Jul 2, 2010

Colon Cleansing

Hi everybody! Today I would like to talk about colon cleansing and it's role in detoxification and maintaining good health. Regular bowel movements are a very important mechanism for removing toxins from the body. The colon stores a lot of waste material. When undigested food particles and toxins from the bowel bacteria stay in the colon too long, they can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Common manifestations of this toxic accumulation include: fatigue, low energy, general aches and pains, gas and bloating, weight gain, premature aging, mental confusion, depression, headaches, insomnia, irritability and allergic reactions such as hives, sneezing, and coughing.

If these toxins are allowed to stay in the body for long periods, it may contribute to the development of many serious conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid diseases, migraines, candidacies, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and colon-rectal cancer. There is some data that suggests that degenerative conditions of the joints, kidney, heart and immune suppression may result from an accumulation of these toxins. One reason for the toxic buildup is a lack of dietary fiber. The typical American consumes 10-15 grams of fiber a day, but we need 25-35 gram a day.

An effective cleansing calls for soluble and insoluble fiber, along with digestive enzymes and purifying herbs and an adequate amount of water to flush toxins out. Without water toxic load may stay in the body and cause constipation. Since the amount of capsules or tablets would be much more then the average patient would like to take, powdered fiber is recommended.

Psyllium Husk is considered an excellent colon and intestinal cleanser. It lubricates the intestinal walls and absorbs a lot of chemicals.

Flax Seed Meal is reach in soluble fiber and contains some insoluble fiber. The essential fatty acids in flax seed soften the stool. Flax seeds have anti-cancer properties and may prevent colon-rectal cancer.

Fennel seed counteracts herbs that may cause intestinal cramps. It relieves pain, gas and gastrointestinal cramps and supports liver, kidney and spleen function.

Licorice fights inflammation, as well as viral, bacterial, and parasitic infection.

Slippery Elm Bark helps neutralize stomach acidity and absorb gas. It also helps draw out toxins and sooths mucosal membranes.

Alfalfa detoxifies and alkalizes the entire body. It acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.

Peppermint leaf aids digestion, sooths the intestinal tract and helps to bring oxygen into the bloodstream.

Cellulose is an indigestible fiber found in the outer layer of fruits and vegetables. When used as a supplement it has the ability to remove cancer-causing substances from the intestinal walls.

Uva-Ursi has diuretic properties, and strengthens and tightens inflamed tissues.

Pectin is a naturally occurring substance that can be found in the cell walls of all fruits, mostly present in the peel of apples, plums, and citrus fruits. Pectin binds and removes any unwanted toxins and metals.

Papaya fruit is a digestive aid that helps to relieve heartburn, indigestion and inflammatory bowel disorders.

Prunes, (dried plums) are an excellent source of fiber. Prunes are rated at the top of the anti-oxidant fruits list or ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) test.

During colon cleansing patients should eat light food, drink a lot of water and rest. Patients should exercise regularly, mostly outside if possible and avoid overeating, especially fried and junk foods.

All these supplements can be found in any good all natural store, and at Whole Foods, just give it a try!

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