If you like the idea of "cleansing" your body, and of course, doing so safely, you need look no further than the produce and bulk food aisles of your local grocery store. Part of why so many people are plagued with a bloated, constipated feeling, the very feeling that leads them to consider colon cleansing, is a poor diet. Without proper nutrients, natural whole foods, and plenty of fiber and water, the digestive tract doesn't function optimally. 
What’s so good about this acidic fruit? It stimulates the liver to produce more bile. This helps the stomach move food through the gut while cleaning the large intestines. A lemon cleanse, in fact, is also known as a master cleanse and for good reason. It’s high in water-soluble vitamin C, which easily passes through your system and combats free radicals. Lemons also fall into the classification of anionic foods, which assist in production of vital digestion fluids, such as stomach acid and saliva.
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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


The colon is an intricate part of the large intestine. Also called the large bowel, your large intestine connects the small intestine to the anus. The four major components of the large intestine are the cecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal. The colon is tubular shaped and connects the cecum to the rectum. It has several layers of muscle and fat with a mucous membrane as its inner lining. The “U” shaped colon subdivides into four sections—the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and sigmoid colon. On average, the colon is around five feet long in adults and takes up the majority of space inside the abdominal cavity.[1]
Your intestinal tract is the source of all nutrient access to your body. If it isn't working properly, you have two major problems. First, you have a hard time digesting food--breaking it down sufficiently so that your body can use it. And then, even if you can digest it properly, if the intestinal wall is covered with hardened mucous and/or colonies of hostile bacteria, you'll end up absorbing only a fraction of the nutritional value of the food you eat. Natural Colon Cleansing: Is It Necessary?
I recommend a summer and winter liver and blood cleaning and a fall and spring intestinal cleansing combined with a heavy metal detox. Alternating these cleansing programs promotes optimal wellness and vitality throughout the entire body, plus offsets disease and signs of aging. If it helps get you in the mood, think of these as seasonal cleanses: summer, spring, winter, and fall.
When you take a probiotic to try to restore the balance and feed your microbiome, a dose much larger than what’s recommended on the bottle is needed to be effective. This is one of the reasons why Flora-Key comes as a powder and not in capsules, to make it easier to reach the doses you need to promote healthy digestion and good moods. Once your microbiome is restored to health, moods are stable, digestion moves smoothly, and because toxins are being eliminated, weight loss becomes much easier.

Most people need to drink more water. Water is the universal solvent, and an insufficient amount of it causes constipation and toxicity in the bowel and kidneys. Physical activity, fever, hot or dry climates and consumption of meat and salty foods all increase the need for water. The optimal amount varies widely, usually from six to 10 glasses a day. One useful formula is to drink half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds (55 kilograms), drink 60 ounces (eight glasses/two litres) of water per day. This can include pure water, herb tea or diluted fruit juices. Caffeinated beverages do not count because they are dehydrating. The best time to drink a glass of water is between meals or 20 minutes or more before eating; sip only small amounts with a meal. An important rule is: When thirsty, drink water not pop or other beverages.

Another significant factor to remember when embarking on any sort of colon cleanse diet is the importance of easing in and out of it, particularly if you are sticking to one of the stricter raw diets or are fasting. If you start eating normally right away after fasting for a few days, your body will go into shock and the colon will be even more stressed trying to cope with the overload of food. That is why it’s highly recommended to start off with adding in light soups, rice, or vegetables at the end of a Colon Cleansing diet.
Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage.
I had pain in my right back when I lay down to sleep. I thought it was just below where the liver should be. I thought it might be my gallbladder. Next day I took dandelion root caps. One three times a day. After three weeks I passed many black, pea sized round hard stones in my stool.. I removed a few & opened them. They were white inside. I thought they were little gallstones. No more pain in the back & has never returned. I would recommend this for anyone with similar symptoms.
All the toxins that you eat, drink, breathe, and absorb through your skin end up processed by your gastrointestinal system, kidneys, and liver. If they're not forced from your organs as quickly as possible, they can wreak havoc on your body's systems. By releasing stagnant body waste, you reduce the causes and the risk of polyps, cysts and cancerous growths in your colon and gastrointestinal tract.
Nature’s Secret 15-Day Weight Loss Cleanse & Flush helps stimulate healthy digestion and supports cleansing of the digestive tract.* The botanicals and fiber in this product may help reduce bloating, clean out the digestive system and help to flatten the appearance of the abdomen.* Once your digestive system is cleansed, absorption of nutrients and energy from food is enhanced, making you feel lighter, more energized and healthier.*

