Colon Cleanse Constipation Guide
Reasons for Colon Cleanses
and Effective Methods

Colon cleanse constipation guide. As we cleanse our bodies, the waste is directed to our five major eliminative organs for discarding.

One of these organs is the colon.

The colon, also called the large intestine, is the hollow tube that runs from the small intestine to the anus.

Its job is to digest food, absorb water, and eliminate wastes.


Three Reasons Why a Colon
May Need Cleaned Out

1. Chronic constipation

For the person with chronic constipation, the colon can be packed with pounds and pounds of fecal matter.

This stool has sat long enough to rot, is full of toxins, and is a breeding ground for disease.

A prolonged colon cleanse can serve to clean all of this stored stool out of the colon.



2. Diverticula

When a person strains to use the toilet, the pressure stretches the colon, creating little pockets along the colon called diverticula.

With a less than healthy diet combined with constipation problems, rotten feces and undigested food particles collect in these pockets. Once again, it is a breeding ground for disease.

Colon cleanses that stimulate a loose stool, even diarrhea, can help clean out these pockets.

For me, the best thing to do this is concentrated sea minerals.

They are intended for daily use, and the dose can be adjusted to produce a soft, unformed stool for as many days as a person desires, with no adverse consequences.

With the solids removed, fecal debris in the diverticula can be liquefied and eliminated. This colon cleanse constipation guide recommends them.


3. To restore normal colon function

Once the colon is cleansed and free of rotten stool, a person can help keep it cleaned out by eating a healthy diet.

A diet with less sweets and more fiber, normally found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Using the sea minerals each day can help to promote normal, soft stools and prevent further constipation and the build-up of fecal matter.


Other possible reasons for a colon cleanse

  1. Helps to improve the health of the digestive system

  2. May help a person to lose weight

  3. May increase focus and energy

  4. Helps purge toxins from the colon, which in turn keeps these toxins from being absorbed into the blood stream. If these toxins are absorbed, it makes the whole body toxic. Follow this colon cleanse constipation guide and help prevent that.


The Case Against Colon Cleanses

Some experts say that colon cleanses are not necessary.

Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN states that there isn't enough research to support colon cleanse claims (like the 4 claims above), and that there is evidence that colon cleanses can be harmful to your health.

Others join her, saying that the proposed benefits of colon cleanses are based on a flawed understanding of the body, and colon cleansing benefits are vague and hard to substantiate.

According to David L. Katz, MD, our colons don’t need a colon cleanse, that there is no medical value to it. He goes on to say that basically, if you are buying, someone will be happy to sell.

Wikipedia says that there is little evidence of actual benefit to the procedure.

Colon cleansing can be harmful.  It can cause cramping, bloating, nausea, and vomiting.


Colon cleanses are rarely needed

According to Dr. Katz, "The colon is designed to do just what it does - remove solid waste from the body. Eat a wholesome diet, and it will perform admirably."

Michael F. Ficco M.D. of the Mayo Clinic agrees:  “Your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and bacteria - your body doesn't need colon cleansing to do this.”

I agree with these doctors for cases when the colon is functioning properly.

The exceptions, as mentioned by Monica Reinagel, are where there is impaction or extreme constipation.

In these cases a colon cleanse could prove beneficial to get the colon back to a functioning state.


Cleansing the Colon
Without a Colon Cleanse

If a person is not facing impaction or extreme constipation, than this colon cleanse constipation guide recommends a less extreme measure is needed.

Simply start doing the things that lead to normal function of the colon.

The toxins and rotten stool will find their way out. Just follow this colon cleanse constipation guide for non-extreme cases.

  1. Eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, and drink 8 glasses of water. This will help to bulk up the stool to lessen the amount of time it spends in the colon.

  2. Eat Kefir, Yogurt, or other form of probiotic to help establish beneficial bacteria in the gut. This also will help with immune function, help with digestion, and reduce yeast infections.

  3. Eat healthy foods. Junk food is full of sugar, salt and chemicals that impair proper colon function.

  4. magnesium supplement helps to balance out calcium, improve digestion, and draw water into the colon to keep the stool moist. Constipation is basically dried out stool.

