Do I have to cleanse my colon?
Most people understand how important it is to stay clean on the
outside, but few realize that it’s equally important to
keep the body clean on the inside. Your body is constantly performing
many natural functions to keep itself clean. Most of us take these
functions for granted until there’s trouble. Periodic cleansing
and detoxifying helps to open up the eliminative channels to keep
the body systems running clean, uninhibited by toxin and waste
Consider the cumulative effects of the years (or decades) of
donuts, potato chips, beef and soft drinks. Your digestive and
intestinal systems take care of some of that accumulated junk,
but these systems were not made to run on refined flours and sugars.
Each of us is at risk for some sort of digestive disease. According
to “Colon in Crisis, A Secret Source of Disease” by
Dr. Michael Cutler, Colorectal cancers are the second largest
cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., obesity increases your odds
for colon cancer by 25-33%, and only 25% of Americans eat the
recommend 5+ daily servings of fruits and vegetables which are
high in fiber, anti-oxidants and promote colon health.
If you say yes to any of the following, you should cleanse your
1. Do you have a family history of polyps or colon cancer?
2. Do you consume red meat more than two times per week?
3. Do you use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs?
4. Are you over age 50?
5. Are you overweight?
6. Do you have diabetes or a sedentary lifestyle?
7. Do you regularly have constipation or hardening of solid waste
in your colon?
8. Do you have bloating, gas or excessive fullness after meals?
9. Do you have pain in the lower esophagus with swallowing?
10. Do you have an “acid heartburn” feeling in your
stomach with or without meals?
11. Does your stool “float” or appear greasy?
12. Does your stool contain large pieces of undigested food?
13. Do you ever have bloody or black-colored stool?
14. Do you have painful bowel movements?
15. Do you have lower intestinal cramping associated with meals?
16. Do you get a stuffy or runny nose during or after meals?
Nearly 90% of all Degenerative Disease Begins in the Digestive
Imagine taking all of the food you eat for breakfast and putting
it into a container, sealing the lid and warming it to 98.7 degrees.
Now take everything you eat for lunch and put it into the container
and reseal. Keep doing that with every meal you eat until you
finally have a bowel movement. Has that food been in there for
one day? Two? Maybe even many more than that. Now open up the
container and take a nice good sniff. Now you have a better idea
of what is being “stored” in your colon. Do you really
want all that in your body?
When your body is forced to “store” rotting food
much of the toxins put off by the food will be reabsorbed into
the blood stream through the colon walls. These toxins can lead
to inflammation, the root of nearly every degenerative disease
known to man.
One Bowel Movement Per Day is Not Enough!
Most doctors will tell you that one bowel movement a day is normal
and they are correct. Most Americans do not have more than that.
However, it is not healthy. Even if you are “regular”
in how often or when you have a bowel movement, it can still be
damaging to your system if you have less than one movement per
Consider a train station. If three trains pull into the station
every day and only one train pulls out, you will soon have a quite
a train wreck!
Your Diet Determines the Health of Your Colon
Consider this. Today we eat an average of 500+ more calories
than we did 30 years ago. In addition, we eat less than 1/3 the
recommended daily intake of fiber each day, fewer than 13 grams.
Fiber is critical to absorbing the toxins we take into our bodies,
promote regular elimination and clean the intestinal walls. The
bonus, fiber also helps stave off hunger while keeping up our
It’s understandable that we feel hungry an hour after eating
fast or processed foods. Our bodies are not getting the nutrients
we need. These foods also don’t contain the enzymes that
help to break down the foods so that our bodies can assimilate
what little nutrients they may actually have.
So What Can You Do?
Most important, decrease your intake of fast and processed foods
and increase your intake of natural, uncooked vegetables and water.
However, while these factors are critical, they rarely do enough
by themselves. It really is essential to perform a colon cleanse
at least twice each year.
A colon cleanse may help you add years to your life but it will
definitely help you add life to your years!