Colon Cleansing Lifestyle
Why the Colon?
Are you looking to live a healthier lifestyle in 2013? Your colon otherwise known as the large intestine is essential to the digestion of the food you eat. It removes toxins and waste from your body, keeping you healthier. Many do not eat the optimal diets, and our digestive tract can become mired in a sticky, glue-like coating that inhibits proper digestion and waste removal. In order to cleanse this waste and toxins from our body we need to increase the fiber intake along with cleansing water in our diets. The investment into healthier eating is minimal versus the results of a healthier body, capable of many activities you felt too tired or sluggish to partake in.
Colon Healthy Food
high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals
1.Fruits - Fruits are very good at cleansing the colon and are very healthy for the body in general. They are best for you when eaten uncooked and preferably organic. Fruits contain plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some great fruits for cleansing he colon are apples, berries, mangoes, prunes, oranges, papayas to name just a few.
2. Vegetables - Vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidents as well. Raw is the healthiest way to eat most vegetables in order to retain the nutrients. However, steaming is another method of serving vegetables. Adding spices and herbs to vegetables makes it much more palatable and your children are more likely to try them. Adding carrots, celery, spinach to fruit smoothie is an easy way to get you or your children to eat their vegetables.
There is a huge variety of vegetables in the supermarkets and farmers markets - eating them does not need to be boring. Dark green vegetables are specially good for cleansing the colon. I sometimes blend vegetables and add them to soup with the stock - you can increase the amount of vegetables without the kids even knowing.
3. Whole-Grain Breads - Whole grain breads are great for adding fiber to the diet. Pass up on the highly processed white bread - all the nutrients have been removed from the bread. Originally this was done to remove the fiber which will increase the shelf-life of foods (but not the nutritional value). By processing the food we have removed much of the nutrients. Whole grain breads also usually lower in sugar and other preservatives.
Some great whole-Grain breads are whole wheat and rye breads
4. Brown Rice & Whole-Wheat Pasta - Now these foods contain lots of fiber but are lower in nutritional value. So be sure to serve these with healthy vegetables with a balanced meal.
5. Nuts & Seeds - Are very high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are great as a treat or added to salads and stir fry. Avoid buying salted and already roasted nuts. Flax seed is an example of a seed that is high in fiber and can be added in salads and cooking. Other great seeds and nuts are walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios and the coconut. Walnuts and flaxseeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids as well.
Although seeds and nuts are healthy for you it is important to practice moderation. Nuts can be high in fats.
6. Beans - Legumes such as kidney beans, navy beans, and chickpeas are very beneficial to the colon. They are high in fiber and protein as well. They are great in soup, stew, chili, and on top of a salad.
7. Cereals - cereals tend to be high in fiber. Be sure to avoid highly processed cereals that are high in added sugar. Many cereals contain wheat, bran, oats, and flax as well as added vitamins. Children tend to love the cereals - so this can be an easy way to get the fiber into their diet as well as added calcium.
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High Fiber Diet
Eating a diet high in fiber is healthy for the digestive tract. It also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Why We Should Cleanse the Colon
An enema is one way of cleansing the colon. But, let's face it - it is not the most attractive method. Fasting is another way to cleanse the colon - if you are comfortable with going without solid food for an entire 24 hours for this to be effective, then good for you. The easiest and the most sustainable method is to reduce the intake of processed foods and increase the intake of high fiber foods.
Unfortunately we have gotten away from eating for good health and have began to eat to satisfy urges and cravings that are completely unhealthy. In America and in other countries as well the diet has shifted to highly processed foods with large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, sugars, salt, processed white flours and highly processed meals with large amounts of preservatives. All of this for the sake of convenience and at the high cost of the loss of nutritional value. The unfortunate thing is that our children are being raised on these foods and have now developed a taste for these processed foods. We need to break this cycle or the epidemic of obesity and other diet related diseases will persist.
If you intend on trying an enema it is really important to check with your doctor. There are good reasons to use an enema but there are equally good reasons not to, always be safe and talk with your doctor before trying something new. However, removing unhealthy food options from your diet is always a good method of cleaning out your colon as well as improving your overall health.
Here is a site that gives more information about enemas - Curezone.com
Introducing Liquids through the rectum into the colon to produce peristalsis (or contractions of the colon)
Abstaining from food for a period of time (usually 24 hours for detoxification or cleansing)