After a hearty meal, little do we think about how our body will deal with the overload of spice, oil and other ingredients. The colon being a vital part of our human digestive system plays a critical role in extracting both water and salt from solid wastes before it is excreted. This also helps in maintaining the stool consistency. However, at times due to unhealthy eating habits, the colon gets lethargic at its job which leads to toxin build-up on the inner walls. As a result, you suffer from unexplained and sudden bouts of headache, vomiting, low energy levels and even bloating.
If left unattended, these simple symptoms of an ailing colon can complicate and progress into more serious ailments such as heart diseases, asthma and liver failure. So what do you do? Simple; cleanse your colon periodically and it will keep ticking like that old grandfather’s clock in your study.
Methods of Colon Cleansing:
The whole idea behind colon cleansing is to help the colon expel its contents. There are two main colon cleansing methods.These two methods are:
- Buying colon cleansing products
- Visiting a practitioner and getting a colon irrigation done
Sometimes, you take the colon cleansing supplements by mouth and others you take through the rectum. Some common colon cleansing products include:
- Laxatives – both stimulant and non-stimulant types
- Herbal Teas
While the market is flooded with both expensive and inexpensive over-the-counter colon cleansing products, the world is turning towards natural remedies. Here are a few handpicked home remedies for colon cleansing naturally.
Top 10 Home Remedies For Colon Cleansing:
You can always get a colon irrigation done by a therapist. But how many times can you go to a therapist and get a colon cleansing or irrigation done? If you are experiencing mild problems of digestion and want a colon cleansing, you can always do it at home. These methods are inexpensive and really simple. So try out these at home next time when you need a colon cleansing.
1. Apple Juice:
Who can refuse a glass of chilled apple juice, especially if given as a medication? This sweet juice encourages bowel movements and improves the health of both the liver and digestive system. It also breaks down the toxins in the digestive tract. Wake up in the morning and do not turn on your coffee maker. Instead, drink a large glass of unfiltered apple juice and follow it up with a glass of water half an hour after the juice. Regular intake of freshly filtered apple juice throughout the day is the best way to cleanse your colon. Do this once a week and abstain from eating any solids that day. If drinking apple juice all day long seems a tad bit boring, alternate it with prune juice.
You can also eat apples throughout the day instead of apple juice to cleanse your colon and lose weight. Apples contain fiber, which adds bulk to the waste materials that travels through your colon. This bulk helps the body to turn waste materials into well-formed stools.
Your dinner should comprise at least 50% green vegetables while you are on the apple cleanse. The green vegetables will provide good calories to your body and prevent you from experiencing unpleasant side effects like fatigue while you do the apple cleanse. You can have some steamed broccoli, kale, spinach, green peas and asparagus with wild salmon, quinoa or steamed brown rice.
[Read: Benefits of Apple Juice]
A cup of yogurt a day is a great way to keep your colon and digestive system in good health. Yogurt rich in live culture will nourish your body with probiotics and good bacteria and, help in ridding the body of bad bacteria. Also yogurt is rich in calcium and discourages the growth of cells in the lining of the colon. Spruce up your cup of yogurt by adding apples, cherries and bananas to it. It will be yummy to taste and it will also cleanse your colon. Moreover, it will make you less susceptible to stomach disorders like flatulence and indigestion.
3. Fiber Food:
Bring on the fiber! The more you eat fiber, the better your digestion will be. Consuming plenty of fiber means you are helping your body in eliminating toxins and cleansing the colon. If oats is not something you enjoy, include fruits such as raspberry and pears in your diet. They are no less than a treat and rich in fiber as well. Peas, broccoli and artichokes are also rich in fiber and ward away indigestion. Cereals, yes your daily morning breakfast is rich in fiber too. Add nuts to it to make it more interesting.
4. Raw Vegetable Juice:
Yes, it’s uninteresting but surely beneficial to your general health. Gulping down glassfuls of raw vegetable juice is the way to go for a clean colon. The juice will give the body enough lubrication needed to flush out the harmful toxins from the body naturally. The more you drink these juices, the cleaner your colon will be.
[Read: Benefits of Lemon Juice for Health ]
5. Lemon Juice:
Aaah, an appetizing remedy, certainly welcomed by many, lemon juice can stimulate the natural peristaltic action and get your colon in shape in a jiffy. Lemon is a natural antioxidant replete withvitamin C that is like an elixir to your digestive system. Mix the juice of a medium sized lemon, a pinch of sea salt and some honey in lukewarm water. Drink the mixture on an empty stomach, the first thing after you wake up. Through the course of the day, stick to apple juice with a streak of lemon and drink this as frequently as you can. This diet followed for one day a month will thin out the mucus in your bowels and cleanse your colon.
Watch This Video – Lemon Juice For Colon Cleansing:-
6. Sea Salt:
You may not enjoy drinking salt water, but this remedy is one of the most effective colon cleansing home remedies. Add a whole teaspoon of sea salt to warm water and drink it up on an empty stomach. Then, lie down and massage your colon gently. This will stimulate your bowel movement and cleanse your colon. It will also eliminate harmful toxins, parasites and bacteria from your digestive tract. Make sure you consume plenty of water through the day, as the salt solution can trigger diarrhea.
Ginger is yet another natural ingredient to cleanse your colon. It may sting a little but a few pieces of ginger can cleanse and stimulate your colon. Consume ginger in slices, mashed or in the form of a paste for cleansing your colon and removing toxins from the body. Mix some honey and water with mashed ginger and consume it thrice a day. Alternatively, make a few cups of herbal tea with freshly grated ginger for effective colon cleansing.
