Better Health Review: Your Personal Guide to Selecting the Best Natural Cleanse
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Review of the Market's Top Herbal Cleanse Products for Women

After a comprehensive evaluation of the top women’s cleansing products available to consumers today, we offer the following recommendations.

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Brenda Watson’s Vital Woman™
Flush & Be Fit™
(3-Part Kit)

Flush & Be Fit
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Enhances Energy: wholewholewholewholewhole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewholewholewholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewholewholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 5.0
wholewholewholewholewhole

Our first choice for a comprehensive detox & energize formula for women, Flush & Be Fit is made by the top natural digestive care and cleansing company ReNew Life Formulas, the makers of the popular CleanseSMART total-body cleanse. Flush & Be Fit is a 3-part formula that consists of a morning “Flush & Detox” blend, an afternoon “Energize & Balance” blend, and an evening “Cleanse & Eliminate” blend—each formulated specifically to target key female health concerns and support the cleansing and nutritional needs of a woman’s body.‡ Overall, Flush & Be Fit had all of the components we looked for in a complete cleansing, energizing, and health-enhancing total-body formula for women.

The morning blend focuses on liver and lymphatic support and helps to “flush toxins from stored fat in problem areas such as the hips, thighs and buttocks”.‡ Concentrated cranberry extract, hibiscus and dandelion are also added for urinary tract and kidney health.

The afternoon formula includes green tea, yerba mate, ginseng and more to “help boost and sustain energy and alleviate feelings of fatigue” as well as a comprehensive digestive enzyme blend to help relieve belly bloat and water retention.‡ 4 billion CFUs of Lactobacilli and Saccharomyces boulardii promote healthy vaginal flora and help prevent yeast overgrowth.‡ The evening formula includes natural laxative herbs ideal for first-time cleansers as well as experienced cleansers to help relieve occasional constipation.‡

It also includes magnesium to help hydrate stools and ease elimination.‡ Other Ingredients: Vegetable capsule (vegetable fiber and water). Convenient all-in-one strip-packs for Morning, Afternoon and Evening doses. All natural ingredients. No fillers or binders.

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Yerba Prima® Women’s Renew®
Internal Cleansing System

Yerba Prima
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Enhances Energy: wholewholewholewholewhole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 4.0
wholewholewholewhole

Yerba Prima’s Women’s ReNew Internal Cleansing System is an excellent choice for those seeking an effective cleansing and balancing formula. Although lacking a few components of some more comprehensive cleanses, the 3-part program does include deep-cleansing herbs as well as essential vitamins, minerals and fiber to help eliminate toxins, improve digestive health and regularity, enhance energy and restore hormonal balance.‡

Women’s Renew contains proven ingredients to help with the body’s detoxification functions, with specific ingredients to help protect the liver, intestines and colon.‡ Several women-specific herbs such as chaste tree berry and yellow dock root help with energy enhancing and hormone balancing, while black walnut and cloves help protect against parasites and yeast overgrowth.‡ Even though Women’s Renew is recommended for both beginning and experienced cleansers, some of the more potent ingredients (including psyllium husk and senna extract) may cause intestinal discomfort. Initial dose: 3 caps daily. Other ingredients: rice flour, cellulose, maltodextrin, USP Kosher gelatin capsule.

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Hydroxycut® Maximum Strength
Cleanse System for Women

Hydroxycut
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Enhances Energy: wholewholewhole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 3.5
wholewholewholehalf

Hydroxycut Maximum Strength Cleanse System for Women is made by Iovate, makers of the popular Hydroxycut Max! fat-burning formula for women. The 7-day, 2-part program features a morning formula and an evening formula designed to “support the cleansing process around the clock”. The A.M. System includes an herbal cleanse complex and GI cleanse plus energy-enhancing herbs, digestive enzymes, prebiotic fiber, and 4 billion CFUs of probiotics. The P.M. System includes women-specific cleansing herbs, as well as herbal ingredients for liver and gastrointestinal health.

Hydroxycut Maximum Strength Cleanse System for Women also features potent antioxidants and women-specific vitamin and mineral ingredients such as calcium, vitamin D and folic acid. In all, it is an effective formula for improving digestion and regularity, as well as enhancing overall well being. Although the 7-day program is an excellent choice for those seeking rapid results from a cleansing system, some ingredients may not be ideal for first-time cleansers, such as the potent laxative herbs senna and cascara.

Dosing is also not the most convenient: the morning formula consists of 3 capsules, 2 caplets, 1 packet. The evening formula consists of 3 capsules, 2 caplets.

