The gut cleanse natural plan: detox, flush and cleanse the entire digestive system, reduce gut inflammation, and promote gut health with the best whole foods, recipes, meal plans and supplements.
Gut Cleanse Plan
3 easy steps to cleanse your gut and digestive system:
- Colon cleanse: See: overview, gut cleanse drink (recipe).
- Gut cleanse diet: See: diet, foods to avoid, foods to eat, recipes.
- Supplements: probiotics, digestive enzymes.
Plan duration: 4 weeks.
Gut Cleanse Benefits
According to the U.S. department of national institutes of health, it is estimated that 70 million Americans experience various digestive diseases .
Multiple studies have suggested a strong connection between gut health to overall good health, immune system function and the ability of the body to fight and prevent disease .
For these reasons, the benefits of the gut cleanse may impact your entire body.
Most people report a significant improvements in digestion, with much less digestive issues. People with a history of bloating, excess gas, constipation, diarrhea, and similar issues, or food sensitivities may notice improvements already during the first week.
Other benefits include better looking skin, higher energy, better mood, and reduced chronic infections such as fungal, candida or yeast infections.
You may also feel improvements in your immune system function. This is not surprising, considering that 70% of the immune system resides in the gut.
Lastly, there’s the gut-brain axis. The gut delivers nutrients through the blood to the brain. These nutrients are needed for a healthy brain function.
“Although the brain is the most important organ in the body, I would argue that the digestive system is second. The connection between the brain and the gut is what controls our health.”
Dr. Angie Martinez, M.D.,
The Surprising Connection Between The Gut Your Overall Health
Duration: week 1.
The first step in the gut detox and cleanse plan, is the colon and intestinal cleanse. Colon cleanse removes accumulated waste buildup, undigested food particles and toxins from the colon, intestines and bowels. This can significantly help to improve digestion, and reduce existing digestive issues.
Oxygen Colon Cleanse (Oxy-powder) :
Releases natural oxygen in the entire digestive system to loosens the waste buildup and undigested food particles that tend to stick to the intestinal wall. This allows the body to flush out this waste naturally through normal bowel movements.
Expect the next day to have a series of bowel movements. First time users usually report eliminating large amount of stored waste.
Most people feel a significant “relief” as they eliminate the stored waste buildup. “feeling lighter”, more energy, higher clarity, a clearer complexion, better bowel movements and digestion, with many digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, body odor and gas greatly improved.
In addition to improving digestion, the removal of the accumulated waste by the oxygen may also create an ideal environment in your gut that can encourage friendly probiotic growth.
Gut Cleanse Drink
You can take oxy-powder by itself, or as a part of the popular overnight colon cleanse drink. This simple recipe combines lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar and oxy-powder to cleanse your colon when you sleep.
See the complete recipe.
Gut Cleanse Supplements
Certain supplements are well known for their ability to support gut health, promote healthy gut flora growth and improve digestion. Below is a summary of the most common gut cleansing supplements.
Probiotics For Gut Cleanse
Duration: week 1-4.
The use of probiotic supplements to promote gut health and healthy gut flora (microbiota) is widely accepted by the scientific community. The research data suggests that probiotics can help to maintain normal function of the gut mucosa, protect the intestinal mucosa from injuries caused by toxins, allergens and pathogens, and help the immune system to fight future infections [3,4].
Good options of probiotics for gut cleanse are the top studied probiotic strains such as lactobacillus strains. It is very important that the probiotic supplement you use is free from common allergens, especially soy, dairy, gluten and wheat.
It is also important that the company who makes the probiotics also guarantees their stability and potency. One study that tested 15 different probiotic supplements found that only 4 out of the 15 products met their label .
Dr. Group Floratrex is good example of probiotics we use in our gut cleanse protocol. The formula combines the highly studied lactobacillus probiotic strains with inulin prebiotic.
Prebiotics serve as a food source for probiotics that supports the good bacteria growth in your gut. Taking prebiotics together with probiotics is a common best practice that according to research, can enhance the effectiveness of the probiotic supplements.[6,7].
Digestive Enzymes & Gut Cleanse
Duration: week 1-4 (optional).
Digestive enzymes can help your body to digest and improve nutrients absorption from the foods you eat. This is a very common natural practice for digestive issue such as bloating, excess gas, food sensitivities and others. Especially when you combine the enzymes with the gut cleanse diet.
VeganZyme is the enzymes complex we use for the gut cleanse protocols as well as in our other body cleanse protocols to help promote healthy digestion and gut health. The biggest advantage we see in VeganZyme has to do with its versatile formula. With a total of 20 plant based digestive and systemic enzymes, it can support the digestion of a wide variety of foods, which makes it ideal for many different diets, and cuisines.
The addition of the systemic enzymes supports the body’s ability to break down allergens, excess yeast, candida, mucus and other toxins.
Gut Cleanse Diet
Duration: week 1-4.
The gut cleanse diet plays a key role in the gut cleanse; you want to avoid problematic foods known to cause digestive issues, gut inflammation and other problems and eat gut cleanse foods that can help to promote gut health.
Gut Cleanse Elimination Diet
The idea behind the gut cleanse elimination diet is very simple. You want to identify foods you may be sensitive to that.
To do so, you eliminate the foods you suspect that caused issues for a few days, and see if eliminating them improved your symptoms.
A good place to start is common allergens and foods known to cause digestive issues. These includes: dairy, soy, gluten, and peanuts.
If you have a history of digestive issues, food sensitivities, or allergies, you may want to also eliminate eggs, grains, wheat and seafood as well.
Foods to avoid
In addition to common allergens, you may want to limit or avoid the following foods during the gut cleanse:
- Processed foods.
- Fried foods.
- Refined oils and sugars.
- Hard to digest foods such as beans and legumes.
Gut Cleanse Foods
Based on our experience, what works for most people during the gut cleanse is to eat a clean, whole food based diet that is rich in fresh raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
Raw Fruits And Vegetables
Raw fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens are high in fiber that helps to promote healthy digestion and bowel movements. The fiber also serves as a food source for the probiotics.
Notice that certain raw veggies may cause bloating and gas to some people. Common example are raw broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables. If you find that this is the case, do not eat them during the gut cleanse. You can also lightly steam them as this may help to improve their digestion (and taste).
Raw Nuts And Seeds
Fresh raw nuts and seeds make an excellent choice for the gut cleanse diet. Common good options of nuts include almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts. Seeds options include hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
For the best results, when you consume nuts or seeds:
- To improve digestion use raw nuts or seeds, and soak in water for a few hours or overnight. Raw hemp seeds and macadamia nuts are easier to digest and do not require soaking or sprouting.
- To avoid mold contamination, make sure to get the nuts and seeds that are fresh from a trusted source. It is common to see low quality nuts and seeds at stores. Even at premium health stores. For this reason, if they do not taste good, look or smell weird, chances are they are not fresh.
Gut Cleanse Recipes
We get many questions on how to make gut cleanse recipes that taste good and are also easy to make. Meals for gut health do not have to be complicated and can be done with only a few ingredients.
To help you with the process, we wrote an entire section of gut healthy meals and recipes you can easily make at home. All our recipes are vegan, gluten free and are based on whole natural foods, herbs and spices you can find in your local grocery store. We also took the time to explain the reasons we use each ingredient to help you experiment and create your own versions.