There are several cleanses & diets trending right now. One that has been getting a lot of buzz is the Advocare Cleanse. This boxed cleansing product seems to have glowing reviews across the internet, and a host of claimed benefits.
But, considering this is a product that costs real money, does it have something to offer beyond no-cost cleanses like the legendary 7 Day Cleanse that I recently discussed in a free step-by-step cleansing guide?
We’ll take a look – but first, there’s something you do need to know about the company behind this product:
The MLM Factor
One vital thing you should know before getting involved with this product is that the company manufacturing it is built from the ground up as a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Company.
What that means is, while they still manufacture, sell, and distribute a product that people are interested in, that product is a secondary source of revenue next to their real sales pitch.
Typically, once someone involved in a MLM scheme hooks you in with a vaguely interesting product, they turn a 180 pretty fast and instead talking about the company as a “business opportunity” and how much money you could be making by selling these products to other people.
In fact, most of the guys involved with MLM schemes are highly specific about the exact dollar figure you will “aim to earn”. The funny thing is, they are hesitant to tell you that this number is completely random, and they conveniently leave out the “These results are NOT typically… of hardly anyone who’s ever done this”.
Of course, since the real “profit” comes from building a pyramid scheme by signing other people up under you, and getting them to recruit more people under them, and so on. Pretty soon, everyone completely forgets about selling the actual product in their struggle to grow their pyramid and try to recuperate their money lost so far.
That’s probably more information than you had wanted to hear about MLM schemes when you discovered this article. I wanted to explain it thoroughly so you know what to stay out of, and offer some simple advice: If you find a product produced by a Multi Level Marketing organization, and you are still quite interested in the item, consider purchasing the product directly from a major retailer who might carry it. This avoid dealing with the pushy sales people who will practically beg you to join their little scheme.
For example, you can easily head over to Amazon.com and search for “Advocare Cleanse” to find plenty of products to choose from. From there, it’s as simple as selecting the one you want and ordering it like any other product.
Not only do you avoid the pushy sales pitches by purchasing this way, you also decrease your odds of accidentally getting sucked into an “auto re-bill” program that companies seem to be in love with lately.
Be VERY CAREFUL of Reviews for Advocare
If this is the website you ended up landing on – you’re very lucky. You’ll notice no links from this page (to either the manufacturer’s website, or to a vendor like Amazon who sells it).
This is pretty rare when it comes to MLM products like this. In fact, almost anyone who writes something about these products online is an “undercover” sales person. Their reviews and experiences may seem legitimate, but many times, they are just trying to pitch product.
Bottom line: If someone links to a product like this from their article or post, always assume they are trying to sell you something and that any positive comments they make have been biased.
That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean the Product Sucks
Let’s be clear – I’m not saying anything bad about the actual product just yet. I apologize for the long section above, but anytime you buy a product like this, it’s very important to know what you’re getting into. You need to know all the facts, as well as who you can trust, before making an informed decision.
Let’s take a closer look at the actual Advocare cleanse.
The Advocare Cleanse
There are a few different ways to approach the Advocare cleanse. The most common method seems to be purchasing the full 24 day “Challenge” bundle (they charge somewhere around $170 + shipping for this package). They also have a less expensive 10 day cleanse for a little over $30.
At the very minimum, your cleanse will incorporate three products included in their package – a fiber drink, pills to take every day, and a probiotic supplement to provide beneficial bacteria.
At the very minimum, you get these products plus instruction on how to follow the cleanse. You’ll be given dietary dos-and-don’ts and instructions on things like how much water to drink and when to take the included products.
What’s it Do?
Let’s look at what the advertised benefits are. They have various information across their website and product details, but here’s a few of the main points they mention:
“The AdvoCare® Herbal Cleanse system can help rid your body of toxins and waste with its unique blend of herbal ingredients. Using a systematic approach, this 10-day system guides you day by day through the steps for thorough internal cleansing and improved digestion. Herbal Cleanse supports the body’s metabolic systems and general health during the detoxification process by helping to keep energy levels up, aiding in removing impurities and supporting the immune system. Some people who use Herbal Cleanse for the first time experience an encouraging weight reduction and/or reduction in inches when they pair the system with the recommended diet and exercise.”
All-in-all, keep in mind this is a pretty vague summary without specific benefits named.
It’s nice to hear that many people noticed weight loss when they “paired the system with diet and exercise”. Of course, I could take practically any activity and advertise that people lost weight when pairing it with diet and exercise. “Many people lost weight by never showering, paired with diet and exercise!” would be just as true of a statement.
The disclaimer on their product sales page is likely the most helpful advice yet:
“You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Contact your health-care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.”
Keep Realistic Expectations
If you’re dead-set on trying this, then go for it. But, to me, the idea of paying for a cleanse is somewhat silly. I would fully suggest trying my 7 day cleanse that’s fully outlined (for free) on this site. That way you can try a cleanse without paying someone money in order to do so.
Cleanses can make you feel better, even if it’s primarily a placebo response. You should not, however, think they are some miracle cure for a host of disease most of us “don’t even know we have”.
For factual information on cleanses, flushes, and detoxes, I highly recommend doing your own research – preferably from reputable medical authorities. This resource is a great place to start:
The Detox Scam: How to spot it, and how to avoid it: