Last Updated on October 1, 2023 by Jared McAllister
Eating Your Way to a Cleaner Colon
You’ve heard that old saying a million times: “You are what you eat”. While this proverb applies to nearly all aspects of overall fitness and wellbeing, it’s especially true when it comes to your intestinal tract and the many issues associated with poor colon health.
The state of a person’s overall health very much depends on the condition of the colon. Likewise, overall health also depends on a person’s lifestyle choices, along with his or her eating habits.
Anything consumed will eventually end up as waste. The kind of food consumed will determine whether it becomes good waste or bad. Good wastes are flushed out of the body efficiently whereas bad wastes tend to get clogged up inside the intestines.
Clogged wastes become toxins leading to many health complications, such as obesity, constipation and colon cancer. Some of the most common issues that can arise as a result of poor colon health can include:
- Stomach pains and abdominal cramps
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Cravings for sugar and junk food
- Depression, anxiety, irritability
- Bad breath
- Skin rashes and eczema
- Brain fog and reduced mental function
- Weakened immune system
- Colon cancer
Of these conditions, colon cancer is undoubtedly the most serious, and has been tied to the low fiber, high-fat diets of many modern-day people. In general, any foods that are high in fiber are good for the digestive system, so not surprisingly, eating foods that are rich in fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) is one of the best strategies when it comes to colon protection.
Top 7 Foods to Keep Your Colon Clean
Here are 7 of the most beneficial foods that will help get your colon back on track and functioning like a lean, mean digestive machine.
- Lemons – Pretty much any citrus fruit will have excellent colon cleansing properties, but lemons are in a league of their own when it comes to detoxifying the intestines. Lemons work like an antiseptic to help eliminate waste build up and prevent the growth of unhealthy microorganisms.
- Apples and apple cider vinegar (ACV) – Apples are loaded with fiber and encourage healthy digestion. Apples also contain pectin that helps remove toxins and strengthen the intestinal lining. Taking unfiltered apple cider vinegar provides a plethora of benefits to health, including balancing the pH of the body, improving digestion, adding to the beneficial bacteria of the gut, and helping remove toxins from the body. For those who don’t like the taste of apple cider vinegar, we recommend taking a supplement like ACV Pure instead.
- Broccoli – This is one superfood that everyone should include in their diet. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that’s packed with antioxidants that protect cells from cancer. The soluble fiber found in broccoli promotes beneficial bacteria in the intestines as well.
- Avocados – Technically a fruit, avocados contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber encourages regular bowel movements and prevents toxic waste build-up. Insoluble fiber helps prevents colon cancer by creating bulk and scrubbing out the colon.
- Garlic – This herb has been used around the world for thousands of years. Garlic has been shown to be harmful to bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and assist with flushing pathogens from the colon.
- Spinach – The green leaves of this iron-packed food are one of the richest sources of vitamin A, and creates roughage to ensure a clear colon and a smoothly functioning digestion.
- Water – OK, water is not really a food, per se, but it’s simply not possible to have a healthy colon without it. Fiber is absorbed by water, and if you eat fiber without enough H2O, constipation will most likely be the end result. Consuming plenty of water will ensure that the bulk of fiber in the intestine get pushed along in order clean the colon and remove waste buildup and toxins.
While these foods and others are great for maintaining good colon health, the best way to help the body to remove accumulated wastes and toxins will be by undergoing a thorough colon cleanse. Performing a colon cleanse benefits the body in a multitude of ways, and can be done through a number of methods, including colon cleanser supplements and colonic hydrotherapy.
If you’re like most people, it’s probably about time that you make a few changes to your diet. Make it a point to add these colon-healthy foods to your shopping list, and get some ideas from a good cookbook or recipe website.
After finishing up with a good colon cleanse plan, these foods will help maintain the rewards of your newly rejuvenated digestive tract. Better health and a happy colon are just around the corner!