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Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health

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In Clean Gut, Alejandro Junger, M.D, New York Times bestselling author of Clean and creator of the world-famous Clean Program, delivers a complete toolkit for reversing disease and sustaining life-long health. Inside these pages, Junger offers a groundbreaking new program that attacks the root causes of illness and helps us to restore our own amazing healing capabilities.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by HarperOne (first published March 19th 2013)
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Jan 11, 2014 Elyse rated it it was amazing
Update: I read this book a few years ago --(my review is 'dated') --- but this book is helpful --useful --to those who want to read (ha) about colon health. -- I've listen to Junger speak several times --read 'all' his books. Truth is there is a wide variety of diseases related to the colon --and within the colon -- This book is not 'THE' answer to 'all' issues --but its one of the best mainstream books --easy to read --giving a basic understanding about the value of colon health.

This is a $1.9
Oct 28, 2013 Elise rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Dr. Junger's book, "Clean Gut," makes a lot of sense. His study of the gut has shown that most ailments and diseases originate there and cause problems in various parts of the body, such as asthma, allergies, and heart disease. I have found that to be true in my own life. I started experiencing gut problems when I was 14 and since then have experienced all sorts of problems- chronic fatigue, random pains in my body, breakouts, severe sickness, the list goes on.

Despite the fact that I really did
Sue Bergman
Jun 17, 2013 Sue Bergman rated it liked it
I disagree completely with the spiritual beliefs in this book. That being said his premise on our gut being our second brain made a lot of sense. He points out that 90 percent of seratonin is made in the gut. Inflammation all over the body (systemic) leads to disease. I will not do the diet but it just reaffirmed that the natural supplements that I've been on for a couple months are helping my leaky gut heal that is a result of not knowing I had Celiac Disease for ten years. My chiropractor told ...more
May 15, 2014 Bonnie rated it did not like it
There's very little research cited in this book and I felt like he was just going off anecdote much of the time. The information was poorly organized and repetitive and at least 1/4 of the book was really just personal memoir (how he came to understand why proper gut function is essential to overall health).
Apr 04, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
I like his story, how he came to practice functional medicine. I haven't heard of functional medicine before. The concept makes sense. I hate doctors who give you a bag of antibiotics to deal with a dysfunction. There are so many things that go into why we get sick in the first place. Prescription medicine is not the only solution to our health problems.
However his 20 day "diet" into a Clean Gut is not very practical, especially for those of us living in Third World countries. There's a long li
Jul 17, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Same claims as paleo, but less scientifically explained (if you really dig into paleo stuff) and even more restrictive. I agree with his main premise; toxic diet, root of all health evils, inflammation bad, etc. I just can't do the diet.
ZaBeth  Marsh
Nov 10, 2013 ZaBeth Marsh rated it did not like it
just not my cup of tea
Apr 25, 2017 Mintti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mielenkiintoinen kirja vatsaongelmista kärsiville. Vaikea sanoa kuinka hyvin tämän tyypin mainostama ruokaremontti voisi toimia, mutta ei kai olisi haittaa kokeillakaan. Kirjailija on lääkäri joka on myös perehtynyt ns. vaihtoehtomenetelmiin, joskin hän itse kutsuu sitä kokonaisvaltaiseksi tai funktionaaliseksi lähestymistavaksi, minkä on tietty hyvä asia. Hyvät perustelut ja omat kokemukset vielä lisänä, voisi hyvin kokeilla kolmen viikon puhdistusta mitä tässä suositellaan ja mukana on myös ru ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That most if not all ailments start in the gut makes a lot of sense. I plan to do the cleanse and change some nasty habits I have, but I wonder who has time to make shakes every morning for 21 days unless they do not work or have a personal chef! I know I am always rushing out the door in the morning, and the hardest commitment of all for me to make is to get up even 20 minutes earlier (I promise myself to try!). I also don't want to give up my gluten-free oatmeal altogether since I believe that ...more

