I'm considering a cleanse called "Clean" - Alejandro Junger's book. My wife got sold on it on the Dr Oz show a few weeks back, and wants me to join her. it seems like it might help with any lingering leaky gut issues, and kick a few pounds away. The claim is that through limited solid food (but reasonable nutrition) you help your digestive system take a break, while you go on an elimination diet. Digestion break ==> better liver function/toxin removal. What do you think? Here are the basics, with my commentary:
Elimination diet for a few days prior: excludes all major allergens, sugar, high sugar fruits, nightshades.
Liquid meals for breakfast and dinner: fruit/veg smoothies with some protein powder, soups. At least 12h fast between dinner and breakfast, except for 2T of olive oil (seth roberts style). Some of the smoothies have avocado, almond butter (odd; an allergen), most are just a variety of fruits and vegetables. Soups are usually squash based. - Seems reasonable to aid in digestion. I will probably be hungry.
solid meal for lunch - eat off of the elimination diet menu: Chicken and rice, Fish and quinoa or squash, lamb, mint and veg. No beef - "too hard to digest"
- No issues here except that I don't buy that my grass fed ground beef is harder to digest than the lamb chops he recommends. I'll do this but I will have some beef meals.
Alsnacks are OK, but first make sure you are truly hungry. Use this experience to push your limits and determine what true hunger is - I could really stand to do this - I eat at the first hunger pang quite often, I could probably be in a lot better touch with myself here.
fiber supplement, liver enzyme, 2qts water/day, herbal tea/yerba mate OK - Never big on taking fiber supplements, his goal is to get you to flush your colon though. I will probably limit this, maybe just take more of the prebioitc inulin supplement that I favor, over the psyllium husks he recommends. I know nothing about these liver enzymes.
Eliminate as many toxins as you can - clean water supply, reduce chemicals. air filter - I could stand to clean up my chemical use and will pick up a natural shampoo and eliminate hair gel.
What do you think? Worthwhile 3 weeks of my life?