When it comes to detoxing, the colon is our leading weapon in eliminating toxins from our bodies. The colon stores waste until we are ready to expel it, and a healthy body should be having 1 -2 bowel movements per day; any less and the body is constipated. It doesn’t take too much imagination to realize that waste accumulating in the colon is not helping our bodies achieve wellness.
A colon that is not operating as well as it should can lead to a variety of ailments such as sluggishness, gas, even acne and an inability to concentrate. The situation can deteriorate further if not dealt with: a sad statistic is that colon cancer is currently the second most deadly cancer in the US.
More and more people are turning to a healthy colon cleanse to wash out a build up of toxins, accumulated through poor diet or a polluted environment. Among the benefits that people experience are a clearing of long-term skin problems, much more energy, a feeling of ‘lightness’ and weight loss.
Some people experience some mild side-effects from the detox process such as cold or flu-like symptoms, listlessness or a slight skin rash. These symptoms only last for anything from an hour to a couple of days, and are well worth the discomfort for the benefits that are felt after the cleanse is complete.
A colon cleanse is also recommended before any other kind of cleanse of detox program. As the colon is responsible for eliminating waste from the body, it makes sense that this is clear of toxins, before allowing other toxins from the rest of the body to pass through it. A healthy and clear colon will help and speed up any further toxin elimination.
There are many commercial colon cleanse products available – some are better than others. One of the most popular natural cleanses on the market is the Blessed Herbs Colon Cleanse. This product helps achieve a healthy colon with its two herbal supplements that are taken several times a day.
The first is a toxin absorber which contains psyllium seed husks to help scrub clean the colon walls, apple pectin, to block triglycerides and fatty acids, and betonite clay, which miraculously draws in toxins of up to 40 times its own weight, and safely carries them out of the body. In addition, the toxin absorber is taken with either ginger root or peppermint leaf. Both of these help to calm any uncomfortable side-effects from the psyllium seeds. Ginger root can also encourage friendly bacteria in the gut and speedily expel toxins, however it is not suitable for those taking aspirin or blood-thinning medication, and so peppermint is a good alternative.
The toxin absorber is taken 5 times a day with organic apple juice, which has been found to be the tastiest way to take it.
In addition, the cleanse includes a Digestive Stimulator which is taken three times a day. This mixture of 14 natural ingredients helps keep bowel movements regular. The ingredients also calm the digestive system and eliminate bloating.
For the bravest amongst you, the cleanse can be taken over a period of 9 days, which includes a 5 day liquid fast. This will give you the strongest cleanse with the most beneficial results. If you’re not feeling up to living without solid food for 5 days, you can take the cleanse over a period of 8 days, with a modified diet, or over 30 days, which doesn’t require any diet changes. These two options are not going to achieve the most dramatic effects, however you will still feel the benefits of a good cleanse.
This article was written by Linda Kelly of HealthyNewAge.com, the alternative therapy blog and web site.