Does Colonic Irrigation Work?

Friday, August 5th, 2011
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Colonic Irrigation

The topic of detoxification and nutritional cleansing are common to the CleanseBenefits Blog.  Depending on their circumstances many people are willing to try anything to lose weight and/or improve their appearance…even procedures and systems that may create health concerns that negate or overtake any presumed benefits.  Some people may conduct a cost/benefit analysis of a potential cure for their problems and decide that the associated warnings or concerns are acceptable to them if it results in a thinner waistline

It seems silly, however, to utilize such a procedure or systems when it is proven to have no benefit, or if the benefit does not produce the desired effect.  U.S. scientists have determined that a longstanding “treatment” with a large number of supporters does not achieve the ends previously assumed.  Colonic Irrigation has long been touted as a means for detoxification and weight loss, but it turns out these claims are unfounded.  As a matter of fact, Colonic Irrigation is now believed to potentially cause serious health problems with little or no associated benefits.  

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The procedure which involves flushing out the colon through a tube inserted into the rectum may lead to nausea, cramping, bloating, and in some cases renal failure and even death as determined by a study conducted by Georgetown University scientists.  The study went on to explain that colon cleansing products such as laxatives, teas, powders and capsules purport benefits that actually don’t exist.  

Of similar concern is that these procedures are quite often performed by non-medical personnel in spas and clinics.  The practitioners in these spas and clinics have been found to have limited, if any, training in the administration of these unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedures.  

Nutritional or full-body cellular cleansing is a safe alternative that has a medical study to back up its efficacy.  It is non-invasive and allows for a person with no medical background to use safely.  

Everyone has a choice to make here if weight loss and cleansing is the desired result.  It seems to be common sense to choose the alternative that has been proven to work safely.

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Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Some of the frequent visitors to the CleanseBenefits Blog know that one of my favorite documentaries is FoodMatters.  The DVD available through   discusses our current state of health and how weFood Matters Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing as Americans are no longer receiving adequate nutrition from the food we eat.  This is attributed to the fact that the fruits and vegetables we eat today are very different from those of 50 years ago.  We have leeched the vital nutrients from the soil which means important vitamins and minerals are not making it into our bodies.  Furthermore, because our food travels such great distances and it can be weeks before it reaches your plate, much of the nutritional value contained in the food is significantly depleted.  If the fruits and vegetables are not adequate to provide all that a body needs the way we are preparing our beef and poultry is not helping either.  I would recommend the documentary Food Inc. to you; however, I suggest you may never eat another hamburger for the rest of your life.  

Ultimately, we are introducing additives, preservatives and other chemicals to our bodies in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.  Conversely, most of America is doing little to counteract this onslaught by introducing vital healthy supplements into our dietsFoodMatters does not sugar-coat this situation and states definitively that we are slowly poisoning ourselves.  Considering the garbage we are putting into our mouths it is ironic that we are eating so much of it.  We are, as most everyone is aware, the fattest nation on the planet.  

One of the major points made in the Foodmatters documentary is that we have become a nation of prescription drug users, i.e. “One pill for every ill.”  We fail to recognize that many of the diseases we suffer from are directly connected to what we put into our bodies…and what we fail to put into them.   

There are many ways which people attempt to deal with this unfortunate situation.  Some of them are useless, and  Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishingsome can be dangerous.  Most of the solutions, however, seem to agree on one thing.  Somehow we need to cleanse impurities from our bodies and replenish them with good nutritious foods, vitamins and minerals.  

Our bodies are essentially high performance machines.  When impurities are introduced, our machine does not function the way that God intended.  So what is the solution to our problem?  Many of us have turned to internal body cleanses in many different forms.  There are many different types of cleanses meant to remove impurities from various organs in the body.  Examples include: 

  • Colon Cleanses
  • Kidney Cleanses
  • Juice Fasts
  • Detox Diets
  • Digestive System Cleanses
  • Castor Oil Packs 

There are some pros and cons associated with these processes, but I believe that all of them are lacking in one way or another.  One of the most common of the cleanses noted above is the colon cleanse.  

There are several significant dangers commonly associated with a colon cleanse

  1. If contaminated water is introduced into the body during a colon cleanse, severe sickness can result.  Kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion.  
  2. Some herbs used in colon cleanses are particularly powerful in producing detox reactions like diarrhea and headaches
  3. Some colon cleanses can contain non-organic ingredients that have traces of pesticides and other chemicals in them. 
  4. A colon cleanse can hurt the process of shedding nutrients and absorbing vitamins and minerals.  This can cause the colon not to function properly. 
  5. The body could absorb too much water during the procedure causing a myriad of dangerous reactions.  

Is there a positive alternative?  The answer is yes.  A system of nutritional cleansing can release impurities that can slow down your metabolism while providing high grade nutrition to your body’s internal organs.  In addition, nutritional cleansing can: 

  • Help you to lose unwanted pounds and inches Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing
  • Cleanse harmful impurities from your system
  • Burn fat and build muscle
  • Naturally reduce unhealthy cravings
  • Gain energy and improve mental clarity.  

