A big theme for me during 2015 so far has been health and healthy living. You may be aware that I have both physical and mental health issues and this year, I really want to get on top of those. Throughout January, I realised that if I'm ever going to get on top of my mental health, my physical health needs to be sorted ASAP or I'm never going to get anywhere.

I recently finished the Renew Life Cleanse Challenge. Renew Life is an American nutrition company specialising in digestive health. They're currently promoting their cleansing products via a Cleanse Challenge.

They offer two Cleanse products: First Cleanse, for first time or "sensitive cleansers" and CleanseSMART, a more advanced programme. Not only do these improve gut health, but they can also dramatically improve nutrient absorption, energy levels, and, excitingly, improved hair skin and nails!

I was kindly sent* First Cleanse and Renew Life's FibreSMART to give them a go for myself. After taking a toxicity test and realising just how badly I was due a cleanse, I couldn't wait to give it a go.

During the Cleanse Challenge, you are supposed to take either First Cleanse daily for 14 days or CleanseSMART for 30 days, alongside other healthy life choices such as upping your fibre intake, cutting back on processed foods, catching more sunshine, drinking more water, exercising regularly but also taking the time to relax and unwind.

Now I'm going to be totally honest with you here, I pretty much failed on the healthy living front during the cleanse. While I had the odd day packed with healthy food and lots of water, more often than not I was a total couch potato eating the junk I normally do! I was pretty worried I wouldn't see any results...

So, what happened?

Admittedly, the first few days were very uncomfortable as my stomach was just not used to the fibre or the herbs within the cleanse, but I'm happy to say this does ease off by the time you finish the cleanse and I was advised this may be the case.

I also had some problems because the dosage is split into two - you take two First Cleanse One Capsules in the morning and two First Cleanse Two Capsules in the evening and unfortunately, I am absolutely hopeless at remembering to take things at night, or even when I do remember, once I'm in bed, I'm not moving. However, it's important to note this is a fault with me, not the product...

Another thing I noted was that the capsules, particularly the FibreSMART ones, are quite large and those who don't like swallowing tablets may not like this type of cleanse. I don't mind taking large tablets at all though, so I had no issues with this.

Now, onto the results. I barely recognise myself in the mirror anymore! When I started the Cleanse, I was covered in acne, not only were my scars very red and angry, but I had fresh breakouts on my chin, forehead and cheeks, ok yeah, my whole face. GONE are the breakouts - I had a grand total of 2 new spots throughout the Cleanse and this coincided with a boozy night. However, these healed very very quickly, I have no new scars and the scarring that remains is nowhere near as angry looking as it was previously.

Another bonus is, I have made a great effort to stop biting my nails and while I've been doing the Renew Life First Cleanse, they have grown faster than they ever have done before, hooray!

Although I suspect my recent time off work has had a part to play in this more than anything, there's no denying that since I completed my Cleanse, my overall wellbeing has been much improved. I am no longer as exhausted as I was and I've been able to get a lot of things done which previously, I had been feeling too ill to do.

No, it isn't a perfect miracle worker, but the results I've had from Renew Life First Cleanse have been so impressive with all external factors taken into account that I would totally recommend it to anyone who is looking to kickstart their healthy living journey. I can't wait to give CleanseSMART a go next!

*although this product was sent to me as a PR sample free of charge, I was not obligated to write this review and all opinions contained within it are my own. You can read my full disclaimer policy here.