Nobody likes to feel that identifiable heaviness drop in their stomach at the least convenient moments. You know what I’m talking about.
A first date, important meeting, or timed test rolls around and all of a sudden you’re hit with a cramping pain in your stomach reminding you that your “11:30 appointment” to clear your bowels before lunch didn’t come on time, and now you’ll have to suffer through the cramping and discomfort.
The health of your colon is essential to avoiding those situations by regulating digestion and stool composition so that your “11:30 appointments” are always effortless, healthy, and prompt.
There is a growing risk of colon cancer in America due to the unhealthy habits of the population, including inadequate hydration, low fiber diets, lack of exercise, and lack of fermented foods.
These make regular, daily bowel movements impossible and really impede the body from smoothly absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste.
To keep a healthy colon, you must eat a healthy diet high in fiber and probiotics, exercise regularly, and drink enough water. You want your colon to function efficiently in order to prevent a build up of waste inside your colon that could lead to illness or serious disease.
If you’re following all of those tips, here are 9 ways to ensure that your colon is healthy.
The Divine Nine
If you notice these 9 signs ring true for you, odds are, your colon is happy and healthy.
Skin is clear and blemish-free
“11:30 appointment” shows up everyday
No stinky breath
No partially digested food or blood present
Food is digested and passed 18-24 hours after consumption
A big morning poop
A smaller one later (not necessary but okay)
Bowel movements are not strenuous
Poops are soft, solid, and tube-shaped
If you’ve noticed that your body and this list don’t quite match up, you can perform the simple test below to see if your colon is healthy.
How To Cleanse Your Colon Naturally
In the video, Dr. Axe is talking about how to naturally cleanse your colon as well as the best steps, foods and supplements that you need to cleanse naturally.
Most cleanses today are fads that don’t work long term. I will teach you how to cleanse over several days as well as maintain this diet and lifestyle.
To work at its best, your colon needs no interference from foods that may block it from doing its job. The #1 step to follow is to eliminate processed and refined foods that will cause intestinal inflammation.
Top Foods for Cleansing your colon:
1) Eat Fermented Vegetables (sauerkraut and kimchi)
2) Consume more probiotic rich foods (kefir, goats milk)
3) Eat Apples- Cleanse the colon with Pectin
4) Avocados- Fiber rich and contain Potassium and Magnesium- flush out colon from toxins.
5) Flax Seeds or Sprouted Flax (loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids)
6) Triphala- Herb used in India and Asia as a tonic to support colon function
7) Get more clean water! 8 glasses a day of pure clean water
The Beet Transit Time Test
Beets are perfect for this experiment because the vegetable moves through your body quickly and is easy to see when it has done so. To check on your colon,
Prepare fresh beets to eat. You’ll need to eat the whole vegetable to see the results properly.
When you eat the beets (I recommend a beet salad for lunch… mmm), write down the time and day or add it as a note in your phone so you don’t forget.
Observe your stools until you notice the red color from the beets. This should be 18 to 24 hours after the noted time.
How to Improve Your Colon Health
Cleansing your colon of harmful toxins and regulating your bowel movements can be done easily by making simple changes to your lifestyle and diet that will decrease your risk of gastrointestinal illnesses, constipation, and even colon cancer.
Step 1: Drink more water! Odds are, you’re not drinking enough water to sustain your body. Dehydration is one of the primary causes of gastrointestinal problems. Getting properly hydrated alone will make a HUGE difference in your colon health and the way you feel. Check out this article to see how much water you should be drinking.
Step 2: Eat fiber-rich foods. Enjoying plenty of bananas, zucchini, prunes, broccoli, and carrots can help you achieve this goal. It is also wise to avoid processed or refined wheat and flour products. Grains tend to act as glue in your digestive system and keep waste from passing efficiently, not to mention having low nutritional value.
Step 3: Get plenty of probiotics. Believe it or not, they’re important to the body’s regular, daily functioning, not just when you’re taking antibiotics from the doctor. Probiotic yogurts can help build up your colon’s good bacteria, or you can purchase probiotic capsules over the counter. The probiotics assist your body in producing the essential Vitamin B12, which you can also find as a supplement in grocery or health food stores.
These simple tips can help you improve your gut health, lose weight, and avoid those awkward, uncomfortable stomach pains that seem to come at the exact wrong moment.
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