Do you have a special occasion coming up and want to look extra slim? Want to kick-start your diet and exercise routine? Is your “plumbing” a little backed up? Max Muscle’s Cleanse & Lean (C&L) is a fast and easy way to drop those last few pounds, slim up your midsection and clean out your colon. Get ready for a good cleanse and to get lean.

C&L was developed to relieve digestive issues, as well as a way to remove excess water and waste from your body. It contains scientifically supported ingredients including cascara, senna, turkey rhubarb and aloe vera to increase bowel movement; psyllium to provide fiber, and slippery elm to coat and soothe the digestive tract.

The brilliant part of the C&L herb and plant extract blend for cleansing the colon is its balance. The ingredients are not just laxatives, which can have an unpleasantly severe effect, they serve many other important functions.

For example, some ingredients soften the stool while others decrease bowel irritation. Ingredients like senna are classified as antharaquinones, under the stimulant laxative category. But they also keep more water in the intestinal contents, which produces a softer bulkier stool, making it easier to pass and reducing diarrhea. Slippery elm has been used in North America for centuries to treat both constipation and diarrhea. It is thought that slippery elm has demulcent properties, which means that it forms a soothing film over the surface of mucous membranes (i.e. the inside of your intestines).

Psyllium, a soluble fiber, has been studied extensively and shown to relieve constipation. And, unlike some other fiber supplements such as wheat bran, psyllium generally does not cause excess gas and bloating. So, as you can see, this coleretic blend is not only extremely effective, but gentle as well.

The diuretic component of C&L was just as thoughtfully designed. Dandelion is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by promoting salt and water excretion from the kidneys. It has been shown to improve digestion, has antioxidant properties and has an advantage over other natural and synthetic diuretics. Dandelion is a source of potassium, a crucial component of electrolyte balance, which is often depleted by other diuretics. Horsetail is recognized as a diuretic by professional herbalists and has been shown to help increase calcium absorption in women. Finally, barberry, for which medicinal use dates as far back as ancient Egypt, helps to increase the diuretic effects of dandelion and horsetail.

C&L provides a quick and easy way to cleanse your system and reduce bloating and water retention. It can help you bounce back from an overindulgent weekend, give you a clean start for a new, healthy eating and exercise routine; or, help drop those last few pounds for a special occasion. But, you should not use C&L as a permanent weight loss solution. The results you get will be temporary. You may be more likely to maintain the initial weight loss by following your cleanse with a balanced diet high in nutrients and low in fat and salt. So, again, this product is designed as a quick fix, not a permanent solution.

You should consult your health care provider before taking C&L to check for interactions with prescription medications, especially if you are currently taking a prescription diuretic, alone or in combination for high blood pressure; if you are currently taking antibiotics, particularly a quinolone like ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin; or if you are taking Lithium. Although unlikely, there are some possible interactions between a few of the ingredients in C&L and these medications, though this is not an exhaustive list.

Once you have the OK from your health care provider, start by taking one capsule to determine tolerance. Effects may take up to 12 hours, so wait, and if necessary take two capsules per dose as needed for regularity and bloating. Do not exceed four capsules per day. I usually recommend my clients to try one C&L capsule after dinner, on a weekend they don’t have much planned. This way, 12 hours has usually passed by the time they wake up, they can see how their body reacts and take more if necessary. See your local Max Muscle Sports Nutrition staff for more information and to get started on C&L.

Important Tips For a Successful Cleanse
1. Add more soluble fiber during cleansing! Fiber and Cleanse & Lean work together. Fiber acts like a mop gathering up toxic materials released and helping to sweep them out of your body.

2. Drink more water than you usually do! Bloating is often a result of festering bacteria from backed up food in our bodies that is fermenting and sending out poisons through our bloodstreams. Water helps to flush the toxins in your body and even dilutes their concentrations during the detoxification process.

3. Bring down your toxic load! Opt for organic and pesticide-free foods so you have fewer toxins in your body. Don’t forget about the psychological toxins, too. Don’t schedule your cleanse during a high stress time. Instead, consider taking some personal down time and be sure to support your body with exercise while you’re cleansing.

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When toxins get into our cells, they create problems and inflammation, which blocks regular flow in and out of the cells of nutrition and waste. Inflammation inside the cells also affects many of the organelles within, like our mitochondria, which are the energy-generating stations of the body. Impaired mitochondrial function interrupts the Krebs cycle, which in turn depletes how much energy the cells have, the tissues of the body have and the organs made of those tissues have.

When you factor in how many toxins through chemicals in our food, air and environment your body is trying to process, you can see that your systems can become overly taxed. Our bodies were not designed for continual concentrated “pollution” exposure, so our bodies become less efficient at moving out the trash. The most glaring example of this kind of slowdown is in the digestive system. Not only do we have a buildup of waste in our gut, but it also decays, creating bloating and greater toxicity, which is transported by the bloodstream throughout the body. In an effort to protect itself, the body stores fat, loses its natural balance of healthy flora and allows some of our naturally protective microorganisms to run rampant and out of control.

Cleansing offers an opportunity to reestablish a healthy balance in your gut, in your bloodstream and in your cells. Specific herbs, minerals and vitamins are useful for flushing out waste and toxins. The combination in Max Muscle’s Cleanse & Lean is designed to gently clean accumulated waste, flush excess water build up and soothe and rejuvenate intestinal lining tissue in just 48 hours.

It’s important to know what’s in your cleanse product. Customer Lea Lashey was looking for a product she could use for a quick three-day cleanse. Visiting the Max Muscle store in Rockwall, Texas, she learned about the ingredients in Cleanse & Lean. She says she likes this product for herself and recommends it to her friends.“It’s natural – not packed with chemicals and unknown ingredients that could be harmful to my body,” she shares. MS&F

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