Do you have frequent constipation or bloating?
Are you regularly constipated?
Are you feeling sluggish and always tired?
You may want to detox your colon. The longer you let your waste sit in your colon, the more time the toxins have in harming your body.
Why is colon health so important?
Poor diet, inactive lifestyle, and frequent bowel problems can lead to colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
Before You Start a Detox Cleanse
If you’ve made up your mind in doing a colon cleanse, give your body that extra fighting chance by doing everything you possibly can in giving your body the upper hand.
This includes eliminating all toxins, chemicals, GMOs, MSG, sugar, refined/processed food, dairy, caffeine, fried foods, and saturated fats from your diet. Also, stop smoking and drinking at least a week before and after your cleanse.
Try to eliminate chemicals found in common household detergents and fabric sheets, cleaning products, shampoos, soaps, and air fresheners. Replace as many as you can with natural or DIY products.
If you’re going to invest in a gym membership, make sure that they offers classes such as yoga or Pilates. These types of meditative exercises stimulate your circulation, lymphatic system, and digestive system.
Best Foods for a Natural Colon Cleanse
The colon is also known as our large intestine. It is about 5-feet long and 3-inches in diameter.
The colon does more than just accumulate waste. It contains billions of “healthy bacteria” that are constantly fighting off invasive harmful bacteria.
You want to keep your colon healthy and moving because this is where a lot of the toxins gather before they are flushed out of your system.
If you are constantly bloated, lethargic, and have infrequent bowel movements, you may want to start thinking about eliminating your constipation, in addition to the detox.
Your body is designed to naturally detox and excrete toxins out of the body. But when the colon is not functioning properly, excess toxins can start to build up.
Taking a lot of vitamin C (especially lemons), cayenne pepper, sea salt, ginger, apples, filtered pure water, probiotics, and apple cider vinegar can give your colon the extra help it needs to rid of harmful toxins.
Ingredients for Colon Cleanses
- Cayenne Pepper
- Sea Salt
- Pure Filtered Water
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Check out the full benefits and explanations of these ingredients in Colon Cleanses & Detoxes.
1. Sea Salt Laxative
There are so many health benefits of sea salt. Just to name a few — sea salts have the ability to regulate water throughout your body, promote a healthy pH balance in your cells, absorb food particles through your intestinal tract, prevent muscle cramps, benefit vascular health, and manage blood pressure with regulated water and potassium intake.
Drink a sea salt laxative as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach. Drink everything within 5-minutes.
You should be going to the bathroom in about 30-minutes. Expect to go a few more times throughout the morning, so make sure you have a bathroom nearby. Drink this mix every morning, for 1-week, once a month.
- 2 teaspoons of freshly grounded sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
- 1 liter of warm filtered pure water (tap water contains toxins and heavy metals, which defeats the whole purpose of this detox)
- Add fresh lemon juice for added benefits, and to cut the taste
2. Lemon Juice
Lemons have antiseptic properties that have the power to fight off harmful bacteria. Lemon water is great at decreasing the amount of bad bacteria that lingers around in our colons.
Drink everyday, twice a day. The best times to drink lemon water are: the first thing in the morning and 2-hours before dinner.
- Squeeze the juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- 8-10 ounces of pure filtered water
3. Lemon Juice, Cayenne Pepper & Honey
Cayenne peppers are a spicy and pungent red pepper that has many proven health benefits.
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce appetite, increase energy, boost fat burning, lower cholesterol, and reduce the number of cancer cells. All of these actions are necessary for a health colon.
Drink this cayenne, lemon & honey concoction for 1-2 days, at least 6-12 times a day. Do not eat solid foods or sugar during the duration of this cleanse.
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of raw organic honey
- 1/5 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 10 ounces of water
This cleanse is a twist off of the Master Cleanse, but I don’t advocate doing this longer than 2 straight days. A few days of flushing your body is great, but it is not healthy to withhold essential vitamins, mineral, and calories from your body for longer than 2 days.
Your immune system also weakens from not eating over long periods of time. Also, the constant drinking of fluids flushes out your system of all your essential vitamins and minerals. All the good bacteria that protects our bodies from foreign invaders also get flushed out and does not getting replenished.
4. Ginger & Apple Smoothie
Ginger is one of the most commonly consumed condiments in the world. It has been used for over 5,000 years by the Indians and the Chinese for treating different ailments, due to its antiseptic properties.
Apples have numerous proven health benefits. This fruit contains high levels of antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals (cancer fighting).
Make sure to eat apples that are organic. Apples are part of the dirty dozen that must be eaten organic.
Drink a ginger & apple smoothie once a day.
- 1 tablespoon of freshly peeled ginger
- 1 medium sliced & seeded apple
- 1 cup of fresh spinach
- 1 medium carrot
- 8-10 ounces of pure filtered water
5. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Drink
Apple cider vinegar is great for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, and detoxing the body.
Drink an ACV mix, 3 times a day, for 1-week. It is best to drink this mix as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach. For maintenance purposes, continue drinking 1-2 times a day, everyday.
- 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey (add honey if the ACV taste is too strong for you)
- 8 ounces of pure filtered water
- a dash of ceylon cinnamon
- Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- Nature Nate’s Pure, Raw and Unfiltered Honey
- Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
Probiotics (good bacteria) is responsible for keeping harmful bacteria at bay, keeping stools soft and loose, and retaining moisture in the intestines for a healthy flow.
Just remember that when your poop lacks healthy bacteria, it turns into rock hard pebbles.
Make sure to take probiotic-containing foods all-year round. Naturally occurring foods can be found in: water or milk Kefir, kombucha, non-commercial unflavored yogurt, fermented foods, & sauerkraut.
Quality probiotic capsules can also be found at your local health food store or online.
There are many natural and safe ways to help detox your colon. Start off slow and let cleansing become part of your everyday routine. See how a cleaner body can change the way you feel and the way you think.