Healing My Body
with a Longer-Term Detox
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.
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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.
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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 goop, $500SHOP NOW
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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
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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!
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