When trying to lose weight, you get all sorts of advice, do this – do that! Some work and some don’t! I know that you must have heard a lot about colon cleansing and weight loss, but does colon cleanse help with losing weight?
This is what we are going to look into in this comprehensively researched article.
Other than alcohol, almost no nutrients are absorbed by the stomach. That is the job of the intestines. The small intestine absorbs most of the nutrients, the rest, especially water and salt, is absorbed by the large intestine; otherwise known as the colon.
The colon is the last stop before the anus, and is where the feces and undigested food sits awaiting evacuation. It is home to a myriad of different types of bacteria, both beneficial and harmful.
Enemas, not so long ago almost only practiced as part of a pre-operative surgical preparation, have become common over the last decade or so. Various kinds of enemas, from soapy water to coffee, are available, as are do-it-yourself kits.
Health Benefits of Colon Cleansing
Before getting into the benefits of colon cleansing, it is important to understand that enemas are not your only option, and are often far too extreme. Enemas flush out the lower bowel, but tend to miss much of the colon.
The flushing process washes out important beneficial bacteria as well as the bad. There is a danger of causing an electrolyte imbalance, ruptures in the bowel; not a good place for a tear! There are also dangers in that stimulating the vagus nerve will cause arrhythmia.
An often better and safer alternative is to use a colon cleanser. Cleansers help the body to evacuate the colon naturally. This in itself makes it safer. This is especially helpful to people that suffer from constipation. The feces in the colon will breed bad bacteria the longer it stays there.
This, of course, increases the possibility of toxins entering the body. Colon cleansers will push the stored waste (feces and undigested food) through the system, freeing up room for good food nutrient absorption, and flushing out harmful bacteria.
After detoxification, people tend to have better, more restful, sleep and more energy throughout the day. It will also alleviate that bloated feeling.
Once clean, the colon will be able to better absorb water and other nutrients, without toxins and bacteria tagging along. Giving the immune system a break.
Constipation and bloating can affect your concentration and comfort. Removing waste and toxins from the bowel, can reduce the chance of polyps, cysts and tumors, and possibly improve fertility.
Colon Cleansing Weight Loss Benefits
The average colon can hold up to eight meals’ worth of digested food, so colon cleansing can be a significant kick start to a weight loss program. It also opens the way for a better diet to be absorbed easier, and makes you feel better as you start out.
Modern lifestyle and civilization means we are constantly under attack from pollution and toxins.
Processed food and drinks are the norm these days, and we are eating and drinking more of it than ever.
The cheap availability of meat products means we are eating far more protein and fat than ever before, and these are digested slower and later in the gut than carbohydrates from vegetable sources. They also carry more bacteria.
The body is great at getting rid of toxins, but has not evolved to take the sheer volume of pollutants and toxins we are feeding it.
This means toxins are stored in muscle tissue and fat. Muscles are the number one fat burners. Muscle mass will burn fat just being there, even while you sleep.
Toxins can interfere with the function of muscles, and can lead to aches and muscle fatigue, making it hard to exercise consistently as required.
Fat cells are deposited to allow for mopping up these toxins. Reducing the toxins in your system, will reduce the need for fat cells to store them away.
It will also allow for the toxins to be flushed out from your muscle mass, allowing for more energy, better training experience and faster recovery from exercise.
Herbal ingredients can be used to provide the cleansing effect naturally, as a food stuff, rather than harsh chemical based laxatives. High fiber is also required to loosen the stools and allow for better regulation.
Foods such as prunes are famous for their mild laxative effect, and pysllium husk is famous as a non-digestible fiber source to maintain better consistency and constancy.
There are also good quality detox capsules available that contain such natural extracts you can use to cleanse you colon.