Based on the title of this article, you may be expecting me to suggest some kind of liver cleanse or detox supplement, but at Third Stone Health, we do not use those types of detox programs. We often suggest more of a “diet reset” which may be spending a week eating only whole foods like vegetables and chicken or fish or doing the Whole 30 whole foods program. Many of the detox supplements that are out there do little besides causing a laxative effect which will make your weight go down but will not benefit you in any long-term way. Your body is actually great at “detoxing” through stool, urine and sweat. These routes of elimination work well but they require maintenance in the form of physical activity, water intake and fiber intake. All of the “detox supplements” in the world will not compensate for a lack of these habits.
There are times when I give people liver supportive herbs because their liver pathways need support. A good example is when people come off of birth control and they want to start cycling regularly or when someone has high estrogens for other reasons. Estrogen slows down liver pathways. Those same liver pathways are needed to change estrogen into a water-soluble compound that can be released in the urine. When this process slows down, estrogen levels increase even more. In order to stop that vicious cycle, we often need to use something like Dandy Blend, my favorite liver supportive delicious drink, or a complex of herbs and nutrients that support the liver.
This article outlines a “detox” plan that will support sustainable dietary habits that support long-term wellness. I like how specific this article is while sticking to the things that we know for sure about nutrition. I often say “the only thing that never changes about nutrition and health is that vegetables and exercise are good for you.” Following this very basic path towards a whole foods diet will give you the best return on investment for your overall health. Following the steps in this article is a positive first step. If needed, we can help you come up with an individualized food plan to treat your medical condition.