Colon Cleansing Done Right
Taking the time to do a detox to cleanse out your colon and the rest of your body can be a very good way to address a number of health concerns, not the least of which is your body slowing down and working at less than optimum function. You’ll find that weight loss can be made much easier by doing a cleanse or detox, though it’s important that you do it right if you want it to work. For those considering doing a cleanse or detox, here are some things that you will need to know to do it right:
Start with a Fast
One of the best ways to give your body a break is by fasting, and you’ll find that a short 24 hour fast can be the key to starting the detoxing of your body. Obviously, you’ll need to check with a doctor before doing a fast, as you’ll want to be sure that it won’t have any adverse effects on your body. If you’re taking medication or are trying to recover from an illness, you may want to postpone the fast until your body is able to handle the lack of food – even though it’s a fairly short fast.
When you’re sure you can fast, cut everything out of your diet for 24 hours. You can still drink all the water you want, and you should try and drink green tea, herbal tea, and lemon juice. Doing a fast before getting into the detox diet will get your body flushing all the junk out of its system, as the lack of food will mean that there’s nothing in your digestive tract to stop the water from washing out your colon and intestines. If you fast to start with, you will have a much easier time flushing the junk out of your system.
Go for Raw
If you’re going to be detoxing, the only thing that you’re really going to be allowed to eat will be fruits and vegetables, and always in their raw, natural states. Raw veggies contain lots of fiber, and that fiber is what will help to flush out your insides and get rid of all the toxins and other junk floating around. Going on a raw foods diet for a week or so will work wonders to flush out your system, as there will be nothing to prevent the fiber in the fruits and veggies from scrubbing out your insides.
One major benefit of eating lots of raw food is that they contain a wide range of nutrients, all of which are needed by your body during the time that you are detoxing. You will find that many of the nutrients that you have in your body are being eliminated during the cleanse, as you’ll be using the bathroom every hour or so. By eating lots of fruits and veggies, you can put those vitamins and minerals back in your body – thereby ensuring that your body stays healthy during this time.
The most important thing to remember during the fast is that you can never drink enough water. If you make an effort to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day normally, imagine how much more water you’ll need to drink now that your body is flushing itself out. The key is to drink at least 12 glasses of water per day, as that will help to replenish a lot of the fluids that your body is expelling – the fluid is where all of the toxins are stored. You need to drink more water, as that will help your body to handle the detox diet.
Another reason that drinking more water is so important is due to the fact that water will stop your body from shutting down. When you go into a fast, your body thinks that it’s not going to get enough food and water, and thus it will try to conserve all of the nutrients it can. This means that your detox diet will actually involve less flushing and more wrestling with your body to try and get rid of all the junk – not to mention much less weight loss. If you drink more liquids, it will let your body know that you’re still providing for it, and it will shed those pounds and flush the toxins much more naturally.
Add Cooked Foods
Once you’ve been on the detox diet for a few days, chances are your body has been flushing itself out quite thoroughly. It may be time to add cooked food back into your diet. Cooked food is a bit harder on your digestive system, but it will make it possible for you to add whole grains and lean protein back onto the menu. You’ll find that eating cooked foods will help to keep the detoxing going, especially if you eat all natural foods with no flavorings and chemicals in them. You should try and add whole grains to your diet, as they contain more fiber to help scrub out your insides. By adding these cooked foods, you’ll get your body back into the habit of eating food – but you won’t replenish the toxins you’ve just gotten rid of.
Don’t Forget the Exercise
A very important part of the detoxing diet is the exercise that you do to accompany it, as exercise is one of the best ways to flush toxins out of your system. Exercise will promote sweating, and salt and toxins come out of your pores when you sweat. You’ll find that doing exercise for at least 15 to 30 minutes a day during the detox diet can help to keep your body working properly and burning fat, not to mention getting rid of toxins. You’ll probably be pretty tired thanks to the fact that your body isn’t getting as much of the nutrients that it’s used to, but you should be able to do at least a little bit of exercise every day. It will make your detoxing much more effective!