WHAT IS A COLON CLEANSE
On the off chance that you have an excess of "Bad" gut bacteria, is an excellent idea to do a colon cleanse?
The colon is an integral part of the large intestine. Also called the large bowel, your large intestine connects the small intestine to the anus.
The four major components of the large intestine are the cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. The colon is tubular shaped and connects the cecum to the rectum.
It has several layers of muscle and fat with a mucous membrane as its inner lining. The “u” shaped colon subdivides into four sections the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and sigmoid colon. On average, the colon is around five feet long in adults and takes up the majority of space inside the abdominal cavity.
The colon plays a vital role in how your body processes food. Your digestive system breaks down the food you eat, and it enters into the colon in a mostly liquid state. The colon performs two significant roles at this stage of the digestive process.
First, bacteria in your colon break down the food further. Second, it absorbs additional nutrients and liquid. Leftover food waste is then turned into faeces and stored in the descending colon until it is ready to be expelled from the body.
A healthy colon is an integral part of a healthy life. The colon is a workhorse for your digestive system and helps absorb the nutrients your body needs. Unfortunately, with all the good your colon does, it also gets hit with the brunt of toxins and harmful organisms your body takes in.
If you want to keep your colon clean and healthy, there are many options available to you. First and foremost, eating more fruits and vegetables and sticking to the right diet plan will have exponential benefits. Performing an organic colon cleanse will take your colon health even further and help prevent toxic buildup.
Why your colon is so important
Your colon is a crucial part of digestion and is part of one of your body’s primary organs, the large intestine. Just like a malfunctioning heart or lung, if your colon fails, then your entire health is affected.
Colon health is a spectrum. On one end, colon complications can lead to death, but far more common are smaller manifestations of sub par colon health. If you feel sluggish or get sick often, your colon health may be the reason. Likewise, keeping your colon healthy can maintain and support both physical and mental well-being.
For what reason would you do a cleanse?
At the point when the balance of "Good" to "Bad" gut bacteria gets thrown out of balance from poor diet, inactivity, stress, lack of sleep or environmental factors, a cleanse can be very therapeutic for reestablishing a healthy gut microbiome.
On the off chance that you suffer from gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, loose stool, brain fog, joint pain, weak immunity, eczema, psoriasis, fatigue or another digestive discomfort, then doing a digestive or colon cleanse can be very therapeutic.
The primary goal of cleansing should be to improve digestive function, plain and simple. Cleansing goes back for millennia across cultures around the globe with the intent to support the health of the digestive system.
Your digestive system is truly the foundation for overall health as it is intimately connected with your immune system, detoxification pathways, inflammation, etc. All in all, how should you go about cleansing?
What is a cleanse?
On the off chance that your thinking of a cleanse, you're likely thinking of two things: colonic irrigation therapy, or taking an array of supplements to help clear out your bowels.
Colonic irrigation is a procedure wherein a catheter is inserted into your rectum and warm water infiltrated into your colon with the idea of flushing out accumulated faeces, mucus, dead cells and toxins.
The claim from colonic irrigation practitioners is that today our bodies are bombarded with toxins, and unless we provide the colon with some support, the body cannot adequately rid itself of the toxic excess.
More often than not, your diet is what you need to "Cleanse."
Right now, there isn't any research to support the claim that colonic irrigation is a useful tool for improving gut health. This doesn't mean it can't provide benefit, in particular in patients with chronic and stubborn gi issues, but there are risks involved.
The mayo clinic states that colonic irrigation can increase the risk of dehydration, bowel perforations, infection, and electrolyte imbalance. It's also contraindicated if you have diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's, or hemorrhoids.
Supplements are the next most common colon cleanse option. Different formulas exist that contain laxatives to purge the bowel, enzymes to support the breakdown of foods, and herbs to cool inflammation. Purifying kits are commonly available at health food shops and stores.
Juices should be combined with a healthy balanced diet.
For most people, the problem with digestive dysfunction lies in their diet. It's the food you eat that provides the building blocks for your gut health.
On the off chance that you eat things that don't agree with your system, harmful gut bacteria will proliferate, your gut will become inflamed, and your tissue health will deteriorate.
