Unlike other cleanses I have done, this cleanse involves eating, be it a limited diet. As many typical trigger foods as possible, as well as high sugar foods, are omitted. For 21 days, the menu consists of lots of vegetables, nuts, good fats, wholesome meats & fish, and berries. Grains, dairy, sugars, most fruits and all processed foods are "off the table" literally. Supplements are taken to strengthen and heal the gut while the body is being fed nutrient rich, high antioxidant foods. Check out the menu in more detail. You can even sign up for regular emails with recipes. If you sign up for the welcome letter, you will get lots of helpful PDFs.
Just for the record, the Clean Gut website has a cleanse (for detox), and a gut cleanse (for detox & repair). You can read the about the differences here. The website also contains lots of great tools, suggestions and a community of people who blog about their experience. Check out the gut cheat sheet, the daily supplement list and lots of recipes.
Dr. Junger has an effective way of explaining complex bodily functions in his book, Clean Gut. He enables the average person, like me, to be able to understand why a leaky gut can affect so many different areas of health. Here's how he describes the Gut Cleanse:
The Clean Gut cleanse is a twenty-one-day program that gets to the root of health and disease by supporting digestive health and gut repair. The program follows a simple structure that starts with a shake in the morning, a lunch meal and an evening salad from the Clean Gut diet, and a powerful combination of gut restorative supplements.*
I plan to start Monday and will keep you posted on my progress. I will be using many of the supplements from Young Living that correspond to the suggested supplements on Dr. Junger's list. Essentialzymes, Power Meal, Super B, Life 5, MegaCal. I am also adding the Cleansing Trio and will probably sneak in some NingXia Red.
Let me know if you're joining me, cheering me on or if you think I'm crazy!