The colon extracts the final bits of nutrients from the food you eat after the small intestine has done its job of digestion and absorption. Those nutrients include water and minerals such as, calcium, iron magnesium zinc and copper. This absorption happens through the walls of the colon. It is critical for your health that these final stages of digestion works efficiently otherwise you can become become toxic and even malnourished.
Adding more of the foods below into your daily meals you will help detox your colon regularly.
These foods help fight chronic conditions, aid weight loss and even slow down the aging process.
Lemon juice is very effective in cleansing the colon. It rids the colon of waste matter build up and acts as an antiseptic, which hinders the growth of microorganisms. Drinking a glass of lemon juice in the morning flushes out the toxins that have built up in your system overnight. It also alkalizes your body. Read the full article here.
2. Chia and Flax Seeds
Unique in their nutritional profiles, flax and chia seeds have fats and fiber that help promote healthy digestion and a clean colon. Fiber moves stool through your colon. It removes waste, toxic chemicals and other substances like cholesterol.
Eating just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds will give you 10 grams of fiber, as much as 40 percent of your daily needs. Flax and chia are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which stabilize cell walls and reduce inflammation. Recipe: Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Ghee is high in butyric acid a short chain fatty acid that is formed in our colon. Butyric acid supports the health and healing of cells in the small and large intestine. It’s also the favored source of fuel for the cells lining the interior of the large intestine or colon. (1)
The cells of the colon use butyric acid as their preferred source of energy and their major agent for supporting the health and integrity of the intestinal wall.
Ghee is used as a carrier for nutrients and to lubricate the intestinal tract. Ghee actually helps pull stubborn fat-soluble toxins out of the cells and triggers fat metabolism. Butyrate is the primary source of energy for our colon cells. It decreases inflammation and inhibits histamine production. Click here to purchase my favorite Ghee.
4. Homemade Bone Broth
This amazing food heals the gut lining. It contains collagen, which nourishes the intestinal lining and reduces inflammation. Plus, it’s easy for a damaged gut to digest and reap the benefits of its protein and minerals.
Bone broth is also inherently calming, consoling and restorative Since it reduces your stress levels is also helps your gut.
Because collagen cleans the lining of the intestinal tract it helps relieve digestive issues. Bone Broth Recipe
5. Raw Sauerkraut or Kimchi
Sauerkraut is a high-density source of beneficial live bacteria which assist in the digestive process. A serving of sauerkraut gives you as much beneficial bacteria as many of the expensive probiotic drinks and supplements sold in stores. To gain the benefits from sauerkraut or kimchi it must be raw, without vinegar. Purchase it from the refrigerated section. Buy locally made when available.
Eat 1-4 tablespoons with your meals.
6. Kale, Cabbage and Broccoli
A team of scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London discovered that anti-cancer chemicals are actually produced by the body when digesting cruciferous vegetables. They help heal the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Kale and other green vegetables are high in chlorophyll, which helps cleanse your digestive tract by adhering to the lining of the intestinal wall and removing bad bacteria from the colon.
This is one of my favorite recipes: Sauteed Kale with Carrots and Fennel
- Malic acid thins the bile and helps dilate the bile ducts which are used as pathways for detoxification.
- Apple pectin is a great detoxifier of the gut wall. It is a carbohydrate compound that acts as a thickening agent inside the gut. When taken in therapeutic doses, pectin can help root out built-up toxins in the colon and strengthen the intestinal lining.
- Fiber softens the stool and gives it bulk for easy removal.
8. Green Smoothies
The vitamins and minerals in smoothies are easily absorbed into your system giving you a quick boost of energy.
The chlorophyll in veggies help protect your digestive tract and rid the body of environmental toxins. Green smoothies are highly alkaline reducing acidic build in your system. How To Make The Perfect Green Smoothie
Avocados are rich in fiber and include soluble and insoluble varieties at a ratio of about one to three, which is quite unique. The insoluble fiber promotes healthy bowel movements and cleanses the colon. The soluble fiber helps lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Recipe: Watercress Avocado Salad
Get started right now to help your body clean out toxins regularly with these 9 foods.
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Colon cleansing is a GREAT WAY to improve your body’s overall health by removing years of built up toxins. You’ll feel leaner, lighter and stronger. You’ll be digesting your food better making it easier to maintain your natural body weight.