Colon Cleansing

Colon Cleansing The Natural Way

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Colon cleansing involves a process called detoxification. Detoxification is geared toward clearing out toxins in the body by means of neutralizing or transforming them, as well as clearing excess mucus and congestion in the colon. Most of the toxins that are congesting the colon come from the food we eat, drugs we use, or environmental exposure both acute and chronic.

Fats (especially oxidized fats) and cholesterol, free radicals as well as other irritating molecules act as toxins. Likewise, poor digestion, colon sluggishness and dysfunction, reduced liver function and poor waste disposal by the kidneys, respiratory tract and skin all contribute to increased toxins in the colon.

Detoxification is very important for healthy living as well as enhancing the elimination of toxins in the colon and throughout the body. Minimized intake of some chemicals from food and other sources like refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, as well as many drugs helps to remove toxins in the body. The process of detoxification actually calls for a lifestyle change and smart selections of food.

For detoxifying or cleansing the colon, it is also important to include probiotics in your diet in order to replenish the good bacteria in the intestines. A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract. It’s also commonly referred to as the body’s friendly bacteria and helps in fighting illness and diseases.

A healthy intestine contains at least 85% of beneficial bacteria to prevent over colonization of disease causing organisms like salmonella and E. coli. But sadly, most people do not have the required amount of friendly bacteria in their intestine, resulting to various colon related diseases. Probiotics are also excellent immune system enhancers since they prevent unfriendly organisms from congesting the body. Probiotics also prevent overgrowth of yeast and fungus and produces substances that lower cholesterol.

Why Colon Cleansing is important?

Regular bowel movements are vital for maintaining a healthy body. Irregular bowel movements are an indication of future colon problems. This is the reason why eating a nutritious, well balanced diet is so important. The typical diet of most people today includes a great deal of refined sugar, white flour and hormone/antibiotic-filled meats. These types of foods contribute to the demise of our colons.

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer, causing deaths not only in the US but also in other parts of the world. This is also the reason why it is essential to have a healthy, correctly functioning colon. Colon cleansing is vital for the elimination of congestions and toxins in the intestine.

Constipation is one of the most common bowel problems faced by a great number of people. Constipation is a condition wherein there is a slow transit time for waste matter to leave the body. The transit time refers to the amount of time that toxic waste matter remains in the bowel. A long transit time will cause the toxic waste to decay, ferment and most probably be reabsorbed by the body. And the longer the body is exposed to waste the greater the possibility of contracting a disease because the stockpiled waste is a fertile breeding ground for diseases.

Disease in the colon usually starts with a toxic bowel. Infrequent or poor bowel movements over extended periods of time can be very hazardous to the body.

Natural Way of Cleansing your Colon

The natural way of colon cleansing involves a cleansing diet of some herbs that are known to kill parasites and worms, also included are digestive enzymes, probiotics, herbs that stimulate the liver, gallbladder and intestines, psyllium husk or seeds, cascara sagrada or flax seeds, or slippery elm and many more.

Herbs are good in intestinal cleansing since they get rid of pounds of foul smelling food debris that have been stocked inside the colon. The most commonly used herb is psyllium, a natural, water-soluble, gel-reducing fiber that is extracted from the husks of blond psyllium seeds.

A standard bowel cleanse should contain the following:

1. Water, juices, raw fruits and vegetables
2. Probiotics to help replenish the good bacteria in the intestines
3. Psyllium husk and/or seeds or flax seeds help absorb water and expand the colon allowing for the removal of toxins and mucus.
4. Bentonite clay is edible clay that acts as a laxative by absorbing water and then forming a gel. It binds toxins and helps to carry them out of the colon.
5. Salt water enema

However, please remember that you should consult a medical professional for advice before starting any new health regime.

Are You Suffering From Chronic Constipation

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Embarrassing as it may be, we have all suffered from constipation at one time in our life or another. According to the National Health Interview Survey as many as 3 million Americans suffer from frequent if not chronic constipation. While constipation is not recognized as a degenerative disease or serious disorder, people who are constipated often feel bloated, uncomfortable and even sluggish. Constipation by itself is miserable enough, but sufferers often experience painful bowel movements that can become compounded by hemorrhoids that form due to straining.

To understand constipation, it is important to understand how our digestive system works. When we eat, food is ground up in our stomachs so it can be digested. This “liquid” food passes into the small intestine where nutrients are extracted. It then moves on to the colon, where water is removed, allowing a stool to form. If too much water is extracted from the stool as it passes through the colon, it can become hard and difficult to pass leaving you constipated.

