Top Foods for Colon Cleansing and the Prevention of Colon Cancer

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Keeping your colon clean and in good working order improves your overall health. It also greatly reduces your risk of colon cancer. Eating the right foods will naturally keep your digestive system in optimal condition as well as keep your colon working as it was designed to: pushing waste and toxins out of your body.

Keeping your colon cleansed will help prevent constipation, and keeping waste moving out of your body will remove toxins quickly, giving you tons of energy. You will also improve your absorption of vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. When your colon is clean and detoxified it absorbs more nutrients and filters them into your bloodstream.

Many people find that when they eat the right colon cleansing foods that they have better concentration levels. They also find that they lose weight naturally, without strenuous effort or starvation diets. Once you remove toxins and excess waste from your body you will find you have a general feeling of wellbeing and of being “lighter” that is definitely noticeable.

When impurities and toxins are removed through your colon it enhances the natural beauty of your skin, along with less digestive ailments such as indigestion, gas, and bloating.

Keep reading to find out the best colon cleansing foods that you should be eating every day.

 

1. Alfalfa

This is a good one to add to your smoothies, as it helps to sooth the entire digestive system and colon. This will keep you from having cramps or spasms, especially if you haven’t done any colon cleansing or detox routines lately.

 

2. Mangos

These tropical fruits have strong laxative properties, so you might want to eat a few of these when you begin a colon cleanse, as mangos will help get things moving, so to speak.

 

3. Flax and Chia Seeds

You will find that chia seeds and flax seeds are rich in healthy fats and fiber that encourage healthy digestion and cleanse the colon at the same time. The healthy fat they contain, omega-3, has been shown to reduce inflammation and stabilize cell walls. These seeds are also high in soluble fiber, which binds with the foods you eat, optimizing the digestive process.

 

4. Apples/Apple Cider Vinegar

If you have ever done a colon cleansing diet you will notice that they all contain some type of apple, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar, and/or apple juice. This is because apples are a powerful colon cleansing food. Apples are high in pectin, a compound that removes toxins in the colon and strengthens the lining inside the intestines.

 

5. Lemon

Many citrus fruits are good for colon cleansing, but among all the citrus fruits, lemons are the best of them. Just one glass of lemon juice and water each morning will help detoxify the liver and keep your colon clean.

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6. Avocados

Like flax and chia seeds, avocados are a good source of soluble fiber, which absorbs water and other foods to help them pass quickly through the digestive tract. This prevents a toxic buildup in the colon. Avocados have both soluble and insoluble fiber, with approximately a one to three ratio. Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber that cleanses your colon and prevents colon cancer.

 

7. Wheatgrass

This is a very popular drink, and with good reason. Wheatgrass will help you get more oxygen into your body and helps to remove toxins.

 

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Teas for Detox and Cleansing

 

8. Fennel Seeds

These aren’t as well known in America as they are in other countries, but that should change when Americans begin to see (and feel) how much they help improve the digestion process. In many countries, fresh fennel is served after meals. The stalks are chewed and this relives gas, enhances the digestion process and relives lower abdominal pain since overall digestion is improved and moving along smoothly.

 

9. Aloe Vera Gel

Everyone knows that aloe vera is great for soothing burns, but did you know that it is also great at healing and soothing the lining of the intestines? Add some pure aloe vera gel into your morning smoothies. This plant is also loaded with vitamins and minerals.

 

10. Beans/Lentils

Everyone knows beans are the “magical fruit” but they are so super high in fiber that you simply can’t pass these over for a good colon cleansing food. Soak the beans overnight before you cook them as this will help relieve any gas symptoms you might experience. Lentils are also great at improving digestion and keeping the colon clean.

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11. Green Tea

If you want to detox your liver while cleaning out your colon, then you should drink green tea.

 

12. Chlorophyll-Filled Greens

Eating green vegetables and fruits encourage healthy digestion as well as a daily source of colon cleansing. Foods that do this best include Swiss chard, sea vegetables, peas, leeks, spinach, Brussels sprouts, celery, cabbage, and green olives. All of these are high in chlorophyll, which detoxifies your liver and cleanses the digestive tract.

 

13. Fruit Juices

Although you don’t want to overdo it drinking fruit juice all day long, a glass of pure, organic fruit juice each day is an easy way to help cleanse the colon as they are high in enzymes, naturally cleansing salts, and fiber. Read also about juicing, how to do it right.

 

14. Water with Sea Salt

Keeping your colon well hydrated will go a long way towards keeping it healthy. Dehydration will lead to a toxic buildup due to constipation. Be sure you drink plenty of pure, fluoride free water each day. Adding just a pinch of sea salt to some of your water will also go a long way towards further detoxification of the body.

 

15. Probiotics

Eating probiotic rich foods, such as yogurt, will help keep the bacteria levels inside your colon at healthy levels.

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16. Fermented Foods

The balance of good and bad bacteria inside our digestive systems is easy disrupted by environmental pollutants, antibiotics, processed foods, stress, and other outside forces. Be sure to eat plenty of fermented foods that will restore this natural balance. Fermented foods include items such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, and pickles.

 

17. Chickweed

This little herb is not really a weed, even though it has that word in its name. Chickweed helps relieve constipation as well as being a terrific colon cleanser. Perhaps someone should change its name to Chick Cleaner!

 

18. Peppermint

If you have ever had an upset stomach and found that drinking a cup of peppermint tea or sucking on some peppermint candy helped to calm your stomach, then you understand how peppermint works. This is a powerful herb that calms and relaxes the intestines so waste can move along without stress or obstruction.

 

19. Garlic

Is there anything garlic is not good for? Garlic has healthy benefits for just about every part of the body, including the colon. Crush a clove or two each morning and swallow them whole or add some to your salads and food dishes for some tasty, yet powerful colon cleansing compounds.

 

20. Cold Water Fish

For the same reasons you should be eating more avocados, flax, and chia seeds, you should eat fish for their omega-fatty acids. Unlike other types of meat, fish has essential oils that improve digestion and cleanse the colon. Think sardines, anchovies, and canned salmon. Be aware of top 10 contaminated fish you shouldn’t eat.

References:

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