The Green Girl decided to give the Arbonne Essentials 7-Day Body Cleanse a try.
The cleanse consists of a concentrate that is mixed with 32 ounces of water and then consumed throughout the day along with a normal, healthy diet.
Ingredients in the Arbonne 7-Day Body Cleanse include:
Astragalus root extract improves immune function
Astragalus Fucoidan extract improves immune function
Milk thistle protects liver from toxins
Aloe vera relieves digestive issues
Nettle leaf detoxification of chemicals
Cascara sagrada natural laxative
Buckthorn colon cleanser
Slipperly elm bark relieves inflammatory bowel conditions
Meadowsweet natural antacid
Agave natural sweetener
Inulin promotes colon health
Chlorella broken cell removes toxins
Blue green algae antioxidants
Spirulina whole cell algae vitamins, minerals, amino acids
Nori-sea weed vitamins
Red marine algae boosts immune system
Senna leaf extract natural laxative
Cascara sagrada bark natural laxative
Rhubarb natural laxative
Psyllium natural laxative
According to the manufacturer, Arbonne, the supplement cleanses and detoxifies your system, supports the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and assists with the gentle elimination of toxins.
This was my first experience with a cleanse or detox so I was worried about 'accidents'. My Arbonne consultant, Jessica, assured me it wouldn't be that bad but I still had my concerns.
I strategically started the cleanse Sunday afternoon so I could stay at home and close to the bathroom. I opened the little bottle and gingerly sniffed the dark brown liquid. It smelled like a bottle of vitamins. I poured it into a 33 ounce bottle of water and shook it up. It tasted vaguely of watery date water. The rest of my Sunday was uneventful.
I woke up at 4 am having to go to the bathroom. Instead of the usual solid consistency, it was watery. I kickboxed in the morning without any problems but I was a little nervous when we had to do crunch after crunch and then reverse crunches in between. I started the cleanse after my breakfast. It tasted exactly the same as it did the day before - vaguely of watery date water. I was ravenous and ate more than usual all day long. I had two more soft bowel movements in the afternoon and one more in the evening.
This time, I woke up at my normal time having to go to the bathroom. Again, it was a much softer consistency. I drank the cleanse after breakfast again. It tasted a little less like watery date water - or maybe I was just getting accustomed to the flavor. I was hungrier than usual but nothing like the day before. I didn't experience any cramping on Monday but I did get cramp indicators which led to two more soft bowel movements in the afternoon and one more in the evening.
It was another waking up at normal time and then going to the bathroom morning before I kickboxed. I drank it after breakfast and it tasted even less like watery date water. I had read about all the weight loss so I weighed myself on the scale at work. I had gained three pounds and wondered if it had anything to do with my Monday binging. So much for that. The bowel movements were proceeded by slight cramping, still soft, and at about the same frequency.
Another uneventful morning. The cleanse tasted more like water than watery date. I had read a lot of people weren't hungry during the cleanse but my appetite had not decreased. And after working way too many hours, I had a hard time measuring my energy levels. One reviewer had mentioned she was able to work out harder and longer with no muscle fatigue or soreness. After work, I went for a run but my chronically tight calves were well, tight. I had the usual slight cramping which alerted me to the upcoming soft bowel movements.
My crazy work week completely threw me off schedule. In the back of my head I wondered if this cleanse was the one thing keeping me healthy on so little sleep during such a stressful week. I didn't get to drink the cleanse until lunchtime. I was relieved to see I was back down from the three pounds I'd gained. In the evening, I started cramping and I had several slightly more solid bowel movements. I couldn't believe I only had one more day left - the 7 days went much quicker than I'd expected.
I went for a short run in the morning and then started drinking my final cleanse with my breakfast. Then, I did a half hour of TurboFire and another half hour of P90X. Saturday was uneventful until the evening - I had about five bowel movements - all semi-solid. Surprisingly enough, Saturday ended up being my roughest day.
Sunday, the day after, I had to visit the bathroom a few times in the morning but I was fine the rest of the day. I weighed myself on Monday and I had gained back the three pounds that I had hoped I'd lost for good.
Two days post-detox, it's hard for me to say with certainty if I feel more energetic. After all those trips to the bathroom, I feel like I must be 'cleaned out' but I can't say for sure.