Your Foundation for Better Health

Your body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. But many factors can interfere — especially in today’s world. Poor diet, traumatic experiences, and environmental problems introduce toxins that complicate the natural healing process.

Your liver, kidneys, and colon work to remove unwanted toxins. But over time, they will build up and affect your daily wellness.

Excess toxins are a common underlying cause for many serious health conditions. These include heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain or infection. Toxins also affect mental clarity, digestion, weight, inflammation, and more.

With the help of a Forum Health detox program, you can remove toxin buildup and cleanse your system — with far-reaching benefits for body, mind, and soul.

First, a health coach will work with you to determine the best program option. Then, in collaboration with your Forum Health provider, they’ll oversee your progress through five phases.

You’ll have access to exclusive physician-grade nutrients and a specialized food plan. In-depth health education will help you understand what you’re going through.

We’ll work at the pace your body dictates, with routine self-evaluation and safety check-ins. Then we’ll help you manage side effects such as acne, constipation, fatigue, headaches, and body aches. As you start to feel healthier, we’ll teach you how to maintain habits.

Our goal is to set you up for a lifetime of better health.


Forum Health’s 5 Keys to Detox

Removing toxins is a natural part of your body’s elimination process — necessary to ensure healthy liver, kidney, and colon function. It occurs daily and relies on having the right nutrients in your body. When that’s not happening, you need to take corrective measures to aid the process.

Our detox program will give your body what it needs to remove waste. You’ll discover foods that are causing issues and rid your body of toxins.

Elimination Diet

Make smart food and drink choices focused on reducing inflammation by removing the most common triggers of allergy or food sensitivity.

Liver Detoxification

During the first two phases of detox, nutrients are strategically dosed to “bag up” existing toxic burden. It can then be removed by your colon, kidney, and skin.

Bowel Movement Insurance

Regular, spontaneous, and complete bowel movements are essential to effective detoxification. We refer to this as getting the garbage out.

Restoration & Repair

Detoxification takes lots of energy. We must replenish the nutrients we use during the process. The gut lining also requires special nutrients to rebuild and fortify its barriers so it can once again protect you against “garbage in” risks.

Food Reintroduction

By following the scientific method for reintroducing foods into your diet, you’ll identify the triggers that secretly fuel your health issues.


Understanding Toxins

Toxic buildup happens to everyone. There are three contributing factors: nutrition, environment, and trauma. As you work through your detox program, you’ll make changes in each area.

Nutrition

Our ancestors dined on fresh vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, and occasional meat and grains. But the modern diet often includes over-processed foods. While these can be convenient and tasty, it’s no surprise that diseases of lifestyle — like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune conditions — are on the rise.

When they come to see us for the first time, it’s not uncommon that people are nutritionally bankrupt.
— Paul Savage, MD

Environment

We’re all exposed to environmental toxins that can disrupt our sensitive biological systems. Naturally occurring compounds include lead, mercury, radon, and formaldehyde. Man-made chemicals include pesticides and bisphenol A (BPA).

BPA is widely used to manufacture polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins in food and drink packaging. BPA exposure occurs when the chemical leaches from packaging into food and water — especially when plastic containers are washed, heated, or stressed.

Trauma

Bodily trauma can be physical (sports injury, cut, accident, or surgery). It can also be mental or emotional (death of a loved one, stress, public speaking).

Our body’s immune system responds to trauma by sounding off inflammation alarms. Hormones and chemicals then flood the area to heal the injury.

This is good, unless the trauma lasts longer or happens more often than it should. For example, something that was meant to last a short period — like losing sleep during a fun vacation — becomes more frequent. The constant alarm signals cause your body to tire and become dysfunctional.


Understanding Detoxification

Most people know the environment can be toxic. But most of us don’t think about the amount of additional toxins — or garbage — we produce internally. Garbage is made when we digest food, fight infections, exercise, manage stress, and perform other everyday bodily functions.

Whether from the inside or outside, all toxins must get detoxified and eliminated. Water-soluble toxins are removed easily through urine, stool, and sweat. But removing fat-soluble toxins is trickier. These become water-soluble through a two-step process. After this biotransformation, they’re also eliminated through urine, stool, or sweat.

But toxins can get stuck in your body. If the two-step pathway doesn’t have what it needs to do these tasks, biotransformation doesn’t occur. Then toxins can trigger health issues that affect your quality of life.

Garbage Inside & Out

Toxins, or garbage — from sources like pesticides, pollution, chemical food additives, alcohol, caffeine, and medications — come in from the outside (exotoxins). Other garbage, such as byproducts of daily internal biochemical reactions (metabolites), is created inside and builds up over time.


Forum Health Treatments

Diet & Nutrition Counseling

One-size-fits-all and fad diets just don’t work. Your body has unique nutritional needs. Forum Health will help you tailor your food intake to meet them.