Cleansing and purification is not a new concept.  It has been practiced my many cultures throughout history for physical and spiritual reasons.  Considering the toxins we introduce into our environment and the impurities subsequently introduced into our bodies nutritional cleansing is becoming more important to good health.  The right nutritional cleanse can ensure these impurities are released and our bodies are able to recover.

You are What you Eat!!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

On Monday I read an article about a nutritionist who ate primarily junk-food, i.e. Twinkies®, powdered donuts, Dorito’s®, etc, for 10 weeks…AND LOST 27 POUNDS!!  The article can be found here: 

…Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! 

Whew, now that I have got that out of my system it is of vital importance that we dissect this little experiment before overweight and obese people start assuming that they actually had it right this whole time.  There are severalKansas State You are What you Eat!! important mitigating factors that need to be identified that I believe will crush the dreams of those that were about to stock up on every sugary, chemically infused snacks at their local grocery store.  

First and foremost the Kansas State University nutritionist who conducted this experiment, Professor Mark Haub started with the premise that the only thing that mattered when it came to weight loss was caloric intake.  In other words, regardless of what you eat, the amount of calories in the food you consume and not the source of those calories, will determine your weight.  I have always believed this to be a reasonable theory. 

twinkies You are What you Eat!!It is true that the professor dropped 27 pounds, his body fat dropped from 33.4 to 24.9 percent, and his body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal.  However, the professor made an implicit admission that vitamins, minerals, protein etc., are important for basic health as he also took a multivitamin pill and drank a protein shake daily.  In addition, he ate vegetables, typically a can of green beans or three to four celery stalks.  Essentially, the experiment was about weight loss, and most definitely NOT about health.  The professor recognized that losing weight does not equate necessarily to being healthy and that supplements were required to maintain some semblance of health.  This claim is reiterated and supported in a responsive article written by Chuck Norris.  Mr. Norris’ article can be found here: 

In a recent post I discussed the revelation that the toxins and impurities we have introduced into our water, food and air may be a primary contributing factor to the cancers that have become so common to the human race (you can read the post here:  If it is assumed that these impurities cause or at least contribute to illness then losing weight by eating junk-food will mean you may become a thin corpse.  With that though it mind, let’s take a look at some of the ingredients in the typical Twinkie® that the professor made a staple in his diet…

  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup 
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Vegetable and/or animal shortening – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed or canola oil, and beef fat.
  • Dextrose 
  • Modified corn starch
  • Cellulose gum
  • Leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate)
  • Cornstarch
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Mono and diglycerides
  • Soy lecithin
  • Polysorbate 60
  • Dextrin
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Sodium stearol lactylate
  • Wheat gluten
  • Calcium sulphate
  • Natural and artificial flavours
  • Caramel colour
  • Sorbic acid (to retain freshness)
  • Colour added (yellow 5, red 40)

Yikes!!  .  I am assuming everyone knows where I am going here. 

Isagenix® systems, paks and products allow you to reduce caloric intake through the use of the Isagenix® IsaLean®buy isagenix products e1i91 You are What you Eat!! meal replacement shakes while offering a cellular cleanse in the form of the Isagenix® Cleanse for Life® Dietary Supplement to cleanse away the impurities we are exposed to.  This is a much healthier alternative to counting the calories in a package of Twinkies®.   

If you would like to contact me about Isagenix® then you can visit my web-site at or call toll free at 1-866-982-4288.  If you would like to view my Biggest Loser-Tucson story then that can be viewed at

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Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Since Tamara and I began our Isagenix® journey 4 years ago I have become acutely aware of articles and information about health and nutrition.  As a result, I have made a recent observation that I believe to be significant to everyone reading this post.  More and more I am seeing articles on the concepts of “cleansing” and “detoxification”.  This simply means that everyone else is catching on to what Isagenix® users have known for years.  These words are important to me because they changed both Tamara’s life, as well as my own.  These terms are significant because they clarify the underlying purpose and intent of Isagenix® and their many wonderful products, but no more so than the Isagenix® Cleanse for Life™ nutritional supplement.  

main drew carey1 The Isagenix® Line of Products:Isagenix® Cleanse for Life™In a recent article in Parade Magazine (September 26, 2010), comedian Drew Carey discussed the process by which he was able to achieve significant weight loss.  One component of that process involved a two week “detoxification” period.  Mr. Carey’s diet was “restricted to lean proteins, lots of vegetables, limited fruit, few starches, vitamins and nutritional supplements, and at least 64 ounces of water a day.”  Mr. Carey’s comments about his diet prove points that I have made several times in the past.  Drew said the menu left him “wanting to chew [his] arm off”.  For most of the population such diets eventually fail for several reasons.  Ultimately, without a significant support system it is very difficult, if not impossible to remain dedicated to such a severe lifestyle change. 

I do not claim that you can continue to eat whatever you want and still maintain a healthy lifestyle, even with the helpWomens World Magazine The Isagenix® Line of Products:Isagenix® Cleanse for Life™ of Isagenix®.  There are some simple decisions that can be made to improve your chances for success when embarking on any weight loss/wellness regimen.  In the October 4, 2010 Woman’s World magazine the famous Dr. Oz came out in support of a 28-day diet that consisted of avoiding pre-packaged and processed foods.  I like this one as it is easy to implement.  

