We find out.
- This supplement is inexpensive
- Free shipping worldwide
- Reputable company will not trick you into auto billing
- This detox supplement will do nothing for health or weight loss
- May cause dangerous side effects
- Misleading claims made in advertising. No basis in scientific fact
- UK made supplement by Healthspark
- Detox and Colon Cleansing supplement
- Each tub contains 60 capsules
Colon cleansing and detoxing is popular within the Alternative medicine community and is believed to promote health and weight loss. Toxiflush from British company Healthspark is a supplement that fits into this niche and promises to be the perfect start to a weight loss diet.
Toxiflush contains a range of herbal ingredients that are commonly used in constipation and indigestion remedies such as Liquorice extract, Psyllium husk – an ingredient in OTC laxative Fybogel , plus Peppermint extract and Nettle extract – derived from stinging nettles and a powerful diuretic that may see you increase urine output.
Many of the other ingredients such as Garlic extract, Fennel and Oregano are more commonly used in cooking rather than in supplement form but will cause effects if taken in high quantities.
Toxiflush contains 16 ingredients in total and at first glance, it is hard to see just what this supplement is supposed to do. Yes, this supplement does contain some ingredients known as having a laxative effect but a point in its favour is that it does not include the real strong ones such as Cascara Sagrada or Senna. For a detox supplement Toxiflush seems a little safer than many others on the market.
That said, is it worth trying a detox before you try to lose weight? The answer is a resounding No! Despite the popularity of detox supplements, they provide no benefit to health or weight loss. The idea of detox has its foundation in the medical beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks who believed that waste in the colon led to ill health and your body being poisoned by its own waste. It was disproven by the beginning of the 20th century.
Taking a detox supplement or colon cleanser does not clear unwanted waste held in the colon because the truth is the body does not work like that.
Your body does not hold ’8 days of undigested waste in your colon’ as the product information claims. The colon cleans itself and drinking more water and eating foods that are rich in fibre will help keep your digestive system healthy.
How to Take Toxiflush
Take 2 capsules before bed with a full glass of water and drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Healthspark is a British company based in Jersey that has been operating since 2008. The company manufacture a wide range of own brand health supplements, including Healthspark Weight Support – a diet pill which had some good points but we rejected in a previous review.
According to their information, Healthspark supplements are manufactured in the UK according to GMP (good manufacturing practice) industry standards.
- Strong risk of potentially dangerous side effects
- Taking laxatives is not good for health and weight loss as claimed by the advertising
- Taking this supplement goes against all medical advice. If you have any doubts about this fact, ask your doctor
What Does Toxiflush Claim To Do?
According to the Toxiflush advertising, there are four key points about this supplement:
- Best Selling 100% Natural Detox and Colon Cleanser
- Powerful combination of herbs & Fibre
- Detox naturally. Perfect start to a diet
- Made in the UK and 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
Toxiflush may help to support the body’s natural detoxification and elimination processes.
According to the product information,
The average person on a typical Western Diet holds 8 meals of undigested food and waste material in the colon.
This is not actually true.
So What Is Toxiflush and What Are The Ingredients For Toxiflush?
Toxiflush is a detox and colon cleansing supplement. Serving size is equal to two capsules. Amounts here are per two capsule servings. Many of the ingredients are in highly concentrated form so are the equivalent of much higher quantities.
- Psyllium Husk (300mg): Soluble fiber with laxative effect and used in OTC laxatives including Fybogel. It can cause allergic reactions. The FDA has warned that this material can cause choking. It is very important to take with plenty of water to minimise the risk of swelling in the throat or oesophagus.
- Alfalfa (40mg): This medicinal herb may act like oestrogen in the body so you should not take it if you suffer from a hormone related health condition. Alfalfa is a diuretic so will increase urination.
- Fennel Seed Extract (40mg): This concentrated extract is equal to 160mg of raw ingredients and is a common herb that is part of the parsley family. It is used medicinally for digestive problems, a mild laxative and believed to have a relaxant effect upon the colon. It may work in the body like oestrogen so you need to avoid it if you have a hormone related medical condition.
- Peppermint Extract 4:1 (40mg): Peppermint leaves are often drunk as a tea. Used medicinally to treat bloating and stomach disorders.
- Garlic Extract 100:1 (40mg): Concentrated extract that the makers claim will provide the equivalent of 4000mg of raw ingredient. Garlic may have health benefits and can lower blood pressure at extremely high doses (600-1200mg). Will taken in concentrated form provide the same benefits? We are not sure.
- Citrus Pectin (40mg): Some research shows that citrus pectin binds to cholesterol in the digestive tract so slows down glucose absorption by trapping these carbs. It is also being investigated for its role as a preventative against cancer. It increases the viscosity and the volume of faecal matter.
- Liquorice Extract (De-Glycyrrhizinated) 4:1 (40mg): Liquorice root may have many medicinal benefits but should always be taken in moderation because of potential side effects. When taken to excess it can raise heart rate and blood pressure. Well known laxative effect.
- Aloe Vera Extract 200:1 (40mg): Often marketed for a support to digestive health but there is no scientific evidence to say it actually does anything.
- Cayenne Powder (40mg): When taken in sufficient quantities, some research has indicated that high levels of capsaicoinds, the compound that causes the fiery sensation of cayenne, increases the metabolism and promotes fat burning. Not sure what this is even doing here. Source:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14649970
- Ginger Root Extract 20:1 (40mg): Well-known culinary ingredient that may aid the digestion. Here is concentrated form and the equivalent of 800mg raw root.
