What supplements do I take if I'm using the Clean Book?
If you are doing the Clean Program from the Clean Book, here are the supplements we recommend to support your program.
Shake Powder: Look for a Rice, Hemp or Pea Based Protein powder. Our Daily Shake works great for this.
Probiotic: Try our multi-strain, 30 billion count Probiotic. Take one per meal/shake, 3 times per day.
Fiber: Try our Move fiber product. Another good option is Ground Flax Powder. Use only 1-2 tsps per shake. Eating lots of leafy greens helps a lot as does adding aloe juice to your diet.
Digestive Enzymes: Try our Enzyme supplement is a great vegetable-based digestive enzyme. Take one per meal/shake each day.
Antimicrobial: Use one of the following options. Take 3x per day with meals.
- Concentrated oil of oregano capsules
- A clove of garlic can be eaten daily raw
Liver Support: Get a milk thistle or silymarin capsule, take one per meal/shake so 3 per day.
Olive Oil: Take two tablespoons before bed every night and follow with water and lemon. Also try our Eliminate magnesium powder to help reduce constipation.
Extended Supplement Explanation from "Clean" the book
Clean delivers its maximum benefits when a few easy-to-find natural supplements are added into your daily menu. I highly recommend them, and they will not be expensive. Buy the best brands you can, asking your local health-food store for guidance. (Online vitamin stores often have low prices.) Good supplements should be thought of as health insurance. For a little extra investment upfront they save money over the long term on doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, and missed workdays. They’ll add years to your life, especially when used as part of a detoxification program like Clean—and they’ll add life to your years.
Fiber will be an important part of your Elimination Support (see below) because it absorbs water and creates bulk, which triggers the peristaltic movement of your intestines and promotes bowel elimination. It sequesters (pulls out) toxic waste that the intestines keep clearing from the blood, making sure that the toxins don’t get reabsorbed. It feeds the good bacteria, promoting a healthy environment in the guts. It also captures cholesterol and prevents its excess absorption, while giving you a feeling of fullness, therefore limiting overeating. For all these reasons and more, high-fiber diets are associated with a decreased incidence of colon cancer and heart disease. Though the Clean program is filled with fruits and vegetables, it may contain less roughage than you are used to. Most people will benefit from adding some form of fiber to the program. Look for natural fiber products containing ingredients like inulin or chicory root, prune fiber, and flax seeds. Fiber should be adjusted to the number and consistency of bowel movements. Most quality products come with dosing instructions.
Probiotics are a very valuable tool in the restoration of the hundreds of different species of good intestinal bacteria. There are lots of good probiotics supplements on sale, some of which need to be refrigerated once opened; make sure yours has at least 30 billion organisms per dose. Read the instructions correctly. We like you to take 100 billion count per a day during Clean.
Antimicrobials are like natures antibiotic. Many of the foods in the Clean recipes such as garlic, lemon, olive oil, onions, broccoli, coconut oil, and many of the spices have antimicrobial properties. But sometimes the gut flora is in such state of disarray (dysbiosis) that it needs a little heavier artillery to clean the territory so the good bacteria take residence once more. A smart measure is to take one or more of the following during Clean. Concentrated Oil of Oregano is especially potent against yeast (look for it as a pill or essential oil). A clove of garlic can be eaten daily, raw. (Slice it and place between thin apple slices if you prefer). This will not only help to eliminate bad bacteria, yeast and parasites; it will also help regulate blood sugar levels, enhance fat burning, reduce hunger sensations, lower cholesterol, relieve arthritic pain, and reduce bowel gas. If this is unappealing, garlic pills are inexpensive and an easy way to ingest effective amounts of garlic. You may find an herbal antimicrobial that combines several different antimicrobial herbs and roots into one. Berberine, Licorice Root, Rhubarb root, Skullcap root, Coptis Root, Rhizome, Ginger Root, Sage leaf, Thyme oil, are some of the ingredients to look for.
Olive Oil taken at night will lubricate your intestines, improve bowel elimination, provide anti-inflammatory fats, kill germs and enhance fat burning, stimulate the gallbladder and liver to move bile clearing the liver system, promote bone formation, inhibit blood clot formation, and promote hormonal balance. Take two tablespoons before bed every night and follow with lemon juice in water.
Finally, try to include a Liver Support product during the Program. These can be single ingredient or combinations of ingredients. The most common to find are Milk Thistle (sylimarin), N Acetyl cysteine, Dandelion Root and Wormwood Leaf.