About the GDRx Detox Program:
Your gut controls every aspect of your health.
It is the very foundation to a healthy heart, focused brain, strong immune system, and robust metabolism that all impact your ability to experience the world around you. Sounds crazy right? To think that this “little pink sac”, residing inside you, carries so much weight over your thoughts, behaviors, and state of being? Well, it couldn’t be closer to the truth.
In fact, your gut houses an entire ecosystem of bacteria and microorganisms that protect your body against harmful pathogens, help digest and absorb critical nutrients, build neurotransmitters, and eliminate toxins that wreak havoc on your system. In essence, your gut is the control center for disease and health. A place where building blocks (amino acids, neurons, chemicals, and hormones) are created; damage is repaired; and pathways are cleaned.
So, what happens when harmful microbes and pollutants interfere with your gut’s ability to function? When excess toxins begin clumping together and jam your waste management system? If this were to occur years on end?
Could this wide-spread collection of ‘garbage’ explain your declining memory? The cause for your infertility or hormone issues? The origin of rising Autism trends? The reason behind your diabetes, heart attacks, or seizures? The underlying source for cancer cells to multiply?
Is your compromised health the byproduct of a gut-driven garbage-in, garbage-out jam equation? With new research emerging every day, scientists are saying yes. Your body simply cannot function without a healthy gut or detox system.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DETOXING
Your body is designed to detox. It is the reason why you sweat; the purpose for urinating; and the motive behind your “morning glory”. Detoxification is the way in which your body identifies, neutralizes, and eliminates things that are unhealthy for you. These include physical substances from your environment as well as byproducts that your system naturally produces (metabolites). Without it, you wouldn’t last very long and neither will your health.
Unfortunately, your natural ability to detox can be worn down overtime. Many factors including: poor diet, traumatic experiences, environmental pollutants, food additives, and medications can all interfere with your detox pathways — especially in today’s world where artificial sweeteners, birth control, and antibiotics are on the rise.
When your waste management system (colon, liver, kidneys, skin) experiences repeat insults, it can’t get rid of garbage fast enough. This creates toxic landfills in your body, triggering a host of disease-related symptoms. Suddenly you’re troubled with brain fog, indigestion, chronic fatigue, insulin resistance, weight gain and more. The result is a garbage jam situation. So, what eliminates this toxic buildup? How can you “take out the trash”? The answer is food.
Believe it or not, but enzymes that break down pathogenic microbes, chemicals, and byproducts come from ingredients found in whole foods. Hence, your gut must be abundant with nutrients for these enzymes to effectively “bag up” toxins and usher them away through urine, sweat or stool. If one part of your system gets clogged, your whole body suffers. The Gut-Detox Program (GDRx) is designed repair just that.
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Uses & Benefits
Our GDRx Program Explained
The GDRx is a medically supervised gut-detox program. This program is prescribed by a provider and/or health coach; and is clinically designed to remove toxic buildup that underlie chronic conditions and health challenges. By addressing factors that burden your detox system, you’re able to enhance your liver capacity, strengthen the lining of your gut, and restore immune function for life-long health.
This is accomplished by:
- Removing allergenic and pro-inflammatory foods from your diet that compromise gastrointestinal health;
- Replacing those foods with gut-friendly nutrients;
- Utilizing dietary supplements that facilitate liver detoxification and send “trash bags” to your colon, kidneys, and skin for excretion; and
- Reintroducing foods into your diet to help identify triggers that secretly fuel your health issues.
We like to think of the GDRx like a car. The detox is your body getting serviced; the elimination diet is the mechanic taking out faulty parts; gut-friendly foods and supplements are premium fuel; reintroduction is the safety test to see which parts work and don’t work; and your provider is your insurance plan. With each “auto part” or phase of the program working together, the healing process is accelerated and patients see real results in real time.
Benefits of the GDRx
- Improved immune system
- Healthy and glowing skin
- Healthy digestion
- Weight loss
- Improved headaches, brain fog, and chronic fatigue
- Reduced water retention and bloating
- Identified food sensitivities
- Decreased inflammation
- Enhanced energy, stamina, and mental focus
IS THE GDRx RIGHT FOR YOU?
Gut detoxing isn’t just for those with stomach issues. Remember how your gut is the foundation to your health? Well, this means that everyone can benefit from the GDRx — whether you’re looking to optimize your health or treat a chronic illness. People with the following conditions are exceptional candidates for the GDRx program.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
The “feel-good” happy hormone in your body, serotonin, regulates your sleep, mood and appetite — and most importantly — is made in the gut. Since your brain doesn’t store the precursor to serotonin (tryptophan), your gut relies on tryptophan-rich nutrients from your diet. These foods include: bananas, turkey, eggs, fish, beans, chicken, and milk. However, poor nutrition and a “leaky gut” can make absorbing tryptophan and creating serotonin a difficult task.
