With additives in our food, pesticides on our crops, and pollution all around us, many might say we live in a toxic age. Sometimes all that toxic build-up can take its toll on the colon, which negatively affects digestion and overall health. When your colon is backed up with toxic material, your entire body becomes sluggish and unable to perform its day-to-day tasks. Luckily, your body does a good job detoxifying itself on a regular basis; however, some toxins require some help to facilitate removal.
Helping your body detoxify itself isn’t too difficult when you stop and think about it. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise are two of the most effective strategies. However, sometimes we need a bit more when it comes to toxins, many of which can easily store themselves in the colon.
Over 80% of our immune system is situated within the gut. When the gut becomes overloaded with toxins from our food this places a huge burden on our immune system and slows down response to pathogens, bugs or viruses trying to enter the body.
So, if you think you need a colon cleanse, or you just want to look into the idea, don’t put it off.
Here are five great benefits of colon cleansing you should know
1. Improves Digestion and Prevents Occasional Constipation
Occasional constipation can make for poor digestion and vice versa. When digestion is impaired, and constipation ensues, waste products can linger in your body. This whole process can lead to the inability to absorb many of the nutrients you’re taking in, leading to a lack of energy and hampered immune function. Detoxing your colon allows those undigested waste products to be pushed through your system and also puts some ease in your bowel regularity. Since lingering waste can breed bacteria, this purge clears the way for good nutrient absorption, thereby supporting good health.
2. Increases Energy, Immunity and Concentration
Purging your colon of toxins allows energy from the intestines to focus elsewhere, meaning your energy levels and immune function could improve. A less burdened immune system is a more responsive one which is quicker to come to your aid when facing any type of external threat. Nutrition is crucial to mental health, and weak absorption of nutrients may lead to loss of concentration. In addition to having more energy, absorption of crucial vitamins responsible for mental clarity is improved—meaning concentration is supported.
3. Jumpstarts Weight Loss
Low-fibre food is often part of an unhealthy diet. Without adequate fibre, digestion and the body’s ability to feel “full” are affected. Low fibre foods also linger much longer in the gut. When you cleanse the colon, this matter is flushed from the system, and, in some, may lead to significant weight loss. But, if you’re looking to lose weight, one study suggests that increasing fibre intake can help you shed unwanted pounds.
4. Supports Overall Colon Health
All the toxins you take into your body will eventually make their way to the colon. By not cleansing your colon (and liver), toxins can linger in the body and cause untold damage. Ridding the body of waste supports the many functions of the colon, including digestion and proliferation of beneficial gut flora.
5. Encourages Whole Body Detox
The body is adept at constantly detoxifying itself every day. But sometimes the combination of environmental factors and poor lifestyle habits make it hard to catch up and your body may show signs of toxic colon overload. An oxygen-based cleanser may be helpful for encouraging colon detoxification by releasing oxygen. Oxygen is important for facilitating the removal of toxins, as is staying hydrated.