The first kit is through Standard Process. It retails for about $230, so a little more on the expensive side, but what you have to remember is that sometimes you get what you pay for. Standard Process is a high quality whole food company, so they combine different foods to make up their vitamin pills. So instead of strictly getting X amount of vitamins B1, B2 and B3 (for example) you are getting a vitamin pill packed with foods where these vitamins are most nutrient dense. This allows you to take in all of the enzymes and cofactors that help to support the absorption and use of that vitamin.
I did this cleanse a few years ago and was very pleased with the results. The cleansing kit comes with enough protein and herbs/vitamins to last you for the full 21 days (the length of the cleanse). By the end of the 21 days I felt more energetic and became highly aware of all of the unhealthy processed foods that we are constantly bombarded with. The first week of this cleanse is by far the hardest to get through, the diet is very strict and is basically all vegetables and fruits (one cup of whole grain brown rice is allowed per day). After the first week or 10 days you are allowed to introduce lean organic meats back into your diet. The cleanse comes with a guide as to what foods are allowed during what weeks. The one drawback is that the food guide only has a few recipes, but if you are inventive and like to try new veggies and fruits this could be a great cleanse for you.
One thing that motivates people to do a cleanse is weight loss. I personally dropped about 10lbs during this cleanse, which is about 2x as much as I should have lost in that time span. You can expect to drop weight on this cleanse too, especially if most of the food you consume is NOT currently a high veggie/fruit diet. This cleanse is not one of the easiest I have done but it was by far one of the most rewarding. If you are interested, stop by the office and I can order this product for you (as you can only get Standard Process products through a health care professional).
The second cleanse that I tried was through Metagenix. It was a much shorter cleanse, 10 days I believe. Unlike the Standard Process cleanse there were many recipes included in their diet booklet, which was great. The diet was about the same as with Standard Process, you jump right into a vegetarian organic diet for the first half of the cleanse and then slowly add different foods and meats back into your diet. The beginning of this cleanse was also very tough for me, but not nearly as tough as the SP cleanse. I don't recall the exact pricing for this cleanse but I know that you also have to get this product through a health care professional. Once again if you research this cleanse and are interested, contact me.
These are the two official cleanses that I have experience with. I have also tried other natural cleanses, such as a 'grape cleanse' which was unsuccessful as I could not continue after the second day. The cleanse consists of strictly eating grapes only for about 5 days. The theory behind this cleanse is that the grape, extremely high in antioxidants and vitamins, will facilitate the cleansing of the GI track. There is more information on this cleanse online, but I do not recommend this cleanse (especially if you have never done a cleanse, are pregnant, or have a physically demanding lifestyle).
A cleanse can be a great way to jump start a person’s New Year’s goal of eating healthier and losing weight. The first two cleanses that I mentions are both amazing cleanses and I assure you that they make great gifts. Buy one for a friend and yourself, this way you can encourage and support one another. I personally will be trying out a new herbal cleanse next year (after the holidays are over), and will post about my progress and recommendations. If you have any additional questions about the cleansing kits I wrote about today, or one that you find when your are doing your research, feel free to contact me, (518) 390-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.