Dr. Mike and Dr. Kallie's Review
Just above, you'll find all of the great technical information about this particular detox program. The OrthoMolecular Supplement Company is one of two top favorites of mine. They have amazing products along with tons of research for each and every product. I take many of their supplements on a regular basis, plus I experiment with new products that they release. The latest experiment was with this detox kit. Now I must be honest, I am not a "detox kit" type person...at all. I eat healthy and supplement my diet with protein shakes regularly, but a structured detox has never been a thing for me personally. So, this was putting me up for a challenge and I wasn't about to do this alone, so I recruited my husband.
We started the program on a Wednesday. We opened our boxes and read through the great little manual that comes with the kit. The manual has all of the instructions needed, tons of helpful information, and great recipes for your week ahead. On page 16 and 17 of the manual, you are given substantial lists of what foods you are allowed and what you are not.
Not Allowed List:
So basically you are leaning toward a whole food diet for 7 days. You are sticking to all organic fresh fruits and veggies, plus organic meats, and your grains can include rice, quinoa, etc. It's really not too bad, minus the coffee part! It's truly quite refreshing to know that you are putting such clean foods into your body.
There is one small kicker in this program. The first two days are recommended fasted. This is an OPTION and not truly fasted because you are drinking two shakes (am and pm). Here is where I need to be honest, this is downright HARD! I survived (kind of and I'll get to that shortly) and I can understand the importance of this step. Fasting allows for digestive system to take a break and start making repairs. The shakes are simple and safe on your digestive system with enough nutrients to help your mind remember that you are not actually starving, plus the fiber helps you feel full. After the first day, I switched from 2 shakes for the day to 4 by splitting them in half. It just helped me feel more full throughout the length of the day. The hidden secret here is also this: by day three when you are allowed food, you really don't care about how "tasty" something is or isn't without your favorite condiments and such because you just want to EAT FOOD. A chicken breast with a side of raw veggies will never taste so good. Honestly, the recipes in the book are super yummy and enlighten you on a fresh new way to cook with a healthier approach. Plus, by day three you are allowed to mix fruit into your shakes if you would like. The idea is to still stay around 1200 calories a day while on the cleanse, so there is no over indulging after coming off of the fast. Again, the fast is completely optional. It all depends on your personal health whether it is a safe option.
As I said earlier, this is a personal review and I am going to try my best here at reviewing the program. Unfortunately, I had a slight hiccup with my program, so I can't give you as much info as I'd like about how I did. The very first day, a fasted day, I got pretty sick. I can't tell you if it was exactly the flu, exactly the detox, or a combination of both. This was the week spring break up here was letting out and it seemed like everyone had the flu. Both of my youngest daughters' teachers and half of their classes were out with the flu. I really believe I had a touch of the flu and the detox (especially being fasted) didn't help me. Not to drag on about a story here, but this helps justify my husband. I was about and hour drive from home when I got sick. This wasn't just a slight stomach ache, this was full on I felt like I was going to die sick. Thankfully my oldest daughter was with me to help me out a little with GPS and calling her dad since I had to pull over on a side road 15 times in 40 miles. During this fiasco, my blood sugar tanked and long story short, my husband had to pick us up to get us home. The second day of my fast was pretty easy since I still didn't feel well. I finished the detox through day 7 and was happy that I made it through. I felt great after I was finished and I do think I'll try it again this year. Mike on the other hand decided that he was going to wait and not do it at the same time as me. When he got the phone call from my daughter that I was sick, he threw in the towel and decided to hold off. We still believe a lot had to do with a touch of the flu, so giving you an honest assessment like I wanted, unfortunately isn't in the cards for this one.
I do want to note, we just had a patient finish the detox yesterday and she said she absolutely loved it. She lost 7 pounds and feels great. So happy to hear this and makes me look forward to trying it again. Please comment with any questions about the detox you may have, and I'll try my best to help. If there is enough interest, we are happy to open one of our kits and let people taste test before you make a decision. If you skipped the information sheet above, please go check it out because there is so much information about the importance of detoxing the liver and healing the gut.
Dr. MJ Wegmann,