Body Detox Myths Dispelled: Part Two


In the second part of our two-part series on Body Detox Myths, we tackle five more myths that might be keeping you from exploring the health-rejuvenating-potential of a balanced body detox cleanse program. In essence, the Clean Program supports your body’s natural ability to heal itself.


When looked at in a particular light, most healthy activities can be viewed as dangerous. Drinking too much water or exercising too long can be dangerous. Even seeing a doctor and going to a hospital can be dangerous. A 2013 study about hospital care estimated that over 400,000 deaths per year were associated with preventable harm during hospital visits.

The safety of a body detox cleanse depends on the quality and method of the program. Many body detox and cleanse programs such as juice fasting or the Master Cleanse can be dangerous, especially when done without the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.

Of course, there are situations when cleansing is not the right tool to use. But a body detox that allows liquid and solid meals, focuses on whole foods, maintains adequate calories to support daily activity, and utilizes safe supplementation is far from dangerous.

A properly balanced body detox cleanse is not only safe to try, but potentially one of the most important health tools we have.


Recent articles critical of body detox have declared that cleansing is an undefined scam. While we disagree with much of what they say and think they are missing the bigger picture, they’re right about one thing: there is currently no agreed upon definition of the terms cleanse and detox.

At Clean, we define a body detox or cleanse as a temporary program that uses dietary change, supplements, and complementary activities (e.g. infrared sauna, skin brushing, massage, meditation) to support the body’s natural elimination organs and systems while reducing inflammation caused by common triggers.

Body detox programs vary in how much food, what kinds of food, and when and how the food is eaten. Understanding your individualized health and wellness needs will help you decide which cleanse is right for you.

Water fasting without food is on the extreme end of this spectrum where your body detox response is massively ramped up. This is not suitable for most people and is dangerous without medical supervision. On the other end of the spectrum, eating an unprocessed, whole foods diet is a balanced approach to lasting health changes through a steadier rate of body detox.

The Clean Program sits in the middle of the cleansing continuum and is the most balanced for daily life. It uses a combination of easily-digestible and protein-rich shakes, dietary changes, and targeted supplements to support the body’s detox pathways in a safe, healthy, and effective way. Plus, we have a longer-term maintainance program to continue the results of your investment.


Many body detoxes are not structured properly to maintain daily energy levels. Our team frequently receive emails from people who have tried juice cleansing for a few days only to be left feeling completely exhausted. Juice cleansing is best used, if at all, in a medical spa or retreat setting under the care of a healthcare practitioner. Juice does not contain the calories, protein, and fiber necessary to support the body detox process and an active lifestyle and is often laden with excess sugar.

A balanced nutritional body detox like the Clean Program is designed to be used during our busy daily lives. In fact, people following our body detox program often feel more energy than normal. Of course, there may be moments during a 21-Day Program or a shorter 7-Day Program where you feel tired, but other days you may feel more energy than you’re used to.

Overall, the Clean Program’s approach to body detox using nutrient-dense shakes, a solid lunch meal from like the ones found in Clean Eats, targeted supplements, and light exercise will help stabilize your energy while you improve your health.


A balanced body detox provides the calories and nutrients needed to live your life each day. A well-structured program designed for daily life should not focus on calorie-restriction, so, when you feel hungry, simply eat something from the Clean Diet.

What many people associate with the sensation of hunger is better described as appetite, or emotional hunger. It’s the moment when we reach for food to numb an uncomfortable feeling we’re having such anger, irritation, or boredom.

During a cleanse, you may also feel cravings for foods that are not included in the body detox program like dairy, gluten, sugar, coffee, and alcohol. You may interpret these cravings as true hunger when they’re really emotional hunger.

When this happens, we recommend you ask yourself, “What am I really feeling?” If it’s boredom, restlessness, or any other emotion, truly allow yourself to feel it. You don’t have to wallow in unhappiness or negativity, but simply recognize what the true reason is, and put a name to it. Bringing awareness to what you are feeling is often all that is needed for it to pass.

If you’ve never done a body detox cleanse before, don’t worry about feeling “hungry”. Doing a balanced and well-structured body detox like the Clean Program will fuel your body with nutrient-dense whole foods. Plus, it’s one of the best ways to learn the difference between true hunger and emotional hunger.

Understanding this distinction can go a long way in helping stop the cycle of bad habits that often lead to food cravings, weight gain, and poor health in the first place.


The overwhelming majority of people who use the Clean Program aren’t from Hollywood. They’re real people with real success stories from all over the world who are taking responsibility for their health. They’re moms, dads, sisters and brothers, business owners and employees, entrepreneurs, weekend warriors, and wellness enthusiasts.



Body Detox Myths Dispelled: Part One


Body detox myths abound on the internet. While many of the anti-detox arguments are well-intentioned, they often miss the bigger picture. We’re deconstructing the top 5 Body Detox Myths to prove how a balanced detox program can be a useful tool for your body and overall health.


The practice of body detox and cleansing for improved health has been around for thousands of years. From the 5,000-year-old Indian Ayurvedic medicinal system to South American purification rituals, cleansing has been an integral part of healthy living across many cultures for ages.

In the United States, cleansing and body detox has really come of age in the last 15 years with our increased awareness around untested chemicals in our environment. In fact, “over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the nation’s environment each year including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens,” according to Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children’s Environmental Health Center.