I found this book a little bit difficult to use in a pragmatic way. The science described might be very true, but it is impossible to live in a world where we would not be exposed to dirt. I think that it is a little edgy to state that if you go to the pool for a while, then your gut will be poisoned with chloride, that you must avoid any contact with plastic, and so on. Come on! we must be pragmatic too! This is the world we live in and no amount of knowledge about how toxic it is will make us
Jun 22, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
3.5 stars. I think other books have explained some of the "whys" better of why you should do an elimination diet (as well as why you're eliminating what you're eliminating, besides "these are inflammatory--avoid"), but I thought it was fairly straightforward. It might have been a little TOO simplified, but this is from someone who has read a ton of paleo books/cookbooks in the last year.

These elimination diet books are generally the same: most of our food is toxic, the gut is a good indicator of
Alison Whiteman
Jul 03, 2015 Alison Whiteman rated it really liked it
Before I read this book I already knew the root of all disease begins in the gut. I did not know this includes depression. Serotonin is partly produced in the digestive tract.

I appreciate the analogy between a person's "gut" and gardening. A good gardener doesn't tend only to the leaves of a plant or tree, but the roots. Why then wouldn't a person tend to the root of disease, the gut?

I was diagnosed with MS in 1998 and had a series of colonic therapy. I did go into remission shortly thereafter
Ladonna Lewis
May 31, 2015 Ladonna Lewis rated it liked it
I really liked the science in this book. The details about what is going on with neurotransmitters in our digestive tract I thought were very interesting and made perfect sense. The problem I have with this book is that he tells us the way to fix this is to eat a difficult to master diet. I found his diet suggestions to be too difficult to follow. In addition, the best way to follow his diet suggestion is to buy his products. He has a website at which you can purchase the necessary items to do w ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
I have his other book, Clean, and we've followed his cleanse once a year for the past few years. This is a newer cleanse he came up with so we tried it this fall. I actually like this one better because you can eat a salad for dinner instead of just a juice. There are also some great recipes that we'll definitely make when not on the cleanse.
Aug 26, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Alejandro Junger does it again! Packed with a wealth of information on how to eliminate the root cause of illness, but done in terms that are easy for anyone to understand. Junger's passion for health and helping others is evident throughout the book. His positive attitude shine through and inspire! Great recipes and resources as offer the support needed to change your lifestyle.
May 14, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
I believe in the idea that disease comes from within but not mentally at a place to cut out so much. Easy to read and thankfully not to technical. Wanted more recipes and suggestions on smaller ways to incorporate this process.
Mar 26, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Interesting and believable book. Now, what to do with the information.
Sep 23, 2015 Eugenia rated it did not like it
I only read this book because my brother's doctor strongly suggested it to him. It is completely evidence-free and I will suggest to me brother he changes doctors!
Jan 01, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it
**Gut reactions**

Talk about having a gut reaction.

According to _Clean Gut’s_ author Dr. Junger, the most common diseases and chronic health problems of today—including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, allergies, autoimmune diseases, back pain, infertility, and gluten sensitivity—have their origins in gut dysfunction. In a nutshell (or would that be gutshell?), modern life is not so gut-friendly, and we’re constantly being bombarded with toxins, triggers, and other stressors that wre
Sep 02, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Dr. Junger claims that most diagnosed ailments from chronic pain, heart disease, digestion issues, depression, extra weight, allergies, inflammation, etc. can be traced back to an injured and irritated gut. He does a good job of explaining how the gut works and how it gets ill or compromised. It does make sense and is believeable, even though I may have gotten a bit lost in the biological explanations here and there. He then has a 21 day eating plan with supplements that if followed, will clean ...more
Robin Woodcock
Mar 02, 2015 Robin Woodcock rated it it was ok
I 100% agree with the notion that modern medicine needs to wake up and pay more attention to gut health and what we eat. I don't know that we all need to go on 10-day juice cleanses to get back on track to better health, but Dr. Junger might disagree -- no wonder he and Gwyneth Paltrow are two peas in a pod.

