Beginners Guide To Detoxing

Marie Hayden


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What To Expect During Your First Week

The first day you may feel a slight discomfort by having changed your regular mode of eating, but do not allow this to disturb you, for it is natural.  On about the 3rd or 4th day, the bowels and kidneys should begin to move  freely.  Toxic material will be passed.  

Symptoms you may experience with cleansing and detoxing:

• Headache

• Nausea

• Gas

• Aches and pains

Please do not be alarmed.  This is nature’s way of cleaning you out.  These symptoms are quite natural and to be expected.

After the 5th day you will feel a surge of energy; you will be surprised at yourself!  Your complexion will become clear and your eyes will brighten and you will feel wonderfully clean inside.

If you start an elimination diet or detox-friendly diet – STICK TO IT.  Stopping and starting again will disrupt the process and make things more difficult in the long-term.

Recommended Detox Diet Meal Plan

Do the McKinney Detox for 4-7 days – This is a more intensive cleanse and can be done on its own or ideally done with the addition of liver cleanse supporters.


• Apple or grape juice, 1-Cup minimum – drink as much as you want.

• Fresh fruit, ½ lb. minimum – You can eat as much fresh fruit(s) as you want with the exception of bananas.

• Other vegetable/fruit juice – 1-2 cups if needed 

• Herbal tea – one cup if needed


• 2 cups Vegetable broth

• 7 carrots

• 1 small bunch celery

• 1/3 bunch of parsley

• Large handful of fresh spinach

1. Place broth, carrots and celery in 4 cups of hot water and boil for 15 minutes.

2. Then add 1/3 bunch of parsley and large handful of fresh spinach (cut finely).

3. Boil for 10 minutes more.

4. *Optional – add onion, okra, green pepper or garlicfor extra flavour.

The purpose of this broth is to help flush out your digestive system.  Drink lots of it everyday, it is full of minerals from the vegetables.


Make a chopped salad of fresh raw vegetables. Use a dressing of olive oil and sea salt. Use 4 or more vegetables from the list below: 

• Artichoke

• Cucumber

• Lettuce

• Rutabaga

• Asparagus

• Celery

• Lotus

• Spinach

• Beans

• Dandelion greens

• Okra

• Squash

• Beets

• Endive

• Onion

• Swiss chard


Any dinner from one of the meal plans in Part 3 of this book. Make sure to finish your meal before 7pm to allow for over 12-hours to fully digest your food before eating fruit the following morning.

Liver Supporting Supplements

Choose either Vitazan Milk Thistle Combination or MediClear Plus as a supplement to help support gentle liver cleansing.

Vitazan Milk Thistle Combination

An ideal liver cleanser formula – take 2 caps, 3x/day with food.  This is available in our clinic.  Note the curcumin in this formula is to slow Phase 1 and speed up Phase 2, reducing build-up of toxic intermediates, reducing symptoms of a “healing crisis.”  The ellagic acid as found in berries and pomegranate also accomplishes this important task. 

MediClear Plus 

 This is a powdered formula that supports both phase 1 and phase 2 of the detoxification program.  It can be used as a meal replacement during your cleanse and can be taken 1-2 times per day.  More may be used but this is assessed individually.

Additional Liver Cleansing Supplement


Take 200 mg, 3x/day to help clear chemicals such as formaldehyde and solvents. It is particularly valuable for chemically sensitive people that show signs of estrogen dominance or hormonal imbalances. 

Other Liver Cleansing Supplements

• Milk thistle

• Artichoke

• Dandelion

• Beets

• Green tea

• Turmeric

• B vitamins

• N-acetyl cysteine

• Warm water with lemon in the morning

• Vitamin C

Foods To Avoid or Eliminate

• Wheat/gluten

• Eggs

• Dairy (including margarine)

• Corn

• Bananas

• Dried fruit

• Sugar (aka sucrose, fructose, glucose)

• Pop

• Red meat (once per week) 

• No Caffeine

• No Alcohol

• No Marijuana

• No Chemical preservatives or additives etc, 

• No Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, malitol, splenda etc).

Safe Sugar Substitutes

• Stevia 

• Agave (small amounts)

• Coconut palm sugar (small amounts)

• Xylitol

Selecting Produce

Choose organic fruits and vegetables if possible, make sure you wash them thoroughly to remove pesticides and contaminants.


Ensure you are having daily bowel movements.  To help with this add ground flax seeds.  You may to introduce Magnesium but please check with your ND for correct dosage.

If you are constipated or suspect you have parasites, take 1-2 tbsp./day of psyllium husks and fresh-ground flaxseeds.

What Should My Stool Look Like?

The quality and appearance of your stool depends on the time it spends in the colon. After you have a bowel movement, what you see in the toilet is the result of your diet, fluids, medications and lifestyle. You can use the Bristol Stool Chart to check what your stools are telling you.

The Bristol Stool Chart shows seven categories of stool. Every person will have different bowel habits, but the important thing is that your stools are soft and easy to pass – like types 3-5 below.

Type 1–2 – Constipation

Type 3–5 – Ideal stools

Type 6–7 – Diarrhea or IBS

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This website ( contains the opinions and ideas of Marie Hayden and is designed to provide useful information in regard to the subject matter covered. This website is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Marie Hayden disclaims any responsibility for any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents on this website.

Intermittent Fasting Disclaimer

People with advanced diabetes or who are on medications for diabetes, people with a history of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not attempt intermittent fasting unless under the close supervision of a licensed physician.

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