It’s important to empty your bowels at least once a day—and ideally after every full meal you eat—to keep your colon clean and in optimum health. But it takes the average American as long as 96 hours to do so. This means four days of rotting waste stuck in your colon. And this can cause your body to become overloaded with dangerous toxins that leach into your bloodstream and are carried throughout your entire body.
According to Norman Walker, Ph.D., author of Colon Health: The Key to a Vibrant Life, “The most prevalent ailment afflicting civilized people is constipation!” How do you know if you’re constipated? If you’re experiencing bloating in your belly… embarrassing gas… bad breath… body odor… back pain… irritable bowels… fatigue… cramping… or even diarrhea, then it’s highly likely that you’re suffering from this condition. And unfortunately, if you have mucus and toxic waste building up in your colon, you may also experience hay fever, colds, sore throats, pimples, sinus infections and eye and ear problems as a result.
But that’s just the beginning of your health problems. “In addition to physical ailments, it is almost impossible to maintain a clear mind and proper mental and spiritual equilibrium when we allow the colon to go unattended for too long a time,” states author Michael Dye in his book, God’s Way to Ultimate Health.
However, there are safe and natural ways to ensure that you don’t have to suffer from the pain, discomfort and health problems associated with constipation. To keep your colon free from fecal matter, you should…
- Drink plenty of water each day to help rehydrate your digestive system. To determine the appropriate amount of water your body needs, divide your body weight by half and that will give you the number of ounces of water you should intake per day.
- Exercise regularly to increase your blood flow, which will aid your body in the elimination of waste.
- Consume plenty of fiber every day through supplementation and a whole foods diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, dried beans, wheat bran, flaxseed, oat bran, oatmeal, dried beans, barley and rye.
- Consume plenty of essential fatty acids like krill oil, flax and borage to lubricate your digestive system and smooth the way for proper elimination.
- Supplement with nutrients such as aloe ferox, peppermint leaf, ginger root extract, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root, bacteria coagulans (BC30) and digestive enzymes such as amylase, protease and lipase.
By taking these steps to promote increased colon and digestive health, you can save yourself from the misery of constipation. And with healthier bowels and proper elimination, you may find that there is an improvement in your overall quality of life.
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
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