Why do a colon cleanse?

There are several ways to do colon cleansing at home.
There are several ways to do colon cleansing at home.

A colon cleanse is the act of flushing out or cleaning the large intestine. They may be performed by professionals called colonic hygienists. 

In spite of insufficient research to support its benefits,  the goal of colon cleansing is to clear the colon of any stagnant, supposedly toxic waste encrusted on the walls of the large intestine.

Possible benefits of a colon cleanse include

It may also be performed at home by taking certain oral  substances.

Is colon cleansing safe?

Colon cleansing products are available over the counter. These products claim they are natural. This does not necessarily mean they are safe. Colon cleansing alone may not help weight loss as most calories are absorbed in the small intestine. Frequent colon cleanses can lead to a change in the natural bacteria of the colon, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, tearing of the colon, infection, abdominal pain, giddiness, nausea and vomiting. This can be dangerous in the presence of other underlying medical conditions, especially those of the heart and kidneys.

The colon cleansing products may be taken orally or an enema or colon irrigation may be performed by a professional.

10 natural home remedies for colon cleansing 

  1. Water flush: Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is the simplest way to regulate digestion. Drinking six to eight glasses of lukewarm water per day is recommended for colon cleansing. Additionally, eating fresh fruits and vegetables high in water content like watermelon and tomatoes would be helpful.
  2. Saltwater flush: Mixing two teaspoons of sea salt or pink salt with lukewarm water and drinking it on an empty stomach is helpful. It stimulates colon movements within a few minutes. This may be done twice a day.
  3. High-fiber dietFiber is an essential nutrient present in whole, healthy plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and more. Fibers help bulk up excess matter in the colon. They can regulate constipation and overactive bowels. They also boost helpful bacteria.
  4. Lemon water and honey: Mix fresh lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt with warm water and drink on an empty stomach in the morning.   
  5. Juices and smoothies: These include fruit and vegetable juice fasts and cleanses. Juices made of apples, lemons and aloe vera help in colon cleansing. They also contain nutrients which are beneficial to the body.
  6. ProbioticsProbiotics help to cleanse the colon and boost good bacteria in the gut. Foods like yogurt, pickles, apple cider vinegar and other fermented foods are considered to be good probiotics.
  7. Herbal teas: Trying some herbal teas may assist digestive health via the colon. Laxative herbs like psyllium, aloe vera and marshmallow root may help with constipation
  8. Ginger: Ginger stimulates digestion. It can be added to other juices, tea or eaten directly. One teaspoon of ginger juice and honey can be mixed with one cup of warm water. This can be consumed once or twice a day. 
  9. Fish oil: Fish oils may be taken as supplements as well. They contain omega-3 fatty acids which are effective for colon cleansing.
  10. Fasting: Not eating anything is a method of colon cleansing. It helps the kidneys and liver eliminate harmful toxins from the body. Drinking water, fresh vegetable juices or fresh fruit juices while fasting can help.


 

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Medically Reviewed on 8/26/2020
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