxins from your body and live a healthier life, no matter what else you throw down your neck. So imagine my delight when I was approached by Renew Life and asked to review their First Cleanse supplements. Oh I was looking forward to this one…
Renew Life produce a few different ‘cleansing’ kits and believe total body cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your health. I started my review by taking their ‘how toxic are you?’ quiz which asked me a number of questions to determine my ‘toxic score’. Living a fairly healthy lifestyle I did ok and was only scored as being slightly high on the toxicity levels. They recommended I try the First Cleanse based on these results accompanied with their Fibre Smart supplement.
The cleanse lasts for 14 days and the packaging says to take the First Cleanse 1 in the morning and the First Cleanse 2 in the evening. They contain different ingredients which work in the body better at different times of the day. Some of the ingredients I have heard of as being excellent for helping the body to work properly. Turmeric root for, example, has a wealth of benefits and is used to make medicine for loads of ailments including stomach pain, diarrhoea and liver problems. There’s magnesium in the cleanse 2 which is recommended by my personal trainer to help repair the muscles following exercise but it is also good for constipation and to get things, er, flowing again.
The Fibre Smart’s main ingredient is flax seed which contains both soluble and insoluble fibre sources. I was worried taking both together would see me unable to leave the toilet!
So enough about my opinions, did they do anything? I would suggest taking these with food otherwise they can leave a funny taste in your mouth and they do dissolve fairly quickly so make sure you take them with a big glass of water.
I took them for 14 days and have to say I could tell a difference. I had a dreadful cough at the start of the cleanse that had gone within a couple of days on the course. 2 days after finishing them my cough was back, go figure! My skin looks clearer, I didn’t have ‘toilet’ issues and my stomach felt better than it has done for a while. Not bloated or tender.
I was quite impressed with the results, I just hate the name. There is plenty of research out there that says the body does not need to ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’, that’s what your kidneys and liver do. If you eat healthily you don’t need to do these weird fad diets out there at the moment. So do me a favour, forget about the name, and consider these as a way to support that lifestyle. I’d certainly try them again.
You can find a local stockist here. The First Cleanse costs £23.98 and the Fibre Smart costs £14.99.
Item sent for review purposes.