Thursday, November 21, 2013

Arbonne 7-day Cleanse Review, Part 2

Well I finished the 7-day Arbonne cleanse, and I have to admit that I'm still undecided. As I previously posted, I did not have any negative side effects, which is good. But, I also didn't feel that anything 'happened'. I ended up not losing any weight, which I didn't really expect anyway.

It probably did remove some toxins from my body. The ingredients below show that it should perform as a mild laxative, but is it worth the money?

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

I plan on trying another cleanse product next month so I'll something to compare. I'm open to any suggestions on products I should try.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Arbonne 7-day Cleanse Review

I'm on day 5 using the Arbonne 7-day cleanse and have to admit that I have mixed reviews about this product. It will be easy to spare you the gory details because there aren't any. First, I must give you full disclosure. I recently signed on to be an Arbonne consultant. I will provide a full blog post on all my reasons to be a consultant later this month (and my opinions), but the main reason I signed on is because I absolutely LOVE the skin care line and wanted to receive the great discount. I had already decided that this was the skin care product I wanted to continue to use, so being a consultant was a no-brainer for me.

Since I have been slowly adopting healthier eating habits, I was really excited to receive the Arbonne nutrition products at a discount and was especially looking forward to trying the 7-day cleanse. I've never tried a cleanse before and was a bit nervous, based on what I've always heard about these types of products.

Here are my thoughts, so far:
  • I haven't seen ANY effects that I expected. None. I wasn't exactly looking forward to those 'effects', but I was prepared. Having said that, I am pee'ing ALOT. But, I'm also drinking a lot of water, so that is a factor. I already drink a lot of water during the day, so it isn't a big change for me. There is a notable difference so I will assume the cleanse is part of the reason.
  • I've lost 2 pounds since I started this cleanse. Is it water loss? I don't know. Since it's a cleanse, I'm supposed to be losing toxins, so should I assume this is the result? I didn't do this cleanse to lose fat, that's not the purpose. I read somewhere that most people have anywhere between 5 - 20 pounds of toxic waste in their system. So maybe that's what I'm losing.
  • I feel great! I have lots of energy, but that's not especially unusual either. Since I quit my day job and am concentrating on my jewelry business, I'm much happier and that definitely is a factor in my new found energy levels. However, Tuesday night was a rough night and I slept horribly (insomnia is something I've dealt with for as long as I can remember). Normally I am wiped out the next day, but I had no ill effects from my sleepless night. I even had a social function to attend Wednesday night and felt fantastic. That was very unusual for me. So, I do seem to have an increased level of energy.
  • My stomach is nice and flat - gotta like that! I do feel lighter and healthy. Not sure what that means exactly, but I do feel good. I like the fact that this cleanse is vegan-certified and gluten-free.
I have 3 more full days on the cleanse. I am eating healthy, as usual. My day usually consists of a good breakfast, an Arbonne vanilla shake in the afternoon (which I will also be reviewing soon), and a healthy dinner. I still am drinking my coffee in the morning, but I never have any other caffeine during the day. Sometimes I have a glass of wine at night.

Since I am a new Arbonne consultant and very interested in the Health and Wellness industry, I want very much to like all their nutritional products. But, I will report honestly what I think and experience. I didn't join Arbonne to build a 'nation' (as they like to call it). I honestly don't know how far I will take this business. I have my jewelry business which I absolutely love and feel this is a good balance. 

If this cleanse is working as it should, then this has got to be the best darn cleanse on the planet! What other cleanses don't involve sudden rushes to the bathroom and discomfort. I hope this is the case, but I'm not convinced at this point. Right now, I feel like I'm just drinking flavored water (not bad tasting, by the way). I'm not sure if the experiences above can even be attributed to the cleanse or just from eating healthy and drinking a lot of water.

I will report my results once I've completed all 7 days.

What are your experiences with this cleanse? I'm really curious to know what everyone thinks about this product.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Health Magazine Tells Us to 'Dig In' to Aspartame and GMOs!

I have to admit I'm really fuming over this subject. I received a free subscription to Health magazine and received my first issue this weekend. I thought it would be an informative, interesting magazine and was really looking forward to sitting in my backyard Sunday afternoon and reading it. Imagine my surprise when I came to the article titled 'Which Internet Food Rumors are True?' and they highly recommended GMOs and artificial sweeteners! Huh???

In fact, they claim that a couple of daily cans of diet soda won't harm you. The visual is especially troubling - they show a chart that shows a scale that ranges from 'skip it' to 'dig in' and they enthusiastically give it the highest range - dig in!

Here's where it gets even more interesting. If you go onto their internet site and link to 'Food & Recipes', then to 'Myths and Facts' (, they have two articles side-by-side. The first article, 'Should You Rethink 0-Calorie Drinks?' lists 10 reasons to avoid aspartame. The article RIGHT NEXT TO IT tells you to dig in to artificially sweetened drinks.

So, Health Magazine - which is it? 

They also flip-flop when it comes to GMOs. Here is an article I found on their website titled 'Why It's Time to Demand Organics' (,,20428072_2,00.html) listing all the dangers of GMO foods. But, then here they are in November, telling us to dig into our GMO corn and soybeans.

Health Magazine is owned by Time, Inc. - their parent company is Time Warner. Need I say more?
It's safe to say that I won't be renewing my subscription to this magazine!