Savse Smoothies for a DIY Juice Cleanse?

Posted by Lipglossiping On July - 24 - 2013

I’ve seen a few Savse Smoothie posts pop up on blogs recently and while I try to avoid blanket campaigns, I was really intrigued by the idea that these could perhaps be used as a short-term and less expensive solution to a DIY Juice Cleanse.  Firstly, you might be a little ambiguous on what actually consititutes a juice cleanse in this context…

Well, for me… I took part in an expensive, but effective cleanse last year that really worked a bit of magic to hydrate and plump my skin, boost a natural-looking glow (and lose a bit of weight!).  Of course, the weight loss didn’t last much longer than it took me to inhale a bag of salty chips the next day… but, at the time, it went a long way to helping deal with some water retention.

A “professional” 5-day cleanse can cost in the region of £350 and usually includes all of your juices, some form of nut milk, perhaps a mild laxative, and usually a few skin-boosting supplements to help you along your way.

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These Savse Smoothies* retail at £2.49 for a 250ml bottle.  Most “pro” cleanses provide juices that come in 500ml bottles… the average dose of which is around three-to-five bottles a day.  Taking this into consideration, you could feasibly subsitute Savse Smoothies (the ones that don’t contain yoghurt) at a cost of £15-to-£25 a day.  Over the course of 5-days?  £75-to-£125 depending on whether you choose to consume 1.5L or 2.5L of juice daily.  Either way, don’t forget to supplement the juices with plenty of water, coconut-water, and herbal teas.  A glass of almond milk before bed would also provide a dose of protein and good fats.

Now, while this of course, still sounds expensive… it’s nowhere near the £350 end of the spectrum, is it?  Of course… if you’re a regular juicer, you’d end up saving plenty of money just by investing in something like the soon-to-be-released Philips HR1863 Viva Collection Juicer.

The Savse Smoothies contain 100% natural ingredients… for example, their Super Green offering delivers the following in each 250ml bottle:

150ml Pear (juice)
80ml Broccoli (purée)
5ml Kiwi (pulp)
5ml Lemon (juice)
5ml Banana (purée)
4ml Kale (pulp)
1ml Spinach (juice)

Add up those totals?  You get 250ml.  That’s it… there’s nothing else added to detract from the fruit/veggie goodness contained within.

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If you are contemplating a juice cleanse with these Savse Smoothies, I would recommend doing some homework online to discover some useful additions to help encourage the best detox possible.  Picking up some supplements from Holland & Barrett such as Spirulina Capsules/Powder, Psyllium Husk Capsules, perhaps a mult-digestive enzyme capsule to encourage the break-down of residual matter in the stomach will go a long way to increasing the successes of your cleanse.

Of course, if you do undertake something like this… do it carefully and watch out for signs of dehydration, it’s amazing how much of the liquid our body needs comes from the food we eat and not the drinks we consume and only do something like this for 3-5 days at the most.  If you have any underlying medical issues, always consult a doctor first.

Alternatively, you could use these Savse Smoothies as a nutritional boost!  “Drink your greens!” as they say… the Super Red/Green/and Purple juices in the range contain 2 of your 5-a-day.  If your skin is suffering because you’re not a veggie fan… treat a bottle of this like your medicine, bottoms up!

Either way, I’m a fan of the concept.  At £2.49, they’re not prohibitively expensive and the convenience speaks for itself.  The only downside to these is avaiability.  Right now, outside of London… supply is pretty sketchy.  Log on to savsesmoothies.com to find your nearest stockist.

Do you juice cleanse?  Get enough of your 5-a-day?  What do you think about Savse Smoothies?

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5 days on the Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse…

Posted by Lipglossiping On November - 19 - 2012

I’m not your classic party girl… but if I were, I’d be panicking right about now.  You see, December is the most traditional of party seasons, that time of year when you’re really not supposed to wear the same dress twice.  And as thankful as I am for a red carpet-void lifestyle, I’m even more thankful for the fact that I don’t have to embark on strict beauty rituals to maintain an appearance fit for public consumption.

So why the hell did I agree to trial a Beauty Juice Cleanse for 5 days?  Well, because I had massive bloat, felt like a spotty teenager, and wanted a kick up the backside toward behaving more healthily again.

Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse

Almost everything is provided on the plan, the juices (and supplements) arrived by early-morning post and were still cold on arrival thanks to a well-insulated cool bag and a nip in the air.  I eyed them suspiciously, I’m of the firm opinion that rarely does anything green actually taste pleasant.  I was proven both right (and wrong), as you’ll soon discover.

