Colon cleansing itself is an “iffy” topic and the reality is there is little prove that detox and cleanse actually remove toxins from your body.
That being said we know first hand the benefits of focusing whole heatedly on your health for a 7-day program, as we hold detox retreats in many places around the world.
Every cleansing method is considered “natural”, meaning that it contains no pharmaceutical ingredients. While this can be a good thing, it is also a cause for concern to many people, because the United States Food and Drug Administration do not regulate these products. Herbal and natural products have also come under fire recently on the internet, where anyone and everyone is free to speak their mind and share their opinion. Some of the time, there are fundamental reasons for people to doubt or condemn a product, and some of the time, they do it out of pure speculation.
Let’s take a general look at some products and “kits”. Most products you will find online are either some sort of concoction of powders, pills, and some of them even have enemas.
That being said, what the heck are you supposed to look for in a product, to help you make a good decision when making a choice of what to purchase and use? We will tell you!
The first thing you need to look for in a quality product is a high amount of fiber. Fiber is no magical or secret ingredient, as it is part of our natural food intake, and something our bodies must consume on a regular basis. When a product aims to help “cleanse” your digestive system, one of the most important ingredients is also one of the most simple, and that is fiber.
What fiber does for us is helps to soften food once it has been digested from our stomach. When food is broken down within our bodies, it can then pass through and our body can empty it, making room for more fresh food. If you were to picture what the outcome would be if you put a meal in a blender, you could quickly see that it might still be pretty solid, and not something that could easily pass through your intestines. Fiber is introduced to the food, which helps break it down further, and make it more malleable so that it can pass through our bodies without “clogging” our system, which is what has happened when a person suffers from constipation.
What can fiber do for you?
- Fiber can relieve constipation.
- Soluble fiber can reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, and other contaminants in the blood, improving circulation, and helping to prevent heart disease.
- In women, research suggests that high fiber diets can reduce the risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers.
- Fiber can regulate blood sugar levels, which helps prevent diabetes. In some cases, it can help people who already suffer from diabetes, and reduce their symptoms.
- High fiber can help prevent diverticula, a condition where small pouches develop within the walls of the colon. Diverticular disease can cause diarrhea, constipation, pain, and infection.
As you can clearly see, a high concentration of fiber can be really good for you. Most of us are simply very undernourished due to the foods we eat, so a good colon cleansing system can help regulate us and give us the necessary nutrients in which we lack.
Now, without speaking on any specific products in particular, most of them do offer fiber. However, what else do they offer, and how can it help you?
The answer to that one is easy. Probiotics!
Probiotics are actually quite amazing. These little gems will actually enter your body and assist your digestive system by increasing the natural occurrence of the good bacteria that are within. Basically, each and every one of us has certain bacteria that live and thrive within our bodies. These bacteria are necessary for the proper breakdown and processing of food and nutrients, and probiotics will actually help your body better produce these necessary bacteria.
What can probiotics do for you?
- In women, there is a naturally occurring bacterium within the vagina called “Lactobacilli”. This bacterium is necessary to maintain proper healthy bacteria levels within the vagina. Sometimes, Lactobacilli can be reduced, and this can allow infections and negative bacteria to form. Probiotics help promote this natural, helpful bacteria, thus reducing the odds of getting an infection.
- Your gastrointestinal tract is full of helpful bacteria, which helps to defeat sickness and kill bad bacteria within your body. Often times, this bacteria can be reduced so much that you can get very sick, which is commonly seen when overseas travelers get sick. Probiotics can help keep these good bacteria within your intestines, which reduces the likeliness of you getting ill and getting diarrhea, as well as shorten the duration of a sickness you may already have.
- Some studies show that using probiotics can help to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Roughly, 60 million Americans suffer from IBS, which causes pain and discomfort in the abdomen, as well as constipation and diarrhea.
- One study showed that the use of oxalate consuming probiotics could reduce the chances of a kidney stone developing. Oxalates are stored in your urine, and they are the leading cause of kidney stones.
