5 Benefits of Colon Cleansing

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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With additives in our food, pesticides on our crops, and pollution all around us, many might say we live in a toxic age.[1] Sometimes all that toxic buildup can take its toll on the colon, which negatively affects digestion and overall health. When your colon is backed up with toxic material, your entire body becomes sluggish and unable to perform its day-to-day tasks. Luckily, your body does a good job detoxifying itself on a regular basis; however, some toxins require some help to facilitate removal.

Helping your body detoxify itself isn’t too difficult when you stop and think about it. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise are two of the most effective strategies.[2] But, sometimes we need a bit more when it comes to toxins, many of which can easily store themselves in the colon. So, if you think you need a colon cleanse, or you just want to look into the idea, don’t put it off. Here are 5 great benefits of colon cleansing you should know.

1. Improves Digestion and Prevents Occasional Constipation

Occasional constipation can make for poor digestion and vice versa. When digestion is impaired, and constipation ensues, waste products can linger in your body. This whole process can lead to the inability to absorb many of the nutrients you’re taking in, leading to a lack of energy and hampered immune function. Detoxing your colon allows those undigested waste products to be pushed through your system and also puts some ease in your bowel regularity. Since lingering waste can breed bacteria, this purge clears the way for good nutrient absorption, thereby supporting good health.[3]

2. Increases Energy and Concentration

Purging toxins from your colon allows energy from the intestines to focus elsewhere, meaning your energy levels could improve.[4] Nutrition is very important to mental health, and weak absorption of nutrients may lead to loss of concentration. In addition to having more energy, absorption of crucial vitamins responsible for mental clarity is improved—meaning your concentration may also be supported.[5]

3. Jumpstarts Weight Loss

Low-fiber food is often part of an unhealthy diet. Without adequate fiber, digestion and the body’s ability to feel “full” are affected.[6] Low fiber foods also linger much longer in the gut. When you cleanse the colon, this matter is flushed from the system, and, in some, may lead to significant weight loss. But, if you’re looking to lose weight, one study suggests that simply increasing fiber intake can help you shed unwanted pounds.[7]

4. Supports Overall Colon Health

All the toxins you take into your body will eventually make their way to the colon. By not cleansing your colon (and liver), these poisons can linger in the body, causing untold damage.[8] Ridding the body of waste supports the many functions of the colon, including digestion and proliferation of beneficial gut flora.

5. Encourages Whole Body Detox

As previously mentioned, the body is extremely intelligent in that it is constantly detoxifying itself every day. But sometimes the combination of environmental factors and poor lifestyle habits make it hard to catch up and your body may show signs of toxic colon overload. An oxygen-based cleanser may be helpful for encouraging colon detoxification by releasing oxygen.[9] Oxygen is important for facilitating removal of toxins, as is staying hydrated.

Something to Keep in Mind

If you find yourself feeling sluggish, detoxifying your colon might be just the thing you need. Perform the necessary research and talk to your trusted health care provider to determine the best solution for you. While most cleanses can be performed by virtually anyone, you need to listen to your body and do what’s right for you.

Have you ever tried a colon cleanse or thought about doing one? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • david

    I was sick all the time. I had very bad body odor. I had severe heart burn, diarrhea and many other problems. A doctor will not recommend colon cleaning because it will put him out of business. I used health plus super colon cleanser about 10 years ago. It is an all natural fiber supplement. I saw all kinds off nasty stuff come out of me. I used product for 2 weeks. I no longer have heart burn, bad body odor or diarrhea. If I get sick with the flu or anything else it is only a minor irritation. This truly is the key to a healthy life. I clean myself out 2 times a year for a week and haven’t felt this good since I was in my twenties. I am 52 now and have only been to the doctor for a sinus infection and nothing else. If you have any of these problems it could change your life.

  • Vernon moore

    Thank you so much I needed to hear that!!

  • In the near future, alternative medicine, such as herbs and vitamins will not be available over the counter. Stock up now while you still can. Big Pharma will not allow its profits to suffer due to the competition from mother nature’s remedies.

  • Amina Merchant

    the only references in this article are for high fiber diets. everything is is not proven


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