The holidays are here, the drinks are flowing, and sweet treats and decadent meals are everywhere you look. And I know — a cleanse is probably the last thing on your mind! But as we end the year and move into a new one, it’s a chance for you to wipe the slate clean and establish healthy practices that will carry you through all of 2023.
The truth is that January will be here before we know it. Luckily, my HAPPY GUT® Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse is the perfect way to heal your gut, recharge your energy levels, shed a few pounds, and promote mental clarity. Keep reading to find out why January is the best time to do this cleanse, and how to make sure that you get the most out of the experience.
New Year, Clean Slate
If you’re like most people I know, you’ll spend the next couple of weeks getting cozy, ignoring fresh fruits and veggies, and indulging in more booze and bread than you probably want to admit. And here’s the thing: That’s okay! I’m a big fan of the holidays, and I’m a firm believer that allowing yourself some flexibility, freedom and indulgence during the holiday season is a good thing. Over-restricting can lead to all sorts of self-harming behaviors, like binging, extreme dieting, and guilt-ridden overeating.
That said, many of us enter January feeling a little bloated, sluggish, and with our favorite outfits feeling too tight for comfort. And yet, most don’t have a clear plan for how they’re going to get back on track and back to feeling like themselves. That’s the bad news. The good news is that January represents the perfect month to go dry and devote a few weeks to your health and wellness.
Why? Because people all around you are starting cleanses, new exercise routines, or meditation or self-care challenges. There’s a health-focused momentum pickup in January, which makes it easier for you to simply ride the wave of healthy choices and invest in your well-being. Investing in a cleanse in January to reboot your body after the celebrations and libations of the holiday season is the ideal way to break through the weight gain, fatigue, and bloat that often accompany the end of the year.
If you’re on the fence about starting a cleanse this January, this blog is here to show you that now is as good a time as any to choose one. And I’ll explain to you why the HAPPY GUT Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse is just the one you may have been hoping to stumble upon (and this time, guided by none other than me!). So whether you’re a pro cleanser or newbie, here are 4 reasons why NOW is the best month to cleanse:
4 Reasons Why January is the Best Month to Cleanse
The Holiday Ten
Most people gain about 5 to 10 pounds over the holidays, most of it between Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, thanks to the hot chocolates, cocktails, comfort foods, and dairy-rich meals and desserts. And while I do feel it’s important to enjoy the holidays fully and give yourself some leeway to eat foods you love, it’s equally important to recover properly as soon as the New Year hits so that you’re not packing on an extra 10 pounds year after year. That means join the community and order the 1st ever guided New Year’s HAPPY GUT® Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse now, and take some time to read through the plan, get familiar with the protocol, and know you’ll be supported throughout the way by a stellar team led by myself (Dr. Pedre—”America’s Gut Doctor”). This cleanse is the perfect way to shed those holiday pounds and reset your gut health, which may be struggling in a few weeks time.
The Post-Holiday Blues
Let me ask you a question: Do you ever notice that the holidays can be so filled with activity, comfort, and joy that as soon as January 1st hits, you start to feel lethargic or nostalgic. If you’ve experienced the post-holiday blues, you’re not alone. The beginning of the new year can be tough on our mental health. The excitement of the holidays are behind us and many of us realize we’re staring down the long, cold, sunlight-deprived winter months to come, which is a recipe for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, and depression. SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the darker winter season, for many due to lack of sunlight and a drop in vitamin D levels, otherwise known as the “winter blues.”
But here’s the good news: A cleanse can not only support your body’s detoxing abilities, it can also support your mental health.
Anxiety and depression have been connected to alterations in gut bacteria and poor diet choices, like too much sugar and alcohol consumption. The root cause of your symptoms may not solely be Seasonal Affective Disorder; it might actually be “Diet Affective Disorder” — in which the diet affects how you feel mentally and emotionally. If there’s one unexpected benefit of cleansing that my patients report over and over and over again, it’s that they feel lighter, happier, and calmer. The most important takeaway here is that a cleanse can be the perfect way to reboot your “blah” or down mood and turn that frown upside down, so you can focus on what’s important in your life.
Fueling New Year’s Goals
Many of us start January off with lofty goals for how we’re going to transform our lives, health, and bodies. Well, all these require one thing — and that’s energy. And, let’s face it… Without the proper body energy to pursue your dreams, you won’t get even halfway there.
Energy in body language means ATP — your body’s energy currency. If you want more energy, you need to make more ATP. And In order to make more ATP, you need healthy mitochondria. In order to have healthy, robust mitochondria, your body needs to be free of any toxic burden. That’s where a cleanse comes in.
A cleanse is a great way to boost your energy, because it rids your body of the gut irritants and toxins that rob your body of vitality and short-circuit the tiny energy factories inside each and every one of your cells — the mitochondria. When you cleanse, you remove the barriers to optimum function and fuel your body properly so you can accomplish everything you set out to do and more. (By the way, it’s not too late to set new year’s goals worth keeping!)
“The Cornerstone Effect”
If you’ve never heard of a cornerstone, it’s essentially what inaugurates the construction of any important structure. The cornerstone is the first stone laid down in a building foundation, and since all the other stones will be set in relation to this stone, it determines how the building will be constructed. In essence, it provides the impetus and motivation for building such a structure, and it is “the single most important part to any construction project that is to withstand the test of time.” That is why cornerstones are memorialized with a plaque. In the same way, the cornerstone of your health is your gut, and thus, fortifying your gut is what I call “The Cornerstone Effect.”
By strengthening your gut, you are laying the cornerstone upon which to build a solid foundation for your health and wellness. That is why it is so important to focus on gut health when doing any cleansing program. By starting with the gut, you can not only beat the bloat and put an end to an “irritated stomach,” but you can also balance your hormones, boost energy, improve mental clarity, uplift your mood, reduce allergies and asthma, resolve many skin rashes, and even reverse or slow down the progress of chronic, degenerative disease.
Cleansing is the way to fortify the cornerstone of your health — your gut — so you can build a solid foundation for your well-being.
Why Choose The HAPPY GUT® Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse
What TYPE of cleanse should you do?
As “America’s Gut Doctor,” I think you can see how passionate I feel about supporting the gut as the foundation to any cleanse program, so it should come as no surprise to you that my answer to this question is a gut-centered cleanse. Why? Because as I mentioned before, your gut health is the cornerstone of your entire wellness. So, when you do a cleanse that focuses on the gut, supporting all three pillars of detoxification (your liver, the gut, and the gut microbiome) you improve your health at its very core. When you heal the gut, it’s not just your digestion that improves — your energy levels, metabolism, body composition, mental health, productivity, and sleep will also improve.
Why even settle for cleanses that don’t address and support the cornerstone of your health—your gut?
The HAPPY GUT® Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse is designed to reduce gut irritants and introduces a ton of healthy supernutrients — like L-glutamine, probiotics, and digestive enzymes — that help reboot your gut, the cornerstone of your health, so that you can hit the ground running in 2023. I designed this cleanse using the Happy Gut® ‘Blueprint’ — the very same blueprint I used to heal my gut and reboot my health after over two decades of battling with irritable bowel, fatigue, and mental fog —Thousands of people who have read my book, Happy Gut®, have successfully followed this very blueprint for healing the body from the inside out. Now it’s your turn!