The more we learn about our increased exposure to pollution in our food, water, and air, the more we turn to balanced cleansing programs to aid our overloaded detox organs.Today, cleansing and body detox are not fads but some of the most powerful health tools available.


Many of us have tried weight loss programs that don’t work. They’re quick fixes that don’t address a solid foundation of health. A body detox done in the right way focuses on a clean eating meal program, removing mucus-forming and hard-to-digest foods, addresses emotional eating, and teaches you skills to live healthier after your cleanse.


While this may have been true years ago, cleansing and body detox programs are now recommended by many doctors as well as naturopaths, chiropractors, therapists, and healthcare workers that can be found in the Functional Medicine doctor database.

Most doctors do not receive sufficient nutritional training during medical school. In order for them to learn about cleansing, they often need to go through postgraduate programs like the ones offered at the Institute for Functional Medicine.

As our healthcare system evolves and alternatives to the symptom-based model are discovered, we’re confident we’ll see more doctors turning to cleansing as a tool to treat many modern day symptoms and conditions.


There is mounting evidence suggesting that supporting our body’s detoxification processes is essential to health. Dr. Jeffrey Bland, the “father of functional medicine”, writes: “Specific foods and their nutrients determine … the effectiveness of your detoxification process. Compromise the detox process, and a toxic load of substances builds up in the body and poisons your metabolism.”

The Institute for Functional Medicine has written a four hundred page textbook on the science of detoxification used to re-train medical doctors. This textbook alone is loaded with hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles that provide evidence to support the benefits of balanced cleansing programs. Unlike major pharmaceutical companies, most practicing doctors and wellness companies do not have the resources to pay for full studies. However, there is evidence supporting the components of a balanced cleanse.

Take the Clean Program as an example — there is research supporting the use of the 12-hour window as a means of intermittent fasting to improve health indicators and counteract disease processes. Additionally, our use of the herb berberine has been shown to enhance antibacterial activity. Probiotics, which we include daily during the Clean Program, work in a wide variety of ways such as improving digestion, prevention of allergies, and a reduction of gut inflammation in mice.

If you were to use even just one of these tools, you may feel some benefits. The power of the Clean Program comes from combining many of these beneficial tools into a simple, effective system to produce a more profound experience. This experience helps support short-term and long-term health and habit changes. Finally, this study shows how shake supplements like our Daily Shakes used in a medical food supplemented detox program can improve health outcomes.

In the end, the claim that there is no science supporting balanced cleansing just doesn’t hold up.


There is no quick fix that will magically change people’s long-term health. Each one of us is a mix of motivations, desires, and habits that often conflict with one another. Some days we want to do what it takes to get healthy, other days we don’t. But we do know that certain practices help us build habits that can lead to long-term changes.

The Clean Program takes these habit-forming practices and makes them part of the program’s core structure. For example, we learn to make Daily Shakes, to eat from the Clean Diet, and to discover which foods work best us. We also connect you with a supportive online community that will keep you inspired. All of these examples can be used after you finish your body detox to createsustained long-term health changes.

Thus, a balanced body detox cleanse, like the Clean Program, becomes a powerful gateway to an energized lifestyle that begins to work as soon as you start.


Book: Skinny Thinking

This is the book that accompanies the 91 Day Skinny Thinking Challenge.
You can buy the paperback through Amazon or download for free here and add it to your eReader – that is if you are interested.

What is your relationship with food?
How do you relate to food?
As a lover, a friend, a god, an enemy, a source of nutrition? What is your image of yourself in relationship to food? What are the thoughts and self-images that mediate between you and food? When you remove all of the thoughts and images that mediate between you and food, what’s left? Just a simple, pragmatic relationship with food. That is the goal of Skinny Thinking: to help you develop a simple, pragmatic relationship with food.

This book is not about formulating a newfangled eating or exercise plan that will deliver the perfect body to please the ego, like so many other diet books are. It is about forming a new, rational relationship with food, weight, and your body that is free from past suffering and worries. The good news is that Getting Skinny with Skinny Thinking is not a new fad or trend. If you put the Five Steps that you will soon learn into practice, you will keep your healthy, thinner body permanently and end the yo-yoing forever.

The 91 Day Skinny Thinking Challenge

Three days ago, I was cleaning up an old Gmail account, one that I used when I was in my vegetarian phase, and I saw a series of emails from Laura Katleman-Prue.
The emails consisted of a 91 Day Skinny Thinking Challenge. I had forgotten about signing up for the challenge, over two years ago! LOL
I think it will be good and fun for me to do this and I am going to start today.

Freedom Is Possible

Yes, it is possible to be free from obsession with food and body
weight! It is possible to live without worrying about what you will
eat next, whether it will make you fat, or whether you’ll have the
willpower to eat in a way that keeps you from busting out of your jeans.
The subject of this workbook is seeing the whole truth about food
and what’s been going on in your relationship with it. No matter
how long you’ve been struggling with food, you don’t have to take
your eating, weight, and body image issues to your grave. You can
free yourself of them for good. All you have to do is follow the
Five Steps by incorporating the daily five-minute exercises into
your daily routine. How hard is it to find an extra five minutes a
day? Aren’t you worth it? You can do this!

What can you expect over the next 91 Days?

You will be receiving daily emails with your Five Minute Freedom
Exercises inside. These exercises will help you stay on track and
progress throughout the 91 Days of the Skinny Thinking Challenge.