‘Insufficient bowel function results in a variety of chronic and degenerative diseases. Cleansing and rebuilding the bowel should be one of the most important goals of anyone who has become health conscious. When the bowel functions optimally, then and only then can the liver and every other organ have the ability to also function optimally.’
– Dr. Richard Anderson
When your colon is healthy, you should be having at least one bowel movement per day. It should be soft and easy to pass. Constipation can make a person feel irritable, uncomfortable, tired, weak and toxic. Over time, it can lead to a condition known as ‘auto-intoxication’ where the feces can start to re-infect the body. Yuck!
Top 10 Surprising Causes of Constipation
It’s important to know some of the lesser known contributors to a slow-moving colon. Many medications have constipation as a side effect. A slower metabolism (thyroid) can slow bowel function. Dairy products act like ‘glue’ in an already sluggish colon. Depression can slow down metabolism and therefore contribute to the problem. Some vitamins and mineral supplements, especially iron and calcium, will slow down bowel movements. If used for long periods of time, stimulant laxatives can lead to dependence, meaning your body simply won’t function properly without them.
Fast food is high in fat, sugar and calories but low in fiber. Eating too much fast food will cause chronic constipation. Low-fiber fast foods include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, fried chicken, fried fish, french fries, pizza, tacos, milkshakes and mozzarella sticks.
Clean Colon = Good Health
Focusing on getting your colon moving is an investment in good health for life. Anyone who has ever taken antibiotics or eaten refined sugars, pesticides, processed foods, artificial flavor enhancers, preservatives, color additives, fried foods or free radicals is an excellent candidate for a good colon cleanse. One should clean their colon at least once a year. Ideally, every six months is best.
In between cleansing, eat a diet high in fiber and low in processed, refined and fried foods. Drink plenty of water.
Consider taking probiotics to re-balance the natural balance of good bacteria in the gut (especially after antibiotics). Exercise to get the metabolism moving. Love your colon and it will love you!
It’s that easy!
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