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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.