Cleanliness is next to godliness, asserts an old proverb. Our ancestors were wise. Naturopathic and holistic physicians have long observed that when a person cleanses the digestive tract and especially the colon vigour, vitality and immune strength all increase. But how do you know if you need to cleanse your colon? Secondly, how can this be accomplished effectively and easily?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it’s likely that you could benefit from a colon cleanse.
- Are you often tired?
- Do you frequently catch colds?
- Do you have constipation, chronic diarrhea, bloating or gas?
- Is mucus perceptible in your stools?
- Do you suspect that you have parasites or a yeast infection?
Thanks to the effects of environmental pollutants and modern diets, layer after layer of gluey, undigested material may accumulate in the colon, forming a tough, rubbery, black substance. This can stretch the colon and related body structures out of shape. In the small intestine, it prevents nutrient absorption. Decaying matter in the colon provides an excellent breeding ground for putrefactive bacteria, which release toxins that can enter the bloodstream, potentially producing illness. For instance, the putrefactive Escherichia coli (the famous E. coli) can produce ethionine, which causes cancer in laboratory animals.
Ordinary bowel movements do not remove this accumulated material. However, it is possible to release old waste from your digestive tract. The keys to success are: a diet that doesn’t encourage the formation of new deposits (non-mucoid diet), the use of a special colon cleansing kit such as that developed by Robert Gray, which gently removes old deposits, and regular dry brushing of the skin, which stimulates lymphatic drainage.
The Non-Mucoid Diet
Processed and junk foods and most foods of animal origin contribute heavily to the accumulation of waste material in the gut. The body can cleanly digest vegetables and fruits (except for sulphured fruits and gas-ripened bananas). Other excellent cleansing foods include millet and sprouted grains and beans.
Colon Cleansing Kits
A healthier diet stops the formation of new stagnant material. But how do you remove old, hardened fecal matter? This is where a high quality colon cleansing kit comes in. It will include the following components:
- a psyllium-based bulking agent
- an herbal formula that breaks down old fecal matter
- a high quality acidophilus supplement
- a dry skin brush made from natural vegetable bristles
- complete instructions and dosage schedules.
A psyllium husk and seed bulking agent provides insoluble fibre that adds volume to stool, lowers transit time, removes stagnant material and putrefactive toxins, soothes inflamed tissues and promotes the growth of friendly bacteria. The addition of dandelion root, cloves, onion and spirulina will further enhance a bulking agent’s effectiveness by promoting the growth of lactobacteria while inhibiting parasites.
Certain herbs, when combined, are capable of dissolving the most hardened, stagnant fecal matter. Effective herbs include chickweed, Irish moss, cloves, rosemary, corn silk extract, bayberry bark and plantain. They also purify the blood and stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria while soothing the entire intestinal tract.
For optimum overall health, your gut needs to be colonized with “friendly bacteria,” not putrefactive varieties. Hence, effective colon cleansing kits include a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement.
Used for four to five minutes daily, a dry skin brush will improve circulation and facilitate the removal of toxins already present in the blood.
For most people, completing a full cleanse takes three to four months. The daily time investment required is small, but the long-term commitment guarantees success in the end. Once a colon-cleansing program is completed, continue with a diet low in allergenic foods and animal products and high in dietary fibre to build a high concentration of “friendly” bacteria within the intestines and ensure that you stay in good health. However, if you are pregnant or have any inflammatory bowel disease, use of a colon cleansing kit is contraindicated. See a holistic health-care practitioner for dietary advice.