Like any other part of your body’s digestive tract, your colon is affected by the foods you eat. The old saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” But in the case of your colon, the garbage that goes in doesn’t come out. People with diets high in proteins and fats and those who snack constantly on greasy chips and French fries or sugary snacks are more likely to develop problems with their colon. Over time, a colon can build up a plaque that can turn hard as plastic. Fortunately, there are treatments available to cleanse the colon, as well as holistic approaches to keep the colon healthy on its own.
1. Wash it out
One of the common ways to get the colon back into health is through hydrotherapy, also known as the enema. An enema is where water is forced into the colon to wash out the buildup of toxins and plaque that lines the colon walls. Health stores and pharmacies carry a wide assortment of enemas, colonics and other colon cleansers designed to wash out the colon. Be sure to consult your doctor before using an enema or other colon cleansing product because they can do harm to your colon if it is already too damaged or too unhealthy.
2. An ounce of prevention
Most people are uncomfortable with the thought of an enema, and rightly so –they’re uncomfortable. Luckily, there are ways to keep your colon healthy so you won’t have to go through that ordeal. Colon health starts with diet. Eliminating junk food from your diet is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy colon. Eating a low-protein diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains will also keep your colon healthy. Dates, prunes and raisins in small dosed are also good to keep bowel movements regular. Also, keeping your body’s level of beneficial bacteria by eating yogurt will help keep the digestive tract functioning properly. Staying properly hydrated is also important to keep your colon healthy.
3. Colon cleansing diet
A popular new method for colon health is to go on a special, detox diet that cleanses the colon without hydrotherapy. Detox diets usually consist of eating only raw vegetables and drinking water or special detox mixtures and last for about two to three weeks. You must consult a doctor before going on any detox diet, as there could be certain health risks associated with a constricted diet. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid colon cleansing diets.
The benefits of a clean colon are worth the effort to change your diet or use hydrotherapy such as an enema. Toxins that build up in the colon can lead to other diseases such as digestive tract disorders, constipation, a weakened immune system, diarrhea and even problems with your skin.