Detox diet, radiation exposure vitamins, herbs, supplements, benefit and risk by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
November 1 2016

The idea for detoxing comes from the concern that our bodies are constantly exposed to toxins with harmful effects. The belief is that the body holds onto toxins in the digestive, lymph, or gastrointestinal system as well as in skin and hair. They, then, can cause problems such as fatigue, headaches, nausea, and a wide range of chronic diseases. These toxins come from many sources, including:

Alcohol excess
Caffeine excess
Sugar excess.
Artificial sweeteners and other substances added to food
Pesticides or other chemicals used to grow or prepare food
Smog or other polluting substances in the air
Radiation from various sources including nuclear plants

The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that detoxify continuously.

What to take if you suspect high exposure to toxins or radiation
Few studies are available to determine what supplements alone or in combination and in what dosages are ideal to take when one suspects exposure to radiation or other toxins. Until more definitive research is done, I think the following should be considered:

Antioxidants of all types could be of benefit, it is difficult to predict which are most effective.
Broccoli sprout extracts could be of benefit
Calcium D glucorate supplements
Garlic, preferably raw
Ginger has been shown to protect the rodents from radiation induced sickness and death.

Products available over the counter
Nature's Way, Thisilyn Cleanse with Mineral Digestive Sweep,

Detox diet alternative
Detox diets are popular, but not necessary and may be unhealthy. To cleanse your body naturally:
Drink plenty of clean water.
Eat several servings daily of organic fruits and vegetables.
Choose green and leafy veggies, plus berries, leeks, turmeric, onions, garlic, artichokes, milk thistle and green tea.
Eat whole grains, raw nuts and seeds for fiber.
If your diet lacks any nutrients, consider a supplement.
Prevent gut-microbe toxins by eating fermented foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt. Or take a quality probiotic.


Herbs commonly found in detox herbal formulas
Celery seed
Cinnamon bark
Flax seed
Fennel seed
Grapefruit Pectin
Guar Gum
Milk thistle
Peppermint leaf
Psyllium husks
Uva Ursi leaf


Olive leaf extract
Slippery elm bark

Detox diet, fasting?
There are many options. One is by fasting. Then you gradually reintroduce foods. For example, you might start with a liquid diet for one or two days. Then you might move to four or five days of brown rice, fruit, and steamed vegetables. Organic foods and drinks and lots of water are required on a natural detox diet. And alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, drugs, processed or refined foods, sugar and certain supplements are not suggested.

Some people feel better, why?
Symptoms may improve with a detox diet, but there is no evidence that this is due to clearing toxins from the body. Instead, improvements may result from what is and is not eaten and drunk on these diets, such as:* more water* less alcohol and caffeine* less fat and animal proteins* fewer refined and processed foods* more healthful, whole, plant-based foodsAs it turns out, a balanced, proper diet is more helpful than a detox diet. Perhaps taking the best of the detox diets -- eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed, refined, and fatty foods, for example -- is the way to go.

Common programs
These are examples of popular detox diets:
Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet
Fat Flush Diet
Liver Cleansing Diet
Martha's Vineyard Detox Diet
Raw Food Diet

Do you have a product to catch metals and toxins if they are in the intestines. I am going to do a detox and want to limit reabsorption.
    Once safe supplement to begin with is psyllium fiber.

Do you have any information you could pass on concerning Detox Foot pads please?
    They are a scam and do not work.

I recently started NAC N acetyl Cysteine for purpose of reducing my Glutamate levels. Already have a bad candida issue, but after two days the NAC gave me a bad headache and flared up the Candida Issues. Can you recommend an alternative to this supplement? It did wonders for helping my body detox but caused negatives as well. It is a catch 22 situation. I would appreciate it if you can recommend an alternative.

Koya Webb has an all natural Detox Formula that has great reviews