Before we talk about what to add to your diet to upgrade your digestive function, let's review the key things to remove. For four weeks, you should eliminate all sugar, coffee, alcohol, and acellular carbs.
Caffeine can irritate the lining of the mucous membranes of your stomach and intestines, leading to tissue damage, inflammation and discomfort. Dispense with coffee, black tea, and chocolate for four weeks. (green tea is allowed.).
Harmful gut bacteria and yeasts feed off simple sugars. The average person consumes a whopping 160 pounds of sugar per year, and it is one of the real root causes of poor digestive function. A large number of these sugars are hidden in processed foods, bread, cereals, and so-called "Healthy" bars and snack foods. Take out all of it for four weeks.
While a modest amount of alcohol is considered a digestif and supports proper digestive function, it's all about the dose, and most people over-consume. Liquor can also irritate the mucous membranes, and the simple sugars it contains provide a breeding ground for yeasts and harmful gut bacteria. Keep away from all alcohol – beer, wine, and spirits – for four weeks.
4. Acellular carbs
Acellular carbs are not typically found in nature and are made when the natural glucose is 'pummeled' out of the cellular matrix. This is the case in flours, cereals, cakes, breads, dried fruit bars and workout gels. (in contrast, a "Cellular" carb is one where the glucose is stored inside an intact fibrous cellular structure, such as roots, tubers, veggies, fruits and virtually all whole foods.)
Terrible gut bacteria thrive on acellular carbs because the sugars are released much more rapidly in the gut than whole-food-based cellular carbs. On the off chance that you suffer from gas, bloating, or other digestive issues, consuming acellular carbs will make your symptoms considerably worse. Shockingly, paleo-friendly coconut and almond flour are included in this category. Try not to worry; once your digestive engine is back on track, you can indulge on occasion.
Next, add the good stuff.
Expelling the aggravating factors above is a crucial first step, but now you need to help cool the inflamed mucous membranes of your gut and add supportive foods to rebalance your digestive microflora. Let's look at the critical cleansing aids you should consume during your cleansing period.
1. Demulcent foods
A demulcent is the herbal medicine term for an agent that forms a soothing film over mucous membranes and relieves mild pain and inflammation throughout the bowels. Demulcents also reduce the sensitivity to gastric acids and incidence of digestive muscle spasms.
Excellent food options that act as demulcents are raw oats, plantains and ground flaxseeds. Include some into your diet at breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the off chance that you need more support, herbs like marshmallow, slippery elm and liquorice are fantastic for cooling an irritated digestive tract. Utilise 2 to 3 times a day.
Seventy-five per cent of your faecal bulk (e.G. Your poop) is bacteria, and if you suffer from gi issues, you definitely need to repopulate your colon and gut with good probiotic bacteria that have a symbiotic relationship with the body, resulting in the production of critical vitamins and nutrients that keep you and your stomach healthy.
With the end goal of a cleanse, adding a probiotic supplement of at least 100 billion cells per capsule is crucial for targeting the colon. Plan to consume 2-3 capsules daily for four weeks for added short-term support and a therapeutic dose of probiotic bacteria.
Make sure to include naturally fermented foods like plain yogurt and kefir, sauerkraut and kimchee, tamari sauce and naturally fermented vinegars to support rebuilding a healthy colon. (also please note that if your intolerant to dairy, sauerkraut is your best option.)
Next, fiber plays a crucial role in a healthy gut. The standard American diet contains only 8-10 g of fibre, a far cry from our palaeolithic ancestors who consumed 40-50 g per day. Counting more "Cellular" carbohydrates will help you achieve this intake. Root vegetables, tubers, vegetables, leafy greens and modest amounts of fruit will dramatically increase your intake of fibre and support a healthy gut microflora.
At long last, get moving! Exercise is nature's way of keeping everything in your bowels moving. It also promotes a more oxygenated environment in your gut so that "Bad" gut bacteria cannot thrive. Include more walking, running, cycling, lifting, dancing or other activities you enjoy to get your bowels moving and keep your colon happy for the long-term.