5 Colon Cleansing Foods To Add To Your Diet

5 Colon Cleansing Foods To Add To Your Diet
January 13 14:18 2017 Print This Article

Having a healthy gut usually, means having a healthy body. Unfortunately, not everyone has the chance to feel vibrant at all time. Gastrointestinal problems are mainly caused by the way we eat in our days. Many people struggle with digestive problems like constipation, leaky gut, candida overgrowth and food sensitivities. Processed food, pesticides and other chemicals affect also our digestion.

Did you know that about 70% of our immune system is situated our gut? Interestingly, people who have a sensitive digestive system also tend to get ill often.

The good news is that our digestive problems do not have to rule our lives. Simple dietary changes can be made to keep our colon clean, improve digestion, encourage weight loss, and boost the immune system. Here are 5 gut cleansing foods to add to your detox diet plan:

  1. Leafy Greens

Leafy green vegetables are rich in fibre and chlorophyl, making them one of the best natural ways to cleanse the colon. They are also full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients that help our body fight the toxins we are continuously exposed to. They are known to be alkaline-forming foods because they contain a high amount of alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. You should consume two portions of leafy greens daily, like kale, arugula, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard and turnip greens. Also include one portion of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, mustard greens, watercress, and cabbage.  Choose dark and deep colored vegetables because they contain a greater amount of antioxidants.  Always add citrus fruit to your meals to support the absorption of the vitamins and minerals.

  1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the perfect colon cleanse for healthy digestion and weight loss. When soaked in liquid, they swell up and turn into a jello-like substance that does miracles for the body. Their fibre content helps to flush out the intestines, and they are particularly beneficial for those who tend to suffer from constipation. Two tablespoons of chia offers 10 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Chia seeds also contain calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron, as well as anti-inflammatory ALA omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for the body. Simply soak 2 tablespoons of chia in 1/2 cup of water or plant-based milk for 20 minutes (or overnight) and enjoy it as a pudding with mapple syrup, with your favorite fruit or in a detox smoothie.

  1. Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk is a powerful seed that has tremendous cleansing properties. It comes from the Plantago plant, and can be consumed either whole or as a powder. Both forms are good but some research has shown that the powder is more efficient at relieving constipation. Just like chia, psyllium turns gelatinous when soaked in water. It then has the ability to sweep the intestines clean of all waste and toxins, moving them out of the body through the colon. When using psyllium in your dietox diet, you should always drink a lot of water to support the cleansing process. You can also use it while fasting, to suppress hunger and encourage the complete cleansing of the digestive tract. Psyllium husk is often used during a 7-day detox and colon cleanse.

  1. Herbs

There are many natural herbal supplements available on the market that you can use for a complete body cleansing program. Over the counter colon, cleansing kits can be made of laxative ingredients, which is not recommended if you wish to go through a healthy detox program. Your 7-day detox and colon cleanse should not include abbrasive laxative teas. Instead, they should contain gentle herbs. There are different herbs that you can add to your detox diet meal plan that will help cleaning your colon. Try fennel, fenugreek, and Triphala to eliminate mucus buildup and peppermint for its calming effect. Oregano is used for its anti-fungal properties and is great to kill candida Albicans and parasites. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory root and should be consumed every day.

  1. Cayenne

Cayenne pepper does not just add some heat to your meals. It also helps cleaning up any mucous buildup in the digestive tract. Cayenne is also known to be a great ingredient to add to your detox diet for weight loss. Studies have found that there is a compound in hot peppers called capsaisin, which is able to burn fat, just like when our brown adipose tissue generates heat by burning fat when we are cold. You can consume raw, dried or cooked hot peppers, or buy cayenne powder.

  1. Prebiotics

Did you know that we have more microbes than we have cells in our body? Our gut microbiome is made of 100 trillion micro-organisms, good and bad. They play a crucial role in digestion, protect us against infections, the absorption of nutrients and the functioning of our immune system. To have a healthy gut flora, we should feed our microbes the best food possible. These organisms prefer to eat prebiotics, which are indigestible fibres found in plant foods, like apples, bananas, almonds and sweet potatoes. The human digestive system is very similar to the monkey’s, which is designed for leaves and fruits. This could explain why those on a plant-based diet tend to have a healthier gut flora than those on a meat-based diet.

  1. Probiotics

Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that cohabit with bad bacteria in our digestive tract. We can support our digestion by eating fermented foods that contain probiotics or taking natural probiotic supplements, which are one of the best home remedies for diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive issues. Always choose a brand that contains various strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Fermented foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, soy or coconut yogurt and kefir. These foods help our gut to function well and produce regular bowel movements, which is essential for colon cleansing. They also promote weight loss.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is not only tasty, it is also beneficial for cleansing the colon. It has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties, which can kill candida Albicans, remove toxins, and eliminate parasites from the intestines. Garlic is also an antioxidant that can aid reducing inflammation and permit better digestion, efficient absorption of nutrients and the elimination of wastes in the bowel.

  1. Beans & Lentils

Legumes are known to be one of the richest sources of fibre on earth, promoting healthy digestion and colon cleansing. They are also nutrient-dense with a great amount of complete protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. They are a great alternative to meat and dairy since they contain all the nutrients the body needs, without the harmful cholesterol, saturated fat and hormones. A diet rich in beans and lentils promotes the multiplication of good bacteria in the gut, thus encouraging colon cleansing. Having a healthy digestive system will also improve immune functions, making you more resistant to viruses and illnesses.

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