I've been on a kick of reading health/food books and this is one more in that series. Enjoyed it but didn't derive a whole lot of new information and there's not a ton of research backing up
Þór Hauksson
Jul 20, 2014 Þór Hauksson rated it liked it
I hate diet books. Not because they're all useless or necessarily unhelpful, but because most of them are an over-hyped, prententious and scientifically shaky sales pitch. Someone is always selling you something and making money in the process from their breakthrough never-before-discovered secret that promises instant fatloss and blissful health.

Then why do I keep reading them? Because I firmly believe that a sensible diet is at the core of sustainable health and each year I try to fish at leas
Katy Compton
Jun 08, 2013 Katy Compton rated it liked it
I read the book and started the diet. Doing this for medical reasons because I have stomach issues, not to lose a couple pounds (but I won't be sad if that happens!) I do have issues with the diet, especially if people decide to do this indefinitely because unless you're allergic or sensitive I don't think you should ever have to cut something completely out of your diet. Everything in moderation. But I am going to review the book:

It was a somewhat easy, fast read. Not too long. I do wish he wou
Kaileen Elise Sues
Clean Gut is an interesting read for many reasons. For me, it was almost like four books in one. It starts out like a memoir about the author's medical career, influences, and health struggles. Then the book transitions to a lesson on "the gut" and how our overall health is influenced heavily by our gut health. Next, the Clean Gut Program is outlined (similar to Whole30 with some variation). And finally, the end of the book wraps up with a lot of recipes that look pretty good. A lot of the gut a ...more
Nov 16, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
The gut is our body's second brain and an unhealthy gut is the root cause of so many chronic diseases, inflammation, allergies and emotional depression. This book gives guidance on how to eat to regain a healthy gut; essentially using food as medicine.

There are two parts to his approach; a period of cleansing for gut repair which can last up to 21 days depending on your current diet, followed by adopting a Clean Gut diet which focuses on eating easily digestible, low-sugar foods while avoiding
May 10, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
I'm not a doctor or a scientist. I picked up this book because it intrigued me. I've been reading about probiotics and thought this would have some useful info.

Well - it did some good explaining of the digestive system. Now, whether all our illnesses are caused by an unbalanced gut. . . hmmm. I know if I eat better, I feel better. It makes some sense to do a cleanse and gradually find out as you add certain foods back into your diet what might have disagreed with you. But to clear out toxins?

Aug 23, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
I have a problem with my body dumping oxalates when I eat foods that are really good for me, like spinach and chard. When this happens I feel absolutely terrible for days - short-of-breath, irritible, panicky. Most people can process oxalates out of their gut, but others absorb oxalates through their intestines, causing inflammation. I read that it might be possible to "fix" a leaky gut by eating certain foods, so I am giving it a try to see if I might be able to process oxalates in the future. ...more
Feb 17, 2017 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Logical, informative approach and a good overall guide to health/clean eating. I enjoyed this because, unlike many other resources, it gave reasons, suggestions and options, and tips on how to actually carry things out.
Jan 07, 2017 PaleoVida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice informations

High quality informations but the book after the half start to get boring and a little bit repetitive. You could buy!
May 08, 2017 Julie rated it really liked it
Really interesting look into why the gut is our other brain, and how modern diet and exposure is compromising our gut health, which leads to a variety of ailments and illness. I listened to the audiobook, so I am not sure how much of the information provided is backed up by statistical/scientific evidence, but I also believe that science does not reign supreme, and in some cases (like chemical medicines), it can actually harm us. I love when a western-trained doctor gets on board with more natur ...more
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Dr. Alejandro Junger was born in Uruguay. He graduated from medical school there in 1990 and moved to New York City for his postgraduate training. He completed three years of training in Internal Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital and three more years of fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital.

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