2 Editors, One (Really Intense) Detox: Here Are Our Honest Thoughts

Photo: Sakara Life

We’ve denounced crash diets here at Byrdie HQ—the results just aren’t sustainable, and being too restrictive isn’t good for your body in the long run—but that doesn’t mean we don’t believe in the power of a good detox. After all, there are certain foods proven to cause inflammation, and cutting them out for a set period of time is an opportunity for our bodies to reset and start functioning optimally again. With that in mind, Byrdie’s senior editor and I embarked on Sakara Life’s Level II Detox, a five-day detox that’s less about shedding pounds quickly and more about resetting your gut. “It’s not meant to be a crash diet or make you feel like you’re starved,” Sakara Life co-founder Whitney Tingle told me on the intro call. “It’s designed to help heal your gut because your gut is the center of your health—from how well you sleep to your hormones to your sex drive to how clear your skin is.” The detox comes with five days’ worth of meals, supplements, and broths delivered to your door so you don’t have to prepare anything yourself (score one for busy city dwellers with a Seamless habit), and Tingle and her co-founder Danielle DuBoise worked with certified functional medicine doctor Aviva Romm, MD, to ensure every meal was created to eliminate dietary inflammation in your body. “Our bodies store toxins from tap water, the clothes we wear, and our fat tissues. Going through the detox process allows your body to release some of those toxins,” DuBoise says. So how did the sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and meat-free detox go?