Colon health is intimately linked with our overall state of health and well being. When we are backed up in this organ, the entire system can not function properly.
The colon or large intestine is the last stage of digestion.
It's job is to absorb vitamins, nutrients and water from our food, compacting the solid waste material and storing it until we eliminate it via our stools.
Over a period of time, a diet of low quality, refined foods lacking in enzymes creates a build up of mucus and "mucoid plaque" on the colon wall.
The bad news is that this waste material stagnates, grows and feeds off of unfriendly bacteria, toxins and environmental pollutants, keeping them trapped in the body.
Because an unhealthy colon attracts unfriendly micro-organisms, physical toxicity begins to build up in this organ creating a whole network of related health issues, like candida and acidic levels in the bloodstream.
Not only that, when the intestine is not functioning as it should, it puts an added stress on other major organs of the body, especially the liver.
As stated in Superfood Evolution Ezine: Digesting Your Superfoods, "Just like any natural system, if there is a stagnation and things get overburdened it effects the health of the 'whole'."
The good news is that we can clean up the mess, even after many years of abuse. The body and the colon CAN regenerate itself once YOU make the decision to cleanse and rebuild.
The stagnation occurring on the inside effects our thoughts, attitudes, moods and emotions on a deep level.
I have found that cleaning from the inside out is the way to go to achieve clear, positive thinking and an optimal state of superhealth!
A healthy colon is the secret to longevity and a vibrant, active and blissful life. When you are clean on the inside you will have a youthful glow and radiate it outward into the world.
There are 3 steps we recommend to achieving a healthy colon.
The first place to start is by adding in new colon cleansing foods to your current diet.
Also try super sprouting and adding in more fruit and fibrous plant based food to your healthy colon regime.
This helps to sweep out undigested and unwanted waste material.
Work with changing bad habits, not overnight, but gradually in a gentle way. This will naturally start to occur when you begin to make better dietary choices for greater colon health.
You will immediately notice changes in your overall health and energy levels just by taking a few simple steps in the right direction.
See the super supplements page for additional information on digestive enzymes, probiotics, intestinal drawing formula and other supplements available to help the detoxification process.
Fasting is a way to give the body a break from "eating food."
It allows the body to process the probable back up of wastes and toxins it never really gets a chance to when constantly working to digest food round the clock.
Paul Bragg, a health educator and "crusader", always recommended doing a one day fast once a week. He lived to be healthy and strong well into his 90's when he died in a surfing accident.
There are many types of fasting methods out there. Some are for beginners and others are not.
See our juicing recipes for ideas.
This way the blood is getting vital nourishment which helps provide enzymes to activate the stuck particulate matter on the colon wall.
Some people benefit from periodic enemas. An enema is a gentle way to flush out the lower part of the intestines, providing relief from constipation or irregular bowel movements.
It involves placing a tube into the rectum and running warm pure water into the colon to help enduce bowel flow. This procedure is done all over the world and is an especially common practice at the onset of a cold or flu.
The fourth step to cleansing the colon after years of accumulated waste build up is to get a colonic.
The average person usually has between 7 to 10 pounds of old fecal matter.
A colonic, or colon hydrotherapy session, is a process in which a trained hydrotherapist manually extracts, via a hydrotherapy machine, any unwanted, undigested fecal matter in different areas of the colon.
This is usually achieved in a series of treatments, each one moving deeper into the pockets of the large intestine and releasing, through an intake of purified water, any stuck waste or mucoid plaque.
(See Superfood Evolution Ezine: Top 3 Colonic Irrigation Benefits for more information on the best colon hydrotherapy for you.)
Once you have cleansed the colon, you will feel lighter and happier: physically, mentally and emotionally!
The unnecessary burden on the colon has been removed. Now your body can start fresh with renewed energy to help you to absorb the most out of all your top superfoods, medicinal mushrooms and mineral rich seaweeds.
Colon health is linked with rebuilding the entire immune system so you will probably even notice you get sick less often.
In the words of Dr. Norman Walker in his book Colon Health: The Key To A Vibrant Life, he writes:
"Considering the fact that nerves spread out to every part of the brain from the hypothalamus, and that the cleaner the body is, the higher the cosmic energy vibrations available to the brain, it certainly pays to cleanse the body and keep the colon in a constantly clean and healthy condition.”