I’m working really hard, at an intense pace—and don’t have time to slow down or get sick.
When you’re going around-the-clock, it’s easy to ignore signs that your body isn’t keeping up. And if you deprioritize your health long enough, things inevitably start to go haywire, which is when feeling not-so-great can take over your life. We dreamed up a protocol with Dr. Amy Myers—who focuses on women’s health, and specifically, the immunity issues that affect women 10-1—that is equal parts offense and defense. On the defense side, it is engineered to ward off sickness and keep the immune system strong; on the offensive side, it helps boost the body’s natural detox abilities to fight chronic inflammation and get all systems running at peak condition.
The accompanying supplement regimen has everything you need that you can’t get enough of from the modern diet alone, including phytonutrients (left out of most multivitamins), antioxidants, omega 3’s, and a glutathione (master detoxifier) building block blend designed for women looking for increased stamina and energy.Shop this vitamin regimen
THE BALLS IN THE AIR FOOD PLAN
Our panel of doctors here at goop firmly believes that disease starts in the gut. To stay on a healthy track, you want to eat a nourishing diet, with as many clean, detox-friendly dishes as you can manage on the regular.
Foods to eat:
- All organic meat and poultry—buy grass-fed beef and lamb, and pasture-raised chicken, duck, and turkey; wild game is also a great option.
- All wild-caught fresh fish and shellfish; water-packed fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines are also good choices
- Healthy fats, which include avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil
- Vegetables (especially cruciferous)
- All fresh and frozen fruits
- All fresh herbs
- Single spices, with the exception of dried chilies (avoid seasonings with the umbrella label term “spices,” as they often contain gluten)
Foods to avoid:
Always try to steer clear of:
- All processed food, artificial flavors and preservatives, and GMOs
- Cold cuts, hot dogs, and processed meats
- Refined oils, hydrogenated fats, and trans fats (mayo, salad dressings, shortenings, spreads, margarine, etc.)
If you feel pretty good, kick it off with a thirty-day detox, eliminating the following, and see if you feel even better:
- Stimulants including caffeine (small amounts of organic green tea are okay), chocolate (100 percent cacao is okay), decongestants, etc.
- Sweeteners (stevia, honey, coconut sugar are okay in small amounts).
- Gluten, soy, dairy, corn, eggs, nightshades (including cayenne pepper, paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes)
If you are dealing with autoimmune issues, talk to your doctor, and remove the following for at least 30 days, as well*:
- Any gluten and gluten-free grains, legumes (beans, lentils, etc.), nuts and seeds
*You can read more about Dr. Myers’s autoimmune-focused diet recommendations here. Many of her patients—who have autoimmune disorders, thyroid dysfunction, and/or small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) or candida (yeast) overgrowth—feel much better after eliminating additional foods like grains and legumes (which contain certain amino acids and proteins that can potentially irritate the gut if not prepared properly).
GOOD RECIPES TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR ROUTINE
Surya Spa Aloe & Coconut Smoothie
This refreshing smoothie, which our friends at Surya Spa kindly shared with us, helps detox the body of heavy metals.
Bee Pollen Shake
Add one and a half tablespoons of ground bee pollen granules to a fruit and berry shake of your choice for an energy kick.
Chicory Salad with Caper and Anchovy Dressing
Our go-to green for this is escarole, but if you can’t find it, a mix of endive, arugula, and radicchio is delicious, too.
Roasted Beet Tartare with Citrus and Herbs
A fun, plant-based twist on a classic beef tartare, this dish is the perfect balance of sweet, briny, and earthy. It makes an impressive starter for any dinner party.
Clean Swaps: Jicama Shrimp Tacos
Who knew thinly-sliced jicama makes for the perfect tortilla replacement for a healthier taco? Insanely delicious and super versatile.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples
“This pork tenderloin is easy to assemble and prepare—plus, it makes for a nice alternative to turkey or roast beef, which are so often served during the holidays.”
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MEET DR. AMY MYERS
Amy Myers, M.D. specializes in women’s health issues, particularly gut health, thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmunity. She is the founder and medical director of Austin UltraHealth, a functional medicine clinic based in Austin, Texas; and the New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection.
Why she developed the protocol
I designed this for the woman who is trying to do it “all” and needs her body to get with the program. She may have health issues, such as autoimmunity, because she’s doing too much, or she feel like she needs to ward off sickness to stay on top of her A game. When you are always on the go, you’re depleting your critical glutathione stores—crucial to our natural detoxification process—which is where this supplement comes into play. It was formulated specifically to boost the body’s glutathione production and help unburden an overtaxed system.Read More
REQUIRED READING WITH DR. Myers
The Rise of Early Autoimmunity & How to Avoid It
Autoimmune disease has typically affected women between the ages of 30 and 60, but more women…
The Insidious Yeast Infection We All Have—and How to Treat It
Myers says nine out of ten patients she sees have an overgrowth of Candida (a form of yeast), and…
What to Do If Your Thyroid Is on the Fritz
From weight gain (or loss) to exhaustion, brain fog, depression, anxiety, and dry skin, thyroid…
IS THE BALLS IN THE AIR PROTOCOL RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you answer yes to more than three questions, the protocol is a good choice for you—if you answer yes to three or more questions on multiple protocols, we recommend choosing the one that addresses your most acute need. (Learn more about: Why Am I So Effing Tired, The Mother Load, High School Genes.)
- Are you too busy to get sick?
- Do you worry about inflammation and/or constantly feel like you need to detox?
- Do you feel like your immune system is weak?
- Do you sometimes worry that you’re doing too much, or feel like you push yourself to the edge of crashing?
- Do you have autoimmunity issues, or do they run in your family?
- Are you looking to cover all your nutritional bases?
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