According to Dr. Mercola, probably 80% of people in the USA don’t get enough magnesium. He recommends taking a magnesium supplement.


Magnesium for a clean colon

Magnesium draws water into the colon. This helps to liquefy stool that is trapped in diverticula, to flush it out.

Regular use of a magnesium supplement goes a long way to keep the colon clean.

Each day I take 1.5 teaspoons of a sea minerals
which contains 422 mg. of magnesium per teaspoon.

Since I weigh 240 pounds (I am 6’ 4”), this is a little less
than the recommended teaspoon per 150 lbs.

Most days my stool is either soft and unformed (a small pile of mush) or soft and formed.


How magnesium cleanses the colon

It helps to prevent constipation.

Daily elimination keeps stool from rotting and getting toxic.

It keeps diverticula cleaned out.

It produces swift and painless elimination, with no straining.
This helps to prevent diverticula from forming or becoming deeper.


Ongoing colon help

  1. Basil leaves - Many people use basil in everyday cooking.
    It has been proven that when basil leaves are brewed as a tea, they help to reduce stomach cramps, relieve constipation, and help reduce gas.

  2. Chamomile aids digestion, plus helps to reduce gas.

  3. Peppermint leaves steeped in tea can help relieve pain and discomfort.


Doing a Colon Cleanse

The goal of a colon cleanse is to eliminate 2 or 3 times a day, hopefully without pain or straining. This colon cleanse constipation guide recommends one eat fresh fruits and vegetables to add soluble fiber to speed up the process.

Magnesium, a colon cleanser

One approach is to use magnesium to do this. Products like Epson Salt or Phillips Milk of Magnesia may be used.

Since sea minerals contain a lot of magnesium, they can be used for an effective cleanse.

It is possible to take enough of a magnesium product to cause either very soft stool or diarrhea. Over a matter of days the colon is cleansed without cramping.

Make sure and drink plenty of water during the cleanse.


Home colon cleanses

The following home remedies may do the trick

  1. Lemon juice is good for the digestive system, plus it is high in Vitamin C.  Lemon juice is a natural enemy of constipation.

  2. Raw Vegetable Juice. Try to drink fresh vegetable juice several times a day, and keep away from processed and cooked food for 1-2 days.
    I like to add ½ teaspoon of sea minerals to a quart of my juice to help to increase the cleansing effect.

  3. Flaxseed is a great way to cleanse your colon, plus is a wonderful source of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and natural fibers.
    Start with ½ tablespoon a day and work up to 2 or more tablespoons per day.
    Don’t get overly enthusiastic and start with too much, or you might find yourself spending the day in the bathroom.

  4. Aloe vera is an effective colon cleanser.
    Aloe latex is a laxative that stimulates the colon to contract and get stool moving.
    Be aware that it can cause excessive cramping, and that it is a stimulant laxative, which means it should be used infrequently.

  5. Ginger can help reduce bloating and stimulate the way the colon functions.

  6. Personally I like to add about an inch of ginger to my juicer when I am making a quart of juice. It can really help to get things moving.

  7. Colon hydrotherapy. Use water enemas for quick cleansing in cases of impaction or severe constipation. My daughter used these often for her extreme constipation.
    Be aware that these may produce cramping.

  8. The Chinese ingest a mixture of rhubarb root, ginger root, and licorice root.

  9. Indians use a mixture of psyllium, flax and chia seeds steeped in black cherry juice.


Commercial colon cleanses

There are numerous colon cleanse products on the market. It is not my job to evaluate the effectiveness of these in this colon cleanse constipation guide.

However, I would like to discount the hype that often comes with them.

As mentioned above, if you are having regular soft bowel movements, the colon doesn't need additional cleanses.

However, these products may prove quite helpful in cases of extreme constipation.

Please take a few minutes to visit my home page for more information on conquering constipation and keeping the colon clean. Thanks for reading my colon cleanse constipation guide.

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