It’s almost hard to believe that 10-20 pounds of waste could be stuck in your colon, but it turns out that the colon is a pretty big place. And from time to time it may need a little help getting out all of those toxins built up over time.
These supposed toxins are rarely described by cleansers in detail, but generally referred to as “poisons” or “pollutants.” In the medical field, toxins can refer to just about anything, from alcohol, to foods, to medicines, to asbestos.
“Detoxing” can also refer to treatment for drug addiction, but that’s very different—here, we’re specifically discussing these food-and-drink cleanses. Your liver eliminates toxins from the body, but its function depends on the condition of your colon. The same applies to every cell in the body.
The waste from your liver, blood, lymph, throat, lungs, and sinuses ends up in the colon.
Nutrient leftovers also end in the colon. If your colon is “blocked,” none of these functions will give proper results. Toxic buildups cause severe health problems, meaning that you have to clean your colon more often.
The digestion of food lasts for 22-24 hours. The food you eat has plenty of time to travel through your digestive tract and the colon. Once your body is done digesting it, food leftovers are eliminated in the form of a toxic waste.
It takes 70 hours for the body to digest nutrient-deficient food. The waste accumulates in your colon, and you end up dealing with severe constipation and irregular bowel movement.
Dona Gates, the founder of Body Ecology, says that a healthy digestive system is important for the overall health.
Here are the most common symptoms of colon toxicity:
- Diarrhea, stomachache, gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation
- Joint and muscle pain
- Vaginal infections, poor immunity, skin rashes, bladder problems
- Anxiety, memory loss, depression, fatigue, mood swings, brain fog
Have you ever done a colon cleanse? It’s extremely effective, and you will never ever deal with a “clogged” colon again. We have a couple of nice suggestions, and it’s up to you to decide what works best for your body.
Maple Syrup Colon Cleanse
- 1 organic lemon, freshly squeezed
- 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup (grade B)
- ½ teaspoon organic cayenne pepper
- 12 ounces filtered water
Mix well and drink 4 times a day on an empty stomach for 2 weeks.
Don’t Starve Yourself
Be sure to eat a slow-carb diet with any cleanse despite what common juicing trends suggest.
If you drink nothing but juice/colon cleanse for a week, you’ll lose weight, but it’s because you’re not eating, not because your body is “detoxing”. Water is stored in your muscles with glycogen. When you eat a low-calorie diet, you use up those glycogen stores, and lose the water weight with it.
You’ll gain that water weight right back when you return to your normal diet. You’re also missing out on all those other vital nutrients like fat, fiber, and protein. In fact, some cleanses suggest that you avoid exercise when you’re on them because your caloric intake is so low—which leads to fatigue and dizziness.