Colon cleansing is an invaluable practice of detoxifying the colon. Humans have been doing this for thousands of years, and the ancient Greeks are among the first peoples to develop it into a medical procedure. There is a myriad of health benefits to colon cleansing, among them are toning the digestive system, increasing energy levels and promoting the well-being of the whole body.
Keeping the intestinal environment clean is key for health on all levels. It plays a part in many of the body’s processes, such as the immune system, the nervous system and, of course, digestion.
Constipation, fatigue, poor concentration, frequent sickness, pale skin with dark spots, oily skin, acne, bad breath, sour body odor and a tongue with a thick white coat are all signs that the colon needs some attention.
The easiest way of takings a cleanse is by taking herbs and supplements. Only in urgent cases should a cleanse be administered rectally. Gentle colon cleansing supplements are ideal in most cases since they are less invasive. They work by sweeping the walls of the colon and stimulating it to expel the toxins that have built up.
Since the regularity of the colon is a continuous cycle of nutrient absorption and waste disposal, a lot of things come and go. Ideally, the colon is home to around 2 to 3 pounds of friendly intestinal bacteria. These symbiotic allies do their part to break down nutrients on a microscopic level so that the colon can take care of the rest. If the bacteria are not present, optimal digestion is not possible.
Usually, the colon is capable of taking care of itself. However, sometimes supplementation is necessary to initiate, complement and complete the process of waste elimination and detoxifying in some conditions.
They also help to balance the pH of the colon and create a suitable ecosystem for friendly bacterial flora. These conditions are caused by dietary and lifestyle habits, such as a lack of fiber and being too sedentary.
Even the way that we sit for the “daily constitutional” is not optimal for the complete elimination of waste. Before the invention of the modern toilet, the regular and most efficient position for elimination was to sit where the knees were close to the chest. Today, there is a good chance that even a fully functioning colon will hold a small amount of waste.
Diet and supplementation provide the only tools that the colon has to work with. The intestines require the right amount of fiber and probiotics to stay regular. When this is not part of a consistent diet, the colon collects undigested food particles that end up sticking to the walls of the intestines.
Over time, this builds up into a toxic sludge. At the same time, other more harmful bacterias and yeasts establish themselves in the colon.
When the walls of the colon are caked with excess sludge, toxins are constantly absorbed into the bloodstream, which causes a slew of problems. To start with, the colon cannot properly absorb all the available nutrients. Malnutrition occurs, which is the cause of fatigue, low energy, and poor concentration.
Also, the pH of the intestines becomes off-balanced, and when toxins enter the bloodstream, this contributes to an acidic pH in the blood. This can actually be the cause of some types of arthritis, where excess uric acid and ammonia from the colon get built up around the joints.
Directly entwined with this is the role of the bacterial flora. If the flora is unbalanced, parasitic bacterial and yeast overgrowths occur.
Candida is a common yeast overgrowth many people are plagued with, usually unknowingly, and it is encouraged by a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, and soda.
This yeast causes constant fatigue, poor digestion, constipation and brain fog.
A colon cleanse has the added benefits of promoting mental clarity, increasing libido, boosting immune function, helping with weight loss and even preventing colon cancer. This is a great way to kick start some healthy habits.
Eat a good diet with plenty of fiber “roughage” to help keep the colon nice and swept out. Also, simply moving more and exercising can help stimulate the colon into action.
When taking supplements, remember to stay hydrated. Supplements often have a laxative effect, and a significant amount of fluids will be lost during a cleanse. Be sure to balance electrolytes with a solution made with water, a little salt and a lemon or lime. It is exceptionally important to consume plenty of probiotics as well, like cultured yogurt, kefir or kombucha.