You may have already heard of colonic irrigation, or colon cleansing. Yet what really is it?
Proper digestion is the backbone of good health and vitality. And when it comes to good digestive health the colon, or the large intestine is the organ that counts most.
Under normal conditions for healthy adults the colon should cleanse itself and there should be zero reasons whatsoever to interfere with the workings of the body.
However when we become overworked, stressed, tired and eat unhealthy foods, this can have a negative effect on the colon and digestive health in general. This then can have a knock on effect which can lead to more serious illnesses.
It’s something that Easter holistic based practices like Ayurveda in India and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have known for a long time. Which is why reversing these digestive problems can make such a significant difference to your overall health, mood and happiness.
What colonic irrigation aims to do is to flush out the large intestine allowing any debris that may not be being cleared naturally by the body to be flushed out and cleansed. Thereby allowing the body to return to proper functioning.
There are many methods of colon cleansing, colonic irrigation being the most well known and popular. Really being brought into the lime light by Princess Diana who was a strong proponent of using this method to cleanse the colon.
Gwyneth Paltrow is another person who strongly stands behind all things detoxification and full body cleansing. In fact for many detoxification has become more of a lifestyle and something that should be done every single day.
A word of warning because we think this is very important: We do not recommend colon cleansing everyday. In fact we don’t really recommend colonic irrigation at all. Instead we recommend that you should simply live a clean and healthy lifestyle allowing your body to naturally cleanse itself in the way that it was designed to do.
That said, let’s take a look at the different types of colon cleansing available and how these play into the detox process.
Here are some simple, and safe, ways to cleanse your colon from home.
The water flush method is very simple and it’s the best place to start. Your body is made up of anywhere from 60-80% water content. Sounds crazy I know but actually the cells in your body are made up of mostly water and that water can become stagnant if it is not cleaned by the introduction of fresh water into your system.
So to do a water flush start drinking anywhere from 8 all the way up to 16 glasses of water per day. But don’t stop there. Introduce foods that are also high in water content. Leafy green vegetables, like spinach and kale are excellent sources of water and are rich in key and vital minerals and vitamins.
We recommend to do a proper water flush at least once per year. And while you do it we recommend that you also cut out all processed foods, meats and caffeine.
Caffeine is a natural diaretic which means it naturally makes you want to go to the bathroom. The problem is if you are simply drinking coffee all day you may think you are benefiting from the water content of the coffee. However the caffeine present inside it actually can cause your body to become more dehydrated.
So stick to water, be it warm, hot or cool. Try to avoid cold water, or ice water, because it can actually be bad for the body. In fact according to the Ayurveda tradition drinking cold water causes imbalances in the body.
While there is little modern western medicine that provides data on cold water and its effects, there was a study in 2013 that showed those who drank cold water sweated more than those who drank room temperature water. To us it makes sense that we don’t want to put very cold water into the body, it seems very unnatural and from our personal experience should simply be replaced with warm or hot water.
High fiber diet.
This is one of the best ways to lose weight as well as cleanse and restore your digestive health. Change your diet up by eliminating foods that cause constipation and begin eating foods that are high in fiber. Fiber is not actually digestible by the body yet it provides the “roughage” that allows you to poop better.
It will really bulk up your poops and allows your body to clean itself while the fibrous foods go through your system.
Some foods that are high in fiber are all fruits especially bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes and berries. As well as many vegetables like carrots, beets and spinach.
You can also experiment with adding beans and legumes into your diet for even more dietary fiber, try lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans.
This one I am sure you have heard of because it has become so popular in recent years. Juice fasting or the “juice cleanse” has become increasingly popular over the years and lots of new companies have popped up serving delivery juices and other detoxification drinks to help you cleanse at home.
Some even it the “juice feast” because all you do is feast of lots of highly nutritious juices that naturally cleanse the body. How well this works is not well backed up by studies, yet many of our clients have found that taking part in one of these juice detox programs has made a notable effect on their digestive health and condition.
The way we see this is that sometimes it is not the juices, or not what it is that you are doing — but rather what you are not doing.
For example, if you are only eating juices then you are not eating candy, you are not eating meat, you are not eating bread, you are not drinking alcohol and caffeine. While the juices are of course packed with vitamin C and so much more which is very good for your body and well researched, it is likely that the elimination of other foods is what causes the really fantastic benefits that some people experience from this type of cleanse.
The salt water flush is one of our favorites. It can be done at home with a quality source of salt, please don’t just use table salt for this flush. Pick up a good quality salt like Celtic sea salt or Himilayam salt from your local health food store.
The way it works is very simple you simply need to mix anywhere from two to four teaspoons of salt into water and drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Within about ten to fifteen minutes you should begin to feel your tummy rumbling a bit and likely will need to rush to the bathroom, so don’t stray far! This certainly isn’t a beverage you’re going to want to drink before going to work. Try it on a sleepy Sunday as a great home detox that can flush your colon in a far healthier way than an intrusive colon cleanse like colonic irrigation.
When people say “bacteria” you likely see this as something that you need to avoid. However like everything in life there are always two sides to a coin. Good bacteria, and bad bacteria.
You actually do want to consume certain bacteria, it is called probitiotcs and it helps line your gut and break down foods for better digestive.
Some foods you can add to your diet are apple cider vinegar, yogurt, picked, and fermented foods like kimchi.
There are many herbal teas that can likewise be used to cleanse the colon naturally and improve digestive health.
Teas like chamomile as well as lavender teas and many more can be used for a variety of reasons to cleanse the body and also calm the nerves. While this is not a detox plan in and of itself you should try to incorporate certain teas into your daily routine as an additional aid for cleansing your entire body, not just your colon.
This is a means of injecting water into your rectum as an invasive method for cleansing the colon. The water enters via the anus and flows up into the large intestine. It can then hopefully remove any debris or anything which may be blocking normal digestive health.
The problems of colonic irrigation are many. For one as mentioned earlier inside your large intestine are good bacteria, the probiotics we were talking about earlier. So when we add water in this unnatural way it is our belief and many — most, in fact — doctors and scientists agree that it is unnatural and is not recommended.
So there you have it, a brief introduction to the different detox and cleanses that you can do at home, and a word of warning on colonic irrigation.