Naturopathic Detox

Naturopathic Detox

by Shawna Clark, ND

Detox, detox, detox!!! The word has become a commonplace term in all things health related, but what does it really mean? In essence, it means a good internal clean-up.

Waste removal is done through a series of complex processes to help separate waste products and remove them. Whatever gets left behind gets stored. It’s important to “spring clean” these storage sites every so often. This is my quest for the next few weeks. Specifically, I’m going to clear out my liver.

The liver performs a ton of duties for the body, including detox. When the liver detoxifies, it does so in 2 stages: the first stage helps to pull those toxins out of storage and the second stage helps to neutralize and eliminate them. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to encourage and optimize these processes with some liver support herbs for the first stage (dandelion, artichoke, false bupleurum, milk thistle and fringe tree) and antioxidants for the second stage (NAC, vitamin C, quercetin, ALA, grape seed extract, Vitamin E, B6, B12, folic acid, zinc and Vitamin D). I’m also continuing my daily multivitamin and a B complex.

I’ve found that any good diet needs a plan and so I’ve planned out my meals for the week and shopped accordingly. Having healthy foods and snacks on hand is essential for success.

Over the last few days, I started prepping: a trip to my local health food store for some specialized foods and a big grocery shop to fill my refrigerator and cupboards with whole, healthy foods that are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and chemical-free.  It seems daunting at first, but with the selections available these days, it is really not so bad.

What am I eating then? Today’s meal plan is:


Bob’s Red Mill Tasty Hot cereal (gluten-free), with cinnamon, berries and flax seed milk

One cup of jade snow green tea


Gluten free bread with all natural hazelnut butter (no additives or preservatives) with a banana and sliced berries on top

Carrots and celery with homemade hummus

One cup of herbal tea


Homemade carrot and coriander soup. (I made a giant batch on Sunday and will freeze much of it for later this week or next)

Rice crackers, in the soup and with more hummus

Protein powder smoothie with more berries and ground flax seeds

Supportive Behaviours:

Morning Exercise: 25 minutes on the rowing machine + 20 minutes stretching

Evening Sauna: 20-35 minutes in the Far-Infrared Sauna

Water: lots and lots and lots of water. At least 3 liters/day, some with lemon and/or lime slices

That’s it! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting about what I’m doing, eating and drinking, and various aspects surrounding my detox. I’ll be honest about any challenges I face, the solutions or compromises I made and any tips I find useful. I will also post recipes for specific meals.  In all, I want to show how you can improve your own health in real-life circumstances.


For more info on detox or other health concerns, contact me at:

Shawna Clark, ND. Forces of Nature Wellness & Naturopathic Clinic

2447 Yonge St., 2nd floor Toronto ON M4P 2E7