Tummy Acting Funny? Your Gut Could Be Calling For A Cleanse
Digestive System: Health Hub of the Body
Your digestive system is the hub of your entire body. Every cell, gland, tissue and organ depends upon it. When the bowel is dirty, so is the nutrient supply to the organs and tissues. This is why you need to detox your colon, also known as the large intestine, from time to time to improve digestion and gut health.
Our body can accumulate a lot of toxic substances over a period of time. This includes drugs, heavy metals, yeast, pathogenic bacteria, parasites, etc. Once we begin to cleanse the intestines, the entire body begins to release toxic accumulation.
A colon/intestinal cleanse is a popular remedy that removes waste and toxins from the colon. This is done by health practitioners by flushing large amounts of water — sometimes up to 16 gallons (about 60 litres) — and possibly other substances, such as herbs or coffee through the colon. This is done using a tube that's inserted into the rectum. Seems like a lot of work!
A more natural and comfortable way of detoxifying the intestine could be achieved with the help of eating proper and healthy food at proper intervals of time. Resetting the gut might not only help to cleanse the intestines but could also be great for the microbes present in the gut.
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Here are a few ways to cleanse the intestine naturally.
Saltwater is widely used for cleansing the colon, treating constipation naturally, and detoxifying the body. It can aid in the removal of toxins, wastes, and harmful microorganisms from the colon.
2. Whole grain and high-fiber diet
Fiber is an essential nutrient present in whole, healthy plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and more. Fibers help bulk up the excess matter in the colon. They can regulate constipation and overactive bowels. They also boost helpful bacteria. Whole grains contain lots of fiber and non-digestible carbs. These carbs are not absorbed in the small intestine and instead make their way to the large intestine where they are broken down by the microbiota and promote the growth of certain beneficial bacteria. Whole grains can promote the growth of Bifidobacteria, lactobacilli and Bacteroidetes in humans.
3. Juices and smoothies
These include fruit and vegetable juice fasts and cleanses where juices are your primary source of nutrition. Juices made of apples, lemons, and aloe vera help in colon cleansing. They also contain nutrients that are beneficial to the body. Smoothies such as those with kale, bananas, cucumbers, etc are healthy and filling and provide a lot of plant fibre. H3:Probiotics: Probiotics help to cleanse the colon and boost good bacteria in the gut. Foods like yoghurt, pickles, apple cider vinegar and other fermented foods are considered to be good probiotics.
4. Eat mindfully & manage your stress
Pay attention to the way you eat as this can seriously impact your digestive system. Adopt mindful eating techniques like chewing your food slowly, sitting down to eat and not eating between mouthfuls. Serve smaller portions of food in a single sitting and avoid eating too close to bedtime as this can encourage reflux and heartburn. Make sure you also eat regularly as skipping meals or going long periods without eating can encourage bloating.
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