An unhealthy gut also won’t support you in times of stress due to low numbers of bifidobacteria (your good bacteria). Bifidobacteria are essential to lowering your stress hormone, cortisol, and reducing anxiety. The GDRx program will work to “heal and seal” the lining of your gut and restore levels of bifidobacteria to ease mood-related symptoms.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Struggle with bloating, gas, lower abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea? You probably have the tell-tale signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The culprit? Gut dysbiosis, or an imbalance of good vs bad intestinal bacteria. When you offset this balance — and the diversity of your microbiome — your gut responds with stomach and bowel irregularities. The GDRx will help restore healthy levels of bacteria in your microbiome to treat gut dysbiosis and resolve ongoing symptoms.
TYPE 2 DIABETES / INSULIN RESISTANCE
Have you ever heard of the saying, “feed the monster and he’ll wake”? Well, you feed the bad bacteria in your gut by eating simple carbohydrates, refined sugars, and proceed foods. These pathogenic “mini monsters” survive and thrive on sugar. Hence, the more junk food that you eat, the hungrier they get and the worse your symptoms become.
In fact, studies have shown high levels of bad bacteria to flourish and feed around the gut-immune barrier. This weakens your gut lining; allows intestinal holes to emerge and molecules to ‘leak’ through; inflammation to exacerbate; and blood sugar to spike. While on the GDRx, you’ll learn which foods to eliminate from your diet that lower bad bacteria and improve insulin sensitivity.
Did you know that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut? That’s right! So, if you’re struggling with frequent illness, infections or autoimmunity, your gut may need some help. The GDRx will work to boost populations of bacteria in your microbiome, creating a diverse ecosystem that improves immune health and function.
FOOD SENSITIVITIES & INTOLERANCES
Different than allergies, food sensitivities and intolerances are caused by a lack of specific enzymes needed to digest food; toxic culprits such as food additives, medications and pollutants; and bacterial imbalances in the gut. These factors ultimately drive sensitivities and intolerances, leading to symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, pain, nausea or even skin problems and headaches.
During the GDRx, you will eliminate suspected allergenic and pro-inflammatory foods from your diet, and then later reintroduce them one at a time. This allows your body to identify foods triggers that secretly fuel your health issues.
THIS GDRx ALSO WORKS FOR PEOPLE WITH:
- Anxiety / Depression
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Bloating / Belly Pain / Constipation
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Decreased Libido
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Fibromyalgia / Nerve Pain
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol or Triglycerides
- Hormone Imbalance / Hot Flashes
- Insulin Resistance & Pre-Diabetes
- Mental/Emotional Exhaustion
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Muscle Pain or Weakness
- Overweight / Obesity
- Physical Inactivity
- Poor Concentration / Memory
- Trouble Falling / Staying Asleep
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What to Expect
BEFORE YOU START THE GDRx
Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before starting the GDRx. This is especially important if you have plans to become pregnant, are sexually active but don’t use contraceptives, or take medication for seizures and/or heart arrhythmias. Forum Health offers a free 15-minute consultation if you’d like to learn more about the GDRx and whether or not you are a candidate. Click here to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
There are two GDRx programs that you may benefit from, depending on your health status and goals.* The Primary GDRx is 5-weeks and recommended for those with underlying medical issues or chronic illness. The Reboot GDRx is 10-days and recommended for those wanting to optimize their health or maintain results after completing the Primary GDRx.
*Most people undertake the 5-week Primary GDRx, and then go on to complete the 10-day Reboot 3-6 months after for maintenance. If you decide to do the 5-week program, try to plan accordingly and avoid days of travel or vacation for best results. Scared of a 5-week commitment? Don’t be! The GDRx is a virtually-enabled program that can be done anytime, anywhere, and at any place.
PREPARING YOU FOR SUCESS
Did you know that Forum Health’s Co-Chief Medical Officer — and world leader in functional medicine — Dr. Shilpa P. Saxena created the GDRx? That’s right! Through decades of experience treating patients with gut-related issues, Dr. Saxena designed a solution that works for everyone.
Not only is she the mastermind behind the program, but Dr. Saxena has created an educational portfolio of videos, workbooks, questionnaires, and resources for patients on GDRx. After signing up for the program, you’ll gain access to this exclusive content that has helped thousands for patients regain their health. You’ll also be invited to the private GDRx Facebook Group where you, among other patients, can ask questions to a team of GDRx-certified health coaches.
- 2-3 Health Coach Visits
- 5-Week or 10-Day Supply of Supplements
- 1 Detox Shake Blender Bottle
- Complete Program Workbook
- Personalized Supplement Plan
- Food & Kitchenware Product Guide
- Educational Video Series
- Private Facebook Group Access
- Pre & Post Health Assessment
- Progress Check-Ins & Reports
- Weekly / Daily Educational Emails
- Program Certification
*Items will vary based on the program that you sign up for.
THE 4 PHASES OF DETOXIFICATION
Detoxification is a process. This means that a systematic, step-by-step program is required to effectively remove toxic buildup and revamp your detox engines. The GDRx is, therefore, broken into four distance phases.
PHASE 1: PRELOADING:
Preloading is the first phase of the GDRx where you’ll ease into detoxification.
