One of the strongly encouraged things to do on the Pathogen Purge step (on the Gut Thrive in 5 Program) is to do a 4 day bone broth fast. It was encouraged to do this at the beginning of the Pathogen Purge as a way to get a head start to starve the bacteria in the gut. Let’s look at the key point benefits of bone broth:
- Heals leaky gut
- Overcomes food intolerances and allergies
- improves joint health
- Reduces cellulite
- Boosts the immune system
How fantastic does this sound? But it was going to be tough eating minimal food for 4 days. Needless to say, I waited to do this, and kept putting it off. I didn’t want to do it while at work, then I didn’t want to do it when on the weekend we went to Six Flags either. I ended up doing it at the very end, like a procrastinator would and worked 3 out of 4 days anyway. I just decided, it was never going to the right time. Since I have Hashimoto’s, I am tired all the time, and since starting the program I have come to experience hypoglycemic symptoms that I had not had before including anxiety and increasing headache when I went too long without eating. Because of this, I decided to do the modified version. I also have been checked, and do not have diabetes, so this was an odd observation for me, but valid nonetheless. Per the program, I had 3 options. All of the options consist of 48 ounces of broth a day. I ordered the broth from The Brothery and had purchased 6 bags for this program, at 24 ounces each. You can easily make your own, but I chose convenience so convenience will cost more. It really took the stress out for me and that is worth so much to me right now. I purchased a combo of beef and chicken. Honestly, the beef was not so good to drink as the chicken was. I would buy all chicken next time if I did this again. There is also Pete’s Paleo however there are many more broth providers that deliver and I encourage you to find one you like. I just found out there is a new low FODMAP bone broth maker called Gut RX Gurus and if I would have heard of them before, I would have ordered from them instead. Considering I am positive for SIBO, it would have been a more perfect choice. I don’t think it makes a huge difference, however if you know you have SIBO, why not go low FODMAP on the broth right? Low FODMAP in a nutshell for this article’s purpose just refers to carbs that do not aggravate SIBO. You can always make it yourself too. The key is simmering the bones for a long time (anywhere from 8 hours to 24 hours) with vinegar to extract the collagen, so make sure you are searching for a true bone broth recipe.
The first option consisted of a pure bone broth fast. You would have 12 ounces of broth for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You would add a tablespoon of collagen for extra protein, a pinch of sea salt for the adrenals, and 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. I could not use the microwave either, it had to be heated on the stove. I took a thermos to work to avoid using the microwave. Make sure to pour very hot water in the thermos for 5 minutes before throwing out the water and pouring your hot broth in it. This will keep it hotter longer. In between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, my snack would include a green juice. Only green juices with no fruit in it is allowed. Dinner was 1 tsp of ghee added to the broth, instead of coconut oil, plus 1 cup of berries.
The modified version has more food in it as well as the bone broth for people with hypothyroidism, or adrenal fatigue. I would add in anyone with hypoglycemia would probably fit here too. This was the one I chose to do. You do everything the original version says to do, with a modification to have the berries in the morning. For breakfast you can steamed greens and 2 poached eggs or 4 oz turkey sausage and 1 cup of berries. I had Aidell’s chicken and apple sausage and 1 cup of raspberries which I bought from Costco some mornings. Some days I had steamed kale and the eggs. 2 cups of steamed collard greens or kale is a lot of chewing. I did not enjoy that so much. For lunch you can add 4 ounces of baked, broiled, or steamed fish and 2 cups of steamed mixed veggies legal for your Plan. (no illegal veggies here for me). Here I had no time for cooking, so for 2 days I ate a can of tuna with some lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper as my fish. Simple! Dinner consisted of 4 ounces of lean protein and 2 cups of steamed non starchy veggies. I mostly had chicken breast for dinner, and either collard greens/spinach/ or carrots. Sometimes I cooked the carrots in a little grass-fed butter and omitted it from the broth. For the green juice, I purchased Greens 1.5 from the Pressed Juicery. If there is an organic greens juice you can find bottled, without any fruit, I would recommend that first. I tried and liked the taste of Greens 1.5, and did not know of any local organic bottled pressed juices until later. Urban Remedy was brought up by a friend that it was the same concept as Pressed Juicery, but they were organic. I have yet to try their juice, but I plan to visit sometime. Extra bonus for those who have a Pressed Juicery near them. They make fabulous vegan fruit and almond milk soft serves made with dates for sweetness and it looks like frozen yogurt. You can even put fresh toppings on it. Check that out if you get a chance to visit one. My daughter loves the fruit soft serve and she gets chocolate chips on it, and I loved the chocolate almond soft serve.
The last and third option is for vegans/vegetarians and those with a known histamine/glutamine intolerance. Bone broth is high in histamine/glutamine which is why is someone knows they are sensitive to that, it would not be recommended to drink bone broth. This option consists of young green coconut gel and meat, Bieler’s broth, vegetable broth, and green juice without fruit. Fresh, young, green, organic coconut water/gel comes from an immature coconut. A sample day would look like 12-24 ounces of vegetable broth for breakfast lunch and dinner. Add a pinch of sea salt, a touch of coconut oil or ghee, and a young green coconut gel to breakfast and lunch only. Same thing applies here for snacks; drink your green juice!
Everyday I drank 1 gallon of filtered water. I was used to drinking 1/2 a gallon, but considering I was somewhat hungrier, I increased the intake for not only to quell the hunger but also to enhance the detox. Since I worked as well, I found myself to be getting extremely hungry 2 out of the 4 days when my break did not happen on time but more than an hour later and I found myself with a headache that began to increase in intensity. It was becoming hard to concentrate, and I was feeling shaky, and somewhat irritable. After finally eating “dinner” of greens, protein, and broth, the headache remained. Luckily, a coworker had shared some oranges from her trees with me, and I dug into one ravenously. In about 45 minutes my headache began to finally subside. I am so grateful that I had that orange, since my body was telling me it was not happy. There was plenty of chocolate circulating that day and I was sincerely hoping I would not have to give in, to relieve these symptoms. I would of regretted it. I am not sure how others have fared on a modified fast like this, but I would imagine if you did not have to work it might be easier. I would suggest if you were planning on it and had to work, to just go with the modified version and have an extra fruit with you, in case you feel those kinds of low blood sugar symptoms.
I felt calm, accomplished, and clear-headed when the fast was over. I think taking the pathogen purging supplements was a great compliment to the fast and I felt like I was doing all of it with great purpose. I lost about 5 pounds, which is about all of the weight I’ve lost being on this program and it’s been 5 weeks. I’m not sure how it’s possible I would still have weight loss resistance, but I am not stressing. My focus is on healing and maximizing that healing every way I can.