A buildup of fecal matter in the colon is at the root of the colon cleansing idea. Due to inadequate fiber intake, the body is unable to properly evacuate all of its feces during its bowel movements, and over time a certain quantity of such matter will latch on to the walls of the intestines and in severe cases eve cause little pockets to form because of the pressure the accumulated waste products in conjunction with newly formed feces are putting on the system. Yet the claims that upward of 20 to 40 pounds of feces may be found in the colon at any one time are grossly exaggerated. A more realistic number may be one to perhaps three pounds, depending on height and weight.
There is no disputing the fact that the fecal matter which the body fails to evacuate will cause several health problems, such as constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, and in some cases contribute to irritable bowel syndrome. To this end the at-home colon cleansers are becoming a much talked about herbal supplement that seeks to rid the body of said matter. While a lot has been written on the subject – some of it little more than hype – and many different products exist, there are several steps you can take to safely and quickly cleanse your colon at home.
Begin by reviewing your diet. If it is rich in refined and processed foods, it is time for a change! Ideally, you should live on organic vegetables and fruits as well as organically produced milk and meats. Whole grain should round out your food choices and adequate water intake will ensure that your intestines can break down the foods and extract the nutrients needed. Eliminating or at least severely curtailing your ingestion of fast food, sugary snacks, and fried foods will go a long ways to helping your body expel fecal matter more easily.
If you are making up for years or perhaps even decades of gastrointestinal abuse, be sure to choose a colon cleansing product that will work in as little as three to seven days. There is no reason to meddle with the functioning of your colon for 30 or more days, as some regimens suggest. In addition to the foregoing, only purchase natural supplements that are certified organic and that provide a guaranteed analysis of the ingredients with respect to weight. Follow the directions given, which will undoubtedly urge you to change your diet to be healthier, to include exercise into your daily life, and to drink plenty of water. If your natural colon cleanser relies on psyllium husks to do its work, the latter suggestion is an absolute must and failure to abide by the admonition will most likely lead to undesirable side effects. Add a colon massage to your arsenal to manually manipulate your abdomen and assist your body in shedding the hardened fecal matter.
Stay away from chemical cleanses that are harsh and will cause severe abdominal discomfort. Do not choose herbal cleanses that require you to manipulate the colon for a prolonged period of time. This may lead to a dependency on laxatives which in turn will make you a customer for life of such supplement manufacturers but also carry severe and adverse health risks for you. If in doubt, discuss the best course of action with your physician.