With all the toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis, it’s a wonder our internal systems can operate properly at all. From the second we wake up and brush our teeth to the time we go to bed, we are constantly bombarded by chemicals, all of which may be slowly destroying our health. But just how many you may ask? Well, according to some pretty reliable sources, our daily exposure is estimated to run up to approximately 2,100,00 toxins. Merely touching a receipt at the grocery store for 10 seconds can expose your body to obesogens. Moreover, sunscreen, perfume, clothing fabric, and furniture are covered in chemicals that are toxic to your body. Although your body may try it’s best to eliminate these toxins, with such an overload, it’s an impossible feat and exposure to toxins often results in a variety of health problems including allergies, respiratory disorders, immunosuppression, tumors, and cancer. External detox methods can be helpful in eliminating and there are many options to choose from such as a colon cleanse, eating clean organic foods, taking a detox bath, as well as numerous detox drinks.
Having a Regular Colon Cleanse
The purpose of a colon cleanse is to remove any build-up of waste that may have become impacted or hardened onto the walls of your intestine. A colon cleanse is definitely not a detox method for everyone, but some people do receive tremendous benefits by eliminating waste and toxins stored in their intestines. The majority of colon cleanse methods use water to loosen material in the bowels, which can then exit the body quickly and easily.
As a detox method, colon cleansing dates back as far as 1500 BC when it was used by our ancestors in ancient Egypt. For thousands of years, colon cleansing has been recognized as a way to restore digestive health, improve the body’s natural detoxification process, and reach optimal health. It was believed then, as it is now, that the buildup of waste in your body produces toxins that can poison your body causing a number of symptoms including:
- A headache
- Weight gain
- Low energy
Receiving a colon cleanse is thought to reduce the risk of colon cancer, improve mental clarity and immune function, and aid in weight loss. However, caution is advised since the potential side effects of a colon cleansing may include:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Mineral imbalance
- Bowel perforation
- Depletion of good bacteria
- Kidney failure
You should not receive a colon cleanse if you have heart or kidney disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, severe hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, or rectal tumors. Caution is also advised if you are in the advanced stages of Adrenal Fatigue or particularly sensitive to detoxification.
Eating Clean and Organic
Regardless of the detox method, you decide to use, what you eat will have the greatest impact on the health of your colon. Therefore, eating a clean healthy diet of organic foods is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. If you’re not eating organic, food is often laden with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and ionizing radiation. It was previously shown that children who ate a primarily organic diet for 15 days had a dramatic decrease in the concentration of pesticides in their urine.
Organic crops are not only lower in heavy metals, they are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, as well as the cancer-fighting elements are known as flavonoids. Crops treated with chemicals pose a danger to your body, however, no matter how hard you try, with today’s food production policies, you will inevitably be exposed to toxins through food. Choosing to eat organic food can decrease the burden on your body and foods that aid in your body’s natural detox process includes:
- Green veggies
- Green tea
Preparing Detox Drinks
Consuming detox drinks are a great method of cleansing the body and can also help eliminate belly fat and improve your metabolism. Obesity is responsible for a number of serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions, therefore, you should make healthy eating a priority. However, your body’s natural ability to regulate weight is often hindered by health conditions like thyroid diseases and Adrenal Fatigue.
Drinking healthy detox beverages can have many benefits. So here is a safe recipe you can blend and drink each night before bed that will help clear your colon the following morning of any food from the previous day that has settled in your intestines.
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp flaxseed flour
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Sprig of parsley
- Splash of vinegar
- 100 ml kefir
Parsley is an exceptional herb, especially for those suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, since its extremely potent anti-inflammatory properties can work wonders in helping you fight stress and anxiety. Known as the magical herb, parsley has many additional health benefits:
- Inhibits cancer and tumor growth
- Fights uric acid
- Acts as a natural diuretic and reduces fluid retention
- Purifies blood
- Treats bladder and kidney infections
- Contains a large number of antioxidant flavonoids
- Fights bad breath
Cinnamon has been used for over 4000 years for a wide variety of purposes, both medicinal and culinary. On the medicinal side, studies have now confirmed what our ancestors once purported: Cinnamon offers important detoxification benefits. It’s also great for Adrenal Fatigue sufferers, provides weight loss benefits, and fights allergies. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory elements. You use cinnamon to:
- Lower the risk of cancer
- Protect against cardiovascular disease
- Reduce the chances of developing diabetes
- Promote oral hygiene
However, due to its potent nature, it is important to consult with your health care practitioner to ensure cinnamon does not interact with any medications you may currently be taking.
Taking Detox Baths
Detox baths can be beneficial for removing toxins and are well known to improve tissue health, reduce pain, and help your body relax. Baths are a gentle and a great way of removing daily pollutants from your body, particularly for those who may be overly sensitive to other detox methods.
A simple recipe for an excellent detox bath is:
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 2 cups sea salt
- 2 cups baking soda
Mix the ingredients together and store in a clean airtight container. At bath time, simply pour a cup of the mixture into the tub while the water is running. In addition, you could add essential oils such as lavender or citrus for a calming or energizing effect.
Additional Colon Cleansing Methods
Two other popular methods of cleansing the colon are:
- Enema. An enema is performed by injecting fluid into the rectum in order to reach the lower part of the bowels. They are mostly used to relieve constipation or cleanse the bowels prior to an examination or medical procedure.
- Colonic. A colonic, also known as colonic hydrotherapy or colon irrigation, is a procedure conducted by a colon therapist and involves flushing out the colon by pushing water through the rectum.
Enemas and colonics can benefit colon health, but make sure to exercise caution. Some enema solutions can be dangerous and enemas can lead to a number of adverse side effects including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other more serious side effects include perforation of the rectum and possible damage to surrounding organs. Case studies of colonic procedures have reported a number of side effects including abdominal cramping, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, colonics can perforate the bowels, cause electrolyte imbalance, lead to serious infections, and cause kidney and heart problems. For safety and to obtain optimal results, it’s best to have these procedures performed by a licensed professional.
How a Colon Cleanse and Other Detox Methods Can Improve Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
A colon cleanse is great for those suffering from Adrenal Fatigue since it can help eliminate toxins that have been sitting in your colon for a long time. Bacteria from stagnant food or residual medications can re-enter your body through the bloodstream and cause pain in your tissues and bones, leading to a plethora of problems, unexplained aches and pains, exhaustion, and brain fog often associated with AFS.
All of the body’s organs are connected through the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response system and colon health are important for keeping the rest of your body healthy. To operate efficiently, the endocrine system, including the adrenal glands, is dependent on the liver. Safe and natural detox methods like a colon cleanse are known to relieve some of the stress placed on your liver by creating a cleaner and a less toxic environment in your body.
Is Detoxing Safe?
Always exercise caution when choosing an appropriate detox method. It’s important to remember that many “natural” products are not regulated by the government or any other regulatory body. Therefore, potency and safety of many so-called detox products are not guaranteed.
Be sure to discuss any new health regime with your healthcare practitioner, especially if you have underlying health issues like Adrenal Fatigue. Your body will be operating in an extremely sensitive state and you should be careful when introducing anything new into your system. In particular, a colon cleanse can have adverse side effects and may even trigger adrenal crashes.