Cleaning your Colon
The best home remedy colon cleanse is not an enema or a laxative. Eating a proper diet, drinking adequate amounts of water and exercising regularly are the best remedies for a clean colon. This is not a quick fix but it is the most effective way in keeping the colon clean as well as improving overall health. If you are suffering from constipation, using a natural remedy can help empty the bowels until you maintain regular bowel habits.
The majority of Americans do not include enough fiber in their diets. There is no RDA (recommended daily allowance) for fiber but it is suggested to consume 25 to 35 grams a day to receive the many benefits it has to offer. Fiber softens the stool by attracting water into the digestive tract, increases muscle tone of the digestive tract, speeds up the passage of stool and decreases the absorption of toxins from the stool. In addition, fiber can help promote weight loss and possibly lower one’s risk of diseases such as type II diabetes, atherosclerosis and colon cancer.
Foods high in fiber include:
- 1/2 cup of baked beans = 8.8 grams
- 1/3 cup of All-Bran cereal = 8.5 grams
- 1/2 cup of cooked kidney beans = 7.3 grams
- 1/2 cup of cooked Navy beans = 6 grams
- 1/2 cup of cooked dried peas = 4.7 grams
- 1 cup of cooked carrots = 4.6 grams
- 1/2 cup of cooked lima beans = 4.5 grams
- 1 cup of cooked oatmeal = 4 grams
- 1 medium apple with skin = 3.5 grams
- 1/4 cup of raisins = 3.1 grams
- 3 prunes = 3 grams
- 1 slice of whole wheat bread = 2.8 grams
Slowly introduce fiber into your diet to prevent intestinal discomfort and do not eat fiber in excess because this can have disadvantages like robbing the body of nutrients. Eat a well-balanced diet, including 2 to 4 servings of fruit and 3 to 5 servings of vegetables a day. Limit animal fats and consume healthy unsaturated fats. Avoid trans fats, including hydrogenated oils. Avoid or limit processed foods and foods high in sugar. Eat whole grains and replace “friendly bacteria” with products like yogurt containing probiotics.
As mentioned earlier, fiber attracts water to soften the stool. Therefore, it is important to replace this water to prevent dehydration. It is recommended to drink 32 to 48 ounces of water a day. Avoid or limit beverages with caffeine and/or sugar, including sodas and coffee.
Regular physical exercise has numerous health benefits including increasing intestinal movement. Increase movement, peristalsis, helps move the passage of stool.
The gastrointestinal tract is designed to keep itself clean when appropriately taken care of. Therefore, the best home remedy colon cleanse is a healthy lifestyle. Eat well, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.
Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1998)
Hamilton, Whitney, and Sizer, Nutrition Concepts and Controversies Third Edition (1985) West Publishing Co.
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