Dr. Mark Hyman asks: Does Your Body’s Detoxification System need a Jump Start?

Our body’s natural detoxification system is designed to support our health by eliminating waste products and environmental toxins. Like any other hardworking system, it needs periodic rest and support to continue functioning optimally.

Because of the way we live today, our detoxification system faces increasing pressure, making the need for such rest and support greater than ever. The Detox Box will teach you how to make simple but important changes in your diet, environment, and mental attitudes that will decrease the stress on your body’s detoxification system—and improve your long-term health.

An overtaxed detoxification system can result in a wide array of common health problems. Asthma, mood swings, chronic sore throat, sinus congestion, hair loss, food cravings, and memory problems can all be the result of excess toxins in the body. Users of this detoxification system emerge from the program with a renewed sense of vigor, vitality, energy, and relief from many chronic minor health complaints.

The Detox Box contains questionnaires to help you determine if you should undertake the program, and, if so, how often. Here is a short self-evaluation:

  1. Are you strongly bothered by gasoline fumes or common household cleaners?
  2. Do you have a negative reaction when you eat foods containing preservatives or MSG?
  3. Do you feel “wired up” when you drink even small amounts of coffee or black tea?
  4. Are you exposed to synthetic carpeting?
  5. Do you take antacids?
  6. Does your family have a history of cancer?
  7. Have you experienced food allergies?
  8. Do you regularly consume alcohol or tobacco?
  9. Are you exposed daily to cell phones, computers, or microwaves?
  10. Does pollen, grass, or ragweed bother you?

If you answer “yes” to five or more of these questions, you would likely benefit from a complete detoxification program.

Mark Hyman

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Mark Hyman, M.D., is co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires Health Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. He combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine with a blend of science,...


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