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Why a Clean Colon Is the Key to Health: 5 Steps to Keep You in the Clear

 you know the average American may be carrying as much as 10-25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their colon? And that is someone of normal weight with no known allergies! These toxins wedged in the digestive track are absorbed by the bloodstream, resulting in the body’s inability to metabolize food properly or to provide vital energy for living.

Think you’re in the clear? There is a surprisingly wide range of health problems that colon toxicity contributes to, many that a lot of us experience everyday. These include bloating, constipation, gas, fatigue, food cravings, hypoglycemia, allergies, arthritis, difficult weight loss, among many others. As you may have been trying to cure or treat these symptoms individually, it’s important to recognize and cure the root cause. Thus, the colon detox.

See for yourself. A healthy colon should provide you with two to three bowel movements per day, shortly after each meal. Elimination should be complete, fast and easy. The stool should be light brown in color, long and large in diameter, fluffy in texture, and floating on the top of the water. Yes I went there. You should be having glorious bowel movements I tell you!

Cleanse the natural way:

1.  Up your fiber. A diet high in fiber of up to 40 grams a day, both soluble and insoluble, to slow the emptying time of the stomach and move feces through the intestines quicker by bulking it up. You can add fibrous foods into each meal like having oatmeal for breakfast, lentils in your raw salad for lunch, berries for snacks, and a big stir fry vegetable bowl for dinner. You can also take a good fiber supplement.

2. Eliminate. Eliminate all things contributing to the problem: all processed foodssugar, white flour, alcohol and caffeine, food additives, colorings and preservatives, fruit and vegetables treated with pesticides, most dairy.

3. Hydrate. It is essential to drink 8 - 10 glasses of pure, filtered water each day. Even more so, if you believe you are really backed up, drink 3 glasses of water before breakfast to really get things flushed out quickly.

4. Get moving. Exercise speeds up bowel action and encourages healthy elimination.

5. Supplement. Take digestive enzymes after each meal to normalize digestion and break down protein that can remain in the colon. Papaya and pineapple enzymes are a sure fire hit.

Any bowel detoxification program should last between 1 - 3 months depending on the severity of the symptoms, and should be as strict as possible. Generally speaking, most people can benefit from a colon cleanse twice yearly, but emphasis must be on prevention and dietary changes.

Make sure your immune system is in tip-top shape because those nasty toxins making their way out of your body can create some nasty side effects. You may experience a severity of your symptoms in the beginning, as well as foul smelling stool, headaches and light-headedness. They are no cause for alarm, usually the worse your reaction, the more crap you have in your body (pun intended).

While colon cleansing is not a weight-loss procedure, dropping weight is often a welcomed side effect! All the fiber is especially useful in providing a feeling of fullness and decreased appetite. Yay colon cleansing! See, it's not so bad.
Published September 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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LindaClement
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

It's an intriguing idea, but it can't do that.

Our stomachs produce 3-mole hydrochloric acid, and if you eat very much in the way of alkaline foods (or drinks) it produces a whole lot more in response. The stomach isn't a plastic bag --it has an array of sensory nerves that keep it within a VERY tight pH band.

Ditto our blood. It's acidic and it has to remain so. If it becomes even slightly too alkaline, more protein is released into the blood to counteract it. If it becomes more acidic that it's supposed to be, bones are depleted to neutralize it.

We have an acid system (not all creatures are) and you'll have a long, pointless war with your whole body trying to alter it...

Quoting cleanaturalady:

I guess the mixture of acid and alkali balances the PH levels in the body. 

Quoting cmorris1200:

Interesting.  I use similar recipe using lemon juice instead of ACV for kidney stones.

Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 




Alyson121
by Alyson on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM


Quoting darbyakeep45:

The whole "eliminating alcohol and caffeine" thing gets it for me...I don't drink very often but had a glass of wine last night.  Caffeine...gotta have my morning coffee!

I'm not a coffee drink really but i LOVED me so alcohol.  Unrelated to my "clear colon" i have noticed that not drinking has helped with my tummy gut.  

Alyson121
by Alyson on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM


Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 

I have friends who swear by these.  I guess if i can drink kombucha, i can drink some ACV.

ProudMommy51006
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM
Hm... I'm gonna try this. Will it be urgent bowel movements like laxatives? I don't want that but I am always so bloated because well.... I'm "full of sh*t" too lol

Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 

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cleanaturalady
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM

For me, it varies.  Sometimes, within a half hour of drinking the concoction, I have to run to the bathroom and sometimes it's more subtle. 

Quoting ProudMommy51006:

Hm... I'm gonna try this. Will it be urgent bowel movements like laxatives? I don't want that but I am always so bloated because well.... I'm "full of sh*t" too lol

Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 


  

Alyson121
by Alyson on Sep. 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Did you drink it everyday for 2 weeks?  I wonder if i just did it for a few days would that be enough. 

Quoting cleanaturalady:

For me, it varies.  Sometimes, within a half hour of drinking the concoction, I have to run to the bathroom and sometimes it's more subtle. 

Quoting ProudMommy51006:

Hm... I'm gonna try this. Will it be urgent bowel movements like laxatives? I don't want that but I am always so bloated because well.... I'm "full of sh*t" too lol

Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 



mypbandj
by Jen on Sep. 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
LOL

Quoting Alyson121:

I'm KNOW i'm "full of sh*t" so i better get to work.  

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mypbandj
by Jen on Sep. 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Thanks!
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ProudMommy51006
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 6:46 PM
Do you use a certain kind of acv? The ones I looked up say pure acv, did u use this or just acv?

Quoting cleanaturalady:

For me, it varies.  Sometimes, within a half hour of drinking the concoction, I have to run to the bathroom and sometimes it's more subtle. 

Quoting ProudMommy51006:

Hm... I'm gonna try this. Will it be urgent bowel movements like laxatives? I don't want that but I am always so bloated because well.... I'm "full of sh*t" too lol



Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 


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cleanaturalady
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM
1 mom liked this

I use Bragg brand because it has the "mother" in it, which is important.  There might be other brands that are comparable, but I think Bragg is the most popular and easy to find.  I get mine at my local health food store, but my Kroger also carries it in their natural food section. 

Quoting ProudMommy51006:

Do you use a certain kind of acv? The ones I looked up say pure acv, did u use this or just acv?

Quoting cleanaturalady:

For me, it varies.  Sometimes, within a half hour of drinking the concoction, I have to run to the bathroom and sometimes it's more subtle. 

Quoting ProudMommy51006:

Hm... I'm gonna try this. Will it be urgent bowel movements like laxatives? I don't want that but I am always so bloated because well.... I'm "full of sh*t" too lol



Quoting cleanaturalady:

The best cleanse I've found (and I have nothing but personal experience to vouch for this) is - add to an 8oz glass of water 2Tbsps apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda, then drink it down.  I did it for a couple of weeks and it really cleaned me out.  If you try it, make sure to use a really big glass because it bubbles up at first when the baking soda reacts with the vinegar. 



  

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