For many people with colon related issues, like irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease, gluten wreaks havoc on the digestive system. Even if you don't have one of these conditions, gluten may still contribute to inflation in your gut and colon. If you don’t want to cut out all grains from your diet, there are some great gluten-free alternatives like quinoa that also contain fiber and colon-friendly nutrients.[15]
Hi!I've been diagnosed with gallstones more than 15 yrs.ago with symptoms of high fever and slight yellowing of eyes. Luckily I came across an acupuncturist who advised me to strengthen my liver first before I even undergo operation. By the time my liver improved, I was lucky enough again to get info about the apple juice flush. I went thru the enema, fast and flush, did it 3-4x every year. Green stones and fine mass come out but everytime I have my ultrasound, some have become smaller and lesser but still there!! Now I read from other doctors that the stones that come out are actually due to the olive oil and lemon that I take??? I feel better each time I do it and hardly have usual abdominal pains before I started flushing the first time. Now I'm having doubts. My body is 54 years old already and I really want to get rid of my stones only and keep the bladder intact. Please advise me on this matter. Thank you so much
Honestly, I'm kind of disappointed with this. I feel like it really didn't do anything at all and I was actually looking forward to trying this detox cleanse because of the results it promised. However, nothing changed and I still feel the same as I did before I even tried it. Maybe this is just one of those fake "sugar pills" and I wasted my money. The bottle says "flatten stomach or your money back" but the product did not flatten my stomach even in the slightest :(
The following Q&A from our FAQ section on doing a Liver/Gallbladder cleanse addresses this issue. 13. I did not see stones in the toilet, why is that? We have heard from many people that they have seen "horrible" things floating in the toilet. But many notice nothing. That's not unusual. In many cases the stones are too small to notice -- or too few. Also, using the psyllium, which makes the elimination of waste much easier, tends to encapsulate and makes things harder to see. Another thing to keep in mind is that people often confuse the little "soap" beads that the body can make out of the olive oil as stones. On the other hand, the fact the body often produces "soap stones" doesn't mean that it isn't also flushing real gallstones. In the end, though, it's not what you see, it's how you feel. Wait for a few days after the cleanse and then evaluate. Do you feel lighter and cleaner? Is your breathing a little easier, less mucousy? Does food taste better? Etc. These are the tangible results you're after. Or if nothing else, were you able to break some bad eating habits or lose some of that extra weight you picked up over the holidays? That said, are you doing the stone softening program that Jon Barron recommends before doing your flush? This helps make the program more effective. Also, you refer to an apple juice flush. This makes me wonder if you are following a different version of the flush or protocol than we recommend on this site. If so, then you probably need to check with the people who recommend that protocol to figure out how to maximize its effectiveness.
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.

The real solution to this lies in your microbiome – the colonies of healthy bacteria that protect your health. These good bacteria in your intestines produce neurotransmitters you can use to optimize your digestion and your moods. There are trillions of bacterial cells in your microbiome, but only billions of cells that make up your body. You are outnumbered by the bacteria and other microorganisms that live inside you.
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.

The colon performs many essential functions; it doesn’t only aid in the elimination of stool but also extracts salt and water from waste before excreting it, maintains pH and fights against harmful bacteria. The malfunctioning of the colon can cause serious health implications such as skin allergies, gallbladder stones, heart diseases, etc. Many have found that performing a colon cleanse is an easy preventative to avoid colon problems in the future.
For many people with colon related issues, like irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease, gluten wreaks havoc on the digestive system. Even if you don't have one of these conditions, gluten may still contribute to inflation in your gut and colon. If you don’t want to cut out all grains from your diet, there are some great gluten-free alternatives like quinoa that also contain fiber and colon-friendly nutrients.[15]
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.
The bottom line is that it is unlikely the senna was responsible, and on top of that, I am not advocating anything close to the amount of senna consumed when drinking multiple cups of dieter's tea. In the colon corrective we're now talking about, senna, along with the aloe and cascara sagrada, are merely colon cleansing stimulants for proper colon function. No one has ever suffered a problem from them when used in that regard.
  With millions of people looking for newer ways to lose weight, colon cleanse weight loss is the latest weight loss product which has become extremely popular. It has been clinically proven that colon cleansing shows many positive effects on one’s health, the most important being cleansing colon which in turn helps in controlling and reducing weight.
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Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate. Its basic nature helps in balancing the pH of your stomach. Baking soda is one of the most commonly used home remedies to treat indigestion due to its laxative nature (28). When the baking soda solution enters the gut, it causes water to be pulled into the intestines by a process called osmosis. This softens the stool and increases its volume, thereby helping in cleansing your colon easily.
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.
Foods that cause colon blockages are acid-forming — particularly high-protein diets without enough fiber. This leads to general malaise in the body. The colon's tissue eventually becomes inflamed, reducing its ability to do its job, which is to allow only water, minerals and vitamins to pass into the bloodstream. If yeasts, molds, fungus, bacteria, parasites or fecal material enter the bloodstream and connected tissue, the body's pH will be thrown out of balance.
The colon plays a vital role in how your body processes food. As your digestive system breaks down the food you eat, it enters into the colon in a mostly liquid state. The colon performs two significant roles at this stage of the digestive process. First, bacteria in your colon break down the food further. Second, it absorbs additional nutrients and liquid. Leftover food waste is then turned into feces and stored in the descending colon until it is ready to be expelled from the body.
Another significant factor to remember when embarking on any sort of colon cleanse diet is the importance of easing in and out of it, particularly if you are sticking to one of the stricter raw diets or are fasting. If you start eating normally right away after fasting for a few days, your body will go into shock and the colon will be even more stressed trying to cope with the overload of food. That is why it’s highly recommended to start off with adding in light soups, rice, or vegetables at the end of a Colon Cleansing diet.
These toxins have been stuck in your internal organs for YEARS, preventing you from looking and feeling your best. The process is simple. You must remove these toxins in order for the body to properly function, digest your food and get rid of your waste naturally. The tea colon cleanse program is able to help you achieve this by simply drinking a cup of tea every night.

