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Colon Cleansing Diet - What to Eat and What Not to Eat?

Jun 12, 2008
Preventing waste build up inside the body is an important part of maintaining colon health. There are certain foods that must be incorporated in your daily menu plans in order to promote proper elimination of toxins.

(1) What to Eat?

Fiber is extremely effective in cleansing the body. It makes for smooth food travel along the intestines as well as easy elimination of fecal matter. Fiber can be found in most vegetables but to take advantage of high fiber content, it is best to eat them raw. Salad greens are a great example of a high fiber meal.

Other vegetables that contain fiber include potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cabbage and turnips. Fresh fruit also contain fiber as well as some dried varieties such as apricots, raisins and prunes. Whole grain foods such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and bran cereal as well as beans, nuts and seeds are also good sources of fiber.

Of course, adequate fluid intake is an essential part of any diet. Water and fresh fruit juices are best for keeping the body clean.

Now not all bacteria inside the body are bad for you. You actually need some of them to have good health. These friendly bacteria are particularly beneficial to the digestive system. Fermented foods such as miso, kefir sauerkraut and yogurt help refresh the supply of good bacteria that may have been flushed out of the body.

Raw egg yolk and yeast flakes are two of the most nutritious foods that you can eat. They contain many vitamins and minerals vital to maintaining health.

If you must fry your food, use extra virgin olive oil. And if you need extra help in keeping your colon in good working condition, you can always use supplements. Probiotics help restore the healthy bacteria that are lost in cleansing. Vitamin C will help restore your strength after you've undergone a cleansing procedure as you will likely feel drained of energy.

(2) What Not to Eat?

If you are to maintain a healthy body there are certain foods that you must cut down on or even avoid altogether. Cut down on meat, especially of the red variety. You can still get your protein from fish or poultry.

Avoid processed foods as these have usually undergone some form of chemical processing that are harmful and that have stripped the food of essential nutrients. Many of them have high amounts of saturated fats, sodium and sugar which can lead to illness. Some examples of processed foods are canned food, instant noodles, junk food like chips and cookies, high-sugar cereal, hotdogs, frozen meals and pastas made of refined flour.

Try to avoid eating at fast food restaurants. Most of the food served are unhealthy due to high salt and oil content and have harmful ingredients.

There are also certain beverages that may do more harm than good to your system. Too much carbonated drinks such as sodas and alcoholic beverages have negative effects on colon health. If you are to start a colon cleansing regimen, coffee and black tea should be avoided too. Pasteurized milk is also on the list of beverages to avoid.
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