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IV Optimization

Intravenous (IV) administration is a powerful way to deliver substances into your body. Forum Health uses an IV for many health conditions and to optimize wellness.

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Dietary Supplements

Forum Health offers professional-grade dietary supplements through our nutrition science company, Inwell Biosciences.

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FAQ

Nearly every chronic disease shares a root cause: inflammation. This is our bodies’ way of creating an alarm signal when something is out of balance. A little inflammation is necessary, but a poor diet creates non-stop alarms that ultimately lead to health issues.

A food allergy is an immediate reaction to a specific food that occurs every time you eat it. This immune response causes your body to recognize the food as a foreign substance and work to attack it. Peanut, egg, milk, and wheat allergies are among the most common.

Food intolerances are different from food allergies in that they don’t trigger an immune response. Instead, the body experiences difficulty digesting certain foods, causing symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. This often results from the lack of proper enzymes required to break down foods in the body.

Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to food that appear several hours or even days later. These responses are hard to distinguish, cause vague symptoms, and can go undiagnosed for years. While many factors contribute to food sensitivities, they most frequently stem from the inability to digest and absorb nutrients.

We understand that life happens and perfection is not a reality. Leave yesterday’s slip-up in the past and use the knowledge gained to make tomorrow better.

That said, sticking to your detox schedule is critical to achieving your health goals. Plan, plan, plan — and do your best to stay motivated.

Organic foods can be more expensive and harder to find. This makes “going organic” a bit tricky. We recommend purchasing small quantities of high-priced items like organic meats, poultry, and fish. This way, you’ll eat smaller portions while leaving plenty of room for nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Another option is to buy these foods in bulk and freeze them individually or in family-size portions. Costco and Thrive Market are two grocery chains that offer organic foods in bulk.

Yes. You should continue taking all prescription medications throughout your detox unless otherwise directed by your provider. Be aware that detoxification might influence the effectiveness of your medications — especially birth control — as it changes blood serum levels in the body. Hence, we recommend that patients using birth control take extra precautions when engaging in sexual activity.

When your body processes toxins, it often reacts by producing minor symptoms. These might include headaches, fatigue, skin flare-ups, muscle or joint aches, constipation or diarrhea, and emotional sensitivity. Symptoms tend to occur during the early phases of detox while your body adjusts to dietary changes.

These symptoms are short-lived, lasting a few days at most. They shouldn’t interfere with your daily activities. While it’s tempting to medicate symptoms away, we suggest honoring your body with plenty of rest.

All our supplements are non-allergenic and shouldn’t produce any related sensitives. They also don’t contain any stimulants or caffeine.

No. Each detox program is specifically tailored to your body composition, medical history, and health goals. The supplement dosing and dietary restraints of the detox are also based upon adult guidelines and shouldn't be applied to children. We encourage all family members who want to participate in the detox to schedule an appointment at Forum Health.

To determine how much water you need, simply divide your body weight in pounds by two. The result is the number of fluid ounces you should drink each day.

Remember that this number doesn’t factor caffeinated drinks. Beverages that contain caffeine — like coffee, tea, and soda — actually dehydrate your body. Be sure to increase your water intake if you drink these beverages, exercise regularly, or sweat often.

While detoxing, your body uses massive amounts of energy to flush out toxins, strengthen your immune system, and build neurotransmitters. This fatigues many patients — especially at the beginning of the detox — which is why we don't recommend exercise. That said, you can engage in gentle movements such as walking, yoga, and other leisure activities.

It’s up to you whether you continue to avoid these foods. However, we do recommend that you eat a variety of foods to stay well nourished. One approach is to reintroduce eliminated foods to your diet over time. This will allow you to build up resilience while maintaining a nutrient-rich and diverse regimen.

Remember that it’s completely normal to develop a food allergy or sensitivity after elimination. That said, if you experience reactions to more than four foods, your body might be suffering from increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome. With this condition, the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged and allows undigested food particles, toxins, and bacteria to leak into the bloodstream. This can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms that should be immediately reported to your provider or health coach.

Forum Health's detox program is not suitable for women who are pregnant, have plans to become pregnant within six months, or are currently breastfeeding. More research is needed to determine the dietary effects of this program on fetal development before expectant women or nursing mothers can participate.

We recommend consulting with your provider before continuing or discontinuing any supplements that aren't part of your gut-detox prescription.

Shakes used for Forum Health detox programs do contain essential proteins, vitamins, and other minerals, they are not designed to replace meals during the detox. Reach out to your provider or health coach if you wish to have more shakes incorporated into your detox schedule.

This depends on your response to the detox and progress toward your health goals. Be sure to ask your provider during your next visit, as they might suggest a reboot detox (1–2 weeks) later to help keep you on track.

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