Special Episode: How I’m Going To Completely Detox My Body In 2018 (Detox Myths Busted, Detox 101, Advanced Detox Strategies & Much More!)

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Well, I’ve been at it again folks: putting my mind and muscles through a brutal ringer for the sake of science. 

In my recent post “Biohacking Your Manhood: The Proven Habits, Foods, Exercises, Workouts, Nutrients & Tools That Boost Testosterone & Libido“, you learned how Men’s Health magazine recently sent me on a 3 month global expedition to do everything a fella could possibly to do increase testosterone, size, orgasm quality, drive and a host of other manhood related parameters – including stem cell injections, acoustic sound wave therapy, red light blasting and beyond.

Shortly after completing that article, I received my next writing assignment: outfit my pantry with an arsenal of the latest trendy hangover cures – from Oriental raisin extract hovenia dulcis to prickly pear concentrated extract to self-administered Myer’s cocktail IV’s – then engage in extreme alcohol hedonism and see what happens (you can read the surprising results here).

So, after all this brutality, I’ve decided to kick off 2018 by pushing the reboot button and cleaning up my entire system with a giant, scientifically proven detoxification mop, and I’m inviting you to join me. In this article, you’ll learn why detoxification is not a myth, exactly why you should seriously consider detoxing (even if you live an ultra-clean lifestyle and don’t necessarily treat your body as an N=1 guinea pig like I do), and how I’m personally going to detox using a relatively unique approach.

Is Detoxification A Myth?

A few years ago, The Guardian released an article entitled: You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy? In the article, the author says that:

“…detoxing — the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go — is a scam. It’s a pseudo-medical concept designed to sell you things.”

So is this true? Can you really not detox your body? As you go into the New Year, during which detox diets and claims are sure to surround you, it’s important to know the truth about detoxing.

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You must first begin with an understanding of what toxins actually are. No matter how “clean” you live your life, just about everybody shows some evidence of a buildup of toxins. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, they found some pretty shocking results.

On average, the CDC’s report found 212 chemicals in people’s blood or urine, 75 of which had never before been measured in the U.S. population. The chemicals included:

  • Acrylamide (formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures, and as a byproduct of cigarette smoke)
  • Arsenic, found in many home-building products
  • Environmental phenols, including bisphenol A (found in plastics, food packaging and epoxy resins) and triclosan (used as an antibacterial agent in personal care products such as toothpaste and hand soap)
  • Perchlorate, used in airplane fuel, explosives and fireworks
  • Perfluorinated chemicals, used to create non-stick cookware
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, used in fire retardants found in consumer products such as mattresses
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), found in paints, air fresheners, cleaning products, cosmetics, upholstery fabrics, carpets, dry-cleaned clothing, wood preservatives, and paint strippers

When you put all these together, these chemicals can potentially present a toxic burden to the human body, and (as the CDC has found) can accumulate in your body’s blood, urine and tissue — possibly one reason why the plastic-based versions of these chemicals are sometimes referred to as “obesogens,” due to the suggestion that they may somehow accumulate in fat tissue. While your body does actually have detoxification organs (your liver and kidney) that can process many of these chemicals and toxins, they can potentially cause medical problems if your liver and kidneys are not functioning properly or are overburdened with a poor diet.

While the kidneys are indeed important for acting as a filtration mechanism for your blood and removing wastes and excess water from the body, it’s the liver that has an incredibly important job when it comes to detoxification. Along with filtering your blood to remove toxins, your liver uses a two-phase process to break down chemicals and toxins. During phase 1, toxins are neutralized and broken into smaller fragments. Then, in phase 2 they are bound to other molecules, creating a new non-toxic molecule that can be excreted in your bile, urine or stool.

