We Tried Cleanses So You Don't Have To

By YouBeauty Editors
Two weeks, 24 juices, 50 shakes, 14 chicken breasts, 6 salads and one mental breakdown later, six YB editors cleansed and detoxed and lived to tell the tale.

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Cleanse: The Vitamin Shoppe AM/PM Power Cleanse

Length: Until you feel more regular

Cost: $17

Reviewer: Valerie Fischel, Photo Editor

The Vitamin Shoppe AM/PM Power Cleanse is a system of two bottles of fiber and herb supplements packed with probiotics and blends of fruits, vegetables, roots and herbs that decrease inflammation, aid digestion and guarantee evacuation. You start the cleanse by taking one of each vitamin in the morning, and the same in the evening, increasing the dosage for one of each every other day. No changes in diet necessary, though I curbed my fiber intake since I normally eat a lot of fiber, and I ate healthy as always.

By the end of the week, I was taking 12 supplements a day (they advise not to exceed 12 per day). I'll spare you the details concerning the three to four bowel movements I was having a day, which at times proved to be a bit of an inconvenience, but thankfully, not of the extremely urgent kind; though for the first two days I had none.

The cleanse promises regularity, not weight loss. The thought of being cleaned out was nice. Exercising during this cleanse sometimes felt a bit sloshy in the stomach region, and there was a lot of gurgling coming from my gut all week. Would I do it again? Maybe, but definitely not while on a trip to Europe, or in any situation where I don't have access to a (fairly nice, private) bathroom. This would be great for people suffering from constipation or bloating. Overall, there are a lot of beneficial herbs and vitamins in the kit and pooping is healthy, so no harm done.

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