Thursday, February 16, 2012

What Colon Cleansing Is

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not authorized to offer medical advice. Below I share information about cleansing and opinions that have helped others and me to heal physically and emotionally. Please use these opinions at your own risk.

What Colon Cleansing Is
Colon cleansing is one of the best steps that you can take toward overall health. Even though it is commonly referred to as colon cleansing, it generally includes the large intestine. A thorough colon cleanse over an extended period of time may even cleanse parts of the small intestine.

The Best Colon Cleanse
There are a variety of products on the market to cleanse and flush your colon, but the best colon cleanse will include two main ingredients:  bentonite and psyllium. There is a third cleanse ingredient which may vary but always has the same effect: it is a laxative. During a colon cleanse, you will not be consuming as much as you normally would, so you may take a gentle stimulant to move things along. Some cleanses may include ginger. Ginger is a good additional cleanse ingredient because it helps to reduce bloating that occurs when the old material in your intestine begins to break down to be released.

The Three Most Important Cleanse Ingredients:
  • Bentonite (in liquid form)
  • Psyllium
  • Ginger

With A Cleanse More Isn’t Always Better
A colon cleanse formula may also have additional fibers like pectin, or ingredients to eliminate parasites, or other naturally helpful cleansing herbs. It is important to remember that more is not always better when it comes to cleansing. Keeping it simple with just the basic necessary ingredients is a good way to ensure a successful cleanse with minimal complications. You will also keep your cost down by purchasing only the ingredients that you actually need for colon cleansing.

How The Cleanse Works
  • You stop eating regular food.
  • You drink a Colon Cleanse Drink several times per day.
  • The bentonite sticks to whatever is in your intestines and colon.
  • If you have not eaten, the bentonite adsorbs toxins from your intestines and colon wall.
  • Psyllium captures the bentonite and toxins and adds bulk so bowels will move.
  • Natural laxative urges psyllium, bentonite and toxins out of your body.
Bentonite is used in colon cleansing because it is a powerful detoxifying agent. It cleanses by adsorbing toxins. That means that it causes toxins to stick to it, drawing them out of their hiding places in your colon and intestine. However, bentonite is not absorbed by the body so when it pulls out the toxins, they are ready to be removed instead of reabsorbing back into you! That’s where the psyllium comes in. As a cleanse agent, bentonite by itself is not very bulky. When you combine the bentonite with the psyllium, the mixture now has enough fiber (bulk mass) to stimulate your natural bowel processes. The psyllium forms a gelatin-like substance that traps the bentonite and all of the toxins that have been cleansed from your intestines and colon. Then, they are ready to be released! That is where the laxative comes in. Whether you are using a salt water flush, or senna (natural laxative herb) tea, or a natural capsule with ingredients to gently stimulate digestion, your goal is now to move the suspended toxins out of your body when you pass your bowels. That process, repeated for several days or weeks, is what is known as colon cleansing!

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what colon cleansing is and how the cleanse works.