Your colon does execute (or should I say excretes) the most obvious of responsibilities, however, it also plays a larger role in the overall health of your body. Not only does your colon discharge waste from your body, it also ensures that toxins, pesticides and other harmful chemicals leave your body with said excrement! It is an extremely important part of your body’s elimination and detoxification process – not something you want to neglect.
When your colon isn’t functioning properly, your body holds on to these toxins longer than usual, exposing your body to potential illness. These toxins sit stagnant in your malfunctioning colon until they are absorbed into the walls of your colon and then your bloodstream.
The importance of your colon is pretty clear now, isn’t it?
Let’s consider the amount of processed foods, refined sugars, additives and chemicals our body is exposed to on a daily basis. This puts a huge burden on your colon to get rid of these toxins at an orderly, and efficient rate! If you’re not regular, you could be susceptible to harmful bacteria.
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We are constantly fighting against environmental toxins, as well as all of the toxins we eat, drink, and put on our body, it’s often helpful to give our liver and digestive system a little bit of a break in order to press the reset button and get things moving regularly once again.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Frequent loose stools
- Irregular bowel movements (or less than 1 bowel movement/day)
If you have more than one of the above symptoms, you may want to take this quiz to see if you might need a more intensive detox program or not:
A detox program is also great way to help identify what foods may be triggering your digestive issues, as well as give your system a break while supporting your organs of elimination (your colon included!). If food intolerances or sensitivities are suspected – remove these from your diet for at least 30 days and slowly reintroduce them one by one to monitor how your digestive system responds.
If you are looking for a simple at home recipe for a digestive tonic here is one of our favorites:
3 Juice Colon Cleanse
This recipe is the creation of Dr. Axe. You can view the original source here.
- 1/2 cup organic apple juice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ginger juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup warm, purified water
- Place 3.5 ounces of purified water in a pan. You want to warm the water, not boil it so you can drink the water at a safe temperature
- Once it is warm, pour it into a tall glass. Then add the sea salt and stir.
- Add the apple juice, ginger juice, and fresh lemon juice. Stir.
- Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Then have this mixture again just before a light lunch, and again mid-afternoon.
Additional Colon Support:
Remember that a balanced diet with a healthy dose of soluble and insoluble fiber coupled with proper hydration are key steps in keeping things moving regularly – don’t forget the basics!
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