Few products come close to the nutritional profile of Cleanse for Life®—an herbal drink formulated to nourish the body and support its natural detoxification systems. While the body has pathways to remove toxins from the body, just like any machine, it can become overloaded. The combination of ingredients in Cleanse for Life works synergistically to support the body’s detoxification pathways and help them work more efficiently.
Three phases of detoxification occur within the body to metabolize fat-soluble toxins into less toxic compounds that can safely be removed from the body. Each of these phases requires certain enzymes and bioactive nutrients to do their job (1,2).
Think of it like this: In order for you to drive to work, you need to safely pass through intersections. Stoplights and signs assist you in getting to your destination by signaling you to go straight, stop, or turn. Just as these direct you to your office, various nutrients and enzymes assist in getting toxins out of fat cells, into circulation, and to the liver to be excreted.
You’ll find these nutrients needed to safely remove impurities from the body in Cleanse for Life. The blend of B vitamins, herbs such as burdock root, and plant botanicals including ashwaganda, aloe vera, and turmeric support detoxification pathways (4-6).
Additionally, antioxidant support is needed for optimal detoxification. While we’re most familiar with environmental toxins—pollution, cleaning chemicals, etc.—some toxins are produced within the body from free radicals. Antioxidants help neutralize oxidative stressed caused by toxins. That’s why you’ll find powerful antioxidants like bilberry and blueberry fruit extracts in Cleanse for Life.
There are multiple ways you can incorporate nutrient-rich Cleanse for Life into your diet. But for best results, it’s recommended that you follow some general guidelines.
Daily Cleansing: Daily Cleansing involves drinking Cleanse for Life on a daily basis while still consuming shakes and meals. With Daily Cleansing, the main benefit is providing your body with the polyphenol-rich nutrients and plant extracts in Cleanse for Life. Many who do Daily Cleansing choose to have their Cleanse for Life before they go to bed when the body naturally fasts during sleeping. But really, Cleanse for Life can be consumed any time of the day.
One- or Two-Day Deep Cleansing: Deep Cleansing involves abstaining from eating normal meals and food for one or two days. The equivalent in the scientific literature is termed intermittent fasting. The research supporting intermittent fasting is vast, showing benefit for weight loss, cognitive health, cardiovascular health, and more (7-10).
Instead of only drinking water as some cleanses recommend, Cleanse for Life is taken throughout the day. Other “tools” can be used as well and include Isagenix Snacks!™, IsaDelight Plus™ Milk or Dark chocolates, Ionix® Supreme, e+, and Want More Energy?® (if exercising). These tools are important for overcoming cravings and for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Some people may require more to prevent dips in blood sugar that can lead to light-headedness or fatigue*.
While it’s smart to use Cleanse Day tools, it’s important to remember that calories can add up. Use them as needed, and don’t feel bad if sometimes more are needed (or maybe an apple slice or carrot) to be successful. Low-calorie beverages including herbal and green tea as well as t+ Chai are useful tools to help keep you committed to the cleanse. And if you absolutely cannot make it through a Deep Cleanse, break it guiltlessly with an IsaLean® Shake and plan for another time to cleanse. Cleansing is like a skill—the more you do it, the easier it is and the better you become.
As to which is better—a one- or two-day cleanse—they both are good! Any amount of time the body is given a rest from normal digestion of foods and meals is beneficial. Two days of cleansing may bring additional benefit in allowing the body more time to restore and rejuvenate (10), but science shows fasting for just one day can still be beneficial for health through increasing the body’s production of growth hormone, which plays an important role in muscle building, preventing muscle breakdown, and increasing fat burning (11).
No matter if it’s Deep Cleansing for one or two days or Daily Cleansing, Isagenix makes it possible for just about anyone to incorporate this health-benefitting practice into their normal routine. The key is personalization. What works for some may not work for others—just don’t miss out on the nourishment Cleanse for Life provides.
*If any blood sugar or other health issues are a concern, be sure to work with a physician to determine the amount and type of calories that should be consumed throughout a Cleanse Day so blood sugar remains at a safe and healthy level. Cleansing, whether Deep or Daily, may not be suitable for all health conditions.
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