But order for this liver detoxification to work properly, your body must have adequate nutrients. If not, the phase 1 and phase 2 processes may not work adequately, which can leave toxic substances to build up in your body. There are specific nutrients that support both pathways. For example:

Phase 1:

  • B-Vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid)
  • Flavonoids, found in fruits and vegetables
  • Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E (eg, carrots, oranges, wheat germ, almonds)
  • Glutathione, found in avocado, watermelon, asparagus, walnuts, fresh fruits and veggies, and the nutrients n-acetylcysteine, cysteine and methionine.
  • Branched chain amino acids, found in animal protein (dairy products, red meat, eggs and whey protein)
  • Phospholipids, found in eggs, meats, organ meats, fish and soybeans

Phase 2:

  • Indole-3-carbinol, found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
  • Limonene, found in oranges, tangerines, caraway seeds and dill seeds
  • Glutathione, found in avocado, watermelon, asparagus, walnuts, fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Fish oil
  • Amino acids from protein

Multiple studies have demonstrated the efficacy of these nutrients for supporting proper liver detox pathways. In addition, as you can learn in this recent “Nourish, Balance, Thrive” podcast on everything you need to know about detoxification, Dr. Bryan Walsh has introduced the concept of a third “Phase 3” detoxification pathway.

Now that you understand detoxification, let’s delve into how detoxification products are actually supposed to work. The first claim in the article from The Guardian is based on a quote from Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University. He says:

“…there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t. The respectable one is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”

The article goes on to explain that when it comes to products that range from dietary supplements to smoothies and shampoos, not one of the manufacturers can actually define what they mean by detoxification, or name the toxins these products are supposed to remove.

However, just because a manufacturer of — say — spirulina powder (a popular green powder found in the detox section of many health foods stores) can’t say how it works, doesn’t mean there isn’t scientific evidence for it’s potential to remove toxins from the body.

For example, cyanobacteria is a specific type of bacteria found in spirulina that is an accumulator (also known as a “biosorbent”) of heavy minerals. It does this via a process called ion-exchange binding, and can significantly reduce heavy metal toxicity in tissue. 100 micrograms (a very small amount) of spirulina hexane extract has been shown to remove over 85% of arsenic in tissue. At a dose of 250-500 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, spirulina has been shown to prevent metal toxicity from occurring in pregnant rats’ offspring when the mothers were given fluoride, and it has also been noted to reduce lead accumulation in brain tissue, protect against heavy metal cadmium buildup, and attenuate mercury accumulation in the testes.

Granted, spirulina is one of the few molecules in existence that actually has a large body of evidence to support its detoxifying activity, but other compounds such as dandelion extractginseng and zinc have also been clinically proven to reduce heavy metal buildup. And while heavy metals are only one form of a toxin that can accumulate in your tissues, there is no doubt that science has proven that these toxins can indeed be removed via the use of these specific “detox” compounds found in nature. So when the article in The Guardian “guffaws” at the ideas of superfoods such as spirulina, I would actually beg to differ.

Or take milk thistle extract, another popular detox or cleansing supplement. While the article in The Guardian would have you to believe there is no value whatsoever in consuming this type of nutrient, studies show that milk thistle actually protects and promotes the growth of liver cells, fights oxidation (a process that damages cells), and actually blocks toxins from entering the cell membrane.

Silymarins, a group of antioxidants extracted from the seeds of milk thistle, have antioxidant properties several times greater than that of vitamins C and E, with silybin as one silymarin that has been shown to be especially effective in promoting liver health. Milk thistle also helps to enhance detoxification by preventing the depletion of glutathione, which is necessary for phase 2 liver detoxification to be completed.

As you can see from the two simple examples of spirulina and milk thistle, things aren’t quite as simple as painting with a broad brush and saying that detox supplements and diets simply don’t work. While the detox evidence for — say — cayenne pepper and maple syrup juice really doesn’t exist, evidence for other nutrients actually does exist.

The article in The Guardian then goes on to address colon cleanses, noting that:

“…proponents will tell you that mischievous plaques of impacted poo can lurk in your colon for months or years and pump disease-causing toxins back into your system. Pay them a small fee, though, and they’ll insert a hose up your bottom and wash them all away.”

And also:

“Some colon-cleansing tablets contain a polymerising agent that turns your feces into something like a plastic, so that when a massive rubbery poo snake slithers into your toilet you can stare back at it and feel vindicated in your purchase.”