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Jillian Michaels Triple Process Total-Body Detox & Cleanse plus Probiotic Replenishment™

Jillian Michaels
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Enhances Energy: wholewholewhole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 3.0
wholewholewhole

Personal trainer Jillian Michaels is well-known for her success on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Her Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse is a comprehensive formula for women that specifically targets poor digestion, belly bloat and toxic buildup, with additional ingredients to support the natural detoxification processes of the liver.‡ The Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse is an effective and convenient 7-day program that combines cleansing herbs and an antioxidant fruit blend plus the women-specific probiotic strain Bacillus coagulans to improve digestive health.‡ Added magnesium promotes bowel hydration and regularity.‡

Note: Although the product includes a “probiotic replenishment” complex, it is a low-potency culture count (0.5 billion CFUs) from only a single strain of beneficial bacteria, so it may not be as effective as a multi-strain complex with a higher culture count.

Directions advise using in conjunction with any “sensible diet and exercise program”. 4 capsules daily. May be repeated every 3-4 months. No harsh chemicals.

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GNC WELLbeING® be CLEANSED™
Complete Detox Kit

GNC be Cleansed
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Enhances Energy: whole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewholewholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 3.0
wholewholewhole

Part of GNC’s WELLbeING line of whole-body health products for women, be CLEANSED Complete Detox Kit is a comprehensive 7-day program consisting of: a total-body purifying liquid with 5g of fiber per serving (4 fl. oz.); a calorie-cutting digestive enzyme formula (1 capsule); an herbal cleansing formula that supports urinary and kidney health (1 caplet); and an anti-bloating formula enhanced with minerals and needed electrolytes (2 capsules).

be CLEANSED focuses on ridding the body of toxins through diet as well as herbal cleansing and detoxification, and it includes a high-fiber, low-calorie “Body Purifying Meal Plan” developed by GNC nutrition experts. It is especially effective for women who are beginning a weight loss program or who want to jumpstart their digestive health, but it lacks the energy-enhancing components of some other products. be CLEANSED also lacks a probiotic component, which is especially important for women to help balance vaginal flora and prevent yeast overgrowth, as well as enhance digestive health. Other Ingredients: Cellulose, gelatin, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide, vegetable acetoglycerides, rice bran, chlorophyll color. Days 1-2: Liquid plus capsules & caplet; Days 3-7: Capsules & caplet.

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Internal Flush® Herbal Laxative (90-ct caps)

Internal Flush | Flush the Fat
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Enhances Energy: whole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: whole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 2.5
wholewholehalf

An effective bowel cleansing formula, Internal Flush also contains 20 billion CFUs of Lactobacillus acidophilus to help promote a balanced intestinal environment and restore regularity.‡ Although only a single strain, Lactobacilli are one of the two most predominant types of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract (Bifidobacteria being the other) and therefore play a vital role in optimal digestion. Internal Flush may not be the best choice for those with sensitive colons, however, as it contains harsher laxative herbs such as senna and cascara sagrada (both of which have been shown to cause abdominal cramping). It also contains 200mg of psyllium powder (insoluble fiber), which may contribute to gas, bloating and digestive discomfort, although it is blended with soluble fiber from flaxseed.

Finally, while Internal Flush is also marketed as a weight loss product, there are no specific weight loss ingredients. However, because internal cleansing helps to remove toxins that may be stored in fat cells, this product may have a minimal weight loss effect for some people. 1 to 6 capsules daily. No artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

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The Cleaner® Women’s 7-Day Formula (52-ct caps)

The Cleaner
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Enhances Energy: whole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewholewholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 2.0
wholewhole

The Cleaner is a total-body cleansing and detoxification system that focuses primarily on removing toxins and promoting a flatter abdomen. It includes a proprietary blend of herbs, minerals and fiber to help “unclog the colon and other body systems” and enhance digestion and energy.‡ Added ingredients also target intestinal bacteria and yeast and help to ease bloating and gas.‡ Although the 7-day program gets our vote for convenience, it lacks many of the components of a more comprehensive cleansing product, including digestive enzymes, energy-enhancing herbs and a probiotic complex for healthy flora balance. The Cleaner does however contain FOS—a prebiotic shown to help stimulate the growth of healthy gut bacteria—as well as milk thistle to support healthy liver detoxification.‡

Note: The Cleaner contains psyllium husk in its fiber blend, which may not be ideal for those with sensitive colons, as psyllium has been shown to cause gas, bloating and cramping. Serving size: 4 capsules. Natural vegetable capsules. No animal products.

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SlimQuick® 7-Day Cleanse (Weight Loss Jumpstart)

SlimQuick
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Enhances Energy: wholewholewhole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewholewholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewhole
Probiotic Complex: whole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewhole

OVERALL SCORE: 2.0
wholewhole

Part of the SlimQuick line for women, the 7-Day Cleanse is an effective organ detox and metabolic booster formula. However, it may not be the best choice for those with occasional constipation or irregularity, as it lacks a powerful colon-cleansing component. Still, many of the ingredients provide natural weight loss and blood sugar support, so if a slimmer waistline is your overall goal, this might be the best choice. SlimQuick 7-Day Cleanse also includes green tea extract and ginseng to enhance energy, as well as 300 million CFUs of Lactobacillus sporogenes to help with digestive balance and restore healthy gut bacteria levels.‡ 8 capsules daily. Other ingredients: Capsule shell (gelatin, purified water), magnesium stearate, silica.

