Detox part I

As promised, this week’s blog is a detailed description of our experience with our new detox program. As I discussed in my last blog, we have partnered with a company called Ortho-Molecular® to offer a comprehensive detox program called Core Restore BT®.

There are 2 main phases of detox. Phase I takes place in the liver and involves chemical pathways that alter toxins which are then dumped into the intestines where phase 2 takes place. Phase II detox involves another series of chemical pathways that promote the excretion of these toxins. If this second phase does not take place, these toxins can be reabsorbed back into your system causing the many of the harmful side effects we typically associate with detox programs. Many products sold over the counter and on the internet do not give you enough support for phase 2 detox which is why some people experience dramatic side effects such as headache, abdominal pain and cramping, flu-like symptoms, nausea, chills and sweating.

After experiencing our program I can tell you, Ortho Molecular® got it right with this product. The program is a 7 day protocol which calls for an optional, modified fast over the first 24 – 48 hours while you are taking supplements to build up phase II detox nutrients so that, when you start phase I nutrients on day 3, your system is optimized to excrete toxins rather than reabsorb them. The first two days are not a true fast as you will be drinking a shake twice a day which provides some calories.

The kit comes with a canister of powder for shakes you will drink twice a day as well 2 different supplements you will take throughout the week. Additionally it comes with a complete instruction manual which includes recipes, shopping lists, and lists of recommended foods and foods to avoid during the week such as dairy and gluten products.

Following is a description of our experience:

Tracy: Office manager, The Center for Health and Age Management

My life during Liver Detox Week!

I began the Core Restore BT® Liver Detox with mixed emotions of apprehension and excitement. I started by reading the booklet provided in the kit. As I learned more about what to expect and how beneficial this rest was for my body, my anxiety lessened and my excitement grew!

The booklet offered a lot of information that included step by step instructions. It defined toxins “as any substance that causes harmful effects to our body”. Toxins are all around us, in our environment and our lifestyle.  Internal and emotional toxins abound. The part that intrigued me was the effect all of these toxins have on our digestive health. This detox was going to make me feel better, assist my body in maintaining good health and help my liver detox on its own in the future. At this point, I was eager to start! I wanted to be cleansed!

The main focus is to rest your digestive system by incorporating foods that enhance the detoxification process and eliminating dairy, sugar and processed foods. It provided a grocery list and some great, easy recipes. Since I’m not a good cook, this was really helpful to me.

I opted to fast the first two days and followed the plan as outlined. I drank a lot of water and got through the first two days fairly easy. I did have a slight headache, but it wasn’t unbearable and I didn’t feel bad.  In fact, I was surprised at how energetic I felt starting on day two. By day three I was ready to add the banana and berries to the morning shake. The shake kept me full and satisfied. I enjoyed my homemade hummus (one of the recipes) with fresh vegetables for lunch. For dinner I made the stuffed peppers (another recipe) and they were delicious. When I ate, I was full really fast and felt like my stomach was shrinking. I was thrilled and feeling great. It felt good to be hungry and feel my body utilizing the nourishment I was providing. I felt like my mental clarity improved and I felt healthy.

It was a satisfying experience for me. I realized that eating fresh foods and eliminating sugar really did affect my body in a positive way. I didn’t crave or have the desire for anything that was “off limits” for the week. I kept thinking it’s only seven days and all of the junk will be available when I am through. By the end of the week, I realized I didn’t want or need the junk anymore. The fruit satisfied my sweet tooth and the good clean foods were fulfilling. I am motivated to continue this healthy journey of eating better every day. I like the way I’m feeling and am looking forward to my workouts instead of dreading them. It was an insightful week. I gained some healthy recipes for everyday eating and lost a few pounds in the process!

Tomorrow I will post my insights and experiences with the program. The Core Restore program  is available through our office and we are offering free shipping if you are interested in trying it or stop by the office for a free consultation with Dr. Mike on suggestions for successful detox.  I promise you won’t be sorry!

Until then, Stay Healthy and Live Well, Dr. Mike…

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Dr. Michael Heim

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