What is a Colon Detox

Many natural health practitioners believe that cleansing your colon or colon detox is an important part of keeping your body toxin free. The colon helps rid your body of waste and therefore is often the site of accumulated toxins; if you're often constipated, those toxins are simply sitting in your bowels longer. Some believe that your entire bowel system should be flushed out from time to time. Whether you do so regularly or are considering trying for the first time, knowing how to safely partake in a colon detox is important.

One healthy way to speed up your system and, in a sense cleanse and detox your colon, is to opt for a diet high in fiber and natural foods. You should also eliminate processed food, alcohol, refined sugars and saturated fat. The raw food diet, for example, will deliver loads of nutrients and fiber in a very healthy way to reduce the toxin entering and leaving your body.

Probiotics are another important component of a colon cleanse; these days there's no shortage of food products containing them. From yogurt to probiotic fortified cottage cheese, these active bacterias help your digestive system naturally.

Some use herbal blends to cleanse the colon, though these remedies can do more harm than good. Side effects of herbal blend cleanses can include nausea, diarrhea and cramping. Even so, slippery elm, cascara sagrada, aloes and senna can be found in popular colon cleanse products.

Another questionable colon cleanse method is an enema or colonic, in which your colon is literally flushed out. But again, many doctors believe this is an unnecessary procedure that can take out the good along with the bad. 

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