Probiotics really help your GI tract, bowels, and digestive function, as well as help prevent illness and fight harmful bacteria, within the body, as well as the intestines. When cleaning your intestines out, they are a necessary ingredient to really put you in tip-top shape.
Ok, so look for fiber and probiotics. This is getting interesting… Is there anything else I should look for in a quality product?
Yes. Be sure to look at kits that contain antioxidants! We will admit, they are rare, but if you can find them, they are usually a good choice. If you cannot find a quality product that includes antioxidants, don’t worry, you can purchase these separately, as you have a really good chance of not getting any from your regular diet.
Antioxidants are yet another crucial ingredient in the quest for great health. Antioxidants are agents that combat oxidants and free radicals within the body. Free radicals and heavy oxidation have been linked to cancer in numerous studies, as well as the aging process, bad skin, hair loss, tooth decay, colon and liver cancer, and more!
Within our bodies, there are three naturally occurring antioxidant enzymes. These are Superoxide Dismutase, Catalase, and Glutathione. Superoxide Dismutase grabs oxidants within your body and forces them to change and break down to hydrogen peroxide. Then, Catalase breaks down the hydrogen peroxide into water and very small oxygen particles and gasses. Glutathione is a detoxifying agent that binds itself to different toxins as to allow them to be digested from the body.
Now you should have a good idea of why antioxidants can really help in the colon cleansing and detoxification process.
What can antioxidants do for you?
- Reduce the likeliness of nearly all forms of cancer.
- Remove heavy toxins from your body by finding them, capturing them, breaking them down, and then digesting them. This is why it is so important to make sure to include a good amount of antioxidants in a cleansing process.
- Reduce the chances of liver and kidney failure.
- Reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke.
- Severely reduce the chance of falling victim to colon and intestinal cancer.
Ok… So far, we have fiber, probiotics, and antioxidants… There can’t possibly be anything else one of these systems can provide me with, right? Wrong.
Do you think you get enough vitamins and minerals with the food you eat?… No, neither did we.
Last but not least, most good colon cleansing systems will flood your body with essential vitamins and minerals. These are more basic nutrients that your body needs to properly breakdown and digest food, as well as retain nutrients that are found within the food you eat. Having an unhealthy colon and digestive system can result in faster or slower bowel movements than your body is used to.
This means that food you eat will usually not deliver all of the nutrients it has to offer, because your body is not processing them correctly. Vitamins and minerals within a colon cleanse and detoxification program will help replenish the nutrients your body needs, and then the entire process of the cleanse will help you get back to normal internally, and then retain many more nutrients from your diet.
What do vitamins and minerals in a colon cleanse and detoxification program do for you?
- They help restore the natural balance of, well, vitamins and minerals! We could write a hundred pages on why your body needs vitamins and minerals to function properly.
- Most of them will provide a boost in vitamins and minerals that will help your body replenish what it needs, and then have some left over, just in case.
- What kind of vitamins are we talking about? Well… Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin H, and Vitamin K.
- Ok, but what minerals are we talking about? Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur, and chloride. Also, trace minerals that you need smaller amounts of, are chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc.
When combined in high concentration within our bodies, all of these ingredients prove to be extremely beneficial to our overall health!
So when you combine high amounts of necessary fiber, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anything and everything else the colon cleanse system may provide you, they really work together to help flush your body from start to finish.
The fiber will enter your body and help break down food, whether new, or stored, and prepare it to be flushed from your body.
The probiotics will increase the level of bacteria within your intestines that helps maintain optimum digestion, which also helps remove anything that is stuck or simply not passing through your intestines.
The mixture of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anything else, will help your body flush a wide array of toxins that literally pollute the inside of our bodies, as well as retain a great balance of internal health. Replenishing your body with what it needs will also allow it to function normally, and then it can work harder at retaining essential vitamins and minerals from natural food sources.
On top of all these ingredients, many cleanses encourage you to maintain a strict diet while undergoing the cleanse process, as well as drinking plenty of water, due to the higher risk of dehydration while flushing your body.
The real benefit of cleansing and detoxification comes from it’s ability help remove harmful toxins and poisons from your body.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry defines detoxification as “the process of removing a poison or toxin or the effect of either from an area or individual.”
