~ Clay: 9 servings ~
~ Tea: 3 bags ~
Includes mineral-rich clay used for nourishing and detoxifying the microbiome, as well as senna leaf tea to help speed up the process of elimination. Drink a tablespoon of clay 3x a day combined with 1 cup of unfiltered, organic apple juice for 3 days. Each package contains enough clay and tea for 1 cleanse. It is advised to prepare the body prior to the detoxification process and then transition slowly back to your usual eating patterns afterwards.
The intention of the detox is to absorb parasites, yeasts, molds, damaging bacteria and other toxins that have built up in the body and to rapidly eliminate them. The clay also contains bioavailable and rich sources of minerals to help replenish your body and aid in cellular repair and regeneration.
Three-Clay Blend: Bentonite, French Green, Terramin
a rich complex of trace minerals; balances pH of gut; detoxes parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungus, and mold; removes heavy metals
Boswellia serrata powder (frankincense) and Commiphora myrrha (myrrh)
antioxidant and anti-bacterial affect beneficial to the mouth and GI tract; reduces abdominal pain and bloating; reduces symptoms of IBS and ulcerative colitis
Plantago ovata (Psyllium Husk)
soluble fiber to increase bowel motility; soaks up water and softens stool to prevent constipation; prebiotic that induces the growth of healthy bacteria
anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial that kills microbes linked to skin infection, tooth decay, oral infection, stomach upset and ulcers
- Day 1 – Preparation: The day before the clay reset, eat paleo or vegan as preferred. Seek whole foods with plenty of leafy greens as well as pre and probiotic-rich foods and supplementation. We also recommend intermittent fasting, in other words, choose a feeding window so that you prepare your body for reduced caloric intake during the reset.
*Night of, drink Senna Leaf Tea
- Day 2 – Clay 3x with apple juice, leafy greens, kefir, fermented vegetables, and broth
- Day 3 – Clay 3x with apple juice, leafy greens, kefir, fermented vegetables, and broth
*Night of, drink Senna Leaf Tea
- Day 4 – Clay 3x with apple juice, leafy greens, kefir, fermented vegetables, and broth
- Day 5 – Transition: Similar to the first day, eat plenty of whole, plant-based foods. Include probiotic-rich foods and supplementation.
Make sure to eat pre and probiotics before, during, and after the cleanse:
Prebiotics- found in foods such as garlic, onion, leeks, dandelion greens, asparagus, seaweed, and artichokes, to name a few.
Probiotics- found in plain yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented vegetables.
We also highly encourage hydration. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day throughout the cleanse.
Additionally remove non-nutritious substances during the detox such as alcohol, sugar, processed foods, and caffeine as well as any other products that can cause an inflammatory response such as gluten, dairy, and red meat.
Note: Allow yourself at least 30 days between detoxes.
If for any reason, kefir or yogurt is not well tolerated, we suggest “Garden of Life Raw Probiotics Ultimate Care” with 100 billion CFU and 34 different probiotic strains.
What is COMPLEX:ZERO gut reset?
COMPLEX:ZERO gut reset involves the ancient practice of consuming small amounts of healing clay in order to revitalize the body, eliminate harmful microbes, combat disease, and create equilibrium in the body and mind. There has been documentation of ancient cultures such as Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Central African as well as American Natives consuming clays for their range of benefits. Our specific clay blend provides a complex of trace minerals that reverse nutrient deficiency by providing calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, phosphorus and zinc (to name a few). Additionally, the clay, when ingested, creates a powerful matrix of negatively charged ions that attract, absorb and bind to the positively charged ions of harmful bacteria, fungus, and yeast within the digestive tract. Once the clay binds to these harmful microbes, the psyllium husk fiber within the clay blend enables your body to rapidly remove these unwanted toxins from your body.
This detox does not require a fast, but can have a potent effect on the body, especially if there are years of built up toxins. Firstly, since the detox protocol involves eating primarily vegetables and kefir, you are likely to be in a state of reduced caloric intake during the detox. The body will then naturally start to break down fat stores within 12 to 16 hours of the cleanse. Our bodies actually store toxins that the body cannot eliminate or digest within adipose fat cells. This means that when stored fat breaks down, so will the toxins, and these toxins will enter your blood stream to be rapidly eliminated through the skin, the liver, kidneys, and through defecation.
In addition, beyond caloric reduction, you may be cutting back on substances that do not provide any nutritious benefit such as alcohol, sugar, processed foods, and even caffeine. In this process, bacteria that consume these non-nutritious substances will start to die off through starvation. Their endoskeletons will also enter the bloodstream to be eliminated. This can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms such as acne breakouts, eczema, bad breath, fatigue, brain fog, bloating, muscles aches and so forth. In academic settings, this is known as The Healing Crisis. As the body recovers from illness and eliminates toxins, it is often observed that a patient is likely to feel worse before they feel better. It is also notable that the microbiome is deeply connected to mood, therefore influencing the way that you think. Scientists have found that gut bacteria are responsible for producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. If there is an imbalance or overgrowth of a specific kind of bacteria, it logically follows that the production of mood-stabilizing hormones will also be out of balance. As you starve out and kill unwanted microbes, they may become more active in search of a food source which can lead to a temporary mood-imbalance. You may find yourself experiencing fear, anger, anxiety and depression. You may wonder “Why did I do this?” “Shouldn’t I be getting better, not worse?” “How do I make this stop now?” Know that all of these symptoms, physical and psychological, will subside. Do not listen to the voice in your head that is resisting the detox. Instead wait, observe, rest and do not give heed to the doubts that appear in your mind during this time.