When you think about it, the idea of toxins being somehow reabsorbed by your body as they sit in your colon actually makes some sense. After all, rectal suppositories are used to rapidly administer drugs — so if drugs can enter your bloodstream from your colon, it’s certainly possible that toxins could be entering too.

However, your colon is equipped with several natural mechanisms to keep toxins from building up. For example:

I personally suspect that if colon cleansing or enemas have any effect in making you feel like you have more energy or have been “cleansed”, it is more likely to do with an activation of specific reflexes in your gut that cause your nervous system to relax, along with stimulation of bile production by the liver, which can indeed improve digestion, have a laxative effect, relieve constipation and cause you to go to the bathroom. Sure, this could potentially make you feel better by allowing you to better digest your food, or to even pass some feces that may have built up over the past few days, but I’d have to agree with the article in The Guardian that there is no evidence that poo can simply sit inside you for years, slowly rotting and toxifying your body.

So should you detox?

Ultimately, as the article in The Guardian alludes to, your body has its own powerful methods of detoxification — and can activate these methods without the use of fancy diets or fancy detox spa visits. These methods primarily come in the form of your liver and your kidneys.

For example, your liver prevents pathogens from passing into your bloodstream, processes environmental toxins for safe removal, and helps to rid your body of excess nitrogen that builds up from the breakdown of proteins and amino acids.

Your kidneys filter blood, remove excess water, pass urea (which is a toxin that builds up as a byproduct of protein breakdown), and sends this all out of your body via your urine.

So if you eat foods that support your liver and kidneys, or avoid foods that stress your liver and kidneys, you’re already detoxing every day — and theoretically, unless you’ve gone through something like a serious bout of alcoholism or heavy metal toxicity, you don’t really need any fancy herbal blends or colonic cleanses (at least, that’s what I used to think. More on that in a second…as it may not be quite that simple).

But first – to start simple indeed: for your liver, you can do things like avoid high amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats from processed and packaged foods like canola oil and French fries, and instead eat those type of fats from fish, meat, seeds and nuts. You can avoid high amounts of fructose and sugar, limit alcohol, consume plenty of egg yolks (which contain choline that your liver uses to process fats), eat good, organic liver every now and then and pay attention to what kind of soaps and shampoos and household cleaners you’re using.

For your kidneys, you can limit intake of high fructose corn syrup, drink plenty of water, limit alcohol intake, and — if you are predisposed to renal issues — limit excessive protein intake (e.g. more than 200g/day of protein).

So, as The Guardian article notes, many popular detox and cleansing diets probably feel beneficial very much in part because of what they eliminate. All the processed fats, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, candy, soda, commercial meat and snack foods you’re eliminating on a detox diet are giving your liver and kidneys a chance to step up and do their normal detoxification duties, since they’re no longer overburdened with bad food and not enough micronutrients and minerals to support their normal function.

But alas, the plot thickens, and it turns out that in our modern, post-industrial, radiated, metal-laden, polluted, glyphosate-sprayed, GMO-concentrated era, you may need to engage in a bit of better living through science and supplementation to truly detox.

The Detoxification Plot Thickens

So you eat a clean diet, take care of your liver and kidney’s, and you don’t need to detox, right?

As I alluded to above, it’s likely not that simple.

See, when I interviewed Dr. Dan Pompa in the podcast episode “The Most Effective Detox You’ve Never Heard Of (And Exactly How To Do It), he described a serious issue called “cellular toxicity” and explained why it is an underlying cause of numerous health issues, including gut problems, thyroid issues, sluggish metabolism, brain fog and much more.

Once again, the cause of this modern phenomenon is not “woo-woo” or non-quantifiable toxins, but rather measurable physical compounds: plastics, phytoestrogens, metals, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and all manner of other chemicals that can overwhelm our liver, kidneys and built-in detoxification system.

