4 Doctor-Approved Detoxification Programs
Completing a detox program can be one of the best things you can do for your health; it can help you jump-start a weight-loss program, heal your gut, and support your body's ability to handle all the toxins in our modern world.
There are a lot of ways to detox every day, and they're all great for your liver and your overall health. But if you're having frequent headaches, bloating, or fatigue—you might be in need of some heavy-duty liver support. Admittedly, it can be overwhelming and confusing to try to manage one on your own, so we compiled a list of four doctor-approved detoxification programs that will take out all the guesswork.
Most of these programs contain a supplement in powder form that is full of protein (usually rice- or pea-based) and vitamins, minerals, herbs, and fiber that promote gut healing and support your body's natural detoxification pathways. They also normally include some digestive enzymes to take with meals. In most cases you'll have to eliminate most or all inflammatory foods—that means gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and others—for the duration of the program.
1. Core Restore by Ortho Molecular Products.
This detox program comes in a 7- or 14-day version and is available in chocolate or vanilla. (We liked the vanilla because we felt like we could be more creative with our shake recipes!) This program is unique because it's available only through a licensed health care practitioner and it comes in a small, super-convenient box with everything you need inside. According to Bushra Hassan, MBA, R.D., LDN, the best way to describe Core Restore is "a program that provides the nutrients and tools needed to revitalize your body’s detoxification process and improve overall health by targeting both the GI tract and the liver." And that sounds pretty good to us.
2. BeWell by Dr. Frank Lipman.
These chic cleanse programs, designed by Frank Lipman—a physician and integrative medicine expert—are a great way to get your health back on track. They range from a quick 7-day cleanse to a more intensive 28-day program. The thing we love most about this cleanse is how convenient the packaging is. Each supplement dose is individually packaged, so you can take your cleanse with you on a trip or to work without packing big bottles of powders and supplements.
3. MediClear by Thorne Research.
This program comes in a one- or three-week version, complete with probiotics and a separate fiber supplement. The foundation of this program is a giant (And we mean giant!) bottle of MediClear powder, which has milk thistle for added liver support and comes in chocolate or vanilla. They both smell really amazing, and blending them with a frozen banana and almond milk actually feels like a treat. Thorne is a supplement brand that invests a lot of its time in research—even working closely with Mayo Clinic—and is a favorite of many integrative and functional medicine doctors, so you know you can trust what's inside.
4. True Cellular Detox by Systemic Formulas.
This program was recommended by Will Cole, D.C.: "As a functional medicine practitioner, I tend to use a variety of different approaches to support detoxification pathways, depending on the individual's unique needs and lab results. This is one system that I personally love because it's a comprehensive program that starts with a prep phase then focuses systemically with a body phase while finishing deeper with a brain phase." This system was designed by doctors and scientists and lasts about three months. Cole also recommends that anyone going through chronic health problems or who has a heavy toxic burden work with a qualified doctor to monitor and adjust as needed.
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Gretchen Lidicker has a B.S. in biology and earned her master’s degree in physiology with a concentration in complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University. She's the author of CBD Oil Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness and Magnesium Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Epsom Salts, Magnesium Oil, and Nature's Relaxation Mineral. A Kripalu Center for Yoga and Ayurveda-trained yoga instructor, expert bread baker, and farmers market fanatic, she believes that no day is complete without a good dance party.