The morning ritual consisted of starting the day with a barrage of powders, capsules and warm water that tasted suspiciously of sub-standard supermarket lemons (my fault) before consuming the first of the day’s three Purifyne juices.  The Colosan powder ensures that you purge the waste efficiently whilst taking on the benefits of the juices.  Unless you know your tolerance for herbal laxatives, start small and build your way up.  And don’t stray too far from a toilet at first.  Trust.

Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse

I continued to sip at my juices throughout the day, alternating them with filtered water – by the end of day one, I would have robbed your granny for a Pepsi Max.  I can honestly say that I didn’t feel hunger throughout the 5 days of the plan.  Not once.

But don’t confuse that for one-second with “not wanting to eat anything” because as your granny was getting back on her feet, I’d have knocked her back down again for the Greggs sausage roll in her handbag.  Infact, on day 2 and day 4, I had to put myself to bed early because I was quite the grumpiest of baggages without a square meal inside of me.

Having said that, with the exception of one… the juices were good.  Hilariously, out of all of them, it was only the very greenest of juices that I couldn’t stomach (there’s a picture of it toward the bottom of the post).  I ended up pouring it down the sink, I just couldn’t deal.

Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse

I must have gone into ketosis at some point between day 3 and day 4 because I felt a little shaky and light-headed on the morning of day 3 and recognised those symptoms from the Cambridge Diet – however, this isn’t a “diet”… not at all, and I definitely suffered less carb withdrawals (headaches etc.) on this plan.

Afternoons involved taking a beauty “shot”, of a substance quite hopefully named “elixir of youth”, and do you know – it was delicious!  Unfortunately, I had to follow that up with a shot of Aloe Vera juice, which… I could only get down my throat by holding my nose and praying for instant sinusitis.

Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse is the wonderful excuse for a bit of pampering.  Every evening, I bathed in Dead Sea salts whilst sporting a hideously unnattractive mud mask.  Creature from the Black Lagoon much?  You could have thrown in a bit of seaweed and I’d have been dodging harpoons left, right and centre.  I felt so completely relaxed (and slightly wobbly) after pulling the plug each night that I was more than happy to head to bed with my final drink of the evening, Brazil Nut Milk.  Not quite a hot chocolate… but refreshing nonetheless.

Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse

Day 4, the penultimate day…. was a strange one.  I felt SO ready to eat normal food, but I was also just starting to feel the benefits of four days of juice injection.  Mr L told me that my eyes looked sparkly.  I wasn’t sure if he’d caught me remembering what a KFC tasted like or whether I was actually reaping the benefits of all those vitamins, either way – he was kind enough to notice that I was looking more perky than usual.  Of course, I weighed myself every morning… I wasn’t going to, but I couldn’t resist.  I lost a total of 8lbs over the course of the five days.

I also put 4lbs back on within 72hrs, but then I didn’t follow the “aftercare” plan and I was well aware that a lot of what I’d lost would have been water, which pops straight back on when you start eating refined carbs, sugars, salt etc.  But anyway, I didn’t do it to lose weight… hell, this juice cleanse isn’t even about that.  The Beautifyne Juice Cleanse offers the opportunity to “enhance your beauty” through chlorophyll-packed Green Juices and carefully selected supplements.

Did it?

Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse

I will say that my spots and blemishes healed remarkably quickly compared to normal and I felt that my “lush-flush” (a.k.a diffused redness across my nose/cheeks) seemed less angry.  I also think that you can actually see I’ve lost half a stone in the before/after pictures – even if it didn’t stay off for long…

The plan is cleverly-devised, simple to follow and well-supported.  Any queries I had over email were answered within the hour and I was also provided with a daily email alert reminding me how to stay on track and get the most from the experience.  My only complaint is that I would have liked to have been provided with an “in preparation” shopping list so I could have been ready with things like fresh, organic lemons/epsom salt/additional drinks.

Ultimately, would I do it again?  Well, if I had the money and was told that I’d be wedged between Watts and Mendes for a couple of pap shots, I’d be chugging back the “elixir of youth” shots in a heartbeat.

I definitely felt better for it but I also won’t pretend that I skipped around sipping at my pantothenic acid, folic acid, carotene and choline-rich juices like Mary Poppins’ cheerier sister.  I snarled on more than one occasion.  I’m also divorced now 😉

The 5-day Purifyne Beautifyne Juice Cleanse costs £345 and works well to hand-hold your way through what is, after all, quite a serious detox.  For more advice, you can talk to the guys behind the cleanse on Twitter and Facebook.

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