Beyond starving out harmful microbes, the clay contains ingredients that are specifically designed to attract and kill non-beneficial microbes. New studies are finding the combination of aluminum and iron minerals within detoxing clays makes their matrix almost completely uninhabitable for unwanted microbes. In addition, the clay is consumed with organic apple juice, which means that the sugars in the juice attract and draw out microbes that consume sugar. The apple juice also has a highly alkaline pH and helps your body hydrate, maintain a pH balance, and further excrete waste broken down by the liver. As harmful microbes move towards the apple juice the clay binds to them with their negative ionic charge, kills them with the particular mineral content of the clay, and is then eliminated as the psyllium husk fiber passes this matrix through the digestive tract to be defecated.
Why do the gut reset?
Inflammation is a buzzword in wellness circles and is often depicted as a dark, evil parasite to be prevented or avoided at all the cost—the root of all disease. However, the reality is, inflammation is our friend and our body’s primary mode of defense. During a typical inflammatory response, a healthy immune system is triggered to heal cellular injury and remove a foreign invader from the body through increased blood flow, capillary dilation, and increased production of specific chemical signalers. The issue arises when this inflammation is chronic and persistent. If your body remains in a constant state of inflammation, your body can begin to attack itself resulting in damage to healthy cells, tissues, and organs.
Recent research is suggesting that low grade chronic inflammation is connected to imbalances in the microbiome, or microscopic bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even molds that reside in your small intestines. These microscopic friends outnumber your cells 10 to 1 and help your body in digestion, energy production, and ultimately maintaining the health of your immune system. Factors such as poor nutrition, stress, sedentary lifestyle, weight gain, and other detrimental lifestyle factors can throw off the health of your microbiome. But you can also inherit bacterial imbalance from your mother (when you are born, the birth canal and movement through the vagina actually implants you with your mother’s microbiome) and through the eating habits you formed as a child. You can also share microbiomes with your friends and partners throughout life (studies have found couples appear to share similar microbiotas through exchange of bodily fluids and similar lifestyle factors). Also, multiple rounds of antibiotic treatments without attention to the foods you consume afterwards, can lead to imbalances in the gut. This is not helped that the standard American diet tends to involve high sugar, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, dairy, and meat, with an absence of fermented foods and natural probiotics.
With all of these obstacles, it can take intention and work to reverse the affects of a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits, environmental factors unsupportive to wellbeing, or even inherited microbial imbalance. Part of the challenge is identifying the health of your microbiome in the first place. Typically, low grade chronic inflammation is quite subtle and can overlap with other medical conditions, making it difficult to diagnose. But if you find that you have repeated symptoms that cannot be diagnosed or resolved, it may be wise to examine your nutrition. Some common symptoms of imbalance in the gut includes GI upset, bloating, brain fog after eating, allergies, anxiety, acid reflux, occasional rashes or acne, sugar cravings, repeated colds, fatigue and difficulty digesting or defecating. Unfortunately, low grade chronic inflammation, if untreated, can escalate over time and has been linked to a number of diseases that affect every major system in the body including the health of your brain. Severe IBS, vomiting, diarrhea, severe digestive pain, blood in stools, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, compromised immune system, and even major mood disorders have all been linked to inflammation in the gut. New research is even finding certain autoimmune diseases such as asthma, arthritis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, Celiac Disease, and diabetes can be linked to imbalances of the microbiome.
Note: Before doing any cleanse, seek out the supervision and guidance of a registered dietitian or nutritionist if your symptoms are severe and negatively affect your daily life.
When approaching your microbiome health, understand that not all bacterial imbalances can be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist or physician. This is still a relatively new field of study in the context of modern medicine. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), IBS, and leaky gut are just a couple of the conditions linked to gut imbalance but are by no means the only ones that exist. Beyond diagnosis, if you do notice a collection of mysterious health conditions that never go away, you are constantly getting sick, or you struggle to have energy throughout the day, it is highly worth it to consider COMPLEX:ZERO gut reset as a tool to push your body towards equilibrium.
Our aim with this reset is to support you in getting at the root CAUSE of your health by balancing the foundation of all energy production through your gut. If everything operates in the system of CAUSE and EFFECT, then naturally you want to address the CAUSE in order to address all EFFECTS. Instead of healing symptoms or byproducts of an imbalance, COMPLEX:ZERO gut reset is intended to create wellbeing on the foundational level by focusing in on the health of your microbiome. This is getting at the way the body takes in and transfers energy to each biological system. If your gut is in balance, you are able to properly absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Your cells heal and regenerate rapidly. Your mind is fast, your mood regulated. You rarely get sick if it all. You fall asleep with ease, wake up refreshed, and maintain energy and motivation throughout the day. At its natural state, your body is a work of art, and the most advanced and intelligent technology on the planet. The goal of any detox is simply to give your body the time and space to return to its optimal state. COMPLEX:ZERO gut reset is a tool to help nourish your body and simultaneously eliminate disease-causing microbes. By incorporating elimination and reintegration of healthy foods and probiotics, you will successfully bring your body to ZERO, back to the beginning, and back to the intended state of health and wellbeing.