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How to Clean the Colon Naturally

Colon cleansing, like laxatives, flushes, herbal enemas and colonic irrigation, is said to remove trapped toxins in the colon that sap your energy and contribute to illness. Colon cleansing may have little value outside of medical procedure preparation, because your body is a sophisticated machine that's always busy eliminating waste and toxins from your body. Still, many natural health practitioners recommend cleanses to cure disease and usher in healthier lifestyles. If you're interested in making sure your colon is in top condition, there are a few natural paths you can take to ensure overall good colon health.

Step 1

Increase your fiber intake. The American Heart Association recommends you eat at least 25 g of fiber per day. Eat foods naturally high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Fiber helps move your bowels and sweeps the sides of your colon clean.

Step 2

Drink eight glasses of water per day. Your body needs water to create loose stools and to keep them moving throughout your colon. Water also helps flush toxins from your whole body, not just your colon, contributing to overall cleansing and detoxifying.

Step 3

Get regular exercise. Aim for 30 minutes per day, at least five days per week. Exercise helps you cleanse your colon in many ways. It increases blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, helping them work more efficiently. It also helps your body remove toxins through sweat and through encouraging bowel movements.

Step 4

Avoid herbal colon cleansers, as these can have harmful effects on your sensitive colon tissues. Examine every single ingredient in any herbal products you plan to use and discuss them with your doctor to determine their safety.

Step 5

Use Epsom salts as a natural laxative if you experience constipation or desire a colon flush. According to the Epsom Salt Council, Epsom salts are safe, natural occasional laxatives. Use laxatives sparingly as they can lead to dehydration and a dangerous increase in electrolytes.

Items you will need

  • Epsom salts

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