This is accomplished by:
- Implementing your supplement and shake regimen;
- Practicing the process of removing highly allergenic and pro-inflammatory foods from your diet;
- Creating habit, developing self-confidence, and trusting in the detox process.
PHASE 2: PRIMARY DETOX:
Primary Detox is the second and core phase of the GDRx. During this phase, you’ll reduce the amount of garbage in, maximize the amount of garbage out, and strategically “bag up” toxins so that they can be removed from your liver, colon, kidneys, and skin (your waste management system).
This is accomplished by:
- Fully eliminating foods that are known to trigger inflammation, allergies, and sensitives;
- Consuming specific nutrients that target pathogenic compounds in your body and optimize detoxification. These nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, leaf and root extracts, amino acids, proteins, and more) are found in your supplement shakes and capsules.
PHASE 3: VEGGIE WEEK
Veggie Week is the third — and optional — phase of the GDRx. This phase must be approved by your provider, as it requires more energy, discipline, and rest to complete. If you proceed with Veggie Week, you’ll consume only vegetables, fruits, and clean protein for 7 days.
This phase requires you to:
- Adhere to a diet of fresh or frozen vegetables (avoid canned veggies) and leafy greens;
- Only drink water, aside from your detox shakes. This means avoiding soda, coffee, and caffeine.
- Increasing your supplement regimen and daily shakes to ensure abundant protein.
PHASE 4: FOOD REINTRODUCTION
Food Reintroduction is the fourth and final phase of the GDRx. During this phase, you’ll add foods back into your diet, one at a time. This process helps you learn which foods trigger inflammatory, allergenic, and sensitivity reactions. Once your body recognizes “food triggers”, it is then your responsibility to avoid these items for long-term results.
LIFE AFTER THE GDRx
The GDRx is meant to provide you with the foundation, tools, and knowledge to regain your health and sustain results. When you graduate from the GDRx, it’s up to you to incorporate these learnings into your everyday life. In fact, many people adopt gluten free, organic, and wholesome eating habits after the GDRx; and add their detox shakes to their daily routine. As a clean source of protein — blended with pure ingredients, herbs, and botanicals— your detox shakes is be a great life-time foundation.
In terms of maintenance, our providers recommend that you schedule a GDRx “Reboot” every 3-6 months. This reboot is our 10-day GDRx program that helps people stay on track, especially after the holidays or returning from vacation.
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The GDRx is customized to each patient’s individual needs and health goals. It is recommended that you consult with your healthcare provider — before starting this program — to evaluate candidacy. The GDRx is not suitable for those who are under the age of 18, pregnant or nursing, unable to use contraceptives, taking heart or seizure medication, hospitalized, or undergoing active treatment for cancer.
Pregnancy: Detoxing is not considered safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it can interfere with fetal development and may lead to adverse effects. If you become pregnant while on the GDRx, you should stop the program immediately and contact your provider. For those planning on becoming pregnant, you may start the GDRx only if you complete it as least six months prior to conception. Please plan accordingly.
Medication: Prescription medication or drugs can be affected by the detox process. Although rare, your provider may advise you to separate your GDRx supplements from your medications and/or or alter your dosage. Be sure to inform your provider of all medications that you are taking before starting the program. If you take medications for epilepsy or a heart arrythmia, do not start the GDRx.
Birth Control: Detoxification reduces the effectiveness of birth control. If you are sexually active and unable to use condom to prevent pregnancy, then you are not a candidate for the GDRx. Be sure to inform your provider of all contraceptives and birth control methods that you use.
Cancer Treatment: Detoxing changes your microbiome and the bacteria that help fight off infections. While a healthy microbiome is a step towards strengthening your gut-immune barrier, detoxing is not suitable for those undergoing active cancer treatment, including chemotherapy. The GDRx is also not appropriate for those with comprised immune systems that require hospitalization.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Remember that detoxification involves your entire waste management system: your liver, colon kidneys, and skin. This means “taking out the trash” can have a toll on your body. Occasionally, people on the GDRx will experience symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, nausea, and bowel changes. Other side effects, while uncommon, may include: body aches, mood swings, bloating, lightheadedness, and weakness. These typically occur in the first week of the GDRx and resolve without intervention. However, if your symptoms persist for more than a few days or worsen, you should contact your provider.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
It is very unlikely that you will experience adverse reactions or side effects while on the GDRx. But in the event that life-threatening symptoms arise, call 911 immediately or seek medical care from your nearest emergency department.
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.
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.
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.
We recommend consulting with your provider before continuing or discontinuing any supplements that aren’t part of your gut-detox prescription.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The GDRx is a prescription-based gut detox program that’s clinically designed to remove toxic buildup from the body. This toxic buildup — or collection of “garbage” — accumulates overtime from poor diet, environmental pollutants, lack of physical activity, medications, and traumatic experiences that all interfere with people’s detox pathways. If one’s ability to detox is impaired, then their body can’t effectively remove toxic waste that wreaks havoc on their health. The GDRx uses a systematic approach and targeted nutrients to eliminate toxins, heal the gut, and ease both chronic and acute symptoms.