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.

 

Back to Breakfast: Fresh Pressed Tomato Juice


 In honor of back to school season I am starting a series of easy, go-to recipes for breakfast that also are applicable as a start to your workday. I am not a nutritionist but I do enjoy food especially healthy breakfasts. The first recipe in this series is a pressed juice. Pressed juices are packed full of nutrients and are also incredibly easy to make with minimal clean-up. They also keep you feeling full throughout the morning. This being so, they make a great reliable and healthy breakfast. This recipe in particular is a tomato juice recipe. Tomatoes are not only full of vitamin A and C but they also have Choline. Choline is a nutrient that can aid in learning and memory which is also important for school. I’ve also added carrots, ginger, apples and a tad bit of lemon juice. So here is how you do it.



Start by chopping up the tomatoes, carrots, and apples. I aim for pieces that will easily fit into the plunger. I chose to use fresh heirloom tomatoes from the market because I  prefer the taste but you can use whatever you have or like. The carrots are diced baby carrots, it’s just easier to chop them with no clean up involved. I like adding carrots for flavor and nutrition. The apples are added as a ‘base’ if you will. They provide a sweetness without overwhelming the tomato flavors. Lastly, peel the ginger and cube it.


Flip the switch and start adding each ingredient to the plunger and plunge away. Once you’ve juiced all your ingredients, take a spoon and give it a stir. Add in the lemon juice and stir once more. Serve it and enjoy immediately. Then comment below and let me know what you think of it!