It is inevitable, however, that we will ingest or absorb the toxins, additives, preservatives and chemicals from our everyday environment.  These toxins affect the body’s ability to function the way that God intended it to.  This is where the Isagenix® Cleanse for Life™ nutritional supplement can help.  Everyday we’re exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the items we touch.  Cleanse for Life™ helps give your body the nutrition it needs to cleanse itself naturally, and unlike other “cleanses”, laxatives or diuretics that can deplete your body, Cleanse for Life™ nourishes and feeds your entire body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals. 

Cleanse single bottle 200x200 The Isagenix® Line of Products:Isagenix® Cleanse for Life™Over time, impurities from the environment, our food and water build up and cause our body to function less efficiently. Cleanse for Life™ helps rid our bodies of unwanted impurities with gentle cleansing herbs such as Pau D’arco, Yellow Dock and Aloe Vera while infusing it with vital nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. So, your body can function more effectively. Cleanse for Life™ helps you to have more energy, think more clearly and safely lose weight.  Contact us today and we will tell you how a health and wellness plan with Isagenix® as a component can transform your life.  You can reach us either through or by calling us toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).

Don’t be Afraid of that 4th of July Barbecue

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

American Flag Wall Art Dont be Afraid of that 4th of July BarbecueHow do I stick with my nutritional cleansing program over 4th of July weekend?  This is easier than you think. There is no reason you have to live in a bubble while using Isagenix. Enjoy the foods in moderation you would normally eat.

Here are some helpful eating tips:

  • Use lean protein on the grill and put your meat on a multi-grain bun or skip the bun altogether.  If you must sample the barbecue ribs limit them to 1 or 2.
  • Avoid mayonnaise based salads.  Instead eat a tossed salad with low calorie dressing.  If you can’t resist the pasta salad use whole grain pasta with an olive oil and vinegar dressing.tossed salad2 Dont be Afraid of that 4th of July Barbecue
  • Try filling up on raw vegetables & fruit.  Watermelon is a good choice this time of year.  It is low in calories and contains 90% water.
  • Baked beans are high in fiber but they are also contain a lot of sugar.  Limit your serving to 1 – 2 tbsp.
  • Eat baked chips instead of regular.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you can’t live without your alcoholic beverage, choose low-calorie varieties and drink in moderation.
  • Exercise the mourning before to help speed up your metabolism.

Most of all enjoy!  One off day is not going to limit your success.  Besides, on Cleanse for Life 1024x814 Dont be Afraid of that 4th of July BarbecueMonday you can get back on track by doing a cleanse day. I like to think of my cleanse as my magic eraser. 

Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend!

Cleaning House with Nutritional Cleansing

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I love my house cleaner.  She shows up every couple of weeks and transforms my house.  When I first met her she made some bold claims, such as “I can make your shower look like it did the day you moved in.”  I must admit I was quite skeptical…but she did it…she is truly amazing!

My husband isn’t my house cleaner.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I love my husband with all my heart.  He is a great husband and a great father; however, he has a unique gene that precludes him from being my house cleaner.  He is a “husband” so he has a tendency to confuse “picking up” with “cleaning house”.  My husband will go around the house and pick up clothing and towels, put the dishes away and empty the trash.  He will then stand arms akimbo stating triumphantly that he has “cleaned up”.  I appreciate my husband’s efforts and couldn’t manage the house without him, but simply picking up will eventually result in the walls coming down around us.  My husband and my house cleaner are good metaphors for cleansing and will serve to explain what Isagenix Cleansing & Fat Burning Systems can do for you and your health.

I have had many people ask me if Isagenix is a colon-cleanse or if they need to hang out around rest rooms on cleanse days.  The answer is a most emphatic no.  Colon cleanses are kind of like my husband.  They “pick up” around your body but don’t address the deep down cellular cleansing that is needed to provide you with optimal health.   Proponents of colon cleansing believe that toxins from your gastrointestinal tract can cause a variety of health problems, such as arthritis, allergies and asthma. They say that colon cleansing — also called colonic irrigation — removes these toxins, thus promoting healthy intestinal bacteria, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system.

While there is little scientific evidence to support or refute the benefits of colon cleansing, critics say it’s generally unnecessary and at times may even be harmful. Although doctors prescribe colon cleansing as preparation for medical procedures such as colonoscopy, most don’t recommend it for detoxification.

Nutritional Cleansing unlocks the miracle of the human body.  Nutritional Cleansing increases the health benefits you’ll receive from the ancient health practice of cleansing. The herbs, vitamins and minerals that aid cleansing do two things:

*          Accelerate the removal of impurities from the body.

*          Nourish the body with vital nutrients to rapidly revive health.
A cleansed and revitalized body is stronger, resists illness better, is more efficient and performs at a higher level than one that is filled with impurities. Many people notice an ability to reach and maintain their ideal weight.

I will keep my husband as he is irreplaceable.  I recommend that you get a house cleaner.  Get Isagenix Cleanse for Life®!