According to the medical community, it is normal to have a bowel movement anywhere from three times a day, to three times a week.9 Three times a week works out to once every two days. If you produce 2 pounds of fecal matter a day and you only go to the bathroom once every two days, that means -- mathematically speaking -- that you are regularly storing upwards of 4 pounds of fecal matter in your colon…mathematically speaking. Since we're still in the average range for bowel movements, we're talking tens of millions of Americans who regularly store 4 pounds of fecal matter in their colons. Let's drop a pound off that in case we have a rounding error, and we're still at the high end of my assertion that 2--3 pounds of fecal matter being stored in the colon is common.
Another significant factor to remember when embarking on any sort of colon cleanse diet is the importance of easing in and out of it, particularly if you are sticking to one of the stricter raw diets or are fasting. If you start eating normally right away after fasting for a few days, your body will go into shock and the colon will be even more stressed trying to cope with the overload of food. That is why it’s highly recommended to start off with adding in light soups, rice, or vegetables at the end of a Colon Cleansing diet.

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It also uses more neurotransmitters to digest and process this junk food, leading to an imbalance in your “feel good” hormones, if not a deficiency. When you are under stress, these hormones are signaled by the brain to “speed up” and this chemical surge causes everything from anxiety, insomnia, trouble swallowing, and the “butterflies” in your stomach, to diarrhea, cramping, and neurotransmitter deficiencies.
There are lots of herbal supplements on the market that can be used to support a gut cleanse, but there are also great 'everyday' herbs you can add to your food that will help support cleansing of the gut. Try fennel seeds, which aid in elimination of mucus buildup and relieves gas. Peppermint is soothing for any digestive upset and helps alleviate bloating. Oregano has both anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. If you suspect you may have an overgrowth of yeast or fungus (a common issue!) it's important to address it by including some herbs to your gut-cleansing plan.
Drink more water. Water, plain and simple, will make everything in your body function better, including your digestion and elimination. Don't worry about the old advice that you should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses a day. Instead, use the color of your urine as a guide. If it's pale yellow or straw-colored, you're getting enough water. If it's any darker than this, drink up!
Mucoid plaque is not actually a recognized scientific term, but is used to describe any hardened materials that are “cemented” to the walls of the colon. That said, a good colon detoxifier product has natural mucilaginous properties that will soften old hardened fecal matter and any plaque-like material adhering to the walls of the colon for easy removal and also provide an excellent remedy for any inflammation or irritation in the stomach and intestines.
For decades health practitioners have been recommending gut cleanses to enhance their patient’s health and wellbeing. But this clinical concept has been given a bad rap from cleanses that promise a quick fix but don’t give the body the nutrients they need. My opinion as a qualified, practising nutritionist is that, when done right, a gut cleanse is an essential step towards optimal gut health.
Our bodies, including our digestive system, slow down in the evening hours as they prepare to rest and rejuvenate. When we put food into our stomachs late in the evening, there are fewer digestive enzymes available to facilitate proper digestion. This can result in undigested food sitting in your stomach for long periods of time, which can result in a disturbed sleep.
Chlorophyll does a lot of wonders for the human body. It’s useful as a digestive tract cleanse and may prevent colorectal cancer, according to a study. A chlorophyll enema, in fact, has become a health trend for this very reason. However, you don’t need to shove anything down your rectum to derive the same benefits that you can get from consuming green veggies.
These “Frankenfoods” are loaded with artificial ingredients that have names you can’t even pronounce. And they’re missing one key ingredient – fiber. So they sit in your gut for days or even weeks, fermenting and rotting instead of digesting and providing nutrients. Constipation, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, bloating and weight gain are just some of the results. Safety, Efficacy, and Tolerance of Pico-Salax for Colon Cleansing Prior to Colonoscopy in an Elderly Population
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