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[A Healthy Colon | Colon Cleansing Agents
[Diet and a Healthy Colon | Daily Maintenance of Intestinal Health]

A Healthy Colon

The colon is one of the primary organs involved in the body's detoxification process. A healthy body has the natural ability to eliminate toxins that we are exposed to everyday. Harmful substances such as bacteria, pesticides, food additives, environmental pollutants, drugs and chemicals are filtered out by an internal detoxification process and eliminated through our intestines. Ammonia, a waste byproduct of protein metabolism and bacterial fermentation of food processed in the digestive tract, may be detoxified internally by a healthy elimination system.

The human body can only take so much. Following World War II, pesticide use was first designed to increase production of agricultural crops. Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides were initially hailed as a miracle of modern science. Since then, the 55-year-old chemical pesticide campaign to free agriculture of pests has contaminated our water, soil, air and food. Exposure to pesticides and industrial chemicals that have proliferated in our environment may overtax our body’s natural capacity to eliminate toxins properly.

The body’s first line of defense is a healthy colon. However, our internal detoxification process can breakdown from: overexposure to environmental pollutants in our air, food and water, poor diet, lack of adequate fiber, excessive alcohol and caffeine, high stress, lack of exercise, overuse of antibiotics and prescription medications. When the body’s internal detoxification process breaks down, toxins circulate into the bloodstream instead of being eliminated through the colon, causing illness, digestive ailments and other serious health disorders.

This produces a state of toxicity and COLON CLEANSING then becomes one of the most important steps in detoxification. Traditional healing systems such as Ayurveda, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western herbalism have always regarded internal cleansing as an integral part of maintaining health. According to Traditional Eastern Medicine, the need for cleansing can manifest itself with symptoms such as fatigue, sluggish digestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation, sinus congestion, skin disorders, joint pain, headaches and many more. In a world full of environmental toxins, our bodies can use the support of herbs that improve colon cleansing and our detoxification process.

Internal Cleansing Is An Integral Part of Maintaining Health. 

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Colon Cleansing Agents

The following are colon cleansing agents and their actions on the colon. 

Psyllium Husk Powder - Psyllium has had a long tradition of use as a bulking and lubricating agent for the digestive system.

Senna - Promotes regularity.* Promotes peristalsis, the rhythmic muscular contractions in the bowel that are responsible for the natural evacuation process.*

Fennel Seed - A carminative herb, high in Vitamin A and C. Also helpful for stomach acid. Fennel helps rid the intestinal tract of mucus.

Peppermint - Tonifying for the gastrointestinal tract. Aids in the process of digestion and increases the flow of bile.* Bile is stored in the gallbladder and released as needed for the digestion and breakdown of fats. Bile also transports toxins for elimination via the intestine. Soothes the colon.*

Papaya - Excellent digestive aid and source of enzymes that breakdown foods, making it easier to move down the colon without obstruction.* Breaks down uric and toxic acids in the body.

Cascara Sagrada - Intestinal tonifying and detoxification. Cascara Sagrada has been widely researched and considered a safe bowel and digestive aid.

Rose Hips - Astringent herb affecting the colon by controlling elimination and intestinal leakage. Soothes the colon.*

Buckthorn Bark - Promotes regularity.* Supports tone and muscular activity to the bowel.*

Oregon Grape Root - Skin and colon cleanse. Stimulates the secretion of bile. Soothes the colon.*

Celery - Naturally helps control water balance. Aids in the elimination of carbon dioxide from the body. Good source of minerals; magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.

Milk-Free Acidophilus - Provides friendly bacteria that controls harmful bacteria along the lining of the colon. Aids digestion.*  

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Diet and a Healthy Colon

A diet rich in the following food groups will help to maintain a healthy colon:

  • Wholesome, unprocessed foods
  • Psyllium fiber
  • Fruits and fruit juices
  • Quality protein:
    lean meats, fish, beans and legumes.
  • Complex Carbohydrates such as fresh/steamed vegetables and whole grains

AND…

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
  • Limit your dairy products, caffeine and alcohol intake.
  • Avoid refined sugars, fried foods and foods with chemical additives and preservatives.
  • Exercise is an important part of a cleansing program. Perspiration allows the skin to eliminate toxins.

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Daily Maintenance of Intestinal Health

Support your body’s ability to eliminate toxic buildup. Avoid chemicals and pollutants whenever possible.

Fiber is essential for intestinal health. The American Cancer Institute recommends eating 20-35 grams of fiber a day. Fiber keeps the digestive tract from getting clogged up with mucus, toxins and metabolic waste. It keeps the colon clean and waste matter moving. Fiber feeds and maintains a healthy intestinal flora.

Soluble fiber from foods such as Psyllium Husk, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) has been linked to elevated blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol attaches itself to soluble fiber and is carried out of the body with solid waste matter.

In 1997, the FDA added an amendment to the health claim regulations that allows the association between soluble fiber in the diet with a lowering in the risk of CHD. The new amendment adds psyllium husk to the sources of soluble fiber allowed to carry the claim for this nutrient-disease relationship. The FDA acknowledged the properties of psyllium husk as another soluble fiber that, along with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, could affect blood lipids and lower the risk of Coronary Heart Disease.

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