The next layer of your gut that requires attention is the digestive tube, or the actual border of cells that prevents anything foreign from getting into your body. Sometimes, bad things like yeast can grow and create a “bio-film” that blocks nutrients and stores toxins. If you get rid of this film, Dr. Junger states the digestive tube will have more surface area to absorb nutrients and provide more energy.
Dr. Junger recommends taking berberine every afternoon in order stop energy drain. It’s a supplement that has long been used in Chinese and ayurvedic medicine. It has anti-microbial properties that can help fight the bio-film. You can get it at any health-food store. Dr. Junger recommends 400 mg every afternoon of the cleanse.
The next gut layer is actually a very important component of your immune system. It’s called the GALT, or Gut-Associated Lymphatic Tissue. Eighty percent of our immune system is located in the gut, and if it’s weakened from bad bacteria or bio-film, you’ll have to make it stronger to protect yourself.
That’s why Dr. Junger suggests L-glutamine. It can repair the cell lining of the cells of your immune system and digestive tract. It helps promote rapid cell division, which is important for your immune system, since immune cells rapidly divide and grow in number in order to fight foreign invaders from the gut or elsewhere. Dr. Junger recommends taking 1000 mg per day during the cleanse.
The last and most important part of the 3-day cleanse helps to jumpstart what is often referred to as our “second brain.” Most of our nervous system isn’t located in the skull. It’s actually in or around the gut. In fact, 80 to 90% of the body’s serotonin is used by that network of neurons. To help jumpstart those neurons, Dr. Junger recommends 250 mg of magnesium right before you go to bed. The body needs this nutrient to make serotonin.