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About the Quick Cleanse 7-Day Detox Program

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About the Quick Cleanse 7-Day Detox Program
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After a week on its Quick Cleanse 7-Day Internal Cleansing Detox Program, Caruso's Natural Health claims you'll suffer less from diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, nausea, bad breath, abdominal pain and cramping, indigestion, dermatitis, heartburn, allergies and digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome. The program, which consists of a series of daily supplements, accomplishes this by supposedly clearing waste out of your digestive system, detoxifying your liver and increasing your body's population of healthy bacteria. Critics say these claims are unfounded and may cause more harm than good. Ask your doctor's advice before beginning this or any cleanse.

Basic Guidelines

Four sets of tablets come with the Quick Cleanse 7-Day Internal Cleansing Detox Program: Stomach Clear, Liver Clear Detox, Bowel Clear and ALIVE. You're instructed to take one Stomach Clear tablet before eating breakfast, one Bowel Clear tablet after breakfast, another Stomach Clear prior to dinner and one Liver Clear along with an optional Bowel Clear after dinner every day for one week. Once the week is over, you take two ALIVE capsules daily for 10 days. No guidelines for eating a balanced, healthy diet or exercising regularly are included.

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Quick Cleanse Ingredients

The supplements on the Quick Cleanse 7-Day Internal Cleansing Detox Program contain a mixture of herbs, vitamins, minerals, live bacterial cultures and other nutrients. Stomach Clear features extracts of ginger, citrus bioflavonoids, fennel, gentian root, artichoke, cat's claw, black walnut, peppermint; psyllium and paw paw powder; clove oil; and magnesium chloride. Bowel Clear contains cascara bark, sage, calendula, rhubarb, black walnut, wormwood and elecampane, while the Liver Clear Detox tablets have dandelion, St. Mary's thistle, bupleurum, astragalus, schizandra and barberry paired with taurine, inositol and choline. ALIVE contains three bacteria strains: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium longum.

Possible Benefits

Unlike many detox plans that require followers to undergo enemas or to adhere to extremely restrictive low-calorie diets that limit solid food in favor of liquids, the Quick Cleanse 7-Day Internal Cleansing Detox Program only requires several daily pills and does not restrict any foods. The plan is brief and straightforward and does not build consumer hopes with promises of rapid and effortless weight loss. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Guide, consuming live bacteria cultures such as those contained in the ALIVE tablets may reduce the symptoms of some digestive problems and may help maintain urinary tract health in women.

Potential Disadvantages

As a dietary supplement, the Quick Cleanse 7-Day Internal Cleansing Detox Program isn't checked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for purity, effectiveness or safety. There is no way to know if the ingredients on the label match the contents of the tablets or that they aren't contaminated with potentially harmful compounds. The supplements may cause side effects like muscle and joint pain, fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, abdominal pain and flatulence. They may also interfere with the function of prescription medications like warfarin. Because there are no recommended changes to diet, a person who begins the cleanse eating poorly and continues that pattern isn't likely to experience much benefit. In addition, there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that your body requires detoxification to cleanse your bowels and liver, or that the Quick Cleanse ingredients can do so.

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