Here are some easy ways to cleanse your colon naturally. Commercial laxatives are not healthy and are actually harmful in the long term.
Diet and lifestyle changes made consistently over time will help you to become regular. Please read through this list and find something that works for YOU!
1. Add more fiber to your diet. We need both Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber. Soluble Fiber is the kind that turns to gel in the intestines and helps to soften stool. Insoluble Fiber is roughage that is found in bran and many fruits and vegetables. See the Fiber Cookie recipe and adapt the ingredients to suit your family’s diet.
- Fresh raw fruits and vegetables contain fiber. You need 30 grams of fiber per day. See the Fiber chart to see how much fiber you are getting in your diet.
- Psyllium Husk. Purchase psyllium husk or psyllium seed in the bulk section or by the bag at your local Health Food store. Psyllium acts as an internal broom that helps to brush away the toxic build-up on the walls of your colon. Put 2 teaspoon of psyllium husk in a glass of water or juice, stir it around vigorously and drink it down. Drink an extra glass of water now because psyllium will absorb extra water in your system. Drink extra water even if you are not thirsty. Note: I use psyllium husk as a natural thickener in fruit smoothies and fruit pies.
- Flax Seed. Purchase flax seed in the bulk section of your local grocery store or Health Food store. Buzz them up in a coffee grinder and sprinkle them on salads, on soups, or on your morning porridge. You can also soak flax seeds in water overnight and drink the gel from the flax seeds in the morning. Flax seeds are a source of omega-3’s which helps with your heart, skin, brain and hormones. Take 2 tablespoons of cracked flax per day. Make sure you drink 1-2 cups of water with your flax because flax brings bulk to your stool and will only help if you have extra water.
- Oat Bran and Wheat Bran. Add a teaspoon or more to your morning breakfast porridge or smoothie.
- Folklore and Tradition recommends the following fiber-rich foods: Apples, dried beans, prunes, dates, raisins, endive, figs, grapes, mangoes, papayas, parsley, persimmons, pineapple, rhubarb, rutabagas, turnips, beets and especially pears.
2. Hulda Clark Bowel Program (Colon Cleanse)
3. Hulda Clark Constipation Tea (Colon Cleanse)
4. Prunes for Constipation
- Prune Juice – best tasting juice to get things moving.
- Stewed prunes – cook prunes in a little water for 5 minutes. Cool and eat.
- Soaked Prunes – soak prunes overnight. In the morning, eat and enjoy. Experts say this is the best way to benefit from prunes.
5. Dandelion Tea. Dandelion tea has a mild laxative effect. Steep 2 tsp of dried root in 1 cup of boiling water. Serve this 2-3 times per day. See our Recipe on drying your own roots and making your own tea here.
6. Constipation Porridge – Use our Recipe passed down by our very own Grandma Violet!
7. Ginger Tea – Has been known to help with regularity. Get our Recipe here.
8. Hot/Warm Water. Drink a cup or two of hot/warm water first thing in the morning upon arising. Relax and GO!
9. Castor Oil. Apply 3-4 drops of lukewarm castor oil around the navel at night. Massage it in.
10. Natural Yogurt with added Probiotic. Buy yogurt with no added sugars, which has acidophilus and bifidus added.
11. Aloe Vera Juice. Follow the directions on the bottle. Aloe Vera juice is purchased in most Health Food stores.
12. Fresh Coffee. A cup of coffee at the beginning of the day is a natural laxative for some. Try the warm water first as in 8 above, and if that doesn’t work, move to the coffee.
13. Accupressure for Constipation. “Apply pressure with your thumb to the point four finger-widths above your wrist on the back of the forearm. Do this for two minutes every day while the problem persists.” (from 1801 Home Remedies – Trustworthy Treatments for everyday Health Problems by The Reader’s Digest Association, 2004. Try it to see if it works.
14. Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 2 teaspoons to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning and at night before bed. Add honey to taste.
TIP #1 . When nature calls, just go. Do not wait or ignore the urge. Go immediately to the toilet. Sit down and relax. Read a book if necessary. Let nature take its course.
TIP #2. Foods to Avoid if you are Constipated include: Tea, bananas, rice, milk, milk, meat, white flour. Many prescription medications also bring on constipation.
TIP #3 . Remember that meat contains NO fiber, and will hinder your efforts to become regular. Reduce all meat intake. Don’t forget the Fiber Check List for amounts of Fiber in food.
TIP #4 . Chew your food well. Your stomach does not have teeth. The enzymes from your food help your body to digest your food and absorb the nutrients. Do not overeat.