What is a Cleanse and Detox?
Many people are familiar with metabolic detoxification programs, but there is a lot of conflicting information and myths about them. Dr. Leverone is a naturopathic doctor who is committed to providing her patients with a safe and effective natural detox experience.
Why Cleanse and Detox?
We are exposed to numerous chemicals in today’s environment. Some have been around for centuries, such as smoke from cooking fires. But industrialization since the 1700’s has dramatically changed the type of chemicals we are exposed to.1
Chemicals are present in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Our bodies today must process gasoline fumes, pesticides, herbicides, cigarette smoke, dry cleaning fluids, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and much more.2
The liver is the centerpiece of our body’s built-in system for processing toxins. But the liver can only do so much. Living in a more polluted world can overburden and strain our body’s natural detoxification system.
Our increasingly toxic environment can result in negative health effects. According to the World Health Organizations, there are many examples of disease outbreaks that are caused by exposure to chemicals or toxins.3Health conditions linked to environmental toxins include cancer, asthma, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.4
Who Should Detox?
You may want to cleanse and detox if you are concerned about your ongoing exposure to environmental chemicals. Signs and symptoms that your body may be having trouble detoxifying on its own include:2,5
- Sleep disruption, fatigue and lack of energy
- Mood disturbances such as depression and anxiety
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Sinus congestion and postnasal drip
- Irritable bowel symptoms and digestive discomfort
- Heartburn and persistent illnesses
- Fluid retention and feeling bloated
Benefits of Detoxification
A good cleanse and detox program is intended to enhance your body’s natural metabolic detoxification process while providing enough fuel for your other daily activities as well, supporting your energy metabolism and overall well-being.5
The Clear Change Program from Metagenics offered by Dr. Leverone for her patients in the La Jolla and San Diego region is a detox program based on researched protocols with actual human subjects.6 Some research studies on these protocols have been published in the scientific literature.6
If you think that a detox might be right for you, there’s a way to do it correctly and to ensure you are safely achieving the results you are looking for.
Studies show that patients who switched from conventional hormone medications to bioidentical hormone therapy were more satisfied with their treatment and experienced fewer side effects.8 It is not surprising that many patients prefer bioidentical hormones because non-bioidentical hormones are prescribed as a one-size-fits-all solution, while bioidentical hormone therapy is a personalized treatment with prescriptions that are custom compounded specifically for you. Dr. Brooke Leverone, a California licensed Naturopathic Doctor and an expert in bioidentical hormones, prioritizes patient safety in all her treatment offerings.
Cautions about Detoxification
Cleansing and detox is not for everyone. Dr. Leverone will not recommend a detox program for you if you are pregnant, undergoing cancer treatment, or have certain health conditions. If you have concerns about completing a detox program, please check with your primary care or schedule an appointment with Dr. Leverone for a full health assessment and customized treatment plan.
Keep in mind that even an appropriate detox may cause some changes in your body that could lead to subtle symptoms, such as feeling tiredness or discomfort from caffeine withdrawal.6 Dr. Leverone has expertise in monitoring patients during detox to help protect health and well-being throughout.
Although research is ongoing, conclusive scientific data supporting detoxification therapies are largely lacking. In general, experts advise avoiding extreme programs in favor of reasonable and safe approaches.2
How to Evaluate a Metabolic Detox Program
Not all detox programs are equal. Some may not be properly and scientifically formulated to provide the right nutrition for your body’s metabolic detoxification pathways.6 Some may even be unhealthy and could lead to negative symptoms.6
One of the myths of a cleanse and detox program is that it must include a strict fasting regimen that will starve your body. However, proper detox is just the opposite, because specific nutrients are needed for your body to effectively eliminate toxins.6
You may wonder how a detox program compares to a juice cleanse. A juice cleanse can be likened to a cleanup with a paper towel. It can give a good surface cleaning but if you want a deep cleaning, you need more. To get a deep level of health during a metabolic detox, your body needs more energy.5
So when evaluating a detox program, it’s important to consider whether it provides the important macronutrients (quality protein and carbohydrates) plus specific micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to provide targeted nutritional support.6
Dr. Leverone has evaluated a number of different detox programs for her La Jolla and San Diego area patients and has chosen to offer the 10-day Clear Change Program from Metagenics. Clear Change is a targeted, science-based method to help facilitate the removal of undesirable compounds from the body by enhancing its natural metabolic detoxification process while supporting energy metabolism.5
How Detoxification Works
The Clear Change Program from Metagenics offered by Dr. Leverone is a 10-day, easy-to-follow program involving a carefully developed diet and a delicious powdered UltraClear product made with a rice protein base.
- Days 1-4 involve the initial clearing. You begin to eliminate potentially allergenic foods while you slowly increase intake of recommended nutritional supplements.
- Days 5-7 involve the metabolic detoxification. You eat only steamed or raw vegetables, certain types of fruit, fish, herbal tea, and certain spices.
- Days 8-9 involve reintroduction. You gradually add back in remaining fruits, veggies, and white rice.
- Day 10 and beyond are maintenance days, when you assess how your body feels and consider what changes you may want to make for ongoing nutritional support for detoxification.
The Clear Change detox program includes a program guide with easy-to-follow instructions, menu plans, recipes, and online tools. During your participation, Dr. Leverone is available to coach, support and answer questions.
Clear Change 10 Day UltraClear Renew Metabolic Detoxification Program from Metagenics
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1Birnbaum LS. The Effect of Environmental Chemicals on Human Health – CJA. Fertility and Sterility. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Birmingham, AL; 89(2, Supplement 1):e31, (2008).
2Fortney D, Podein R, Hernke M. Detoxification. In: Integrative Medicine (Fourth Edition) 2018; Chap106;996-1003.
3Disease outbreaks caused by chemicals. World Health Organization. Available at: https://www.who.int/environmental_health_emergencies/disease_outbreaks/chemical_diseases/en. Accessed December 5, 2019.
4Norman RE, Carpenter DO, Scott J. Environmental exposures: an underrecognized contribution to noncommunicable diseases. Rev Environ Health 2013; 28(1): 59–65.
5What Is Metabolic Detoxification? Metagenics. Available at: https://metagenics.com/detox. Accessed December 5, 2019.
63 Tips to Doing Detox Right. Metagenics. Available at: https://blog.metagenics.com/post/2017/07/21/3-tips-to-doing-detox-right. Accessed December 5, 2019.