Most people have unhealthy colons and don’t even know it. If you’ve been feeling tired, sluggish, irritated, or bloated, it can be due to a toxic colon.
In fact, poor colon health is the culprit behind many “undiagnosable” health issues. Patients suffer for years without knowing what was truly causing their symptoms.
A toxic build-up in your colon can cause:
- Aching muscles
- Joint pain
- Poor skin
Worse yet, if left unchecked, a toxic colon can lead to cancer. Just last year it was estimated over 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Knowing the condition of your colon’s health can be critical in improving your overall health and quality of life.
Doctors will tell you to use laxatives as a solution. But they can do more harm than good.
Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about them:
“Laxative use can be dangerous … If you frequently use certain laxatives over a period of weeks or months, they can decrease your colon’s natural ability to contract and actually worsen constipation. In severe cases, overuse of laxatives can damage nerves, muscles and tissues of your large intestine.”
So, what can you do to keep your colon healthy?
For starters, make sure you’re having at least two healthy bowel movements every day. Anything less is a sign of a clogged and unhealthy colon.
In fact, if you’re not going regularly, much of the waste gets stored in your body. It’s critical you eat enough fiber to make sure everything gets cleared out on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you should eat grains like bread and breakfast cereals. These foods will spike your blood sugar and trigger a cascade of negative hormonal responses in your body. Instead, stick with nature’s fiber. That means plenty of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits (with the skin).
Eating enough of these natural fibers will ensure you’re doing everything you can diet-wise for your colon.
Once you’re eating enough fiber, you can also try these all-natural colon cleansers:
Cascara sagrada – This plant extract helps tone and strengthen the colon. It also helps your colon muscle contract, helping you become more “regular.” You can find it at your local health-food store. *You should not take more than 200-400 mg per day. Also, do not take it for more than a week. It’s to be used on occasion, when you feel you’re having trouble “eliminating.”
Flax seed – Not only does this provide a rich source of all-natural fiber, but the omega-3s help reduce inflammation. This helps relax the colon, letting toxins pass more easily. Here’s a quick tip: Sprinkle about a tablespoon or two of flax seeds on a salad. It’s an easy, tasty way to make sure you get more fiber in your diet.
Rhubarb – This vegetable acts as an astringent and neutralizes the effects of toxic buildup in your gut. Just like cascara sagrada, it also helps tighten and tone the muscle of the intestinal wall, improving your overall gastrointestinal function.
You should also cleanse your colon at least once a month to avoid backup of toxins. Our Master Herbalist suggests a Natural Colon Cleanse and drinking lots of water.