The colon is an organ that is part of the digestive tract in the body. It’s often called the large intestine or the large bowel. When food enters the body, it's digested mostly in the small intestine, where vitamins and minerals are taken out. After that, the food moves into the colon. The colon takes out water, and bacteria in the colon help break down the food to prepare it to leave the body. A healthy colon basically functions as the "cleanup" crew of the body.
If you are experiencing “brain fog,” depression, anxiety, or mood swings, it could be all in your gut. Up to 95 percent of your body’s neurotransmitters like serotonin are made – and used – in your gut. When you eat processed foods, your body has to use its own nutrient stores just to break that food down, so it causes a net loss in nutrients, with no gain. This process uses up magnesium and potassium, 2 very important nutrients that help your food move through your digestive system. The end results are constipation and nutrient deficiencies.
In truth, there are very few reported complaints about herbal laxatives when properly used. Problems occur when people dramatically overdose on such products, or more significantly, when manufacturers promote them for inappropriate uses. For example, several years ago, there was an incident in which a healthy young woman in her 30's used a "dieter's tea" product (a senna based drink) to lose weight. She died for no apparent reason, and the doctor's said it must have been the senna in the tea.
Many people with similar conditions have found a colon corrective type formula helpful. You may have to start with one capsule a day the first day, two the next, three the next, and so on until you find the right dosage. Some people have had to go as high as 18 capsules a day or more – depending on whose formula you use. Once you find a dosage that works, you can continue on it for several weeks as needed to help strengthen the bowel, and then slowly start backing it down by one capsule every week or so until you find the minimum dosage, if any, that you need to maintain regularity. Do not stop suddenly, or constipation is likely to result. Corrective formulas can often help the bowel come back to life, but you need to wean off them. Intestinal tracts do not like sudden changes.
It will remove old fecal matter and waste from the colon, heavy metals and drug residues, strengthen the colon muscle, repair any damage such as herniations and inflammations of the colon and small intestine, eliminate the presence of polyps and other abnormal growths, rebuild "friendly" bacteria cultures that ideally should line virtually every square inch of the tube -- from mouth to anus.
These fibrous and bright plants are great for sweeping clean the gut. They are also full of minerals and antioxidants that can help our body protect itself from the toxins we get exposed to. Keep in mind that if you have a lot of digestive issues it might be best to eat cooked vegetables, as these are easier to digest. Try simple soups, sautéing your greens or steaming them. Always add some healthy fat (butter, olive oil or avocado) and acid (lemon juice or vinegar) to support proper absorption of the vitamins in the greens.
Apple cider vinegar has antioxidant and antibiotic properties that are quite beneficial for a healthy gut and colon (11). The antibiotic property of apple cider vinegar is due to the presence of a bacterium called acetobacter in it, which aids digestion and proper functioning of your gut. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar increases the acid level in your stomach, eliminates toxins, and helps you lose weight (12).
In the colon, water is squeezed out and absorbed from food remnants, leaving behind a mixture of non-digestible fibre, bacteria, bile acids and cells that have been scraped off the intestinal wall. If bowel transit time is too slow, bacteria and fungi proliferate and toxins are reabsorbed. A healthy colon eliminates waste within six to 18 hours after every meal this means having two or three bowel movements a day. Clinical effects of colonic cleansing for general health promotion: a systematic review