8 Steps to a Healthier Colon – Detox Your Colon
The colon (or large intestine) plays such an important part in the digestion process, but it often doesn’t get the love it deserves. A clean and healthy colon can help prevent irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even colon cancer.
In this post, we’ll show you several ways to detox your colon and improve your overall quality of life. If you’re current diet and lifestyle causes regular bloating, constipation and gas, this is one you should definitely read.
1) Eat More Fiber
A healthy colon loves food that is rich in fiber! Are you getting enough fiber in your regular diet? Here are some great high-fiber foods to help start the detoxification process:
- Whole wheat
- Whole wheat pasta
- Whole wheat breakfast cereals
- Brown rice
So why is fiber so great for your colon? It helps keep food waste moving through your digestive track. Waste buildup in the intestines can cause bloating and increase your risk for irritable bowel syndrome.
Want to get more whole grains in your diet? Here are 5 easy ways to eat more whole grains.
2) Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin D can help maintain a healthy colon and even lower your risk of colon cancer. You can get a sufficient dose of daily vitamin D by spending 15-20 minutes in the sun. If that isn’t a viable option, you can also get vitamin D from:
- Fatty fish
- Vitamin D supplements
This type of vitamin can also help prevent osteoporosis by keeping the bones healthier.
3) Don’t Hold Your BM
So we’ve all been there, you feel that call of nature at a very inopportune time. Granted you might not always be able to use the restroom, but holding that bowel movement can have repercussions.
The built-up fecal matter can start to release toxins in the digestive tract. This can cause bloating and gas. Over time, it can also cause fatigue and increase your risk of developing IBS. That bowel movement is just one of the ways that the colon keeps itself clean and healthy.
(Living with irritable bowel syndrome? You could qualify for an IBS clinical trial at our clinic.)
4) Stay Hydration
It’s important to stay hydrated on a daily basis, but do you know why? For one thing, it can help you maintain a healthier colon. Not staying hydrated can lead to more toxins in the body. This increases your risk for constipation, bloating, fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome.
Are you drinking enough water each day? You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.
5) Get Regular Exercise
A healthy body can’t happen if you aren’t finding ways to stay active on a regular basis. Exercise is an essential part of the detoxification process for your colon. The increased circulation and blood flow produces more oxygen for your entire gastrointestinal system. This process can protect against colon cancer and additional gastrointestinal illnesses.
Now don’t stress too much, because your healthy exercise routine does not need to be too extreme. You can increase the health of your colon by walking, stretching or doing yoga for at least 10 minutes a day.
6) Get a Colonoscopy
It may not be enjoyable, but getting a colonoscopy can save your life. This incredibly effective medical procedure is used to diagnose and preventing colon cancer. It’s an essential part of maintaining a healthy colon for anyone who is over the age of 50.
Have you been struggling with chronic diarrhea, constipation or the symptoms of IBS? We recommend that you talk to your doctor about getting a colonoscopy. If you have an intestinal issue, this procedure should diagnose the problem.
7) The Colon Flush Treatment
Looking for an alternative approach to keeping your colon clean and healthy? Your local alternative medicine center may provide several colon-cleansing treatments. A popular way to detox is through a colon flush procedure.
The premise of the colon flush is to rid the intestine of any toxins and wastes that may have built up. It can help relieve chronic constipation and help you regain regularity with your bowel movements. If this is an option you’d like to look into, there are a variety of ways to customize your colon flush to meet your specific needs. We recommend that you discuss this procedure with a medical professional before attempting it.
8) Dietary Recommendations for a Healthy Colon
Aside from getting more fiber in your diet, there are some other recommendations that we’d like you to keep in mind:
- Limit your consumption of red and processed meats
- Avoid eating too much sugar
- Drink more milk
- Avoid eating too much white flour and white rice
Keeping your colon healthy is important and would be a perfect new goal for the new year. If you have already taken steps to live healthier, than you are probably well on your way to a happier and healthier colon.