Introducing the Paleo Detox Program | Chris Kresser

Introducing the Paleo Detox Program

by Chris Kresser

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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 paleodetox.com.

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

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.

  1. Can you take LIVAPLEX and AF BETAFOOD at the same time as doing a 14 day “Designs for Health” PALEO CLEANSE PLUS?

  2. All these links are broken. Is this now the 14Four program or totally different? regardless, could someone please update the links or flag this as outdated / obsolete?

  3. Chris,
    Not sure I’m logging this question at the correct place but here goes…

    I’ve been doing Personal Paleo Code for about 3 weeks in a bid to sort out a problem with eczema, and it hasn’t made any difference yet, actually the eczema may actually be a bit worse. The eczema has been sorted previously with a gluten/dairy free diet, but lately this hasn’t been working and the eczema has been coming back.

    My query is, should I be using the Personal Paleo Code, which is a gut reset (from my understanding), or a detox, like your paleo detox? Lots of people have told me that I should be doing a detox and not a gut reset to sort out the eczema.

    Any assistance you could provide would be great.

    Thanks.
    Matt

    • I’d give something like that at LEAST a month to begin to make a difference. Have you cut out ALL grains Matt or just wheat? I find sugars (fruit esp.) would set me off sometimes – but the best thing you can do (after locking in the food) is 8hrs+ of sleep in as dark a room as humanly possibly. (i.e. pitch-black, no clock radios, no glowing charge lights – Nada!). Hope this helps. Sure Chris will have something better if he gets the time to respond.
      Cheers, Matt

  4. 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.

    • 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 Pubmed.org 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.

      • Andreas is clearly looking through a biased lens that won’t let them see the benefits of Paleo (and similar ways of eating/living) but….

        But I think there *IS* some confusion which you could clear up Chris, regarding the word DETOX. Detoxing as most people know it *is* quackery of the highest order. It’s as daft as faith healing and homeopathy. Humans ‘detox’ very well on our own with the liver and kidneys. They’re amazing organs!

        But what you’re promoting here seems more akin to a ‘liver support and supercharge’ program yes?

        *Detoxes* and *cleanses* are charged words, and as such, I think you need to use them very carefully and clearly, lest all your good work becomes tainted via implied association with the plethora of quackery out there.

        Cheers, Matt – long time Podcast listener and fan. Lost 22kg in 9wks with slow-carb/paleo with zero exercise in 2011 and got onto your show after hearing Ferriss and Wolf mention you constantly 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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?
    http://ancestryfoundation.org/

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

    • 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.

  9. 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?

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

  11. Chris,

    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.