Aside from juice or vegetable-rich diets, there are other foods that are often included within a colon cleanse diet Whole grains are a good way to bulk up internal waste and help move it out of the system in a quick and efficient manner. This includes brown rice, sprouted wheat, and grains such as amaranth and quinoa that are easy to digest yet provide essential energy. It’s recommended when on a colon cleanse diet to stay away from excessive spices or too many ingredients. Raw, whole foods tend to be the best way to go for purifying and detoxifying your system.
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I know several people who SWEAR by these treatments (some like the water ones, some like the juice/smoothie-only cleanses.) They participate more frequently, though, seeking a cleanse with the change of seasons. The only reason to really avoid it is if you have a suppressed immune system to begin with, which is not a problem for you! Congratulations for being brave enough to write about the experience. I didn’t find it it to be very “gross” at all, but then again, I may have a high threshold for bodily functions.

It should be noted that the medical community probably has more trouble with the concept of detoxing than with any other aspect of alternative health and is frequently attacking it. Back in 2009, for example, a report by Voice of Young Science blasted detoxing and found it to be largely nonsense. But in fact, as I explained at the time, the report, was itself largely nonsense. The researchers chose the widest definition possible for detoxing including detox shampoos and spa therapies in their analysis, and they used very little science to back their claims--mostly personal opinion. The one valid point they did make is that the word "detox" has become so widely used that it has lost much of its meaning. That is true, and that's why I always clarify what kind of detoxing I'm referring to such as:
Fennel seed is a carminative herb that helps reduce colic, gas, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, and flatulence,20 while at the same time improving assimilation. It also can help break up kidney stones and uric acid in the tissues and is therefore used in treating gout. Fennel seed will help clear mucus and phlegm from the lungs, and it will also help rid the intestinal tract of mucus. Its tissue cleansing properties also have a cleansing effect on the gallbladder and liver. Fennel is very effective for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy. It can even be used to quiet hiccups and effectively reduce or eliminate intestinal gas.
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Flax seed and oats top the list of foods highest in both soluble and insoluble fibre. One tablespoon of ground flax seed contains four to six grams of fibre. Other foods high in soluble fibre include beans, peas, rice, barley, citrus, strawberry and apples. Foods high in insoluble fibre include whole wheat, rye, brown rice, barley, cabbage, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, turnips, cauliflower and apple (with skin).

Your digestive system is the main entry point of outside toxins, and as such is an important barrier between you and environmental toxins and invaders. It makes sense then that 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut. Your gut-associated lymphatic tissue (GALT) and microbiome are components of your immune system that are attached to the mucosal lining of your intestines. When that lining is covered with old, rotting feces, it makes it difficult for your immune system to do its job, and as a result, you catch colds and flus more easily, and the gut is virtually defenseless against invading parasites and Candida fungal overgrowth.


Unless you’re among the small percentage of people who get regular colonics, that’s how much waste the average American adult has piling up in their intestines, and it can seriously affect your digestive health, as well as your weight loss. According to a 2016 study, the average American is getting more than 50% of their calories from ultra-processed foods, like sugary drinks from Starbucks, pizza, sodas like Coke and Pepsi, microwaveable meals, cookies, candy, fried chicken, greasy burgers and fries.
In addition, the colon is the main elimination channel of the body. It is the means by which we eliminate the toxic waste of the digestive process, including massive amounts of E. coli bacteria. If that waste hangs around longer than necessary, its impact on the body is profound. We've already discussed how waste from the lymph system passes out through the colon, but so too does waste from the liver. The liver filters out dangerous drug residues, poisons, and excess cholesterol from the blood and passes them out of the body through the colon via the bile duct and gallbladder. Plug the colon and everything backs up--the net result is sickness and disease. The important point to remember here is that you can't even begin to cleanse and repair the other systems in the body until you clean out the colon so that the toxic material will have a path out of the body.
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.
So after drinking 4 glasses of this stuff and nothing happening, i discovered from other areas on this web site that the kind of sea salt is extremely important. I was using iodized sea salt and took the time to juice everything else myself. Would have been nice if he specified this in the recipe. So, FYI, use UN-IODIZED organic sea salt like Pink Himalayan or grayish-colored Celtic sea salt, not the store bought white stuff, per Dr Axe.
As a former medical examiner, I'm in agreement with the protocols suggested. Question: Given the toxic environment of most people's colons etc., can the sudden or even gradual removal of toxins exacerbate health problems in people with "leaky gut"...wherein great amounts of toxic materials, once mobilized...enter the blood stream suddenly and potentially cause anxiety, depression or even damage vital organs?

Terminalia chebula is called the "king of medicines" in Tibet and is one of the prime Ayurvedic herbs used in India because of its extraordinary healing powers. At the same time, it is known to promote tissue growth and health.21 Traditionally, it is used in natural colon cleansers to address constipation, digestive orders, irregular fevers, flatulence, ulcers, vomiting, colic, and hemorrhoids--as well as cancer.22 Gastric bypass surgery and colon cleansing
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