Rebekahs Journal

Ten Day Brain Gut Cleanse

healthy digestive systemWHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS CLEANSE?

Whatever your struggles may be, whether you’re facing depression, anxiety, psychosis or addiction, it’s not in your head. Mental symptoms reflect an underlying biological imbalance in the body. Rather than just masking symptoms, the cleanse addresses the root cause of psychological suffering to heal your body and mind.

This cleanse specifically addresses the gut-brain connection. We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat” – yet it is still shocking to realize how much dietary choices directly influence mood and behavior. It may seem hard to believe how the food I eat can affect my thoughts and feelings.

In fact, the gut has been called the Second Brain. There are over 100 million neurons (nerve cells) in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract that communicates directly with the brain via the nervous system, the immune system, and hormones. Over 90% of our serotonin, the “happy” hormone that regulates our mood is produced in the gut. You can begin to see how restoring health to the gut directly improves your mental and emotional well-being.

REBALANCING THE MICROBIOME

It may come as another surprise that there are over 100 billion organisms living in your body.

These foreign cells consist mostly of bacteria and fungi and they outnumber our own cells by a ratio of 10 to 1. Together these organisms are known as the microbiome – a kind of mini ecosystem that exists within us all.

Not all bacteria are bad for us,  many of these organisms are “friendly” bacteria and they are actually essential to life. A healthy microbiome supplies you with critical vitamins, helps destroys pathogens, keeps the immune system healthy, and regulates weight and metabolism. However, when we eat a diet full of sugar, refined carbs, and processed foods, we feed the bad bacteria, which take over the gut from the good guys. A troubled intestine sends signals to the brain: bacteria are actually capable of releasing neurotransmitters that make us feel stressed or depressed.

The good news is that the Cleanse can jumpstart your system, killing off the bad bacteria and restoring balance to the gut-brain. A healthy gut will alleviate anxiety, depression, cravings and you will also have more energy and a stronger immune system.

BREAKFAST

Probiotic drink: 1/4 tsp Pro-biotic powder mix with water.

Smoothie: Powdered blend of amino acids including Glycine, NAC, Glutamine, and Carnitine, Bee Pollen, Lethicin, Colosterum and Alpha Lipoic Acid, Mixed frozen berries, Coconut water, Potato Starch, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Primal defense probiotic and Stevia.

LUNCH

Probiotic drink (1/4 tsp Probiotic powder) mix with water.

Sauerkraut

You can make your own ahead of time or purchase Bubbie’s brand fermented sauerkraut. Make sure to buy only Bubbie’s because their products are not in a vinegar base.

Squash-Jalapeno Soup

Butternut Squash Soup recipe: 1 squash, 1 roasted jalapeno, chicken stalk, coconut meat, salt. Cut squash into cubes and boil in good water or coconut water. Toss all ingredients in a blender and puree. Makes 4 servings (bowls).

Salad lettuce, cucumbers, olives, sauerkraut, tomatoes, peppers, seeds, and nuts.

Avoid: vinegar-based dressings. You can use olive oil or the following recipe: 2 parts olive oil, 1 part lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper. You can put this in a jar and save it in the fridge for the duration of the cleanse. Lots of olive oil on your salad is very beneficial.

Use plenty of olive oil and sauerkraut on your salad. The olive oil has essential Omega-3 fatty acids that help your brain function optimally. The sauerkraut is a fermented food that has a high probiotic content that is highly bioavailable. Your body can absorb the probiotics easily.

DINNER

Green juice: cucumber, cilantro, lemon, fennel, kale. Add potato starch and Bifido Factor to the Green Juice.

Shot: Ginger, turmeric, garlic and Lemon.

Probiotic drink (1/4 tsp Pro-biotic powder) mix with water.

OTHER APPROVED MEALS

Bone broth: When exceptionally hungry, ideally at least 15 before or after each meal you should have 1-2 bowls of bone broth. You may add salt, pepper, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, garlic powder, coconut oil, or potato starch to add flavor to the broth.

Coconut oil or cream: You should try to eat at least 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or cream every day. A nice way to ingest the coconut oil melt it in hot water and add lemon juice and it’s like a relaxing tea.

Water: Drink lots of water!

DAILY DETOX 

20 minute cardio

1 hour sauna

​Castor oil pack every other day

Colonic every other day

As the colon is cleansed, it pushes undigested waste through your system, clearing the way for good nutrient absorption. If waste remains in the body for too long, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and illness. A clean colon from a colon detox allows undigested waste to pass easily through your system.

TIPS

  • It is ideal not to snack in between meals, but if you are hungry you may have bone broth or coconut oil or coconut water as needed.
  • The first half of the cleanse is usually harder to get through then the second. This is because the die-off from the bad bacteria can be dramatic, and you may feel worse before you feel better.
  • If you have cravings during the cleanse, keep in mind that this is likely caused by the bad bacteria in the gut dying off. This is a good sign!
  • Drink plenty of water to flush your system. You can add lemon juice to your water for some flavor.
  • Coconut oil contains a lot of healthy calories that can alleviate any hunger pangs you may feel.
  • Try NOT to drink water with your meals (wait 15 minutes before and after) because it dilutes digestive enzymes. This is a good habit to keep after the cleanse.

ARE YOU READY TO CLEANSE?

This is a great detox program. Make sure you have everything you need and plenty of support. Some people even have a cleanse buddy. Someone to do it with them.

TESTIMONIALS

Rebekah Simpson August 4th 2015 Symptoms before cleanse: No motivation, symptoms of fibromyalgia, pain, inflammation and stiffness in hands, arms, feet, legs, neck and colon, foggy headed, sleeping a lot, yeast and bacterial infections, constipation. A few notes… Night of day 2: woke up with massive caffeine headache. Day 3: Everything cleared up. Pain free. Day 7: Lack of energy. I am so glad I did this cleanse, it has changed my life