Wednesday, 17 March 2010 22:14

SoCal Cleanse: healthy, easy detox

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As you saw earlier in the week, I had a great time at the Natural Products Expo West last weekend. I saw so many amazing companies there, but here's one that's pretty unique.

I'm a health nut - I love discovering new ways to be healthier. I saw SoCal Cleanse at the very end of the Expo, right before the event ended at 4pm - they were literally packing up. Even though I was rushing around, I stopped to learn more about them, since I love doing cleanses. I found out this company is not only vegan and certified organic, but super healthy and easy to do. I'm usually skeptical of products like this, especially pills, but the container clearly says "cruelty free and vegan" - love it! In fact, just ask VegNews, since they gave SoCal the Best in Show award for best new vegetarian product!

I was given a sample of their detox formula and have been taking it for the past few days. I'm not entirely sure what to expect, and can't tell if I feel any different. Although, yesterday I was really irritable and had a headache, which is a common side effect of doing a cleanse - shows toxins are being released. However, usually with detox, there's a different kind of release (if you know what I mean), and I haven't been experiencing that at all. So, my main complaint is that there isn't much explanation on the packaging or website on what exactly will happen, why you should do it, or even for how long. All it says is, "our 100% natural and gentle herbal formula helps support internal body detoxification and cleansing", and "there’s no fasting, no juice diets, no starvation diets, and best of all, no unpleasant side effects." I was able to find some info on other sites though: for example, Diet Spotlight says that it's supposed to suppress your appetite (can't say that it has) and not make your irritable or give you a headache (so much for my earlier comment). Maybe I'd notice more results if I had the whole kit they offer...

I especially like SoCal because they're very eco. The detox formula comes in a box that you can actually plant in the ground and then it will grow wild flowers - cool! The bottle itself is made from "the first greenhouse-gas-neutral-plastic" = non-GMO corn that is compostable. They say, "the cleaner the planet becomes the cleaner you'll become". Their website is even more impressive, as it has a very long page describing all the green things they do.

Here's what the website says about how healthy they are:
We use absolutely no chemicals or processing agents in our products keeping them pure and healthy. In addition, our products are 100% free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum, preservatives, artificial colors, phthalates, carmine, synthetic ingredients, or artificial fragrances .  

I give SoCal 3 thumbs up - one for being vegan, one for being healthy, and one for being green; it hits all my standards, so I'm a happy camper. I'll keep you posted on how I feel as the cleanse progresses. They have a whole line of products to help clean your body inside and out, including tea and soap - I might have to give those a try too...
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