I am not one who enjoys spring cleaning, but April seemed like a good time to test out a personal cleanse product we are offering at the clinic called NutriClean. This 7 day system is touted as an excellent cleaning tool that should be used once or twice annually for optimal digestive, liver and colon health. I have always been curious about cleansing but never wanted to do anything extreme and I love food so I wanted one where you could actually eat healthy meals. I also recommended it to my sister who was venturing into a healthier lifestyle so we decided to do it together.
The night before I took the plunge, I feasted on a juicy hamburger with a Coke and chips. Why not make the first day be a memorable one, I thought. I am not a huge red meat eater but I have to say it was a tasty last pre-cleanse meal.
I did this cleanse during my week vacation at home with the kids which had pro’s and cons. I could definitely plan my meals better and ate gorgeous salads and lovely pasta dishes every day. However, the temptations to indulge in the many unhealthy snacks we had were plentiful. I’m not sure what I was thinking the first day of spring break when I went out to get a dozen Dunkin Donuts as a treat for the kids. It was a brutal test and I passed.
Every morning a ½ hr before I ate breakfast I mixed up a scoop of fiber powder with 8 oz. of water. It tasted like berry juice and went down easily. The powder consisted of a blend of soluble and insoluble fibers, along with probiotics and essential gastrointestinal nutrients. Next, I swallowed two release tablets that consisted of natural botanicals that can help to gently promote peristalsis and cleanse the bowel. The rest of the day, I was encouraged to increase my intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Increasing exercise and water intake is also beneficial during a cleanse so I walked for 45 minutes every day followed by 15 minutes of basic floor exercises. I also lifted weights twice that week and did two Yoga classes. I always drink a lot of water, but definitely needed more as I found out the second day after waking up with severe dry mouth and a headache at 3:00 AM. It felt like a hangover, except I had not enjoyed a night of drinking beforehand.
At night, before bed, I had to take two more release tablets and two Hepato Cleanse capsules. This is a combination of special botanicals and nutrients that support various enzymes within the liver to promote the body’s normal excretion of toxins that accumulate over time. There are nine different key ingredients in these and you can go to our website to read the complete list.
Now for the hard part – what you have to eliminate during this cleanse. You are not to have any processed food like lunch meats, boxed meals, cheese and white bread. You should also abstain from alcohol and soda during the week, the phosphoric acid in soda can upset the pH balance in your body in addition to pulling much needed calcium from the bones when consumed in large quantities. Sodas are also high in sugar. Hydrogenated oils, such as margarine, spreads, cooking fats and commercially baked food should also be stopped. I don’t smoke but if you do and are planning on a cleanse then stop, they contain thousands of toxic chemicals. I reduced my protein intake and only ate chicken and fish, I did not eat any red meat and limited my eggs to about 3 for the week. And if you haven’t guessed it by now you should avoid refined sugars, such as cookies, crackers and candy as well as artificial sweeteners.
I won’t go into detail about my bowel movements, but they didn’t change significantly and I could have done the cleanse if I was working. They increased to two times a day for a few of the days but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I did get two headaches, one I did take an Advil for the other I did not and they went away fairly soon after I drank more water. This is a common side effect as toxins are being released from your body. My sister did the cleanse at the same time and she did not have any headaches. Both of us were pleasantly surprised to lose 5 lbs each and a friend of mine who just completed the cleanse lost 13 lbs in one week.
I have to say the biggest thing I noticed was a boost of energy on the last two days. This may have been due to the 10 hours of sleep I got the night before or the fact that I was on vacation all week but regardless I enjoyed it and got a lot accomplished. I have since stayed on the healthy eating plan, avoiding processed food, alcohol and soda as much as possible and I have kept the 5lbs off for three weeks longer. So for me it was worth it and I would do it again – once a year though – not twice!
If you are interested in the NutriClean 7 Day Cleanse you can order it through our website www.napervillept.com, just click on the nutraMetrix icon on the far right and it will take you to our page. Happy Spring!!