Clean Gut

The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health
by Alejandro Junger, M.D. | Harperone © 2014 · 256 pages

The gut. That’s where all the health magic (or challenges!) begins. Alejandro Junger is a cardiologist turned functional medicine doctor who created the incredibly popular Clean Program. We covered his first book Clean and now for a spotlight on the Clean Gut. Big Ideas we explore include symptoms vs. root causes (paint any brown leaves green lately?), how food’s shelf life correlates with yours, your 2nd brain, nutrigenomics, gluten (the ubiquitous poison) and step 1 to cleaning things up (hint: remove toxic triggers).

Before chronic disease, there is inflammation; but before inflammation comes gut dysfunction. Antiinflammation treatments help, but gut repair corrects the problem right at its source.
Alejandro Junger, M.D.

“My medical practice today is so much more rewarding because of the Clean Gut program, both for myself and my patients. I am no longer a diagnosis-making, prescription-writing machine. Before I even think of making a diagnosis, I immediately look for gut dysfunction. Often it is so obvious I don’t even need any tests. After a twenty-one-day gut-repair program, so many of my patients’ problems are completely gone. There’s no need to order tests of prescribe pills. With an understanding of how the gut gets damaged, how gut dysfunction manifests as a multitude of seemingly unrelated and distant diseases, and, most importantly, how to help the body repair the gut, I was able to help many of my patients restore their true health. Such results led me to write this book. The Clean Gut program is a simple, lifesaving protocol designed to start you on the path to vibrant, lasting, prescription- and disease-free health.

This book is the culmination of the work and research I started when I set out to heal myself. I discovered that the gut is the root of health, and gut repair is the mother of preventive medicine. If your gut is healthy, there are almost no chronic diseases to prevent. For too long we have reacted to symptoms as our first steps in getting healthy. But with this new protocol, we offer a method to strike down disease before it takes hold. We no longer have to get sick to get healthy. With this new program we are able to transform our entire approach to health. Food is medicine, and the gut is the key to a long, vibrant life.”

~ Alejandro Junger, M.D. from Clean Gut

The gut.

That’s where all the health magic (or challenges!) begins.

Alejandro Junger is a cardiologist turned functional medicine doctor who created the incredibly popular Clean Program (and who happens to be Gwyneth Paltrow’s doctor).

Check out our Notes on his first book Clean where he walks us through the basics of his Clean approach. With Clean Gut, we shine a light on our gut and, of course, how to clean it up so we can shine with radiant, vibrant health.

The cornerstone of the book is a 21-day gut-repair program. Check out the book and Clean Program for more details.

For now, I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!!

P.S. Check out our Notes on Brain Maker by David Perlmutter—another great book on the power of a healthy gut. Perlmutter is a leading neurologist who connects our nutrition + gut health to our brain health. Powerful stuff.

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About the author


Alejandro Junger, M.D.

Open-minded doctor, passionate about detox and cleansing.