Colon Detox (Bowel Detox)

Next to the liver, a colon detox or bowel detox, is the most essential type of targeted detox for you to do. It is recommended that you detox all 5 organs of elimination to maintain optimal health. All 5 organs must work together to ensure that the toxins being released from your body do not get trapped in your body and just re-circulate and reabsorb back into your tissues. This is one of the main reasons why people get ill during detox programs.

Although elimination through your bowel is part of your normal daily detox, most people don’t eliminate often enough for it to be effective during a detox. At minimum, you want to ensure your bowels/colon are eliminating several times per day to release toxins.

The colon is the last part of the digestive system. It consists of four sections: the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon. The large intestine is mainly responsible for:

  • storing waste
  • reabsorbing / reclaiming water
  • maintaining the water / fluid balance
  • absorbing a few vitamins (not as many as the small intestine)
  • providing a location for bacteria to grow to aide fermentation of waste

Although common diseases of the colon such as: ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, diarrhea are related to abnormal function of the colon, a bowel detox can help prevent many other diseases that are secondarily caused an unhealthy colon. There are a number of detox benefits that can be achieved through doing a detox that targets the large intestines.

When these toxins can no longer be effectively eliminated through the colon, they can cause "autointoxication" (the poisoning of one's own system through un-eliminated toxins). This results in a wide variety of symptoms which may include aching joints, headaches, poor concentration, mood swings, PMS, lethargy, fatigue, etc. Many diseases may also be linked to autointoxication. See detox benefits for other symptoms indicating the need for a detox, as well as the benefits that you gain from doing a detox.

To maintain the best colon health, do a colon detox 3 -4 times per year. A bowel detox uses many of the same principles found in a general body detox. The principles and activities are listed below.

Guideline for Colon Detox

  1. Eating foods and taking dietary supplements containing generous amounts of fiber are especially important during a detox. Learn more about fiber and the importance of fiber in a colon detox. Take a look at one of the detox diets, like the 3 day detox if you would like to know more specifics about the best foods to eat during a detox.
  2. Drink plenty of water daily. To function optimally your body requires over two quarts (64 ounces) of water every day, in addition to water found in foods you eat.
  3. Sip your water evenly throughout the day. This allows the water to get into your tissues and prevents dehydration. Guzzling will keep you running to the bathroom all day.
  4. Drink room temperature water, not ice cold.
  5. Eat raw vegetables, salads and fruit daily to decrease the time it takes your food waste to go through your body.
  6. Include high fiber natural grains in the daily diet, such as rice, oats, barley, millet, and quinoa, which help soften stool and increase absorption of toxins into stool.
  7. Bentonite Powder is a natural clay that offers significant detoxification support. It tightly binds toxins in the intestines which are then eliminated from your body.
  8. Probiotics are important during a colon detox. Probiotics – are good bacteria that grow in the intestines (i.e. Lactobacillus acidophilus). Both good and bad bacteria are in competition for space in the intestines. Creating and maintaining a healthy population of beneficial bacteria is essential because harmful bacterial overgrowth can cause intestinal disease. Antibiotics tend to kill off both beneficial and harmful bacteria disturbing the normal, healthy balance of intestinal microorganisms. Probiotic and detoxifying supplements help establish a normal intestinal microflora.
  9. Aerobic exercise also helps to positively regulate bowel function.
  10. Limit dietary intake of highly processed foods, which tend to constipate and increase the body’s toxic load.
  11. Colonic hydrotherapy - Unlike the other organs of elimination (except the skin) your colon can be cleansed directly. Colonic hydrotherapy uses water to gently cleanse the colon. In the past, colonics have been called "high enemas." Colonics are used to cleanse the body of toxins that build up in the colon. Colonics themselves are not a cure for any disease, but they can aid the body's natural ability to heal itself by temporarily removing the overload on the system caused by the toxins.

For more information go to specific organ detox programs or detox diets.

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