[Read: Benefits of Ginger for Health]
Just chilled plain water or water at room temperature can do the trick. Drinking about 10-12 liters of water will stimulate the peristaltic action and get your colon functioning normally again. They also lubricate your body and aid digestion. This is the simplest home remedy for colon cleansing.
9. Flax Seeds:
A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds are used globally to cleanse the colon in the most natural and effective way. Rich in fiber, flax seeds will absorb water and help in expanding your colon while flushing out the toxins and mucus from the inner walls of the colon. Add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to warm water and drink the concoction before breakfast and an hour before you hit the bed, this will help to cleanse the colon. You can also add a tablespoon of flaxseeds to your cup of yogurt or to your salad.
10. Aloe Vera:
Aloe has detoxifying properties and works as an effective cleanser with no side effects. The juice of aloe vera improves colon health and also treats ailments such as diarrhea or even constipation. You will also get instant relief from a bloated feeling. Extract the juice of aloe from the leaves of the plant. Add to this some lemon juice, blend well and refrigerate. Drink this juice with a dash of honey several times in a day.
[Read: Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice]
How to Prepare Homemade Colon Cleanses:
Here are two recipes to prepare your own home made colon cleanse. You can find the ingredients easily in your pantry.
1. Cayenne Pepper-Lemon Cleanse:
Here is the method to prepare the cayenne pepper-lemon cleanse
- Pour half teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a 10 ounce glass.
- Add 4 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Fill the glass with warm water and stir thoroughly.
- If you want you can add half teaspoon of organic maple syrup to sweeten the mixture.
The cayenne pepper helps to break down the mucus in your colon and the lime juice helps to eliminate the toxins. If you don’t like the taste of the warm mixture, let the cayenne pepper-lemon cleanse to cool for approximately 10 minutes, re-stir and drink.If the cayenne pepper burns your stomach, then have 1 tablespoon of honey every fifteen minutes, or till your stomach stops burning.
2. Ginger-Psyllium Cleanse:
This colon cleanse is equally effective and easy to make.
- Juice enough apples to fill an 8 oz. glass. If you don’t have a juicer, fill your glass with organic apple juice.
- Add 1 tsp. of ground ginger and ground psyllium husk
- Mix thoroughly or blend slowly until it is smooth
Psyllium helps to bind the waste materials together, while ginger flushes the toxins from the colon. The nutrients in the apple juice supports your colon during the cleansing.
Drink eight to ten glasses of water after drinking this cleanse. This will help the psyllium to move through the colon. Eat a light lunch or dinner after the colon cleanse because psyllium will expand in the stomach, and heavy foods might cause stomach ache.
Is Colon Cleansing Really Necessary?
The practice of natural colon cleansing dates back to ancient Greece. In the ancient world, there was a popular belief that undigested meat and other foods cause mucus buildup in the colon. This mucus buildup produces toxins, which enters the blood circulation and poisons the body. This belief is also called the ‘theory of auto intoxication’. Some people claim that these toxins cause a wide variety of symptoms like:
- Weight Gain
- Low Energy
The idea of toxins being reabsorbed by the body makes some sense. Colon cleansing does help in removing the toxins; this helps to make the nervous system stronger. If enemas can cure constipation, then colon cleansing will have a similar effect.
Some doctors recommend colon cleansing as a preparation for medical procedures like colonoscopy. Most doctors don’t recommend colon cleansing for detoxification. The doctors don’t recommend colon cleansing for detoxification because the digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and bacteria. So you don’t need colon cleansing to remove toxins from your body, because it happens naturally.
However, those who support colon cleansing states those toxins from the gastro intestinal tract can cause variety of health problems like arthritis, allergies and asthma. Many health practitioners believe that colon cleansing or colon irrigation can improve health
- By removing toxins
- Promoting healthy intestinal bacteria,
- Enhancing the immune system
- Boosting energy.
A Word of Caution:
Colon cleansing can sometimes be harmful. Colon cleansing can cause side effects like cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Colon cleansing can cause serious problems like:
- Increase your risk of dehydration
- Lead to bowel perforations
- Increased risk of infections
- Colon cleansing can cause change in the electrolyte balance in the body. This is harmful for those who have kidney problems.
Colon cleansing might not be safe for everyone. So you can take some preventive steps before doing a colon cleansing at home naturally or at a clinic.
- Check with your doctor first whether colon cleansing is safe for you. If you have health problems or if you are taking medicines regularly, your doctor might ask you to avoid colon cleansing.
- Make sure your colon cleansing practitioner uses disposable equipment that hasn’t been previously used.
- Some herbal supplements used in the colon cleansing products can cause health problems.
- Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of fluids if you are undergoing colon cleansing to prevent dehydration.
A popular saying goes, “Beauty is not skin deep!” It is when you are healthy that you will glow with vitality. These are simple inexpensive home remedies that will cleanse your colon, flush out toxins and bring a natural glow on your skin.
Hope, you will reap benefits from these simple home remedies to cleanse your colon. Please share how you liked the article by posting your feedback in the comments section below.
- 10 Healthy Foods For Good Digestion
- Top 10 Yoga Asanas For Better Digestion
- 15 Effective Home Remedies To Get Relief From Indigestion
- 10 Basic Steps To Practice Transcendental Meditation For A Healthy Body
Latest posts by Maanasi Radhakrishnan (see all)
- How To Remove Hair Color With Baking Soda? - July 20, 2017
- 10 Amazing Health And Beauty Benefits Of Yarrow Essential Oil - September 7, 2015
- 8 Marvelous Benefits Of Cottage Cheese - September 1, 2015
- 33 Marvelous Benefits Of Jaggery (Gur) For Skin And Health - August 31, 2015
- This Is Why You Should Try The Magnificent Monoi Oil - August 20, 2015