Posted on Feb 16, 2009 | Comments 0
Doctors and alternative health experts are on the fence about colonic hydrotherapy.
The colon plays a large role in the overall health of the human body and many believe that the colon can become clogged overtime, requiring a colon cleanse in order to remove mucoid plaque that accumulates.
But doctors and some alternative health practitioners alike worry about the potential harmful effects of colonic hydrotherapy including the possibilities of electrolyte imbalances and dehydration.
Fortunately, there are several foods and other products that might be just as effective in cleansing your colon.
Cleanse your colon with these natural methods
Prevention is the best first route to keeping your body clean. You can decrease the amount of excrement caught in the colon by consuming a healthy diet mostly consisting of raw foods.
Cooked foods lack the enzymes that aid in digestion and a colon cleaning becomes less necessary if the body is fueled with a regular diet of raw fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Fiber is also essential to increasing the health of your digestive system, and water is a fantastic, age-old way of cleansing the body of accumulating toxins. Organic coffee colonics are also sold as strong detoxifying agents.
Studies conducted by the Columbia University Department of surgery have also found that colonic coffees decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer and many other studies demonstrate the antioxidant properties found in coffee. But two of the most thorough and effective ways to cleanse your body is through a colon cleanse and a liver cleanse.
Exercise cures almost everything!
Regular exercise will also help keep you regular, as well as relieving stress. Some even recommend meditation and yoga to relieve stress, since stress also contributes to the development of an unhealthy colon. You can seek out clean air, and you can also attempt to have two or three bowel movements a day.
There are also probiotics advertised that promise to help promote the bacterial conditions for a healthy colon.
Many of the common life choices listed above that lead to an unhealthy colon, as well as the use of aspirin and antibiotics, kill off a large number of good bacteria found in the colon.
Good bacteria are able to fight or crowd out bad bacteria like yeast infections in the lower digestive system. Probiotics are also more effective than antibiotics when fighting infections and diseases.
Prunes, peppermint, and vitamin C can be consumed as mild natural laxatives that do not cause damage to the colon. There are many herbal treatments that also promise to safely serve as laxatives such as garlic supplements.
Taken over time, these natural laxatives will help you eliminate much of the mucoid plaque and parasites found in the colon. Also, these methods will keep your intestinal flora healthy, aiding in digestion.
These methods are also nowhere near as frightening as a colon cleanse and are far better for your wallet. Best of all, you don’t have to track down a highly specialized colon clinic. You can get most of these foods from the supermarket.
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