The Product: Raw Green Organics' Rawjuvenate Cleanse System
The Review: I don't normally do reviews of this kind of thing, because I wanted this to be a blog about my obsession with makeup and hair products. However, I am going to make an exception for this cleanse, because I'm having a hard time finding real honest reviews from people who have definitely tried this product and not just celebrity endorsements and sites doing giveaways.
I normally don't do cleanses, but I love having breakfast shakes. They're easy and it's a great way for me to force myself to get something with nutritional value into my system in the morning (I am neither a morning nor a breakfast person). I tend to get bored with flavors, though, so I keep on trying different ones. I saw this cleanse system on Daily Candy and decided to try it out because I always try to find shakes with spirulina, greenery and protein, and I am always game to try out new supplements. I saw this and was like, "I like organic greens, protein, and the combo of fiber, aloe, and probiotics is pretty good. $80 for a month's supply of all that stuff really isn't too bad compared to overpriced juice cleanses, so sure I'll try it."
I've been using this cleanse system for almost 2 weeks, so it's not like I tried it for a day or 2 and was like, I'm going to review it without giving it a shot. Basically, this system is sneaky. The shake is actually really tasty when mixed with stuff. I use milk or vanilla almond milk. It fills me up til lunch, and I never dread drinking it, so I'm sold on that. What I don't like are the supplements. Fiber is great on its own, aloe is great on its own in moderation, and everyone loves a nice probiotic. I figured everything would be all nice and mild since you're supposed to be taking them every day, but just to be safe, I started out with just 1 capsule of each instead of the recommended 3 capsules of the fiber and aloe. Good thing I did, because I wound up getting horrible stomach upset.
At first, I thought it was the aloe and stopped taking that, since it was marketed as a gentle laxative. I thought that was weird, since I've had aloe and aloe juice before and never had a problem. Normally, my stomach is cast iron and nothing bothers it. I figured they'd formulated it to be way too strong. However, my problems continued, so I did a little research and found The Detox Diva had had a similar problem. Turns out, there is senna AND cascara sagrada in the fiber supplement (I was not familiar with those herbs and had no idea what they did. I figured it was some other type of fiber source), both of which are laxatives and stronger ones at that. You are definitely not supposed to be taking those every day, just as you are not supposed to be taking any kind of laxative every day, because it fucks with your electrolyte levels and can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as screwing up your digestive process. You are way, waaaay better off just drinking a tasty aloe drink and mixing psyllium husk powder into some juice. Fiber has no need for laxatives, people.
I've worked with enough natural health and new-agey people to know that there are people out there who will insist that I didn't follow directions, that I'm "detoxing" and that I need a good colon-cleansing if I want to live to be 100. However, the fact of the matter is, regardless of whether it's my body acting up or my not following directions, taking laxatives every day --even natural ones-- is not healthy. I don't care if you think feeling like you have a mild case of food poisoning for 2 weeks is good for you, because it's not.
Oh, and no, even with the intestinal misery caused by the senna and cascara sagrada, I didn't lose any weight. Not that that was my goal in the slightest, but some payment for being miserable for that long would have been nice. But now I know! Laxatives. Not worth it.
I would totally buy the greens and protein powder on their own if they were priced reasonably, because it is one of the best shakes I've tried. Too bad they're all insanely overpriced.
Bottom line: You can do better. Save your money and find something else. Or buy it when it's almost 65% off, like I did, and be super careful with the laxatives.
Update: Wow, I'm so glad this review has been helpful to people! Thank you all for your lovely comments and opinions. And I also feel I should clarify that I don't believe this cleanse will do any lasting harm if you decide to try it and stick with the laxative trifecta, but don't say I didn't warn you if you wind up feeling pretty sick and spending an ungodly amount of time in the bathroom. It's just my opinion that there are safer, less unpleasant ways of cleaning out your innards. Also, if you ever find a great deal for the greens and protein combo, I totally recommend it, because after I finished the whole month of shakes, my hair was growing like crazy and my skin looked amazing. Yay!