Whilst this product was received for free, this review is my honest and unbiased opinion.
So a while ago I was contacted to see if I would like to review a product from Monkey Nutrition. I took a look at the site, and although I have covered some fitness type things on my blog, I’m definitely not a hardcore fitness fanatic. Looking at the range of products Monkey Nutrition has on offer, most of them are suited to people who are seriously training, with categories such as muscle building, fat burning, performance & endurance.
In hindsight, now I’ve got myself signed up for a Spartan 5k, perhaps going for something to aid performance or endurance would have been helpful, but as I had no such plans at the time, I opted to try out the M-Detox, a 7 day, whole body detox.
I’ve decided to start taking the detox this week, as a precursor to my Spartan Training, which I’m hoping will begin soon (as soon as my foot heals) and a good detox should have me ready to go!
So, first thoughts…..
The product sounds really good, it cleanses the colon, liver, blood, lymph and immune systems, combats inflammation caused by toxic build up and assists in the protection of DNA, proteins & cell membranes (whatever that means).
For £24.99 you get 21 packets. You take one packet 3 times per day, mid morning, mid afternoon, and before bed. I think my first surprise was that when I opened the tub I expected to find 21 sachets, but instead, each ‘packet’ contains 10 tablets. I don’t know why I assumed it would be sachets to be honest, but the thought of swallowing 10 tablets, 3 times a day, for 7 days is a bit off-putting for someone who still can’t swallow tablets very well at 31. However, at least this helps with your water intake, as it takes me almost a large glass to just swallow the tablets!
Anyway, I had my first pack this morning and it was fine, I’m probably whining about nothing with it being tablets……
So, next lets look at the ingredients! Below is the amount per serving of each ingredient;
- Psyllium Husks – 4200 mg – anti-diarrhoeal, laxative
- Flaxseed Oil – 2000 mg – a source of α-Linolenic acid, (an omega-3 fatty acid)
- Cape Aloe (herb powder) – 500 mg – aids digestion, laxative
- Black Walnut (herb powder) – 500 mg – anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, laxative
- Cascara Sagrada (herb powder) – 600 mg – laxative
- Spirulina – 250 mg – a complete protein containing all essential amino acids.
- Senna Leaves (herb powder) – 100 mg – laxative
- Fennel Seed (herb powder) – 100 mg- aids digestion
- African Bird Pepper (herb powder) – 40 mg- aids digestion
- M-Detox Blend Consisting of:
Garlic Powder (immunostimulant), Red Clover Powder (a carminative and a natural anthelmintic), Fenugreek Powder,
Quassia Wood Powder (antibacterial agent), Black Cohosh Powder, Red Sage
Powder (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory), Goldenseal Powder and Gum (anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, laxative)
Arabic Powder – 250 mg
It all looks very impressive, and above is only a quick peek at the benefits of the ingredients, quite a lot of them seem to be used for a lot of different uses, although I am slightly concerned at the amount of ingredients listed as laxative, you’ll be happy to know I’m doing ok so far…..
I have no idea if the ingredients will actually do what people claim they do, I know that there is a lot of debate over the effectiveness of detox, but as far as I’m concerned, if it makes me feel refreshed and better by the end of the week, then I’ll be happy.
So finally, lets have a look at the recommended diet…..
Ugh, this is where I will fail miserably. Here is the Monkey Guide to Detox Foods, and of course, it advises you to limit the foods I love most; meat & cheese. It’s not clear on my other two cravings of bread and pasta though, I’m not sure if anything not listed as all means you should avoid it, or if that means that it’s ok, and just to try and eat more of the foods that are on the list.
Anyway, me sticking to a diet is impossible, so I will be making the following sacrifices;
- I’ll switch my daily meat or cheese sandwich for lunch for soup with seeded bread
- I will try to increase my fruit and veg intake
- I will try to have 2/3 main meals without meat, but dropping cheese just can’t be done
I may be more successful in trying harder to follow the guide, we will just have to see, but part of me is sceptical that I may then end up feeling refreshed after the week is done just because I have improved my diet, and not through using the detox. So really, I’m being naughty to make sure the product really does work….
How did I get on?