We’ll admit it: detoxes and cleanses tend to have bad raps. They’re known for being unhealthy, unsustainable, expensive, and typically being marketed to help people lose weight. Because of this, Alejandro Junger, MD (yes, Gwyenth Paltrow’s favorite doctor and Goop contributor), created the Clean Program, his version of a detox done by what he refers to as “nutritional cleansing.”
The program draws on research and knowledge of functional medicine that combines Western (more science based) and Eastern approaches (more holistic) approaches that “gets to the root of disease,” Dr. Junger explained in his book Clean.
In his book, Dr. Junger wrote that the program is meant to “neutralize and eliminate” inner toxins (the by-products of our metabolism) and outer toxins that we eat, breathe, or absorb through our skin and intestines. He adds that following the Clean Program will help you break bad eating habits, identify foods that are causing irritations, and help you adopt healthy eating habits for the long-term.
If you’re looking for a less drastic cleanse, or simply want to try something new, continue reading to learn the ins and outs of the Clean Program.