When you eat “clean” for a while, your colon begins to come back into a healthy state… I don’t think that you can under-emphasize the importance of a healthy colon!
The average American diet includes refined junk food, processed meats, fats, sugar, preservatives, toxins and not enough fiber. A poor diet combined with lack of dietary fiber makes maintenance of a healthy colon almost impossible. The colon contains about 60 varieties of bacteria, which aid digestion, promote vital nutrient production, help maintain pH balance and prevent growth of harmful bacteria. In a healthy colon, the beneficial bacteria outnumber the harmful one.
But unfortunately, most of us don’t have a healthy colon. Autointoxication is the process through which we self-poison ourselves through microorganisms, metabolic wastes and other poisons produced within the body. Worms and parasites typically enter the body through one of four major pathways: the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and our contact with the world around us–worms can also enter the body through airborne insects, such as infected mosquitoes, fleas, and common houseflies. Some are contracted through contaminated dust inhalation, skin penetration (walking barefoot outdoors, for example), international travel, and in some cases, through sexual contact. Yikes!
As humans, we are ill-equipped to deal with worm and parasitic infestation. Did you know that 90 % of all diseases and discomfort is directly or undirectly related to an unclean colon (due to impacted fecal matter)? Actually, the average American (of normal weight without any known allergies) might be carrying as much as 10 to 25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in his/her colon! It is predicted that 44 % of the current population will die as a result of colon-related issues!
The most common sign of a toxic colon is chronic constipation; the accumulation of old, hardened feces sticks to the walls of the colon and the passage is greatly reduces in diameter so stool becomes much narrower. You really wanted to know this, right? A person with a healthy colon should have one to three bowel movements per day and elimination should be fast and easy. The stool should be light brown in color, fluffy in texture with no offensive odor. Another common sign of a toxic colon is the classic potbelly; it is impossible to have a flat tummy when you are carrying around pounds of old fecal matter!
Fecal build-up on the colon wall is also the perfect breeding ground for parasites; recent medical studies estimate that 85 % of the North American adult population is infected with at least one form of parasite! These parasites weaken the immune system, feed on the most nutritious part of our diet, induce an inflammatory reaction, produce toxic waste that the body absorbs…Most frequent signs of parasites in human are bloated abdomen, inability to lose weight, dark circle under eyes, diarrhea or chronic constipation or both, moodiness, cravings for sweets, depression, anemia, chronic fatigue, food allergies, sinus congestion, water retention, bad body odor, bad breath, anal itching, constant abdominal discomfort.
So now you see how important it is to have a clean, strong and well-functioning colon. Treat your colon with kindness! Here are a few things that you can do, starting today!
- Eliminate from diet all that contributes to the problem: processed food, sugar, white flour and white flour products, most dairy, fruits and vegetables treated with pesticides, food additives, coloring, preservatives…
- Eat a diet high in fiber and nutrients: whole grains, oat bran, organic fruit and veggies, brown rice, fish…
- If you need extra fiber to keep your bowels moving freely and help break down and remove existing build-up, make sure the fiber supplement you choose has both soluble and insoluble fiber and that it contains psyllium husks to provide bulk and lubrication for the bowels.
- Organic, unsweetened yogurt is a great source of acidophilus, a beneficial bacteria that occurs naturally in colon—very useful to speed up recovery if you have taken antibiotics
- Drink your water, and then some!!!
- Exercise speeds up bowel action and encourages healthy elimination
- Antioparasitic natural compounds included Green Walnut hulls, Wormwood extract and Clove buds. Within the digestive tract, these compounds work together to discourage the survival and reproductive abilities of many common worms and parasites
- Probiotics (Acidophilus, Bifidus); these supplements rid the body of unwatned parasites, but can also cause the body to lose some of its beneficial flora. Fructooligosaccharides, or simply FOS, is a type of probicotic that has been shown in numerous studies to encourage the growth and activity of friendly bacteria
- Essential oils blends for colon health: Zendocrine, cloves, grapefruit, rosemary and geranium.