Colon Detoxification

The Colon’s Role in Natural Detoxification

The colon is the last part of the digestive system and an important detoxification organ in the body.  A healthy colon detoxifies the body by extracting water and salt from solid wastes and effectively expelling these waste material and toxins from the body.  A healthy individual should experience 1-2 bowel movements a day, but in the case of constipation, the waste stays around in our colon for an extended period of time, allowing more time for the toxins to re-enter our bloodstream through the cell lining in our intestine.

Why We Need to Detox the Colon

So where does colon detox come in? Over time, unhealthy eating habits, drug (even prescription) and alchohol will detract from the functions of the colon.  Many people now develop colon illnesses such as constipation, Crohn’s Disease and to an extreme: colon cancer.  All off these diseases prevent waste from properly exiting our body and allows poisons and toxins to be absorbed into our body through the cell-lining of the colon.

This is where colon detox comes into play.  The goal of an effective colon detox is to enhance the function of colon in the immediate term with a flush, usually in the form of an enema.  Once normal bowel movement is established, the program will continue supporting the colon with a specified diet, usually high in plant fiber, to support healthy bowel movement.  Most colon detox programs will support the diet with additional herbs that traditionally support and strengthen the colon and digestive system.

What to Eat During a Colon Cleanse

Increasing fiber is the single most important aspect of any colon detox.  Fiber help with a wide range of gastrointestinal problems, including constipation, diverticular disease, and colorectal cancer.  The typical American consumes 10-15 grams a day, but you need closer to 20-35 grams.  Add sources of both insoluble fiber, such as cereal and whole grains, and soluble fiber, such as bran, fruit, vegetables, and oatmeal.

Also, drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol and tobacco and red meat.  Consumption of animal protein is also shown in scientific studies to be linked directly with increased constipation so we recommend avoiding or limiting meat during the colon detoxification process.