I wanted to talk a little about colon health. This is an important topic for me because I have struggled with poor colon health for over 20 years. When I started my lifestyle change journey, I couldn't seem to get my tummy flat to save my life! Despite seeing some results, I kept hitting that "last 2 inches" plateau. Then I started to do my research and realized that the problem wasn't external fat, it was an internal blockage.
The colon is a major organ that is apart the process of getting rid of toxins and waste from the body. When your digestive system is irregular, the waste products and toxins build up and can cause health problems. Cleansing the colon regularly can help prevent blockage and decrease exposure to potential carcinogens (cancer causing agents).
This potential danger is one of the main reasons why it is important to watch what we eat. Putting toxic food in your body naturally leads to a toxic digestive tract. When you eat these toxic foods, they slow down the digestion process and causes incomplete elimination and waste back up in the intenstines. You could also become dehydrated which comes with its own set of problems.
Another issue that can result from impacted intestines is swollen lymph nodes in the abdominal area. The waste can build up and be stored there. Thickened lymphatic fluid plus dehydration can impair the immune system.
So, as you can already see, keeping a healthy and happy colon is important for prevention of other serious health issues.
Now, let's talk about ways you can get your digestive tract back on track
-Increased fluid intake: water will be one of your best friends when flushing the toxins from your Gastrointestinal (G.I.) tract.
-Increasing your fiber intake: we hear all of the time that we should have a lot of fiber in our diets and that it helps with digestion, after this you should have a good idea on how important it really is and how you can get a good start.
-Eating lots of fruits and vegetables: not only do they each serve a different purpose in regards to strengthening various body parts, they also have water and juices that can help with your fluid intake.
Here are some foods that can help clear out your colon:
§ Peas- They are rich in protein and fiber (there it is!). which helps with weight management as well as preventing constipation.
§ Tomatoes- they have a high water content which helps keep you hydrated thus leading to regular bowel movements
§ Apples- when the fiber (and again) found in apples ferments in the colon, the chemicals produced help fight the formation of cancer cells.
§ Lettuce- good source of fiber (it just keeps coming!) to help regulate bowel movements.
§ Garlic- (guess I'll have to break out the gum and deal lol) The antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic properties help to rid the body of toxins, disease causing agents and parasites. It also helps to reduce swelling, thus improving digestion and food absorption.
There are also two plant extracts that help to cleanse the colon especially when paired together.
§ Aloe vera leaf gel: the antioxidants found in the aloe vera leaf gel promote immune system health. Aloe vera helps detoxify the intestinal tract.
§ Blue agave extract- contains inulin which is a probiotic (good bacteria) and a type of fiber (get the picture yet?)
When the two are combined, they work together to nourish the good bacteria on your colon and promote healthy colon cells.
I can only speak on what I've researched and what I have experienced but, I happen to have found an excellent source of this power combo and I must say that my tummy is very happy!!!!!