GP’s Picks: Healing My Body with a Longer-Term Detox

Written by: the Editors of goop


Updated on: February 16, 2021



  1. Intuitive Fasting by Will Cole
    Intuitive Fasting Bookshop, $26

Editor’s note: This is one person’s story and recounts an individual experience. It is not meant to be a diagnosis for healing or treating any specific disease, symptoms, or side effects.

All jokes aside (no, 2021 wasn’t the easiest year to do dry January), cleaning up my diet, exercise, and even thought patterns last month left me feeling energized, healthier, and—believe it or not—wanting more. I’m extending this focus further, through the full first quarter.

A little background: I had COVID-19 early on, and it left me with some long-tail fatigue and brain fog. In January, I had some tests done that showed really high levels of inflammation in my body. So I turned to one of the smartest experts I know in this space, the functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole. After he saw all my labs, he explained that this was a case where the road to healing was going to be longer than usual.

So we’ve been doing a version of a protocol he outlines in his forthcoming book, Intuitive Fasting. It’s keto and plant-based but flexible (I’ve been having fish and a few other meats), and I fast until 11 a.m. every day. Now, I’m accustomed to cleanses—like the straight-up six-day bone broth cleanse from OWL Venice I did in January—but something that’s more freewheeling like Will’s plan has definitely been more of an adjustment. So I’ve been cooking a lot, and some of it is really delicious: I made scallops with crispy capers and sage the other day, asparagus with bacon vinaigrette, and some little artichokes with stuffed herbs and garlic. I’ve even found a great sugar-free kimchi (Madge’s vegan daikon kimchi—it’s amazing) and a sugar-free kombucha, and I’ve been using lots of coconut aminos in my recipes. Will gives you the guidelines and lots of recipes, but you do steer yourself a bit more, and I’m hoping that helps me form some lasting habits.

  1. Intuitive Fasting by Will Cole
    Intuitive Fasting Will Cole, bookshop.org, $26

There’s no sugar, and of course no alcohol, so I’ve been doing major research and finding some great stuff to support what I’m doing. One of my favorites is Seedlip—the incredible herbal nonalcoholic cocktails really scratch that end-of-day itch (or the I-need-something-sophisticated-with-dinner itch, or the something-in-front-of-a-roaring fire one, or the laughing-with-girlfriends one) for me. There are three flavors (I especially love Garden 108), and all are sugar-free with no calories. I like it in a diamond-patterned double old-fashioned glass, with lemon and a splash of sparkling water. It’s so good.

  1. Seedlip Garden 108
    Seedlip Garden 108 goop, $32

  2. Seedlip Special Offer Trio
    Seedlip Special Offer Trio Seedlip, $89

    In partnership with our friends at Seedlip

  3. Richard Brendon Diamond Double Old Fashioned
    Richard Brendon Diamond Double Old Fashioned goop, $112

Will’s also got me on supplements, most of them in service of a healthier gut: There’s butyrate, which Will says supports a healthy microbiome, and then in my daily Madame Ovary supplement, I get fish oil, B vitamins, some vitamin D3 (I add more, but there’s 500 IU in there to start), selenium, and zinc, all of which Will says are critical for me right now. I get even more zinc and selenium, along with the antioxidants vitamin C and resveratrol, in my G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder, which I mix with water. Will has me taking the G.Tox morning and night.

  1. goop Wellness Madame Ovary
    goop Wellness Madame Ovary goop, $90/$75 with subscription

  2. goop Beauty G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder
    goop Beauty G.Tox Detoxifying Superpowder goop, $60/$55 with subscription

  3. Hum Nutrition Here Comes the Sun High-Potency Vitamin D3
    Hum Nutrition Here Comes the
    Sun High-Potency
    Vitamin D3
    goop, $12
  1. Everything I’m doing feels good, like a gift to my body. I have energy, I’m working out in the mornings, and I’m doing an infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing. A side benefit is my skin, which makes me happy—and makes me want to double down on skin care even more. Let’s make 2021 the year of never needing makeup, people!

    HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket V3
    HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket V3 goop, $500
  2. I see a real difference when I use vitamin C serum in the mornings—a difference in glow. It’s noticeable enough that people have asked me what I’m using, and this is over Zoom!

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Glow Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C +
    Hyaluronic Glow Serum
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
  3. The secret formula—for my skin, anyway—is to combine the vitamin C (smooth it in, then wait a beat) with our new face oil. I’ve always been into oils, but this one’s got amazing clinical results: You see fewer wrinkles, firmer skin, softer skin. But layer it on over the vitamin C serum and I’m telling you, the glow is next-level. Do that every morning and your skin is going to look great no matter what.

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Super Nutrient Face Oil
    goop, $98/$89 with subscription
  4. Then the foundation that makes it all work—always—is my super powerful once-a-week (I do it on Sunday nights) 15% glycolic acid peel. And right now it’s even more important, in the absence of being able to get to the dermatologist or the facialist. You swipe the peel onto clean skin and go to bed, and you’ve taken care of your skin for a whole week—you wake up, wash your face, and check out your skin in the mirror. Worth it!

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid
    Overnight Glow Peel
    goop, $125/$112 with subscription
  5. Moving your body and sweating out toxins makes an enormous difference, of course. But beyond the benefits of a sauna and even my favorite workouts, when I go for a hike, I know I’m getting something different—stimulating my brain and body in ways I can’t get otherwise. Nature heals, really!

    I’m obsessed with Hoka boots, especially this pair.

    Hoka One One Kaha High Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes
    Hoka One One Kaha High Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes goop, $220
  6. I love to wear something that’s easily layerable and (important) can transition to a Zoom call if I end up spending more time hiking than originally planned (guilty), like this sleek tank.

    G.Label Anastasia Racerback Tank
    G.Label Anastasia Racerback Tank goop, $145
  7. The necklace is just me. I can’t go out without a necklace. I love to wear several at once, but for a hike, just this one is perfect. And it gives me a little bit of polish for that Zoom call I’m late for.

    Foundrae Wholeness Medallion and Gemstone Heart Necklace
    Foundrae Wholeness Medallion and
    Gemstone Heart Necklace
    goop, $8,600
  8. This T-shirt is my favorite thing. I dress it up, dress it down—I wear it all the time

    goop University T-Shirt
    G. Label goop University T-Shirt goop, $125
  9. Last of all, I’m reaching out to the people I’m not seeing every day. It’s almost been a year; we all need some encouragement to keep going—and to keep going on a healthier path. This wellness care package has liposomal vitamin C, herbal tea, and manuka honey, along with one of the more incredible memoirs you’ll ever read and some fantastic essential oil blends. I’ve been sending it off to just about everybody I can think of—it’s such a nice present to unwrap.

    goop Home Wellness Box
    goop Home Wellness Box goop, $265
  10. If a full care package doesn’t work with the budget, this bath is another of my favorite presents to send with a similar sentiment.

    goop Beauty Nurse! Under the Weather Bath Soak
    goop Beauty Nurse! Under the Weather
    Bath Soak
    goop, $35
  1. Bonus: What’s Back in Stock on goop
    (That I Could Not Be More Excited About)

  2. These babies really work—that’s all I can say. And they taste like the best chocolate mint ever. I can start having them when I begin easing up on the protocol, and I cannot wait.

    goop Wellness Knock Me Out
    goop Wellness Knock Me Out goop, $55 for 60 chews/$30 for 30 chews
  3. This is magic for your pores. I use it in the shower every morning: It’s a foamy, fresh combination of malachite and fruit acids that sweeps everything away and leaves my skin baby-soft and—not kidding—practically poreless.

    goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + Fruit Acid Pore Purifying Cleanser
    goop Beauty G.Tox Malachite + Fruit Acid
    Pore Purifying Cleanser
    goop, $48

We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of goop.