And what’s especially unfair is that you and me (even when we’re living a clean lifestyle) have to get exposed to these toxins on a constant daily basis, whether from brake dust on car roads, or mercury from electronic equipment, or herbicides on the apples at our friend’s house, or estrogens in the shampoo at the hotel, or mold on the carpeting at the gym (don’t even get me started on gyms – just read this two part series on gym issues – Part 1 and Part 2)…you get the idea.

So even if your waistline and fat cell storage survived the holidays, the same might not be said for your brain, your lungs and the rest of your insides. In other words, over the past year, was your body ever exposed to over-processed and refined foods, chemical additives, antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, chlorinated water, artificial sweeteners or anything else that might remotely be considered “unnatural”?

Did you drink many diet sodas?

Eat much non-organic or farm-raised meat?

Travel extensively?

Chomp on fruits and vegetables without washing them?

Get sick and have to get on a drug protocol?

Engage in a few excessive nights of drinking?

Get exposed to second-hand smoke?

Spend much time around cleaning supplies?

You get the idea.

To make matters even worse, the world’s largest study on air pollution, just published October 25 in the European Heart Journal, found that when you breathe the average air in the average city (with all other variables held constant, such as eating healthy and exercising) you develop a huge risk for high blood pressure.

How? In the study, the biological mechanisms for the adverse effect of air pollution on the functioning of the heart and blood vessels included:

-Local and systemic inflammation…

-Oxidative stress (a build-up of damaging molecules in the body)…

-An imbalance in the correct functioning of the nervous system…

This also means that no matter how healthy you eat, how much you workout or how clean your water is, you’re still getting blasted with toxins from air pollutants every time you step into a city, or airport, or public gym, or just about anywhere else they aren’t using massive HEPA filters.

How I’m Going To Detox This Year

So why am I telling you all this? Frankly, everything that you’ve just read about is exactly why I’m going to detox my entire body and brain beginning this February of 2018, and I’m asking you to join me.

That’s right, I’m going to detox my entire body and brain, beginning Monday, February 12, 2018.

And I’m not going to do just any ol’ detox like putting cayenne pepper into a nasty concoction or pushing giant grocery shopping carts full of random herbs through the supermarket. As you can learn about by clicking here, these popular detoxes can actually release toxins from tissues such as fat cells and shove them into the brain, causing even more damage and serious brain and body repercussions that include permanent brain fog, weight gain, skin breakouts, mood disorders, and much more.

Instead, I’m partnering up with one of the most brilliant detox minds on the face of the planet: the guy I mentioned earlier named Dr. Dan Pompa, and Dr. Pompa is going to walk us through the exact brain and body detox program that he’s studied and perfected for years.

But I’m not going to stop there. I’m then going to combine Dr. Pompa’s proven detox formula with my own exercise and biohacking protocols so that I can completely clean up my body without losing fitness by doing only, say, hot yoga and trampolining for weeks upon weeks.

See, I don’t want to come out of my detox having lost my muscle or having to huff and puff whenever I climb a flight of stairs, so I’m pulling out all my fitness tricks that allow me to sculpt my body while I detox, without actually causing adrenal fatigue issues or ruining the detox protocol.

I going to incorporate many of the similar modifications that I included in my detox last year, which you can listen to in nitty-gritty detail here, where you’ll discover:

-The 5 strategies I’m personally using to ensure I don’t lose fitness or muscle during my detox…

-How fringe techniques like dry skin brushing, rebounding and infrared therapy can maximize the effectiveness of a detox…

-The exact workouts I’ll be performing during my detox…

-Whether or not you should use the dietary strategy of ketosis during a detox…

-The best fasting strategy to use during a detox…

-How meditation can fit perfectly into a detox program…

-How oil pulling can assist with detox…

-Why fermented foods are crucial during a detox…

-The crazy, unique tea blends I’ll be using to accelerate my detox and wean myself off coffee…

-And much more! 

During that episode, you’ll learn why I’m going to incorporate strategies such as:

The True To Form book

Infrared sauna

Kundalini breathwork

Body By Science super slow training


WholeTones therapy CD’s

Dry skin brushing

Rumble roller deep tissue work

Coffee enemas (yep)

Organic bone broth

Now don’t worry – if this all sounds crazy complex or if you don’t have time to go back and listen to that podcast, then please understand that I’ve taken all the guesswork out of it for you, and mapped out the entire program in an easy-to-understand and simple-to-use dashboard, training plan, and downloadable pdf’s.

