Diet dos and diet don’ts

By following these suggestions you can address the discomforts of: bloating, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, gas and allergies and, in addition, prolong your life by assisting with the risk-reduction of potentially preventable illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diverticulosis and colon cancer.

To help promote good colon health, follow some of these diet recommendations:

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1. Up your fiber intake

Eating a high-fiber diet is good for overall intestinal and colon health. On average, people eat about 13 grams of fiber a day, but we’re supposed to have 35 to 40 grams.

The best way to add fiber into your diet is through fiber-rich fruits and vegetables.

Fiber keeps food waste moving along your digestive track, which helps your intestines stay squeaky clean and can decrease your risk of constipation and diverticular disease. More about fiber you can read in my earlier article Fibrous Foods that are Good for Your Gut and Mood“.

2. Stay hydrated

Water, not coffee or tea or soda drinks keeps you hydrated. It moves things along in your gut and helps sweep away toxins through your urine and feces.

How much water is enough? Everyone is different, but I suggest to aim for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight.

3. Eat gut friendly foods.

If you experiencing some gut discomfort, you may want to incorporate these suggestions from my “10 gut healing foods” article.

4. Choose grains wisely.

colon health_2If your gut is healthy and you can tolerate grains, choose whole grains, preferably gluten free due to gluten causing numerous problems in the body [2].

Unfortunately for the majority of us, especially for people with a predisposition to autoimmune disease, eating grains can “tear holes” in our gut. Most often, leaky gut syndrome is associated with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, or celiac disease – but even healthy people can have varying degrees of intestinal permeability leading to a wide variety of health symptoms – and this can be influenced heavily by the foods you choose to eat.

There are lots of ways to eat gluten free or even grain free.

5. Don’t hold it

Regular bowel movements is one of the ways your colon keeps itself clean and healthy.

If you feel a bowel movement coming, head for the bathroom and let it go. If you try to hold it in, built-up fecal matter can release toxins into your body, which has the potential to cause inflammation and lead to diverticulosis and IBS.

6. Cleanse your colon

As the colon is cleansed, it pushes undigested waste through your system, clearing the way for good nutrient absorption. If waste remains in the body for too long, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and illness.

– The best way to do it is through eating a healthy diet

This includes plenty of raw and fermented vegetables.

– The other option is colonics

There is a big controversy about colonics. Colon flushes (colonics and enemas) are believed to wash out toxins and waste material that have become trapped in your colon. With a variety of special herb and mineral infusions available, colon flushes can be tailored to suit your unique needs.

Although if you are in doubt about a colon flush being right for you, you should seek advice from a health professional before attempting your first treatment.

In my opinion, I believe that colonics can be a useful tool to help the body cleanse the large intestines. The risk is the eradication of the good bacteria during the process and resultant dependency on colonic usage especially if you do it often.

I like colonics no more than 1-2 times per year in combination with coffee or herbal enemas as an addition to seasonal detox (I offer a Liver-gut detox protocol).

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References:

[1] Gut Microbiota Watch

[2] Dr. David Perlmutter “Grain Brain” and “Brain Maker” books

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