I have promised to write about my experiences with Dr. Riesman at the MindBody Medical Center in Brentwood, TN. I encourage you to read all parts of this series, including the prelude, Shelling Out The BIG Bucks For The Sake Of HEALTH. This is Part 3: The One & Only Detox/ Cleanse You Should Be Doing. Part 1: Eaten Alive with Candida can be found here and Part 2: Natural Remedies For Anxiety can be found here.
A few months ago I completed a 7 day cleanse as directed by my doctor. I was eaten up with candida, and after several weeks on supplements to combat that, my doctor thought I was in good enough shape and would benefit from a detox/cleanse.
I just want to take a moment to say that if you have googled any of the supplements or products I have been using, you will notice that they are pricey. At least I thought so in comparison to the brands that I am accustomed to purchasing. But these are the product that Dr. Riesman recommends, and I trust the man, period. I am blessed that I’ve been able to afford them, even though it sucks to have to shell out that kind of money on medical supplies, and it super sucks that insurance companies won’t pay for them (not even partially) even though they should be considered a medical necessity because they are the only medicine that has resulted in any kind of improvement for me. When I’ve improved enough, I’ll probably try to switch to more affordable brands and see if lower quality supplements will sustain the results, but for the time being, this is not something I can or should cheap out on. And if you find yourself in a similar boat with any kind of condition, this is something to consider as well. There are usually different price points for a reason. I have however been able to cut my original dosage in half, so that’s helped my pocket a lot. It also gives me hope that perhaps in a few more months I’ll be able to eliminate most of he supplements completely.
But getting back to the detox/ cleanse, I bought two containers of UltraInflamX by Metagenics and one container of Power Greens by NuMedica. I was also advised to buy a powder fiber supplement, which I ended up not using, but a lot of people need it because they either experience diarrhea or constipation during the cleanse.
The popular flavor for the UltraInflamX is Chocolate, but they were out, so I settled for Original Spice (which was my preference of the two) and Banana Pineapple. The Power Greens came in Chocolate and Berry, and I bought one container of the Chocolate flavor. The ingredients will last you longer than 7 days if you wish to do another detox/cleanse at a later time for maintenance.
2 scoops of the UltraInflamX (buy here)
1 scoop of the Power Greens (buy here)
Mix the powder in 12 oz of liquid. You can use almond milk, coconut milk, or water. I used half water/ half almond or coconut milk.
If you are taking a fiber supplement (which you are supposed to do), do not mix that powder in the shake. Drink it before or after your shake, and do it quickly.
Just take a second to zoom in and check out the long list of ingredients in these two containers!!! UltraInflamX is considered a medical food and is called a nutrition-complete formula. That is why my 7 day cleanse was shakes only and NO FOOD…as directed by my doctor. (Water and herbal teas, as long as they do not contain caffeine, are allowed.)
According to the Metagenics website regarding UltraInflamX:
UltraInflamX and UltraInflamX Plus 360° are medical foods designed for the nutritional management of compromised gut function due to IBD , such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis . These groundbreaking medical foods now feature exciting formula upgrades that include an improved nutritional profile and technologically advanced ingredient forms designed to deliver enhanced bioavailability and reliable clinical outcomes.
This program includes a scientifically formulated medical food for IBD to help address multiple underlying factors associated with inflammation and reduce related symptoms, including pain. It supplies a low-allergy-potential rice protein and specific amounts and types of carbohydrates and healthy fats, along with other targeted nutrients to promote a balanced response to potential inflammatory triggers.
And according to the Numedica website:
It’s pretty simple to explain my experience. I never once felt hungry, but despite this, I missed eating food. To me, just not getting to eat food was the hardest part, regardless of the fact that I was never physically hungry or deprived of nutrition. In fact, I was receiving much more nutrition that what my normal diet gave to me. And to me the shakes tasted like chocolate milk. I didn’t mind how they tasted, though I did get tired of drinking the same thing every day. I did make a comment that this must how dogs feel, and I felt guilty that they have to eat the same thing every day.
Suddenly I had a lot of time. What was I to do in my spare time if I couldn’t think about food or plan my next meal? What would I do with the spare time that I had now that I wasn’t snacking or preparing meals? To be honest, and this is really sad to admit, but I was incredibly bored that week. Apparently far too much of my happiness derives from thinking about and consuming food.
Oh and the first several days especially, I was really thirsty. It’s like I had the superpower to consume liquids. Make sure to drink lots of water while doing a cleanse so that you can flush those toxins out!
I transitioned out of my cleanse by eating lightly the next day, soups, salads, liquids. I was able to go back to my normal diet quickly, though this depends on the individual. For some, going back to solid foods too quickly can cause some digestive upset. This is so not healthy and definitely not what I recommend, but my first “real meal” I had was a Lee’s chicken box because for some reason I could not get that out of my head during my cleanse. I stomached the meal fine. Obviously not a healthy food choice, but some times you just have to get a fried chicken fix.
Now as far as detox symptoms…I didn’t really have any! Besides feeling light headed when I would stand up, I didn’t really have any of the standard detox symptoms.Which is really unusual, and I kept thinking “Is this not working, am I not doing it right?!” But of course this is not the type of thing you can screw up. You can drink 3-5 shakes a day. Do that, and don’t eat food, and that’s all there is to it.
Common detox symptoms can include:
- Skin breakouts
- Headaches and body aches
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Fatigue and low energy levels
- Cold symptoms
Why do you get detox symptoms?
Detox symptoms usually only last the first 2-3 days. Most detox symptoms can be attributed to the fact that your body is releasing toxins and free radicals. So in scientific terms, when this crap is leaving your body, you are likely to experience some crappy side effects. You may need to lay around the house a lot, and that’s perfectly fine. Or you may experience an energy boost and want to exercise, and that’s fine too.
Why didn’t I have any detox symptoms?
I have two theories on this. 1.) I had been taking high dosages of high quality supplements for weeks before my cleanse. I either dry brush or rebound nearly every day. I’ve cleaned up my diet considerably in the past several months drinking juice and smoothies. I’ve been ingesting bentonite clay and taking detoxifying baths in the clay and/ or with my essential oils. And I also use my earthing mat daily to release free radicals. (All of these things are there own separate blog post, so make sure to read them to learn more about each!) Perhaps most of the bad stuff inside me by this point had already made its way out of me. I know after I started dry brushing I experienced some detox symptoms initially. Or 2.) Maybe this cleanse is more gentle than others on the market. You’re getting your nutrition, so your body isn’t being deprived of anything, and maybe this accounts for a more gentle cleanse because at no point did my body feel like it was starving. I’d love for other people to try this exact same cleanse so we can compare notes! (Seriously, if you do this, let me know you’re experience.)
I would recommend this cleanse, and I will do it again down the road. It’s doctor recommended and healthy. I think of it like medicine, after all it’s “medical food”. And I’ll drink more of the shakes every now and then, maybe replacing a snack or meal with one, just for some added nutrition into my diet. I lost 6lbs. by the last day of the cleanse, but most of this is temporary weight loss due to not having food or waste build up inside your body. After starting back on my regular diet, a couple weeks later, it looks like I lost 2lbs. For those who have a lot of weight to lose, this cleanse can be very helpful with weight loss. And as I stated, it can be repeated periodically, and there are enough ingredients left over to continue it at a later time. A lot of people like to do cleanses seasonally. I also imagine the shakes are healthier than other options for a “meal replacement” if you chose to substitute a set number of meals for a certain period of time with them.