As we’ve seen, the best way to ‘cleanse’ your gut is to eat nutritious whole foods that support your body’s natural detox processes. Detoxification is made up of many, staggeringly complex biochemical processes, but it’s fair to say that the liver plays the leading role.
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This article was co-authored by Lisa Bryant, ND. Dr. Lisa Bryant is Licensed Naturopathic Physician and natural medicine expert based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency in Naturopathic Family Medicine there in 2014.
There are several ways you can keep your colon in good shape. You should eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. These have fiber that can bulk up your stool and keep things moving. And drink plenty of water. This can soften your stool and help with constipation.
There are many bizarre yet popular diets that claim to cleanse or detox your gut. The potato diet, for instance, promises to help dieters lose weight, strengthen their immune systems, improve gut health and provide plenty of nutrients ‘to keep you energised while losing weight.
In the same way that your body has its own detox processes, your colon has its own cleansing processes. It’s called having bowel movement. If you’re doing that comfortably at least once a day, you don’t need to help your colon cleanse itself. If you’re not, you have constipation and you need to investigate why that’s happening.
The Master Cleanse diet, made famous by Beyonce, will have you ‘eating’ nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, laxative teas and salt water, for up to 40 days. Apart from being free of fibre, protein and fat, and dangerously low on vitamins and minerals, just one serving of the lemon drink contains over 23 grams of sugar.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate natural colon-cleansing products. That means the government can’t tell you what’s in them or if they’re safe. They may not work as advertised or they may be dangerous. In fact, coffee enemas might have contributed to several deaths.