The colon is a major part of your digestive system. It is responsible for removing water, along with some nutrients and electrolytes from partially digested food. The healthier your Colon is the more hydrated you will be and the better your digestive system as a whole will work. When our Colon gets backed up, fecal matter builds and blocks the pathway for new food to be digested. This can cause up to 15 pounds or even more in some cases of fecal matter that gets lodged in the Colon.
One sign of a backed up Colon is someone who has bad breath constantly. Bad breath is caused by food and fecal matter not properly moving through the body. Stinky breath is simply one of the concerns. Other signs are being backed up, not taking regular bowel movements. By following the advice closely in this article you can expect to shed 10-15 pounds of belly fat (if you have it) and are consistent with the advice in this article. This advice is what I share with my health coaching clients regularly.
Instead of doing a ‘Colon Cleanse’ why not incorporate healthy colon cleansing protocols into your everyday life and routine? After all, you want to have a healthy colon all the time, not just some of the time.. right?
Regular bowel movements should occur DAILY. At least one bowel movement daily, up to three or four if you’re really flowing properly. If you take bowel movements every day or two, or every third day, your Colon is very backed up and the insight in today’s article will be very valuable to you, so pay close attention.
It’s important to know that many medical professionals, nutritionists, doctors and functional MD’s recognize the value of Gut health, in particular the Intestines.
“Hippocrates himself said that ‘all disease begins in the gut,’ ” Desai said. “The intestinal tract forms a defensive barrier from what we ingest and it prevents harmful substances from reaching the bloodstream. Dr. Schulze adds ‘All disease begins in the Colon.”
There’s no doubt that we all want to have regular bowel movements, not feel constipated, have a trim waistline and be able to digest food well without any issues after enjoying a meal, even a large one.
The key to gut health begins in the Colon, and the healthier and cleaner the Colon is the healthier and cleaner the rest of the gut is.
Your Digestive System is A ‘Food Processing Factory’
To put it simply, your digestive system is a ‘food processing factory’ that takes in food, excretes nutrients and water and then removes the rest of the waste as stool. If any part of the digestive process is tainted, or slowed down in any way it affects the entire digestive system as a whole. This is why all parts of the digestive system are incredibly important and something that we’ll be discussing over the next few months, so be sure to bookmark GreenLivingTribe.com or subscribe to our newsletter for updates at HealthyWildFree.com. Later this week, we’ll be focusing on liver health and what you can do to optimize over 600 biological functions in your body including hormonal regulation, the metabolizing of fat and protein (to burn the fat and feed the muscle) and so much more.
Today we’ll be dialing into the Colon and giving you techniques and strategies to have the healthiest Colon that you possibly can. Why? The Colon is the last ‘stop’ in your digestive system. The large intestine (Colon) is what will support your body in having regular, healthy bowel movements. If your Colon works better, you’ll poo more often and feel more energy, less sluggish and begin to burn that stubborn belly fat that you may have been carrying for years, no more!
10 Smart Ways To Cleanse Your Colon
1. Eat More Prebiotic Foods:
Prebiotic foods are not probiotics, these foods are foods that are not yet fermented into probiotics. They are fiber rich foods that have a fiber within them that naturally ferments, so it’s considered a prebiotic and not a probiotic. These foods condition your gut to produce probiotics (healthy bacteria for healthy gut flora) on their own. The top prebiotic foods include chicory root, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus and bananas. Get more of these foods in your diet as often as you can!
2. Eat More Probiotic Foods:
Probiotic foods are foods that already contain healthy fermented bacteria in them. These foods simply give your body that good bacteria to eat away at all the gunk in your gut and to help bowel movements be consistent, healthy and regular. The top probiotic foods are pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, raw cheese and raw milk. You can also get fermented vegetables or make them from scratch from home which is most ideal as you control the quality of ingredients, water and salt being used and so forth. Stay tuned for a digital course releasing soon called ‘The Fermentation Method’ which will teach you how to culture probiotic drinks and foods in your kitchen from scratch, increasing the quality and potency of good bacteria for your gut. Sign up to the Healthy Wild Free newsletter here for updates on that!
3. Eat Papaya & The Seeds:
Papaya is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat for the colon. If you live in a climate where you can grow papaya for yourself such as Florida, Hawaii or anywhere south, take advantage of that! This delicious fruit helps to regulate bowel movements, remove toxins from the body and maintain a healthy gut. The seeds are very spicy and you want to eat these also as they help to expel parasites from the Colon and body as they irritate them. You’ll see why once you take your first bite into a spicy papaya seed! Eat this fruit and the seeds, and your stomach and waistline will thank you. I used to live in Costa Rica and eat Papaya almost on a daily basis.
4. Eat Fish For Colon Health:
Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that benefits colon health. Vanderbilt university research shows that women who ate fish three times per week were 33% less likely to develop colon polyps. What’s important to know here is that most of these studies don’t take into account the quality of the fish. In other words, these women may have very well been eating farm raised fish which isn’t nearly as healthy as wild caught fish. If you eat fish, eat wild caught fish to ensure you get more omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients overall. Fish keep the colon slick and keep things moving right through!
5. Eat More Soluble Fiber Rich Foods:
Fiber has more than one form which most people are unaware of. There is soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. The difference is that soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not. Soluble fiber is valuable because it pairs with water in the body and creates an environment that allows for food and waste to flow through the body much easier. Think of soluble fiber like a water slide with water on it. Without water (soluble fiber) the person going down that slide will NOT have a fun time. We need soluble fiber rich foods in order to food to move through us. Soluble fiber with fluid helps to do just that. Soluble fiber rich foods include black beans, lima beans, Brussels sprouts, avocado, sweet potatoes, broccoli and turnips. Get more of these in your diet!
6. Eat More Insoluble Fiber Rich Foods:
As soluble fiber is valuable for making the fiber liquid and flow through well, insoluble fiber is more ‘roughage’ that creates mass that helps to push things through. Think of it like a broom that sweeps the walls of the colon helping to excrete anything that should not be there. You want both forms of fiber, one to help things slide through and one to brush the walls of the colon. The best sources of insoluble fiber foods are wheat bran and wheat germ, oat bran, most beans including black and lima beans, berries such as blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, turnips (once again!) green peas and spinach.
And there you have it! Getting more prebiotic foods, probiotic foods, both soluble and insoluble fiber rich foods, fish and papaya, along with the seeds, you can do it! be brave! These foods will help to cleanse your Colon, restore the intestinal flora and create an environment for a healthy digestive system as a whole. Be sure to sign up for the Healthy Wild Free newsletter by clicking here as we will be releasing the Fermentation Method within 1-2 weeks. This digital training will teach you how to create fermented foods and drinks that are RICH in probiotics and much healthier than probiotic pills, which are truly dying over time.
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