There are a number of reasons why people get constipated. These include not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough liquids (water), lack of exercise, ignoring the “urge” to have a bowel movement and plain old stress. Other causes can include having a lazy colon that does not contract properly, causing waste materials to pass through the colon slowly, food allergies that can cause the colon to contract, or mechanical obstructions that inhibit the movement of waste materials. Many prescription drugs and certain neurological disorders can also slow down the movement of waste materials through the colon. Constipation can also be brought on by an abuse of laxatives that over time can damage the nerve cells in the colon and interfere with its ability to contract properly.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to relieve chronic constipation naturally.

Recommendations For Wellness

Consume a high fiber diet made up of lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If that is not possible, incorporate a dietary fiber supplement such as psyllium hulls, Natures Sunshine’s Nature’s Three or their Irritable Bowel Fiber into your daily health routine. Dietary fiber holds water and help to keep the stool soft, while added bulk help to move the stool through the colon.

If other fiber supplements fail in your attempt to become regular, try taking Chitosan (a form of dietary fiber) along with vitamin C. The chitosan binds to fats from the foods we eat making the stool soft and smooth. The vitamin C helps to activate the chitosan in the stomach.

Drink plenty of water, especially if you are taking supplemental fiber.

Try eating a few dried prunes or drinking some prune juice. In addition to adding fiber, prunes have a mild laxative effect.

Avoid sugar and other processed foods.

Begin a regular exercise program to help promote normal bowel movements.

If you think allergies are the cause of your constipation, try an elimination diet to help you to identify what may be triggering your body and causing your colon to contract.

Meditate, do yoga, go for a walk. Do things that will allow you to reduce your stress levels and help your body to relax. This can help relax your colon.

Get a colonic to flush out any old fecal matter that may be trapped within the colon or try a colon cleanse.
Take a good probiotic such as acidopholis or bifidophilus to help promote a healthy environment within the colon.
Peppermint (3910-9) has a long history of helping relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.

Supplementation with magnesium and large doses of vitamin C, have a mild laxative effect on the body.

If all else fails, herbs such as casgara segrada, turkey rhubarb or herbal combinations such as Natures Sunshine’s LBS II and LB-X can be used to evacuate the colon. While these should be used with caution, they are less aggressive than many commercial laxatives that are available at the supermarket.

Minimizing The Impact of Hemorrhoids

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While the subject of hemorrhoids rarely comes up in polite conversation, it is a surprisingly common affliction that affects millions of people every year. The relative unease that many people feel when speaking with another person about the condition often makes them reluctant to seek advice. Fortunately, the information included in this article is sure to offer insight into this condition.

People who have colon or digestive tract problems usually also suffer from hemorrhoids. The frequent diarrhea and constipation associated with these problems can cause hemorrhoids. In order to decrease constipation, you need to eat foods that are rich in fibers. Adding fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your dietary intake can offer relief to colon or digestive tract problems and reduce the chances of developing hemorrhoids.

Try using brewing a strong cup of yarrow tea to help treat your hemorrhoids. Make sure the brew is nice and strong, stronger than you would make it to drink. Let it cool down and apply to your hemorrhoids with a cotton swab. You can find yarrow tea at health food stores.

To treat existing as well as prevent new hemorrhoids from forming, every time you have a bowel movement, use any of the readily available over-the-counter hemorrhoid wipes or pads to gently cleanse yourself after wiping. The pads are treated with witch hazel and provide instant relief from pain and itching as well as help to shrink hemorrhoid tissues.

When you are affected with hemorrhoids, avoid drinking hot coffee or eating hot soup. Hot foods can irritate the surface of your skin and will increase the pain that you feel during the night. Stick to sandwiches, fruit and vegetables to optimize the way that you feel during your meals.

Always use a moist wipe. Wiping with dry paper can irritate and tear your hemorrhoids, so always use wet tissue paper, a moist wipe, or running water to clean and soothe yourself. If you wipe with dry tissue and see blood, you should immediately move to a moistened wipe of some sort.

Because hemorrhoids are swollen veins, they can become very painful. A good way to ease the pain is to take some sort of over-the-counter medication. However, not just any type of medication will do. Go with a medication that relief relieves pain and swelling. This is an anti-inflammatory and will help reduce the swelling and ultimately, the pain.

It might seem like a cheap trick you can use for practically any pain and that’s because it is, but a simple ice pack will work wonders to help ease the pain associated with hemorrhoid flare-ups. You can use one of those cooler ice packs or simply put some ice in a plastic bag.

Even if you are not particularly comfortable asking a friend or family member for help, you can certainly increase your knowledge of and familiarity with the basics of hemorrhoids by remembering the helpful information that you have just received. Use it whenever you or someone you know is battling hemorrhoids.