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Deanna Headshot photoFunctional Nutritionist

Founder of Food+Spirit, Detox Summit, Detox Challenge

Author of five books, including Chakra Foods For Optimum Health

Dr. Deanna Minich is a functional nutritionist with a unique approach to clinical medicine that combines physiology and psychology. She has trained in functional medicine for the past decade with the “father of functional medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland, as her mentor, and has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board, curriculum committee, and is Faculty for the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from 51s65jVsZqLthe University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Minich has over ten years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries. She is the host of The Detox Summit (, an online event featuring 30 experts on detox, which was attended by almost 70K people worldwide. Following The Detox Summit, she led 3000 people through The Detox Challenge, a 21-day, online, functional medicine-oriented detoxification program. She has continued her work on detoxification, including writing a book on this important topic. In addition, she spends her time as a Board member for the American College of Nutrition, and adjunct faculty at the University of Western States. She is the author of five books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.

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Smart Docs use Smart Detox in their Practice

Webinar by Deanna Minich, PhD The word detox could easily end up on the most overused word list of the last five years. This is unfortunate, because a true detoxification program is not based on fads or the diet of the day. As you will hear in this webinar by Deanna Minich, PhD, it is […]

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Research Review: Using Whole Food Phytonutrients to Modulate Detoxification Pathways

Prevailing scientific thought indicates that specific foods may upregulate or help balance the metabolic pathways that assist the body with toxin biotransformation and subsequent elimination. Studies have identified whole foods such as cruciferous vegetables, berries, soy, garlic and even spices like turmeric as beneficial in aiding the detoxification process.*[1] However, as science on this important […]

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Put Some Color on Your Plate for Better Health

The founder of Food+Spirit, Deanna Minich, Ph.D., shares her experiences as a functional nutritionist and detox specialist. Her most recent Detox Summit educated 70,000 practitioners and patients on the physiological and psychological value of restoring one’s body back to health by focusing on phytonutrient-rich foods. She has motivated thousands of people to get back on […]

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