What is inflammation?
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.
I finished my detox program! Do I have to detox again in the future?
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.
Can I use detox shakes as my primary food source?
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.
Should I continue taking other supplements during my detox?
We recommend consulting with your provider before continuing or discontinuing any supplements that aren’t part of your gut-detox prescription.
Can I detox if I’m pregnant or nursing?
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.
When reintroducing foods after detox, I experienced symptoms or reactions. What does this mean, and what should I do about it?
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, […]
Do I have to reintroduce foods I eliminated during detox?
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.
Can I exercise during the detox?
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 […]
I see that I should be drinking plenty of water during detox. How much water should I drink?
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 […]
Can my children and other family members use my detox program?
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 […]
Could I develop sensitivities to supplements used during detox?
All our supplements are non-allergenic and shouldn’t produce any related sensitives. They also don’t contain any stimulants or caffeine.
Are there common side effects I might experience during detox?
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 […]
Should I continue taking my medication during detox?
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 […]
I see that I should be making organic food choices. What if I can’t find or afford organic foods?
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 […]
What if I slip up during my detox?
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.
What’s the difference between a food allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity?
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 […]