Flush away digestive issues and health problems by knowing how to clean your colon in 3 practical and natural ways.
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Cleaning Your Colon and Removing Toxic Waste
The Solution to Digestive Issues and Other Health Problems
With the onslaught of foods we subject our body to, it’s no surprise many people suffer from digestive issues, chronic constipation, and out-of-whack gut flora. They even increase our risk of serious bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and colon cancer.
Naturally, we seek out quick fixes to remedy these issues.
There are a ton of pills, tonics, colonics, and all kinds of products out there advertising they’re the best product for cleansing the colon and ridding the body of toxins and all kinds of other nasty things. Others may even go to extremes and suggest the use of an enema bag.
Most of those products are expensive, ineffective, or just plain unnecessary.
Colonics Definition: Also called colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy, it is the process of cleaning colon or the intestinal tract by infusing water into the rectum using a colon cleanser.
When you cleanse one thing, you cleanse everything inside your body. If your objective is to get your gastrointestinal tract or at least your colon clean, the answer is not a pill, supplement, stimulant, or herb that will make you go to the bathroom often.
It may even not be a complex step such as an enema.
The solution is correcting and healing your digestive system and giving it the nutrients it needs to function more efficiently. If you suffer from constipation, want to lose weight, or just feel like you’re hanging on to excess toxins and wastes (which most people are), there are three completely natural ways on how to clean your colon safely and effectively.
1. Fire Up the Fiber to Rid the Body of Toxins
The first thing I suggest is to increase your soluble and insoluble fiber intake.
Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
You can add it to your smoothies, breakfast cereals, yogurt, and other recipes.
Natural fiber from plants is indigestible. It passes through the digestive tract and absorbs toxins and chemicals, preventing problems such as constipation and enhancing the role of beneficial bacteria in metabolism and cleaning colon.
Aim for about 30 or 35 grams a day to keep the colon clean.
Another tasty way to do this is to eat a ton of fruits and vegetables.
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2. Drink Up for Improved Digestion
Now, you have all that fiber going into your system, and it has accumulated all this bulk in your stool. You now need plenty of water to move it out of your body.
Otherwise, you’ll end up feeling constipated or bloated with fecal matter in your system.
A simple rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds by half. The result is the number of fluid ounces of water you need to drink each day.
That’s a minimum, though, when cleaning the colon.
So, if you weigh 160 pounds, you need to drink a minimum of 80 fluid oz of water daily. You should get a great deal of that from drinking water.
If you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, the water they contain goes toward this total, too.
What doesn’t count are coffee, tea, soda, or commercial fruit juices. They are more of sugar and caffeine than water.
Many people say they dislike drinking water, and for some, that may be true. What is normally truer is they prefer drinking something else. The fact is, though, pure water is what you need.
If you’re really attached to your iced tea and coffee, try to cut back and take in extra water to make up for the dehydrating effect caffeine has.
3. Increase Omega-3 Intake to Reduce Inflammation
The third thing to do is to increase your intake of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital because they’re incredibly powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
Inflammation is blamed as the culprit in many serious conditions, including heart disease and colorectal cancer. Acidic inflammation in the body is especially harmful, so you want to do things other than taking pain relievers, which increases the acidity in the body.
Taking several doses of fish oil per day will help reduce inflammation in the body and also help cleanse your colon by lubricating your intestinal system.
Eat more fruits and vegetables, drink water ounces half your body weight, and take maybe two to three tablespoons of omega-3 fatty acids, whether it’s flax oil or fish oil. The combination will make a huge difference in your digestion and mood.
These foods are so much safer. cost-effective, and healthier for you than those colon cleansing products you see in ads.
What foods do you eat to get better for better digestion? Share them with us in the comments below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 26, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.