Why colon cleanse?

So you’ve heard about colon cleansing and want to know more.
Cool, you’ve definitely come to the right place – because if I am honest, colon cleaning can be daunting and you kind of want to get it right.  By now I bet you’re asking –

Why should I colon cleanse? What are the benefits?

Colon cleansing is a great way to clear out unwanted blockages, and get your gut back into good working order.
A sluggish metabolism can result in unwanted build up in the colon walls and it is believed that this unwanted, uncleared build up can lead to toxic waste entering your bloodstream and possibly being responsible for symptoms such as fatigue,  abdominal bloating, skin conditions, fluctuations in weight and a number of other health problems.

There are a number of ways that a person can effectively eliminate excess waste from their bowel by performing a what’s called a “colonic cleanse” or detox. There are a number of ways to go about this – depending on your level of commitment.


Simple colon cleansing in the safety of your own home

The first method, and usually the most common method of bowel clearing can be performed in the comfort of your own home and involves oral laxatives, such as powders, herbal teas or supplements. Another simple and effective way to clean out your colon, that can also be performed at home is an enema or suppository. These are used externally and are usually inserted into the rectum to help release the built up waste. Please note: both of these methods, although simple, may temporarily result in the need to go the bathroom more frequently and may result in loose stool movements. This is normal and all part of the cleansing process.

What is Colon Hydrotherapy?

If you’re feeling rather brave, another option to clear out your colon is “colonic irrigation” or “colon hydrotherapy”. This method is super effective but is more up close & personal, as it is performed by a practitioner. Not for the faint hearted, colon hydrotherapy involves a tube being inserted into your back passage, which then the practitioner flushes water

Our top 10 simple home remedies for colon detox:

If neither of the above colon clearing options are doing it for you, there here are our top 10 home remedies for a simple colon detox.

#1 WATER  – Try to drink 6-8 glasses per day. This helps the stool pass easily through the colon, maximising elimination.
#2 Juices – fresh squeezed, raw juices if possible, are preferred. By being a fresh squeezed juice, it’s not only packed full of nutrients, but it’s also full of fibre(if pulp is included)! Great for health, wellbeing and regular (effective) bowel movements. Win win.
#3 Yoghurt 
According to renowned pediatrician Dr. Sears, good bacteria is found in yoghurt called “acidophilus” can help to promote growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel – this is esspecially beneficial if you perform one of the above methods of clearing out your colon. Additionally, the calcium found in yogurt contain high levels of absorbablehave also been shown to have health benefits. [3]
#4 Fibre – Increasing fibre in your diet will help  to get things moving  through the digestive system and is a necessary  part  of the diet when it comes to cleaning out the colon and regulating bowel movements.  Fibre can be found in foods such as bran, wheat bran, oats, grains, nuts, rice and some fruit and vegetables. [4]
#5 Nuts, Seeds, Grains – Are full on insoluble fibre and will help to make you “go”. Try almonds, pistachios & pecans.
#6 Castor oil- Castor Oil has been known for it’s cleansing properties and is a great laxative that can be used to cleanse the colon and release a blocked bowel. Castor Oil Purgation has been known to help remove any toxicity in the colon, kidneys, stomach, liver and spleen [5] 
#7 Licorice root-  Licorice root and licorice tea has been known to be natural laxative that can help with digestive discomfort as well as constipation. [6]
#8 Fresh aloe vera juice – Aloe Vera flesh is great in supporting your digestive system and regulating your bowel movements. Aloe vera is also great for detoxing! Simply add the aloe vera flesh to water or blend it into your smoothie to reduce toxic waste build up. [7]
#9 Ginger- Ginger is commonly known for it’s anti-nausea properties but did you know it’s also great for it’s anti bloating properties, stimulation of the colon and digestive juices ? Simply add sliced ginger to your tea to calm the tummy,  or add it to fresh juices – it even goes great in a stir fry!
#10 – The use of a toilet stool – there are many theories and facts pointing western civilizations “toilet posture” and the benefits of squatting, rather than sitting when you are trying to pass a bowel movement. In order to completely “eliminate” we need to relax the puborectalis muscle. Toilet stools are known to help relieve constipation, provide less strain on the bowel muscles and result in less abdominal bloating. [8]

Please note: colon cleansing’s effect on gut bacteria is unknown.

Lots of bacteria, both good and bad live in the colon, billions and trillions in fact. So what is the effect on the gut bacteria by clearing out your colon?

“A colon cleanse would never get rid of all the bacteria, but research is increasingly finding that a lot of bacteria in the colon is very healthy,” Wolf said. Some of the good colon bacteria play a role inkeeping bad bacteria at bay.

Scientists don’t know if colon cleanses and colon hydrotherapy disrupt the bacteria in the colon or cause an imbalance in the microbiome, Wolf said. “It hasn’t been studied,” she said. [2]

 

If you would like to read more about the safety of colon cleansing, please head to Live Science’s website to read more.
References:[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7][8]