Detox diets and supplements: separating the fear from the facts

Are detox diets and supplements all they’re cracked up to be? No matter where you look nowadays, someone is trying to sell you on a diet, pill or potion that promises to help you ‘detox’. In contrast, there are myriad scientists that will tell you that ‘detoxing’ is a bunch of BS and that there is no benefit to any diet or supplement that claims to help your body to detoxify. So, what is the real story? Is there any evidence backing ‘detox’ diets and supplements? Summary: Weight loss on detox diets is likely due to calorie restriction, not elimination of toxins.In a healthy body the liver does a great job of detoxification‘Poison is in the dose’ – there are few if any ‘bad’ foods and all chemicals only become dangerous at a particular dose and exposure.Spirulina and chlorella, milk thistle, dandelion, ginseng, onion, garlic, curcumin, resveratrol, selenium, zinc and vitamins A, C and E reduce the oxidative damage associated with heavy metal toxicants.1-7Chlorella may be useful in inhibiting the absorption of dioxins via food and preventing accumulation of dioxins within the body.8Milk thistle reduces oxidative damage and may reduce entry of toxins into cells.9, 10 Will a detox help me to lose weight? Many people do lose weight on detox diets. It’s often claimed that this is because ‘toxins’ encourage the storage of fat, but in all likelihood it is actually because while following a restrictive detox diet the person simply eats less.  As an example, a 2015 study…

What do I eat?

The 2019 edition One of the most common questions any nutritionist gets is “So, what do YOU eat?” This is not necessarily the best question for a client to ask, because what I do, will not always be what you should do. On the other hand, the example of someone putting healthy nutrition habits into practice can really help with the application of nutrition. So, periodically I post up what I’m currently doing to give some ideas of how to structure nutrition and supplementation to not just ‘get by’ but to thrive, which of course, is my key focus. Note: What I mean by ‘thrive’ is to perform optimally, think clearly, be productive, and to live my life of passion and purpose. It is far more than just being ‘healthy’ or to not experience the effects of the health conditions. Breakfast 4 x scoops vanilla Nuzest Clean Lean Protein1 x scoop Nuzest Good Green Stuff1 x Tbsp. Melrose MCT 1 x Tbsp. Melrose Fish Oil1 x Tbsp. flax or hempseed oil1 x dose of Life Cykel Turkey Tail extract1 x dose of Life Cykel Reishi extract View this post on Instagram Breakfast A post shared by Cliff Harvey (@cliffdoggydog) on Jun 2, 2019 at 1:15pm PDT Why? A lot of people will wonder why I have breakfast… It is the strategy du jour nowadays, especially for those in the lower-carb space to miss breakfast (intermittent fasting). I typically don’t. Fasting is incredibly effective for people who want to lose body…