Originally published January 5 2009
Detoxify the Colon and Kidneys
by Jo Hartley
(NaturalNews) We are living in an age of increased toxicity in our society. Poor digestion; reduced liver function; poor elimination practices through the kidneys, respiratory tract, and skin; and colon sluggishness all contribute to people experiencing increased toxicity in their bodies. Many of the toxins that are invading the human body come from diet, drug use, and environmental exposure. The process of detoxification is the act of either removing or neutralizing these toxins from the body. In this process, often excess mucous and congestion will also be cleared from the body as well.
One key component of detoxification involves lifestyle changes that will effectively reduce the daily intake of toxins. Eliminating chemicals (from both food and other sources), highly refined foods, refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs will begin to minimize the toxin load that is typically placed on the body.
To begin to detoxify the colon, it is also important to incorporate probiotics into the diet to replenish healthy levels of intestinal flora.
Bowel movements are a good indicator of one's overall health. If one does not have at least one bowel movement each day, the likelihood for future disease is increased. Colon cancer is currently the second leading cause of deaths from cancer in the US. This is why a thorough body cleansing should start with a cleansing of the bowel.
When embarking on a complete cleansing program, always begin by removing the waste from the colon first. If cleansing the liver or the lymph system is attempted without first cleansing the colon, any toxins will just be reabsorbed back into the body.
A standard bowel cleanse will include:
•Fasting with water, juice, and raw fruits/vegetables
•Salt Water Enema
If there is a constipated system, then this directly correlates to the transition time of toxic wastes to be slowed down. The longer it takes for food to be moved through the intestines, the longer toxins sit in the intestines – possibly fermenting and being reabsorbed into the body. When the body is exposed to this fermenting food in the intestines there is an elevated risk for disease.
The typical place for disease to begin is in the bowel so it makes sense that if one does not have at least one bowel movement per day over an extended period of time, one's health may be seriously compromised.
A healthy colon should weight approximately four pounds. Most Americans have several hardened layers of mucoid plaque built up in the intestines resulting in bowels that weigh far more than this optimal weight of four pounds. The body was intended to slough off excess mucoid plaque. A colon cleanse will aid the body by helping to remove the built-up layers of mucoid plaque.
A typical American who eats a typical diet of refined foods holds approximately eight undigested meals of food and waste in their intestine. A person who eats a high fiber diet typically holds approximately three undigested meals.
The colon's ability to function will be severely affected by the amount of putrefied waste that has accumulated. This malfunction will then affect other digestive organs and glands and will affect how food is absorbed. If the colon is not properly cared for, it will accumulate toxins that will eventually be absorbed into the bloodstream and will be carried throughout the entire body.
To help the body naturally slough off excess mucoid plaque, begin to eat a diet rich in raw vegetables and fruits and free of processed foods. When these changes are made to the diet, elimination will improve and toxins will not continue to build up in the body. Be advised, however, that it took years for mucoid plaque and toxins to accumulate and the process of detoxifying to the point of optimal health may take time. An effective colon cleanse may take up to several months to accomplish.
The typical colon cleanse includes following a cleansing diet and including colon cleansing supplements that:
•Contain digestive enzymes
•Will kill parasites
•Contain herbs to stimulate the liver, gallbladder, and intestines
Over 300,000 Americans suffer renal failure every year and are forced to undergo dialysis or even kidney transplants.
The kidneys are small organs; however they process about 20% of the entire amount of blood pumped by the heart. The kidneys process approximately 200 quarts of blood every day in an effort to sift out waste products and extra water.
An adequate blood supply to the kidneys makes it possible for them to:
•Regulate the composition of blood
•Maintain the concentrations of ions and other substances
•Maintain the body's proper volume of water
•Remove wastes from the body
•Maintain the proper acid/base concentration of blood
•Regulate blood pressure
•Stimulate red blood cell production
•Maintain calcium levels
The kidneys receive blood and then process the blood by removing the wastes. Then the processed blood is returned to the body and the eliminated substances stay in the urine. Urine flows from the kidneys into the bladder, where it is stored until excretion from the body through the urethra.
A kidney cleanse involves drinking very large amounts of liquid while consuming a healing diet. Often improving one's diet by eliminating refined foods at the same time as increasing one's water consumption will be an effective kidney cleanse. Any fast that involves large amounts of liquid will cleanse the kidneys and a bowel cleanse will also improve kidney function.
About the authorJo Hartley
Wife, Mother of 8, and Grandmother of 2
Jo is a 41 year old home educator who has always gravitated toward a natural approach to life. She enjoys learning as much as possible about just about anything!
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