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
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 /
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Drink room
temperature water, not ice cold.
- Eat raw vegetables,
salads and fruit daily to decrease the time it takes your food
waste to go through your body.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Aerobic exercise also
helps to positively regulate bowel function.
- Limit dietary intake
of highly processed foods, which tend to constipate and increase the
body’s toxic load.
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
For more information go to specific organ detox
programs or detox diets.
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