In the last several posts, we have discussed:
- “What is a Detox?” https://veronicashealthyliving.com/detox-what-is-it/
- “Why Should You Detox?”https://veronicashealthyliving.com/why-should-you-detox/
- “Four Categories of Detoxes and Cleanses” https://veronicashealthyliving.com/kinds-of-detoxes-and-cleanses/
- 1st Type of Cleanse – Liquid Detox or Juice Cleanse” https://veronicashealthyliving.com/1st-type-of-deto…or-juice-fasting/
- “2nd Type of Cleanse – Liver Detox” https://veronicashealthyliving.com/2nd-type-of-detox-liver-cleanse/
I also gave you several recipes to get your body ready for a detox:
The purpose of today’s post is give you a brief summary and review of a colon cleanse, the third category of detoxes in our Detox Series. I, by no means, claim to be an expert in the area of detox and colon cleanses, but for now will give you an overview of the colon cleanse.
The purpose of today’s post is give you a brief summary and review of a colon cleanse, the third category of detoxes in our Detox Series. I, by no means, claim to be an expert in the area of detox and colon cleanses, but for now want to give you an overview of the colon cleanse.
A colon cleanse is intended to encourage elimination and clear the body of excess waste and toxins. The goal of a colon cleanse is to penetrate and loosen hardened stool, with the use of supplements and water so it can be passed more easily. Many people suffer from constipation for various reasons, like poor diet, lack of fiber, allergies, food sensitivities, poor gut health, exposure to pesticides, chemicals, and more.
Not everyone suffers from constipation, or feels the need to do a colon cleanse. However, most people can benefit from a colon cleanse a couple times a year. As bowel movements become less frequent and difficult to pass, the colon can become impacted with hardened stool against the colon walls making it impossible for waste and toxins to pass through. The ultimate goal is to help the digestive organs do their job properly and in the process support and nourish the other organs.
Some suggested ways to do a colon cleanse
• Water flush
• Saltwater flush
• High-fiber foods
• Resistant starches – similar to fiber and found in potatoes, rice, legumes, green bananas, and
• Potato diet
• Supplements geared toward elimination with lots of water
If you are uncomfortable with any of the above, then know that you can effectively flush the colon just by eating fresh fruits, juice fasting or performing a salt water flush or enema. I recommend that you check with your doctor before performing any of the above cleanses at home.
If you are trying to flush your colon because of constipation, one of the best and safest methods is eliminate harmful substances in your diet and to increase your fiber intake. Even taking a fiber tablet can be safer than other methods, if there is a concern. The typical person consumes only 15 grams of fiber a day; but to be healthy, one needs to have 25 to 40 grams minimum. This amount keeps you regular, and staves off a wide range of diseases, such as colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, and gastrointestinal problems. Fiber is found in fresh whole fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Foods to Eat for a Colon Cleanse
Any whole food high fiber is a good choice to have on a colon cleanse. Remember, the purpose is to encourage elimination, so whole foods, especially fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds are excellent choices.
Here a few of the top food choices:
dark leafy greens
chia and flax seeds
aloe Vera gel and juice
apples and apple cider vinegar
A great recipe to have while on a Colon Cleanse is my Mango Chia Seed Pudding! Go here for the recipe: https://veronicashealthyliving.com/mango-chia-seed-pudding/
Concerned you may be toxic? Do you need a detox? Go here to take the Are You Toxic? Quiz