WHAT IS COLON CLEANSING?
Colon cleansing is not a new idea. As far back as ancient Greece, enemas were recommended for most illnesses. Although they didn’t work for everything, they worked for enough things to keep on being used for thousands of years. When you stop to consider that some medical experts estimate that people have between 5 to 15 pounds of fecal matter lining their intestinal walls, you can see it becomes necessary to know how to cleanse your colon.
What You Should Know About Colon Cleansing
There is an old Chinese saying that death begins in the colon. That’s because they understood something that we’ve seemed to have forgotten in the modern age. Responsibility for storing and excreting waste is the exclusive territory of the colon. However, with our modern stressful lifestyle of poor diet, little exercise, and highly toxic environment, natural bowel movements can sometimes seem like the stuff fiction is made of.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to restore your natural bowel movements, even without going to a doctor. These types of ways are known as colon cleansers or more specifically natural colon cleansing products.
So now we’ll take a look at some modern colon cleansers.
TYPES OF COLON CLEANSING.
Enemas are one of the oldest types of colon cleansers. Essentially, an enema can purge waste from the lowest parts of the colon, the parts you can reach. This is a remedy you can use at home, and is available in every major drugstore. However, it’s not as efficient as a professional application….
Colonic hydrotherapy is a fairly new practice in comparison to some of the other methods. However, a colonic hydrotherapy should be done by a licensed practitioner. This method uses a disposable tube that goes up the rectum, irrigating it with filtered water. This not only helps loosen the fecal matter stuck to the side, it can often help impacted bowels.
Oxygen-based colon cleanse products are most often in capsule form. Most bacteria cannot survive an abundance of oxygen, and these types of cells create an oxygen-rich environment, which causes most types of bad bacteria and microscopic parasites to die. Additionally, the oxygen helps remove the built-up fecal matter.
Herbal supplements are the most common type of colon cleansing products. The supplements, often sold as ‘colon detox’ or ‘digestive health’ programs combine the characteristics of several herbs to do something together that a single herb cannot do alone.
Oftentimes, herbal supplement detox programs will include things like probiotics, antiparasitic capsules, as well as other formulas designed to break up the fecal matter lining your intestinal walls. Additionally, these colon cleansing products can encourage natural bowel movements that last long after the detox is over.
SYMPTOMS YOU NEED A COLON CLEANSING
There are many reasons to use a colon cleanse. Most often, people who are suffering from constipation, frequent diarrhea, gas or abdominal pain are the ones most likely to use a colon cleanser. This is a clear digestive problem and one that most bowel cleansers can handle.
However even if you think your digestion is fine, you still might be able to benefit from a colon cleanse. In addition to the obvious digestive problems, there are other, less obvious problems that can also be caused by an overburdened colon.
A weakened immune system is one of the most prevalent symptoms of needing a colon cleanse. If you have frequent infections, especially in the bladder, kidney, urinary tract, or frequent ear infections, you might have an overtaxed colon. After all, if your body is spending all its time fighting toxins within, it can’t handle any toxins from the outside.
Acne, rashes, and dermatitis are other symptoms that can often be cleared up with a colon cleanse. Your skin is your biggest filtering organ. When your liver, kidneys, and colon can do their job right, they send these toxins to the skin, where they erupt as skin conditions.
Frequent yeast infections, either in the vaginal areas, under your arms, breasts or in your mouth indicate the presence of a type of fungal infection known as Candida. If left untreated, candida can find its way into your bloodstream where it causes even more damage. It can lead to an overall feeling of being tired, in pain, or hung-over, (even if you had nothing to drink).
These are just a few of the symptoms that can be cleared up with a colon cleanse. It’s important to know that constipation is not part of a natural bowel movement. If you’re constipated on a semi-regular basis, then you definitely need to take action. Frequent constipation has also been identified as one of the causes of colon cancer.
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How to End Constipation?
Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.
Constipation is a big problem in the western world.
According to the medical community, constipation is defined as having 1 bowel movement every 2 to 3 days. But as holistic health care professionals, we know that’s absolute nonsense!
For optimal health, you should be passing 2-3 bowel movements each day! Anything less is considered constipation. If you’ve ever had a colon cleanse, good for you. If not, you need to read the following important information regarding constipation and colon health.
What Causes Constipation?
Constipation is usually a result of years of abusing your digestive system through poor food choices and not listening to your body. Chronic intake of foods that irritate your digestive and intestinal system eventually causes them to function at a sub-optimal level. For instance, non-foods like coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, and other processed foods stress your colon and digestive system and eventually hinder their function.
For optimal colon health, the goal should be to remove these irritating foods and provide your system with nutrients that will allow it to heal and function as it should.
Being constipated can also come about by resisting the urge to do your “business”. At a very young, we simply went when we needed to go – no problem except for the clean-up our parents were subjected to. But as we age, we tend to suppress our body’s natural urge to defecate. Whether it be class or work schedules or travel commitments, we’ve started to ignore our body’s many cries to head to the toilet.
In the end, we have instructed our body that we will have a bowel movement (or at least try to) on our terms, when we’re willing and ready. However, it isn’t that simple because your body knows when it needs to go. Passing a bowel movement is not a logical decision, it is a primal need your body is destined to satisfy.
So it is our fault, our lifestyle, and our poor dietary choices that has led to being constipated.
Why is Constipation Dangerous?
This could quickly turn into a very lengthy discussion but we’ll give you the essentials. The problem with being constipated is that your body’s waste does not get to its final destination – the toilet.
Rather, it sits in your colon, putrefying and expelling more toxins back into your body. This is called autointoxication and is a serious health concern if it persists over time.
Think about it. If you were to let garbage pile up in your home for weeks, months, or years can you imagine the type of disgusting and toxic environment you’d be creating?
Well, the same thing happens in your body if your “garbage” is not regularly removed.
Over time, these endogenous toxins will be stored in your fat tissue which includes your fat cells, brain, and nervous tissue. It’s no wonder there’s a considerable correlation between constipation, autointoxication, and degenerative diseases!
Natural Constipation Remedies
The first thing is to listen to your body. If you need to go, then go!
Second, remove the irritating foods that we spoke about above.
Third, drink plenty of water. Constipation can also be a result of being dehydrated. Provide your body with more water and it will assist your waste removal.
Fourth, eat more fiber. The goal (from an overall health perspective) is to hit 35 grams of fiber per day. But really, are you going to count? Probably not. Therefore, simply by eating more whole foods or even following a raw food diet will greatly assist you.
The goal is to get both soluble and insoluble fiber. Ground flaxseeds are a great source of balanced fiber and a terrific source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Fifth, getting more essential fatty acids (omega-3s) will provide the lubrication required to allow your colon to pass along the waste smoothly and effortlessly. If you strain to pass a movement, that’s a good indication you could use some more lubrication.
Finally, you need to follow a detox diet that will cleanse your body. If you’ve been constipated for some time, then you need to face facts and realize that your body is a toxic feeding ground! The only way to better your health and prevent future problems is to get the waste out of your body through regular bowel movements and other means that will detoxify your body.
You don’t have to be a prisoner to constipation any longer. Allow us to show you the light…
Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse – a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit www.TotalWellnessCleanse.com.