You simply wake up each day and do exactly what the plan says, and you can, of course, look forward at the beginning of each week to preview the entire program. No head scratching or laying awake at night worrying whether or not what you’re doing is actually working (your detox even includes simple and easy-to-interpret urine strips to track your detoxification progress).

The True Cellular Detox Challenge

My “True Cellular Detox” Challenge begins on Monday, February 12, and you can click here to join me. When you join, this means Dr. Pompa and I will walk you through every step of the detox, and you’ll get things like:

  • 90-Days of Supplement Information and Instructions
  • Free Toxicity Testing To Measure Your Progress
  • 20+ Hours of Detox Training
  • 130+ Cellular Healing Recipes
  • 90 Day Meal Plan with Grocery Lists
  • 30 Delicious Smoothie Recipes
  • Monthly Calls with me & Dr. Pompa
  • Option to Include Advanced Strategies such as Intermittent Fasting, Ketosis, Diet Variation
  • Burst Training Benefits & Explanations
  • De-Bunking Fat Burning Myths
  • Mindset Training
  • Stress/Emotional Detox Strategies
  • FAQ Board and Online Support 
  • And much more!

Whether you can’t seem to decimate a single fat cell and you’re experiencing brain fog, achy joints and serious lulls in energy or you want to blast your brain and body performance through the roof, look good naked, live as long as possible and feel amazing while doing it…

…this challenge is the ticket: it will completely reboot your body.

You can click here to read all the nitty-gritty details and to sign up now, but please be sure to get in on this detox soon because it will fill up fast and Dr. Dan and I want to be able to fit everybody in…

…the deadline to signup is by February 8th at 4pm!

The same way you need instructions on how to detox the right way without harming your body, I need your help and your accountability to get me through this detox. Goodness knows that even though I’m a pretty healthy guy, I’m going to need a proper detox after both the holidays and an entire year of hard-charging, fast-living, daily post-industrialized world exposure, along with all that guinea-pigging.

So let’s do this together.

Click here to get in on the True Cellular Detox now, which begins February 12, and I’ll see you on the inside.

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for me about the 2018 True Cellular Detox challenge? Leave your comments below and I will reply! (and remember, you must sign up no later than February 8th at 4pm).

Ask Ben a Podcast Question

23 thoughts on “Special Episode: How I’m Going To Completely Detox My Body In 2018 (Detox Myths Busted, Detox 101, Advanced Detox Strategies & Much More!)

  1. Heidi says:

    What are your thoughts on detoxing when pregnant or breastfeeding? Thanks!

    1. Passive detox such as as consumption of glutathione rich foods, sulfur compounds, walking, rebounding, swimming, etc is fine but I wouldn’t do a full on big fancy detox …

  2. Sharon says:

    I want to do the detox but I will have a couple of trips during the time period. It the program doable while traveling or do I need to be close to home?

    1. Celina says:

      Yes! You can complete this program while traveling.

  3. Rokas K says:

    Hi Ben,

    Been following you for a few months, my first comment today. Great content, lots of information, incorporating many of what you teach in my lifestyle. Thank you!

    If I understand correctly you’ve changed your opinion on coffee enemas, didn’t you? I assume this because what you’re saying here sort of contradicts your article about coffee enemas and their ability to detoxify the liver. Although, you still incorporate those into your detox plan.

    I’m a bit confused :) Can you briefly explain? I have started doing CEs and I love them!

    Best of luck,

    Rokas K

    1. They do, but primarily via peristalsis and bile secretion initiation. They don't clear out "40 pounds of rotting meat" from the colon or anything like that.

  4. RyanW says:


    Googled the doc to learn more about his expertise. Is this the same Dr. Pompa?

