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Natural Colon Cleansing

Natural colon cleansing is a very effective method to help your body eliminate the food you eat and other bodily waste in an effective and efficient manner.

Herbs, enemas and colonics are all great ways to cleanse the colon, but there are a variety of other things you can do to help keep your colon functioning optimally and improve your health.

A healthy colon, also known as the large intestine, that produces regular bowel movements is essential to your health. Some physicians believe all illness originates from an unhealthy bowel.

The colon is about five feet in length. It consists of the large intestine, the rectum and the anus. It's main goal is to absorb water and nutrients and to form and eliminate feces.

A variety of both bad and good bacteria reside in the colon. Many of which are aids for digestion and processing of the B complex vitamins and folic acid.

By adopting a variety of natural colon cleansing practices into your life, you can assist your bowel in performing it's functions most adequately.

In a healthy person, the process of elimination beginning from ingestion of food and ending with evacuation, usually takes between 12 and 24 hours.

Some health care professionals feel you should be having three bowel movements a day. One after each meal. However, at the very least, you should be having at least one every day. Bowel movements should occur easily, be complete and they shouldn't hurt.

Healthy stool should be long, large and round, and hopefully make an S shape. Or at least a C. It should also be light brown in color and should not be offensive in smell. When you flush the toilet, it should break up easily.

If you're not having at least one bowel movement a day, then you're colon is not functioning properly and this can lead to a variety of mental and physical symptoms, health conditions, and disease.

If you're already living with a chronic health condition or illness, then this puts additional burden on a body that is already running on low resources. Incorporating a variety of natural colon cleansing steps into your daily life, will help you keep your bowels moving regularly and improve your health.

When stool sits in the colon for too long it begins to putrefy, ferment and build up toxins. Since one of the main goals of the colon is to absorb, these toxins can then be absorbed back into the body. The longer the period is between each bowel movement you have, then the longer your body is exposed to the toxins. When this occurs repeatedly for extended periods of time, it becomes hazardous to your health.

Most colon problems are the result of the sedentary lifestyle that many people live and the standard modern day diet. Refined food, white flour, meat filled with hormones and antibiotics, vegetables and grains contaminated with pesticides, sugar, sodas are all detrimental to not only the colon, but the entire body.

If you're looking for more in depth information for cleansing the bowel, you may want to visit the colon cleansing page or if you're looking specifically for herbs that are beneficial for the colon you'll want to take a look at colon cleansing herbs.

Most Beneficial Natural Colon Cleansing

Here are some of the most beneficial actions you can take to improve your colon health.

  • Activated Charcoal
  • Activated charcoal is used by many people for natural colon cleansing. Because of it's great ability to absorb it binds with toxins in the colon and pulls them out.

  • Bentonite Clay
  • Bentonite clay absorbs water, binds to toxins and also renders them harmless. Then it helps excrete them.

  • Exercise
  • A colon must have exercise to remain healthy and function properly. If you were only able to pick one natural colon cleansing practice, exercise would be a top priority.

    Regular exercise helps your colon perform all it's functions more effectively. It's one of the best aids for constipation.

  • Fiber
  • You hear it all the time. The colon must have adequate fiber. It adds bulk and softness to prevent hard, dry stools that lead to constipation.

    It's probably the easiest natural colon cleansing step you can take.

  • Heed to Nature's Call
  • When nature calls, don't ignore that urge to go.

    Many people put off going to bathroom when the need calls for a variety of reasons. This leads to constipation and poor colon health.

  • Drink Lots of Water
  • Water makes the stool move easier through the intestines. Water also helps detox in a variety of other ways and is vital to every function of the body.

    Don't drink coffee, tea, soda etc., in place of water.

    It must be water that you drink.

  • No Chemical Laxatives
  • Chemical laxatives are too harsh and damaging to your colon. Not only that, the body can become dependent upon them and constipation problems will become more severe.

    If you need a laxative then choose an herb found in many natural colon cleansing preparations.

  • Probiotics
  • Probiotics like Acidophilus are vital for colon health. They replenish the colon with live healthy bacteria. This helps keep the bad bacteria from proliferating and causing health problems. It also helps promote regular bowel movements.

  • Magnesium
  • Many people are deficient in Magnesium. Adequate consumption of magnesium is essential for regular bowel movements. I personally can't have a bowel movement if I don't take magnesium.

    If you've tried a variety of methods for your constipation without relief, a magnesium deficiency may be the culprit.

  • Enema
  • An enema is a great way to jump start a new health care approach and help you make progress quickly. It flushes out the old, dry, fecal build up on the colon walls and removes toxins quickly.

Ideally, most people should be engaging in a variety of these natural colon cleansing practices on a daily basis. They should become a part of your life. Taking steps to promote good colon health is needed for all around health.

Some of these practices such as exercise, fiber, acidophilus and adequate water intake are not only beneficial to a healthy colon, but are also an essential component for any holistic health conscious individual.

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