Since it is Spring and officially the season of detoxing, we have recently written about how to detox different parts of your body. There are 5 main detoxification organs in your body, which all play an important role in your everyday health and removal of waste from your cells. We have gone over how to detox your liver, the importance of detoxing your kidneys, how to support your skin, as well as how to detox your mind (our honorary 6th organ to detox!). We still have the intestines (the colon) and the lungs to go over and detox.
Your Intestines (Colon)
The digestive system is a long and winding path that begins in your mouth (actually your digestive system gets activated by both sight and smell, so it all starts even before your mouth). The colon is the last section of your intestines that food moves through before it is eliminated; any excess water in the indigestible food matter is absorbed into the body through the colon. The majority of nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, are absorbed into the body earlier in the digestive process through the small intestine.
There are billions of bacteria found in the colon that are responsible for maintaining balance and properly fermenting the waste. Some of these bacteria are also responsible for producing different vitamins- in particular vitamin K (which helps with proper blood function) and vitamin B12 (which is an important B vitamin for the body to deal with stress hormones).
Why Detox the Colon?
It is so important to support the health of the colon because in order for waste to properly be removed from the body, the colon must be working optimally. Constipation or other bowel problems are messages from the body that you need to do something to support colon health. While there are a multitude of factors that contribute to challenges with waste removal (ranging from dehydration to food allergies), sometimes an imbalance in the colon could be a huge contributing factor.
It is common for the bacteria to be out of balance in the colon, meaning there could be a lack of "good" bacteria and an overabundance of "bad" bacteria, yeast, and other microbes that have a negative impact on health and wellness.
How to Detox the Colon
1. Eat Fiber.
There are two different types of fiber- insoluble (think of scratchy, rough) and soluble (think soft and squishy). You want to focus specifically on insoluble fiber to get things moving in the colon. Soluble fiber is important too, but serves a different purpose- it will make you feel full and satiated for longer, slow down digestion, and help lower blood sugar.
Sources of insoluble fiber: celery, broccoli, brown rice, quinoa, dark leafy greens, whole grains, the skins of root vegetables
2. Increase your water intake.
As with all of the detox organs, water is essential to keep things moving and flush toxins out of the body.
3. Consider a parasite cleanse.
Doing a parasite cleanse is one of the best ways to clear out bad bacteria, yeast, and parasites from the colon. If you want to do a parasite cleanse we highly suggest consulting with a health practitioner. We have a lot of experience with parasite cleanses. Let us know if you want more information- firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Restore your good bacteria.
Probiotic supplements are an amazing way to replenish and restore the good bacteria in your gut. We recommend taking probiotics after you have done a parasite cleanse or herbs/supplements that help clear out the bad bacteria (because some of the good guys get cleared out too). You do not need to take probiotics forever. Taking a high quality probiotic supplement for 2-4 weeks will repopulate your gut.
The April Detox Diet