Colon cleansers. Detox. Weight loss. Beauty from within.
Clearing out poisonous leftover gunk from your bowels? Sounds like a great way to get healthy and pretty! With so much publicity from Hollywood actresses, colon cleansers have come under the spotlight for becoming a staple for the beauty conscious and health junkies alike. So you want to treat your colon to a spring cleaning too?
Like it’s names suggests, colon cleansing means to remove supposedly bits of waste deposits on the walls of our colons. This can be achieved via the consumption of laxatives, herbal concoctions or by undercoing the more invasive colon hydrotherapy.
All of us should see colon cleansing in new light. Instead of resorting to invasive procedures, we can actually achieve internal purity by safe, natural means. Internal cleanliness starts from a healthy lifestyle. For our colon, it certainly stays true to the saying “You are what you eat”.
Here are the 10 best colon cleansers. Tried and Tested.
The insoluble fiber in fruits improves motion in our digestive system because our intestines will work harder trying to break them down. When motion improves, our digestive system works more efficiently to pass matter along, all the way from our mouth down to the other end. It’s like giving your digestive system a healthy workout each day. All that vitamins are an added boost to the body as well. Your skin in particular will love all that Vitamin C.
Try: Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Pawpaw/papaya etc. Try to aim for at least two servings of fruit each day.
Of course vegetables are on the list. In their fresh non frozen form, vegetables are super foods! Like fruits, they contain insoluble fiber which keeps motion in our digestive system in check. Apart from that, they contain chock loads of minerals, natural pigments, vitamins to keep ailments at bay.
Try: Consume more broccoli, cabbage and kale. These cruciferous vegetables are proven to protect against colon and stomach cancer. Apart from that they’re high in fibre. Also, try to blanch/steam the vegetables briefly instead of microwaving them to retain nutrients. Overall, try to eat as many different type of vegetables in a day.
Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fibers are gelatin like in consistency and thus help to lubricate our digestive system. Apart from that, they act as food for the friendly bacteria in our intestines, which are responsible for many health functions.
Try: Add oats to your breakfast by stirring 2-3 tablespoons into your milk or downing them in a mixture of hot water and some honey. You will really feel a difference. Add a dash of milk for more taste.
Honey has antibacterial properties and works as a very mild laxative. It also contains tiny amounts of complex carbohydrates. Although healthful, honey should not be consumed in excess as it is still a type of sugar.
Try: Drinking a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of honey first thing each morning to give your digestive systems a wake up call. Some people find doing this useful in regularizing bowel movements. Please be reminded not to feed infants honey as it could be dangerous to them.
5. Beans and Legumes
Try: Using beans paste in baking, and cooking beans as part of your staple. Afraid of gas? Discard the water used in soaking beans prior to cooking, that’s the main culprit of gas. Or, move around more after a bean heavy meal to help ease the bloating and increase the movement of food in your digestive system.
6. Figs and Prunes
Try: Consume 2-4 pieces of prunes/figs each day. Boring? Add them into yogurt for a snack.
7. Psyllium husks
Try: Drinking 1 tablespoon of psyllium husks in any cold liquids like orange juice. Try drinking the mixture immediately as the texture of the solution will get unappetizing after some time.
8. Sweet Potato
In Asia, sweet potatoes have always been regarded to help with constipation and to regulate bowel movement. This is because sweet potatoes are extremely high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Moreover they are an excellent source of complex carbohydrate. There are many varieties of sweet potatoes. Orange coloured, purple coloured etc. The pigments in sweet potatoes help guard against many illness and are very beneficial to our body.
Try: Substituting sweet potatoes for potatoes or have a boiled fist sized portion of sweet potatoes as a snack.
A high fiber diet can never do without inadequate intake of water. Fiber acts like a sponge, soaking up water. If there’s not enough water, too much fiber can actually dry out the digestive system, clogging it up, giving us a hard time in the toilet. So always remember to drink lots of water when consuming high amounts of fiber. Water not only eases digestion, but also helps in flushing out unwanted substances in our body, especially our colon.
Try: Drink a glass of water before every meal. Aim to drink more in the day rather than at night. 6-8 glasses of water is usually sufficient. Be sure to rehydrate after physical activity. Coffee is not a substitute for water as caffeine encourages urination hence, loss of water from the body.
10. Physical activity
Our colon is surrounded by abdominal muscles. Exercise is beneficial in any sense. By getting half an hour of brisk walking or any form of physical activity, you’re actually helping your colon to move much more efficiently not to mention giving every system in your body a friendly jolt. Insufficient exercise has been medically proven to lead to constipation, inactivity of digestive system (gastroparesis) especially in individuals with delayed gastric emptying. What’s more, physical activities leave you with that flush that is oh so attractive.
Try: Walk for at least 15-30 minutes each day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Ride a bicyle. Go for a swim. Take this time to ease your mind. Establish a routine. It’s always the first time that’s the hardest. Get started and be sure to get addicted.
Colon cleansing can be achieved naturally and without busting your wallet.
Eat healthy. Be healthy. Be beautiful. It’s your body’s way of saying thank you.