Many holistic health practitioners believe illness and disease begin with a toxic colon. Use this colon cleanse recipe to help clean out and detox the colon and intestinal tract. Whether we’re fasting or not, it’s important to ensure our colons are functioning properly.
Just as we attempt to stimulate the eliminative processes of the skin and the lungs through dry skin brushing and breathing exercises, we can also enhance bowel activity and health by performing a colon cleanse. The liver in particular plays a major role in bodily detox, and it uses the colon as its “dumping ground”.
One of the plagues of our modern society is sluggish, under-active colons. Thanks to over-processed, denatured foods, over eating slow-to-digest meats, and not getting enough fiber, many of us have bowels that aren’t working at their peak of performance. But even if we eat a diet of carefully chosen healthful and natural foods, we still benefit from an occasional colon cleanse.
In our normal eating patterns, when waste matter doesn’t move along quickly through the colon, it dehydrates and hardens, becoming a thick and sticky mass. This old, undigested and putrified matter becomes more and more difficult for the body to eliminate, and can harbor unwanted bacteria, toxins and parasites. It can also hinder the flow of normal digestive fluids from the liver and pancreas.
Rehydration and removal of this waste matter is paramount to healthy colon function and to optimum physical health.
Psyllium husks have a unique characteristic in that when mixed with water, they swell up, creating a slippery, gelatin-like substance. This “gelatin” holds a great deal of water in the bowels, helping to soften the feces. Its slipperiness then then acts as a lubricant for easier elimination. The extra bulk created by the psyllium will stimulate better peristalsis, the movement of the muscles in the walls of the intestines that “pushes” the matter along.
Psyllium husks are an all-natural product, being the outer hull of the seeds of the Plantago plant. While they have been used for hundreds of years in Europe for treating bowel problems, the West has only recently caught on. Now, many over the counter laxatives contain forms of psyllium.
For our purposes in detoxing, we want to use the highest quality, preferably organic, psyllium. Drinking plenty of water along with the psyllium is a must, otherwise it can be dehydrating to the rest of the body as it absorbs and holds water in the intestines.