Healthy intestines are key to being healthy overall, since they are associated with toxin elimination, nutrient absorption, and a properly functioning immune system. So, boost your overall healthy by taking the necessary steps to a healthy colon.
Read on to find out what 3 steps are so essential you can’t skip them if you want a healthy colon: a diet based on whole foods, regular cleansing, and the right probiotic supplement.
Why you want a healthy colon
Your intestines play several roles in your body:
- They finish the digestion process.
- Also, they are in charge of absorbing nutrients through their walls (which then enter your blood stream).
- A healthy colon stores and expels stool.
- Additionally, your intestines regulate the balance of water in your body.
- And, they are linked to your immune system.
That’s why it’s so important to have a healthy colon, since otherwise your body won’t work properly and you’ll have problems both in the short-term and the long-term.
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Three steps you can’t skip
For a healthy colon, follow these 3 basic steps.
1. Eat whole foods
Your diet should be based on whole or integral foods. They shouldn’t go through refining processes that remove fiber.
In other words, cut out refined grains and white flour and sugar.
Your diet should include animal protein (red meat, fish, eggs, dairy). However, the following food groups should dominate your plate in every meal.
- Fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
Warning about consuming fiber:
When you eat fiber-rich food, you also have to increase your water intake since otherwise you could block your intestines.
If you eat mostly refined foods, when you start eating fiber you may be constipated the first few days as your body adapts to the change.
Foods with fiber added aren’t the best option for your colon because too much fiber is actually bad for you.
Just eat a good amount of fruit and vegetables every day and you’ll get all the fiber you need naturally.
2. Colon cleanse
Your colon is the end of your digestive tract and the organ that’s in charge of removing waste.
Therefore naturally cleansing it is essential in order to prevent toxins from building up.
You can use this remedy occasionally to deep cleanse your intestines.
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (10 g)
- 3 apricots
- 1 cup of water (200 ml)
- The juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil or olive oil (15 g)
What do I do?
- The night before, soak the chia seeds and apricots in a cup of water.
- The next day when you get up, beat the water, seeds, and apricots (pitted) along with the lemon juice and oil.
How do I take it?
- Have the mixture first thing in the morning, at least a half hour before breakfast.
- You can use it once a week or once very two weeks.
Read this article too: The Body’s Response to Chia and Lemon Juice
The third thing you can’t skip if you want a healthy colon, in addition to eating whole foods and doing natural cleanses once in a while, is to protect your fragile intestinal flora.
Different factors can hurt this healthy bacteria:
- Antibiotics and other medications
- An unbalanced diet with too much processed food and additives
- Intestinal disorders
- Stress and emotional conditions
- A sedentary lifestyle
To protect and repopulate your intestinal flora, you can take probiotics in supplement form, which should always be taken on an empty stomach, two hours before and after any food.
This is a requirement for them to work properly, since if you mix them with food, all it will do is improve your digestion.
There are many kinds of probiotics, and they vary in quality. The more strains they contain, the more complete and effective they’ll be. You can take them on a temporary basis or whenever you need help getting things moving.
You can also add fermented foods to your diet, as they’re rich in probiotics as well. Some of the mostly highly recommended ones are:
- Natural yogurt