Introducing the Paleo Detox Program


I’m excited to announce the launch of the Paleo Detox Program.

It’s an evolutionary, evidence-based approach to restoring optimal function and health. The cornerstone of the program is a paleolithic diet which eliminates common food toxins like wheat, industrial seed oils, sugar and soy. The Paleo Detox also includes a targeted blend of nutrients to remove accumulated toxins and support the detox process, as well as guidelines for stress management and exercise.

The Paleo Detox is unlike any other detox program. It’s not a cleanse or a fast. I’m not going to starve you on lemon juice and maple syrup or make you drink nothing but mealy protein shakes for a month. The goal of the Paleo Detox is to reduce inflammation, regulate the immune system and super-charge the metabolism by nourishing you with nutrient-dense foods our bodies have evolved to eat.

The Paleo Detox is available in two formats: group programs that begin 3-4 times a year, and individual programs that begin whenever you’re ready. Both group and individual programs can be done in-person (in the SF Bay Area) and online (worldwide).

To learn more about how the Paleo Detox Program can help you feel better, live longer and perform at a higher level, watch the video below and visit

The first group begins in February 2011. To sign up, click the “Sign Up Now” button on the Paleo Detox website or visit

If you prefer to do an individual program, you can sign up anytime simply by contacting me through my professional website.

Finally, please pass this on to anyone you think might benefit. Getting started with a paleo diet can be a challenge. The Paleo Detox Program is designed to support and guide you through that process, so you can reap the benefits of a nutrient-dense, toxin-free diet.

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  1. Andreas says

    Challenging mainstream myths about nutrition, health and disease.

    That is this blog’s tag line.

    Then why promote myths like the paleo diet and detox.

    None of them are supported by scientific research.

    • Chris Kresser says

      Not sure what you mean. Liver detoxification is a physiological fact. Detox is one of the liver’s primary roles, and it relies on several different nutrients to function properly. These nutrients become depleted in the presence of toxins, whether from food or the environment. There’s absolutely no controversy about that and it’s all over the scientific literature and in physiology textbooks. Look it up.

      The paleo diet is indeed supported by both anthropological and clinical research. Just search for “paleolithic diet” on and you’ll find plenty of studies in support. Or read a very well referenced book like The Perfect Health Diet by Paul & Shou-Ching Jaminet, two Harvard PhDs.

  2. Chris Kresser says

    Hi Monique,

    The symposium sounds fun, but I have another commitment during the same time period so won’t make it.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. says

    Hi! Just found your page, through twitter! Great reading! I work as a health coach in Sweden with the same sort of concept. Natural foods is the way to live! I have not touched wheat, flour, rice, pasta, bread etc for 4 years now! Never been healthier or this fit. Ever!

    Are you going to be talking at ‘The Ancestral Health Imposium’ in LA in aug?

    So glad I found your page too! :) Have a great day filled with health!

  4. Chris Kresser says

    Good question, Gordon. I think it would be very difficult for a vegetarian to do the Paleo Detox program. The only safe sources of protein for her would be eggs and nuts, which may not be enough. Soy is definitely out. And although I think dairy is a healthy food for those that can tolerate it, it’s not permitted on the PD because a significant number of people react to it. We’re shooting for about 75g of protein a day for a 2,000 calorie diet. An egg has 6g of protein. So she’d have to eat 8-10 eggs/day plus some nuts to meet protein needs. That could be hard.

  5. Gordon says

    Chris, really enjoy your blog. Best wishes on your new endeavor.

    My question involves my girlfriend who is a vegetarian. She has been increasing her consumption of eggs and dairy, but can a lacto/ovo vegetarian really do a program like paleodetox? How would it work? What would be different from the standard program on an omnivore diet?

    • Chris Kresser says

      Unfortunately, no. Detox is not a good idea for pregnant or nursing women because it can release toxins from the fat tissue into the bloodstream, which can then enter the placenta and the milk.

      That said, you could do a version of the program with the paleo diet alone and none of the detox supplements. Let me know if you’d be interested in this.

  6. rmarie says

    Chris, you talk about ‘inflammation’ in the body. There’s so much talk about this subject lately which prompts me to ask the following question:

    How do you know you have it if you have no aches or pains or digestive issues? Is the “C-Reactive Protein” test an accurate measure of how much inflammation one has? And what number would alert you? Are there any other signs?

  7. Chris Kresser says

    Ah, yes, the link in the comments section was wrong. Thanks for catching that Alan! It is correct in the article.

  8. says


    This looks like a really good program. After following your posts regarding blood glucose monitoring, I have been measuring my levels, and dramatically cutting down on the carbs. I have most definitely noticed detox like results (Candida die off) as I have eliminated processed carbs. And this has been especially true when adding coconut oil to my diet.

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