Colon Cleansing

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There are several methods of colon cleansing that are popular with alternative medicine practitioners, which include colonic irrigation, herbal colon cleansing products, and enemas. The concept of colon cleansing is based on the idea that undigested food causes a buildup of toxins and mucus in the colon. This leads to a leaky gut, which then allows undigested food particles, toxins and bacteria into the bloodstream, which in turn leads to illness. This is partially true. Eating a high-fat diet that includes a lot of animal food and junk food does contribute to poor gastrointestinal health, damage to the gut microbiome, and leaky gut. Taking prescription drugs, such as antibiotics, contributes to the damage too.

A better and much safer option is to adopt a high-fiber, low-fat plant-based diet and to drink enough water every day. This strategy is the way nature intended for the body to be cleaned out on a daily basis. Cleansing is something the body takes care of naturally when one practices good habits.

Source: Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., ND, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the executive director of Wellness Forum Health. She will be speaking at The Real Truth About Health Conference, which will be held Feb. 2-11 at the Long Island Hilton, in Melville (RealTruthTalks.com).

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