The gut isn’t just a bunch of tubes where food is broken down. It’s an intricate system, which consists of key players from your immune and digestive systems. After a meal, the body diverts energy to your gut in order to facilitate digestion. Therefore, if your gut is less efficient than it should be, you waste a lot of available energy on digestion alone, leaving you fatigued. According to Dr. Junger, after this 3-day cleanse, energy that had been diverted to your gut is back at your disposal, so you will feel much more energetic!
Note: Before starting any cleanse, make sure to consult your physician, especially if you have a medical condition like diabetes. Also, don’t participate if you’re pregnant or nursing. Detoxes are also not a substitute for medical diagnoses or treatment.
Preparing for the Jumpstart Cleanse
Dr. Junger says that before starting his cleanse, you’ll need to measure the extent of your digestive problems with his Taut Test, which only requires a mirror.
If you don’t have a “clean gut,” it will reveal itself on your skin through certain signs of toxicity. Does it appear dry or puffy? Look at your cheek and pull at your skin. Does it bounce back? If not, that may be a sign of inflammation. Additionally, redness and discoloration anywhere on the face is evidence of inflammation. With inflammation comes energy drain and digestive dysfunction, according to Dr. Junger.
If you notice any of these signs, you may want to try out Dr. Junger’s cleanse to see if it’s right for you.
Healing Your Gut
The cleanse is designed to repair your gut layer by layer. According to Dr. Junger, you should abide by the following recommendations for 3 days to see and feel results.
First, the innermost layer is the intestinal flora. It’s a layer of bacteria that serves as the first line of defense that eliminates toxins from your food and helps to break down the food you eat. You need healthy flora in your gut for healthy digestion. Antibiotics, preservatives and chemicals can disrupt your intestinal flora. By promoting healthy gut flora, you lower the amount of energy needed to digest your food, making it harder for bad bacteria to cause disease.
In lieu of the traditional breakfast of coffee, bagels or cereal, you should start each day of the cleanse with a prebiotic shake, followed by a probiotic supplement. The prebiotic shake is easy to make and contains prebiotics, which help the growth of good flora in your gut, which aid in digestion. Get the recipe.
In addition to your shake, take a probiotic that contains at least 50 billion live cultures.