    1. Yes, and I'm aware of these stories. What has never been written in them though is, as a result of a vindictive family member with political and legal connections, Dr. Pompa was forced into a decision that was best for his family to take care of the children and avoid further stress to do something he was going to do all ready. It was hard, but ultimately the right decision. Both of his children are now happy, successful adults, who love their family and incredible father who provides for them. Neither of the children have a relationship with the vindictive family member. After hearing the facts and getting to know Dr. Pompa, there is no doubt in my mind that he is an incredible man and father. If you want to learn more about the story, there is a Cellular Healing TV episode on his website where they discuss it in more detail. http://podcast.drpompa.com/episodes/86-hormone-im…

  5. JohnD says:

    Hi Ben,

    Thank you for all you do and the amazing info you share.

    I am very interested in signing up for the detox but am concerned as I have a retreat at the end of March in Mexico for 8 days ( I live in Vancouver BC)

    Will it throw off the whole program if I have to modify it for a week. The food will be healthy and it is a spiritual retreat with daily

    qi gong but I wont have a re-bounder or be able to do enemas or anything more advanced until my return.

    Thank you,


    1. Celina says:

      You will be okay to modify the program for a short time, just jump back in when you are ready!

  6. Angela says:

    Is it vegan? Or, do you have a vegan version of your Detox program?

    1. Celina says:

      Not all of the supplements are vegan. The vegan supplements include Vista 2, eNRG, MBC, GCEL, CytoDetox, BIND, and MIN. The NON-vegan supplements are Vista 1, MoRS, Liver, Kidney and BrainDTX (gelatin capsule can be discarded to make vegan).

  7. Marc says:

    @ Peter,


    From the last 15 years of studying, reading and researching , my observation is that the CDC Is sadly NOT a reliable source of quality and unbiased information- and at times even appears to be guilty of engaging in “marketing efforts ” .

    So trying to find “anchor points” from the conventional wisdom out there and find alignment with the newer information out there like Ben provides, is becoming more and more difficult to do …..due to the fact there is so much ” miss information ” from the top sources whom were supposed to trust to keep us ” healthy” – all this is changing :-)

  8. Whit says:

    Hi Ben – I live in Australia, do I still get access to the free testing to measure my progress? Also wondering if it’s ok to do the detox on a vegan diet. Thanks!

    1. Celina says:

      Yes, international orders do include the Meta-Oxy test. It is okay to detox on a vegan diet, but do take note that not all of the supplements are considered to be vegan.

  9. Bill Varwig says:

    Is there a way to do blood testing before and after the program to determine how effective the detox program was? Without that, there is no basis to determine the effectiveness. With a blood test before and after and a large group of participants, you and Dr. Pompa could say that this program reduces toxins by X%.

    1. Bill, a urine toxic metals test would need to be done by a physician. I will be tested before and after the detox. Stay tuned for results!

  10. peter metcalf says:

    An excellent article, and I appreciate the benefits to knowledge and perhaps my personal health of your invitation too, however, the article is missing an essential component to justify detoxing. You assumed that all the toxic chemicals listed play a role in degrading health, to some unstated degree and in some unstated manner. The toxicity of specific levels of lead in the body is well known because it has been well documented to have terrible effects, but I would not make assumptions about the toxic effect of various amounts of all the other chemicals or elements you listed, the presence of many of which, as the CDC stated, have never even been sought for measurement in the human body. Could you, as part of your exposition, list the reasons the average person should not have detectable amounts or some specific level of the chemicals you listed, which are assumed to be toxic?


    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Peter! It's true that we all have a certain amount of toxins, but it's when they bioaccumulate in tissues that we end up with symptoms and diseases associated with those particular toxins. I'd personally prefer to rid my body of them whether or not the the CDC thinks it's important they be measured.

      1. peter metcalf says:

        What I meant to question is, what are “the symptoms and diseases associated with…particular toxins” other than the well documented example of lead?

  11. Ben, an anomaly in your layout of necessary nutrient chemicals is “fish oil.” So, what is or are the necessary phase 2 chemicals which fish oil provides?

    1. I'm not sure I quite understand. Can you clarify?

  12. Dale says:

    I’m in… ready for the detox soon…

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