Testing Out a Three Day Cleanse

Pegged by curiosity, I decided to test out the Renew Life 3 Day Cleanse. This may or may not have anything to do with vacationing for 10 days which included lots of food and beer. I don’t generally agree with the idea of cleanses but again, curiosity. So I picked up a box of Renew Life 3 Day Cleanse and decided to test it out. The box reads “Total-Body Reset*” “Helps Eliminate Waste and Toxins*” “Reduce Bloating and Water Retention*” “Helps Restore Regularity*” “Promotes Digestive Wellness*”

Okay… interesting. Flip it over “Reset, refresh, and restore with 3-Day Cleanse, a quick, easy-to-use, advanced herbal cleanse and detox formula that works with your body’s natural metabolism to help eliminate waste and toxins, and relieve occasional bloating and constipation.* Get back to feeling like yourself again in just 3 days!*”

The use of asterisks is enough to insight quite a bit of doubt. But wait, read the ingredient list:

It seems a bit daunting with all of these ingredients. And I’ll admit a bit scary. So here’s the hard and fast version of what each of these ingredients are intended to do:

Milk Thistle Extract Seed: liver support

Taurine: liver support

Chlorella: toxic metal absorption

Burdock Extract: liver function, indigestion, and fatigue

Dandelion Extract: digestive system support

Horsetail Extract Herb: Kidney and bladder support

Red Clover Extract: indigestion

Turmeric Extract: digestive support

Wild Indigo Herb: immune support

Red Root Bark: digestive support

Cranberry Extract: kidney and bladder support

Hibiscus Flower: excretory system  support

Cape Aloe Leaf: laxative

Rhubarb Root: excretory system support

Marshmallow Root: excretory system support

Slippery Elm Bark: excretory system support

Triphala: digestive and excretory system support

 

There are some dietary guidelines to follow while doing this. I didn’t struggle with them because it basically outlined my normal diet. You can read them here. One other requirement is to drink half your body weight in oz of water. I easily drank way more than this because I became so thirsty during this cleanse that I was almost constantly drinking water.

So for three days, morning and night, I took these “cleansing” capsules.  The first point I should make is, these capsules are not going to make you a brand new person. They provide minor relief for those times when we all feel constipated, bloated, etc. That being said here a few things I’ve noticed:

  • your thirst will be insatiable; drink as much water as you can
  • you’re going to poop, a lot. (but not in a diarrhea sense, just that you’ll probably have 3 normal poops in a day)
  • you’re going to pee a lot, mostly because you are drinking so much water.

So aside from ridding your body of waste, the real MVP here is water. Moral of the story, just drink a lot of water. It’s amazing how you different you feel after just spending a day drinking more water. I drank nearly 2 liters of water everyday before doing this cleanse, which is quite a lot but drinking even more water, I can feel a difference.

 

My Top Five Ways to Remedy a Negative Mood

 From time to time, we find ourselves in a negative mood. We might feel bad about a situation that happened in the past, are worrying about a future situation, or feeling down about ourselves, and the list goes on and on. I find that in the winter months, especially January, it is really easy to get stuck in a rut with negative moods and emotions. I am not an expert but I do have a few methods of mellowing my mood that usually do the trick for me and reset myself towards a more positive outlook. These methods are not time consuming and I can usually do them on the spot no matter where I am.

  1. Clean! Whether it’s organizing your planner, doing the dishes, cleaning out your e-mail’s inbox etc. I find that doing a little bit of cleaning in my space also helps to clear my mind. My personal favorite is to clean up the kitchen. As an added bonus I find that when I clean the kitchen, I am more willing to cook up something healthy and satisfying later on when I know that there aren’t dishes to deal with.
  2. Close your eyes. Whenever I feel bogged down with a negative thought or items on a to-do list I just take a few moments to close my eyes and try to quiet my mind. It’s something small that you can really do no matter where you are. After a few moments and a few deep breaths, I feel re-energized.
  3. A yoga pose, or two. Even if you don’t practice yoga or it’s not really your thing, taking a few minutes to practice a yoga pose that you really enjoy is more than enough to reset your mood. I usually like to lay back, perpendicular to a wall and lift my legs up onto the wall. This is a restorative pose that is often practiced in yoga as a way to rebalance yourself and take a different view of the world around you. To read more about this pose, click here.
  4. Make something healthy and tasty to eat. This one goes back to my number one. I think we can all agree that eating is very satisfying. I often grab a few pieces of dark chocolate or even just some lemon water. This is probably my favorite way to reset my mood. Lately, I’ve been making myself this lemon, turmeric drink and adding a bit of honey, it’s very comforting and when I combine this with number two, taking a few moments to savor the moment, I start to feel a lot better.
  5. Do something that makes you feel inspired. Whether its scrolling through your Instagram feed, Pinterest boards, reading a good book, doodling or exercising. Taking a few moments to do something like this lifts my mood into a much more motivated and optimistic one.

Any one or combination of these alter my mood from a negative one to a much more positive one and they’re really great to have in my bag of tricks. What are your favorite tricks to remedy your negative moods? Comment below! If you try one of these ones out, let me know!