How to naturally cleanse your digestive system
The practice of natural colon cleansing dates back to ancient Greece and has various health benefits. It comes to no surprise that medical organisations and doctors around the world have tried to discredit natural gut cleansing in order to promote colonoscopies and pharmaceutical medicines, which they of course get incentives for.
Funnily enough, doctors will instruct patients to consume digestive-cleansing products before undergoing a colonoscopy procedure or treating intestinal problems! Seems contradictory, don't you think? Recently, there have been an increasing number of people and health practitioners who are encouraging gut cleanses!
Health benefits of digestive cleanses:
- Removes toxins and waste from the digestive system
- Allows for maximum absorption of nutrients
- Relieves constipation, excess digestive mucous and dry stools
- Increases energy, vitality and mood
- Improves immune system
- Improves better organ functioning
- Reduces bloating, cramps and gas
- Aids weight-loss
- Lowers the risk of colon cancer
There are various methods of cleansing the digestive system and they go under different names such as bowel cleanses, detoxes, flushes, juice diets and more.
Digestive cleansing methods
One of the easiest and safest ways to cleanse the colon naturally is by consuming water. Regularly drinking water promotes healthy bowel movements and prevents dehydration as well as dry, hard stools that sit for longer periods in the colon. Health practitioners encourage everybody to drink between 4 - 8 cups of water per day to facilitate moist, healthy bowel movements.
Research has found a link between herbal tea consumption and a lower risk of colon cancer. You can also get herbal teas which contain ingredients that specifically promote healthy functioning of the digestive system with detoxing qualities!
Fresh fruit and vegetables contain elements that help cleanse the digestive system, such as fiber, phytochemicals and natural sugars. While some believe in juice fasts, more recent studies suggest that is actually better to consume the fresh produce as either smoothies or in their natural form. Some of the best cleansing fruit/veggies are the ones that contain vitamin C and fiber (e.g. lemon, apples, kiwi fruit, broccoli, pineapple etc.).
Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is great for gut health! Drinking warm lemon water provides the most benefit when consumed on an empty stomach, which allows the compounds in the lemon to interact more easily with the gut mucosa. Lemons contain large amounts of citric acid which stimulates a system flush and increased urine output, aids in digestion and decreases kidney stones. Essentially, drinking warm lemon water helps keep things moving through the digestive system, alkalizes the body and keeps the digestive system clean!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
The use of apple cider vinegar for detoxification as well as other benefits goes back thousands of years.Apple cider vinegar helps flush out waste from our body while retaining the useful bacteria, and restores the digestive system to optimal functioning! It has also been recorded to prevent and relieve acid reflux and heartburn, and aid weight-loss.
Make sure you are purchasing the right kind of vinegar! View Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with "the 'Mother" >. "The Mother" comprises of strands of protein found in unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar which contain enzymes and beneficial bacteria. This is responsible for most of its health benefits, so it's important to only purchase this type of Apple Cider Vinegar!
Add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a 1/2 cup of warm water and sip slowly to relieve indigestion, heartburn or acid reflux. You can also sweeten it up with some Raw Unprocessed Local Honey. Drink first thing in the morning, after working out, or when dehydrated.
NATURAL CLEANSING REMEDIES
Pure Synergy Tissue Salts - A blend of lactose-free and sugar-free tissue salts that aid digestion, absorption and elimination. An excellent liver and kidney detox tonic (also supports weight-loss)!
Detox Drops - A natural herbal remedy formulated for teens and adults containing a selection of herbs for detoxification and flushing out the system. This natural remedy supports the body’s innate ability to remove toxins and waste by-products, without harmful side effects. By cleansing and refreshing all body systems, Detox Drops can also represent a wonderful start to any new program to stop smoking or begin a healthy weight loss program!
Natural Moves – for those who struggle with constipation, Natural Moves helps to gently yet effectively move your bowels, while at the same time cleansing your system. The best thing is that there are no unwanted side effects and your body will not become dependent on conventional laxatives!
While natural digestive cleanses are beneficial for most people, some health practitioners have cautioned certain people to be careful when it comes to cleansing out their system. Not to say that these people should completely avoid flushes, but to simply not do them too often.
People with preexisting bowel conditions should avoid bowel cleansing methods unless a health practitioner performs or prescribes them.
Who should be cautious of digestive cleanses?
- People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Kidney conditions
- Liver conditions
- Prior colon surgery
- Heart conditions
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