This topic always strikes home with me because I am a colon cancer survivor. At 28 years old I was not at all concerned about colon health ( I thought the subject was a bit taboo) but then my colon rocked my world and now I think about colon health OFTEN!
A great many physical ailments have been attributed to a colon in need of cleansing. While colon cleansing is not a cure-all, it does have a valid place in a healthy lifestyle. Here are some reasons why, and some suggestions for how to do a colon cleanse.
What does the colon do?
In short, the colon eliminates solid waste from the body. After the nutrients from the food you eat are absorbed through the small intestine and distributed via the liver into the bloodstream, the “leftovers” move into the large intestine, or colon, where they are eliminated when you go to the bathroom.
Problems arise when wastes accumulate in rather than exit the colon, causing constipation, bloating, and/or a condition known as systemic intoxication or poisoning. Systemic intoxication can lead to cognitive difficulties such as confusion, and even emotional problems such as depression and irritability. Some sources suggest that allergic “attacks” of hives, sneezing, and coughing are due to systemic intoxication. Accumulated waste in the colon has been implicated in cancer, diverticulitis, and nutrient deficiencies.
How is colon cleansing done?
The term “colon cleansing” is relatively broad, and can refer to anything from fasting to taking an enema. Usually colon cleansing involves multiple steps. Here is a typical, multi-step cleansing program for the lower intestine.
The simplest way to remove toxins and impurities from the body (and colon) is to fast (unless you are pregnant or lactating). It is the most sensible first step in a cleansing program, after checking with your physician of course. A cleansing fast should last about 3 days. Begin by eating only raw fruits and vegetables for 1 or 2 days, then drink plenty of water and pure juices for 24 hours. During that time, you can drink herbal teas as well. Good cleansing herbs are:
After 24 hours of only liquids, eat only raw fruits and vegetables for a couple of days to help you come out of the fast.
A cleansing drink can be made from fiber-rich psyllium seed, and taken once daily until the colon is “clean.” Mix 1 teaspoon of psyllium seed with 1/2 cup each of apple juice, aloe vera juice, and water.
If you’re considering a psyllium fiber cleanse, look for a product that also contains cleansing herbs to soothe and stimulate the colon. Psyllium fiber husks combined with detoxification herbs like dandelion root, sienna and milk thistle can clear the colon of impacted wastes and toxins while also helping to stimulate digestion.
No one likes to talk about them, but enemas are a straightforward and effective means of colon cleansing. An enema made from catnip tea is particularly effective at relieving congestion and accumulations in the colon. Make the tea by steeping 2 tablespoons of dried catnip per cup of pure, boiling water. Steep for about 8 minutes, strain, and cool to a comfortably warm temperature (about 99 degrees F). Using an enema bag and rubber tip, introduce the catnip tea into the colon. Because this is a cleansing enema, it does not need to be retained for more than 2 or 3 minutes.
These are just some ideas about enhancing your colon’s health via cleansing. Those who have undergone cleanses claim all sorts of health benefits. At the least, you will feel better.