Some of these toxins will stagnate within our bodies and slowly degrade our health, which can really affect our overall health. By helping to remove these toxins, colon-cleansing kits can really do a lot to improve our day-to-day life.
So let us be the first to say that cleansing will not remove pound after pound of foreign material from your body, but it will help remove toxins, heavy metal toxicity, and harmful mineral deposits, from nearly every inch of your body.
The long-term buildup of these toxins in a person’s body can really lead to some pretty negative effects. Heavy-metal deposits can lead to sickness, including damage liver and kidneys. Other toxins can lead to heavy oxidation within the blood and organs, which will help support the environment needed for things such as cancer cells to properly thrive, so it is no wonder that everyone needs to remove these oxidation-causing toxins from their bodies.
Getting rid of this horrible mixture of toxins will not only improve your overall health, but it can also do other amazing things, such as improving skin, improving circulatory function, improving memory, reducing stress, strengthening the immune system, improving digestion, and many other things.
As you can see, there is no magic behind a quality and beneficial colon-cleansing product. These products simply serve to help each and every one of us achieve and maintain a healthier body. Their biggest benefit, however, is that they save you time and money by combining everything necessary to rid your body of harmful toxins and pollutants, in one convenient package.
This saves the guesswork that many people have to deal with when trying to piece together their own colon cleanse kit to save a few dollars, as when many go this route, they end up purchasing products that may not actually benefit them whatsoever, and even end up hurting them in the long run.
Having everything packaged together, with detailed instructions, and a well laid out and planned diet guide, will also save anyone money because they won’t have to go out and individually piece together each and every product, sometimes using more or less than is actually necessary.
So what about the products that contain enemas?
Well, to be honest, enemas are usually completely unnecessary. The job of an enema is to clean out your rectum, and nothing more. While some may benefit from this, it really isn’t necessary. So by all means, try to avoid factoring in whether or not a product contains an enema. A few products out there on the market include an enema purely for the fact that it makes their package, or “system”, look like it gives the consumer more for their money.
Some of the more popular body detoxification products will explain in their instructions the importance of staying hydrated, and having a high intake of electrolytes.
The reason for this is because when your body is persuaded to flush out toxins and empty your intestines, your body may become dehydrated, and this may result in a severe lack of necessary electrolytes within your body. A simple and safe way to remedy this would be to drink plenty of “hydrating energy drinks”, which contain electrolytes.
As we mentioned earlier, a good diet is usually a very necessary step in the cleansing process if you would like to be successful.
A high intake of fruits and vegetables is always good for you, but consuming a good amount of the darker green variety of vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, wheatgrass, spinach, and more, on regular daily basis, will really help your body flush toxins, and will also really improve your body’s ability to clean itself out, especially when you’re performing a colon cleanse or detoxification program.
So, now that you know the basics about detox and cleanse, which program or product should you choose?
We simply cannot recommend one product over another for everyone. The reason being, everybody is different, and more specifically, each and every one of us has our own unique dietary needs.
For instance, some of us have a regular diet that contains very large amounts of healthy fiber, so we would not necessarily need extra fiber as much as the next person does. On the other hand, we may have more toxins resting latent within our bodies, and thus we need to place more of an emphasis on the ingredients that can help to flush these harmful toxins from our bodies.
Because of this, it would be very tough for us to recommend one single product in particular. Each and every one of us will benefit differently from any given product. Therefore, we recommend looking at some of the more popular products on the market, and making a decision based on your particular needs.
Another recent trend that we’ve seen pop up and really flood the market lately are products which contain ingredients that will destroy, and thus help rid your body of, worms, parasites, and all of the other nasty things that are rumored to live within most of our bodies.
It is no secret that many of us will, at one point or another in our lives, be infected with some type of worm. While the thought is pretty disgusting, it is something that most of us must face. Therefore, when one of these products destroys these worms and their eggs, or any other bad parasite that may be living within us for that matter, they can then be flushed from our bodies. And, what better time to do this, then during a colon cleanse?