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About Our Scoring System

Our analysts have developed a unique six-point scoring system based on the above list of essential components to look for in a superior cleanse for women. It takes into account individual elements as well as an evaluation of overall efficacy. The following is a breakdown of the overall score:

1. Enhances Energy: 30%
2. Eliminates Toxins: 30%
3. Weight Loss/Fat Burning: 20%
4. Digestive Health/Regularity: 5%
5. Probiotic Complex: 10%
6. Overall Efficacy: 5%

Each product is assigned an overall 1-5 rating (5 is best). For example:

Enhances Energy: wholewholewholewhole
Eliminates Toxins: wholewhole
Weight Loss/Fat Burning: wholewholewhole
Digestive Health/Regularity: wholewholewholewhole
Probiotic Complex: wholewholewholewhole
Overall Efficacy: wholewholewholewhole
OVERALL SCORE: 3.5
wholewholewholewhole

The Truth about Toxins

Today more than ever, our bodies are inundated with harmful toxins. They are in our food and water, the air we breathe, and in countless products we use every day to make our lives more convenient. Over time those toxins can build up in our cells and tissues, eventually overwhelming the vital organs and organ systems that are designed to filter and eliminate them from the body—specifically the liver, lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood and bowel (or colon).

An overload of toxins in the body may reveal itself gradually, with symptoms such as headaches, low energy, allergies and ‘brain fog’. As the body becomes more toxic, however, the result may be a breakdown in overall well being, beginning with impaired digestive function and eventually leading to chronic health problems and disease. In addition, because toxins are often stored in fat cells, toxic overload may contribute to excess weight gain and can significantly impede healthy weight loss efforts.

Why Women Should Cleanse

For women especially, regular cleansing and detoxification are essential for achieving and maintaining vibrant health and energy. Increased exposure to chemical and environmental toxins is often attributed to common female health issues including fatigue, irritability, poor digestion, belly bloat, vaginal yeast infections and more. However, such symptoms often go misdiagnosed, resulting in a vicious cycle of health problems that can leave women feeling run down and unable to do the things they enjoy.

What Should Women Look for in an Effective Cleanse?

  • Enhances Energy
  • Eliminates Toxins
  • Weight Loss/Fat Burning
  • Digestive Health/Regularity
  • Probiotic Complex
  • Overall Efficacy

Colon Cleansing & Detox

Although the word ‘cleansing’ is not synonymous with ‘colon cleansing’, an effective total-body cleanse and detox program for women should include a colon-cleansing component for enhanced digestion and regularity. That’s because when undigested food accumulates in the colon due to sluggish elimination, it ferments and releases harmful toxins. Those toxins can then enter the bloodstream and contribute to a decline in overall health.

Along with specific colon-cleansing ingredients, your cleansing formula should also include a broad-spectrum detox component with potent herbs and nutraceuticals proven to support the body’s natural detoxification processes and promote healthy liver and lymphatic system function. Such ingredients will also help reduce water retention and uncomfortable belly bloat.

Energy Boost

Because low energy and fatigue are among the most common symptoms experienced by women due to a buildup of toxins in the body, your cleansing formula should also incorporate women-specific ingredients to enhance energy levels during the day. These may include proven herbal ingredients such as yerba mate and ginseng.

Weight Loss and Fat Burning

Excess weight and toxins go hand in hand, as fat cells are a favorite storage place for toxins in the body. This is especially true for women, who tend to accumulate fat in problem areas such as the hips and thighs. For this reason, a comprehensive fat flush component is essential when choosing your herbal cleansing program.

Probiotics for Vaginal and Urinary Support

Finally, because an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the vagina and urinary tract can contribute to yeast overgrowth and infection, probiotics are a critical component in an effective women’s cleanse. Look for a multi-strain probiotic blend with a high culture count (in the billions) and a high Lactobacilli count, as Lactobacilli are the most prevalent good bacteria in a healthy vagina/urinary tract.

 

 

 

Herbal Cleansing and Detoxification for Women

Herbal cleansing involves the use of herbs and other beneficial natural ingredients to help the body perform its vital detoxification and elimination functions more thoroughly, and it is essential for establishing and maintaining a foundation of optimal health. Because a buildup of harmful toxins in the body affects women differently than it does men, women-specific total-body cleansing and detox formulas will typically include herbs, vitamins, amino acids and other nutraceuticals proven to provide greater benefit for a woman’s body.

In addition to regular cleansing and detoxification, women of all ages may benefit from a high-fiber diet as well as daily supplementation with Omega oils, high-potency probiotics and enzymes to help improve digestive function, enhance immunity and promote overall well being.
‡ This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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