- Green Tea Extract 20:1 (40mg): Concentrated green tea extract which provides 800mg of raw tea. Will this have the same positive benefits for health and weightloss as including more green tea into your daily diet? No, and if this ratio is to be believed you may experience side effects such as increase blood pressure and heart rate.
- Oregano Extract 4:1 (40mg): Much loved Italian herb known as the “pizza herb” and important in Italian cooking. May be effective for heartburn and urinary tract problems. Not safe when taken in high quantities as here and is a diuretic.
- Grape Seed Extract 120:1(40mg): According to HealthSpark this concentrated from provides the equivalent of a whopping 4800mg of raw grape seeds. Nobody knows the safe upper limits and this ingredient just does not seem relevant here.
- Fenugreek Extract 4:1 (40mg): Indian spice familiar to many as the pungent aroma of some types of curry. Fenugreek may play a role in the treatment of diabetes by improving glucose tolerance.
- Nettle Leaf Extract 4:1 (40mg): This well known garden plant (or weed) is rich in antioxidants and may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It is a powerful diuretic.
- Organic Chlorella (40mg): High protein food source derived from algae and believed to help increase ‘good bacteria’ in the gut. Can cause serious allergic reactions.
- Spirulina (40mg): Edible bacteria used as whole food. It is a complete protein so called because it contains all essential amino acids and it may have health benefits. However, there are some concerns about contamination found in supplements.
So What Does All This Mean?
Toxiflush is stronger than it initially appears and although many of the ingredients are well known as culinary herbs make no mistake in high levels these can be dangerous. Expect a laxative and diuretic effect that will see you spending more time in the bathroom as well as potential side effects such as increase blood pressure and even allergic reactions.
We are never keen on algae supplements because of the risk of contamination and even so called safe supplements such as grape seeds can cause problems if taken as here in high amounts.
Does Toxiflush Have Any Side Effects?
We were unable to find any independent feedback so cannot bring you true-life customer experiences.
Instead, we must base our information on the ingredients list and although side effects will not affect everyone, be aware that there is a real risk for many. Use too long and you may become dehydrated.
Potential side effects include:
- Increased Blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Allergic reaction
- Increase urination
- Increased sun sensitivity
Detox supplements can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations – such as sensation of pounding heart or rapid beat
- Inability to sweat or urinate
- Weight loss
Avoid if pregnant, breast feeding or trying to conceive.
Liquorice at high levels can increase menstrual bleeding.
Do not take if you have or have had a hormone related medical condition because some of the ingredients can have the same effect in the body as oestrogen.
Do not take if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medication because of the strong risk of interactions.
If you experience side effects cease taking. In the event of an allergic reaction such as breathlessness or swelling, seek medical advice immediately.
Any Toxiflush Reviews From Customers?
There are some reviews posted on the Toxiflush product page but unsurprisingly these are only positive. Some customers obviously like this supplement. One typical review states,
If like me you keep overdoing it, this is a great way to restart everything. Inner cleanse literally purges you out (losing a bit of weight immediately!) and let’s you start again. Definitely drink loads of water.
This has no real benefit for health or long-term weight loss but some customers like the purging effect of detox. Elsewhere we were unable to find any reviews.
So Does Toxiflush Work?
Yes, it will probably work as a strong laxative and diuretic so you will get the feeling of inner purging. This does not help your health or weight loss (apart from a temporary effect upon the scales) and taken to extremes it is dangerous.
Taking Toxiflush for a month may cause dehydration so you will need to ensure that you drink plenty of water to replace all those lost fluids, which is actually pointless when you think about it. A better option is not to take Toxiflush at all and just increase your fibre and fluids in your diet.
Where Can I Buy Toxiflush?
You can buy Toxiflush direct from the Healthspark website. One tub of 60 capsules (one month’s supply) costs £12.99 and includes free delivery to UK addresses.
If you live elsewhere, Healthspark provide a designated web page for your country and ship internationally.
US customers can buy 60 capsules of Toxiflush for $21.00. Standard shipping is free worldwide.
Toxiflush is available direct to Australian customers for $23.90 AUD.
Toxiflush is available across Europe for $22.72 for 60 capsules.
Toxiflush is also on sale via Amazon 60 capsules costs £22.27 making the better deal available direct from Healthspark.
What About A Guarantee
HealthSpark offer a guarantee on all their supplements. The company state:
If for whatever reason you’re not entirely happy with your HealthSpark product, simply return the container to us (within 14 days of receipt), and we’ll give you a 100% refund straightaway.
You are advised to take the following steps:
- Stop using the product immediately.
- Email Healthspark – include your order number (see the email we sent you when you ordered) – and request a refund.
- Post the item back to: HealthSpark Returns , HealthSpark Unit 5b, Millbrook Close, School Lane, Chandlers Ford, Southampton, SO53 4BZ.
- Once the package is received, you will be refunded immediately.
- Important. You must contact Healthspark within 14 days of receiving your goods to arrange refund.
We usually like Healthspark supplements. The company is reputable and offer a guarantee and although this is short, we believe that they will honour it. The price is not bad either and includes free shipping.
The downside to Healthspark Toxiflush is that it is a detox supplement and despite the fact that people believe that detoxing and colon cleansing is helpful for health and weight loss, this is not true. There is no need to cleanse your colon and this idea of purging has its roots in ancient medical practice and not in the modern world.
However, we know that we are probably wasting our time trying to convince fans of detox that it is pointless and potentially dangerous, so if you are set upon this course of action, Toxiflush is very much like others on the market and not quite as dangerous as some.
Make sure you take with LOTS of water and don’t stay on it for more than a couple of days. A whole month is potentially dangerous.
There is no way we would ever approve a detox supplement so it is an easy choice.
We reject Toxiflush.