Colon cleansing in 5 steps

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Gastrointestinal complaints such as diarrhea or constipation, but also migraines, a constant feeling of being unwell or one cold after another - these are all reasons why people decide to undergo intestinal cleansing. For many, intestinal cleansing offers a helpful method to increase overall well-being. It comes from naturopathy and is well known. Currently, this form of treatment is becoming increasingly popular as interest in alternative healing methods instead of drug therapies is constantly growing.

What exactly is colon cleansing?

By means of intestinal cleansing, it is possible to calm the intestinal flora that has become unbalanced. Pathogenic germs are to be reduced and good germs are to be increased. This can reduce inflammation in the intestinal mucosa. The improved intestinal flora strengthens the intestinal barrier and its protective function.

Intestinal cleansing takes place over a certain period of time (usually a few weeks) and includes various measures from the areas of nutrition, exercise and the use of home remedies.

When should colon cleansing be carried out – and why?

There are around 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines that are vital to our survival. In addition to digestion, they also serve the protective function of our immune system. We absorb many of the viruses, germs and bad bacteria through food and the air we breathe, which are rendered harmless to us in the intestines by the "good" bacteria living there. For these processes to take place, the intestinal flora must function properly. An unhealthy diet, stress, nicotine or alcohol can disrupt the balance of the intestinal flora and thus trigger illnesses. Intestinal cleansing can be a helpful method for restoring the damaged intestinal flora system to its original balance. This flushes harmful substances out of the body and allows the intestinal bacterial balance to recover.

The most common causes of disturbed intestinal flora are:

  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Antibiotics
  • Diet rich in sugar
  • Very meat-rich diet

Intestinal cleansing after taking antibiotics

Antibiotics irritate our gastrointestinal tract and, in the worst case, can cause long-term damage. They kill all bacteria, including the good bacteria that maintain the protective function of the intestine. Researchers at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control were able to prove in a study that just seven days of treatment with an antibiotic drastically increased the number of resistance genes in the intestinal flora. In addition, these were still detectable two years after the end of the therapeutic measure. 1 To counteract this loss, intestinal cleansing can be started while taking antibiotics.

Instructions: Colon cleansing

How does a colon cleansing actually work? And what steps are involved in a complete colon cleansing? All the steps that are involved in carrying it out correctly are listed below:

It is important to mention at the beginning that intestinal cleansing cannot be carried out within a day. It is recommended to carry it out over several weeks so that the gastrointestinal tract can fully recover.

1. Colon cleansing

In order to ensure that the intestine is freed of all residues before the intestinal flora is built up, it is recommended that you begin the intestinal rehabilitation with a cleansing of the intestine. First of all, you should take enough time and rest. You can cleanse the intestine using a laxative, which you can buy from the pharmacy. Alternatively, you can use an enema. This can also be purchased from the pharmacy.

With the colon cleansing method, the rest of the intestine is emptied and thoroughly cleaned. Due to the high fluid loss, it is important to ensure that you drink enough fluids during this process.

Difference: Colon rehabilitation & colon cleansing

The terms colon rehabilitation and colon cleansing are often used as synonyms. However, in practical terms, this is not entirely correct. Colon cleansing is only a short-term process in which the intestine is emptied and cleaned using a laxative. At the same time, this is also the first step in colon rehabilitation. However, this also includes a few more steps and extends over a longer period of several weeks.

2. Nutrition

During the colon cleansing, you should ensure that you eat a balanced diet. Ideally, you should avoid foods that contain sugar and carbohydrates as much as possible. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine should also be avoided. Instead, it is recommended that you eat fresh fruit and vegetables as well as alkaline foods. Another way to accompany the colon cleansing is to go on a fasting diet. However, this can be extremely strenuous and is more difficult to integrate into everyday life, as many side effects such as headaches or tiredness can occur, especially in the first few days. For this reason, you should only start a fasting diet conscientiously and with plenty of rest and time. It is not essential for colon cleansing.

3. Hydration

Drinking a lot of water is generally important and healthy. Especially during colon cleansing, sufficient fluid intake relieves the strain on the intestines and facilitates digestion, and toxins are flushed out more effectively. At least six large glasses of water a day are recommended.

4. Use of home remedies

Healing clay: The cleansing properties of healing clay are helpful in cleansing the intestines. It is recommended to take about a tablespoon of healing clay diluted with water every day.

Flaxseed/psyllium: Another valuable remedy during intestinal cleansing. The seeds also have a cleansing effect on the intestines. After ingestion, they swell up in the intestines and bind to pollutants stuck there. They are then excreted together.

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5. Good intestinal bacteria

After cleansing the intestines, it is important to restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the intestines and support their growth. This can be done by taking intestinal bacteria in the form of dietary supplements. These are lactic acid bacteria that have a supportive function for the intestines. Studies have also shown that such bacterial cultures can reduce the risk of diarrhea when taking antibiotics. 2 They can be substituted in high doses in capsule or powder form, but are also naturally contained in a variety of foods. These include:

  • Yoghurt, whey & kefir
  • sauerkraut
  • Pickles
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cheeses with live lactic acid bacteria
  • kimchi
  • Kombucha

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possible side effects

The use of intestinal cleansing is part of a tradition that has been around for thousands of years and was already used in ancient times, in old Chinese medicine and in Ayurvedic teachings. Intestinal cleansing is generally harmless to the body, but should be carried out correctly and ideally supervised by a specialist. However, the strong elimination of toxins can cause minor side effects such as headaches, dizziness or impure skin. However, these are not dangerous and should subside after a short time. If they persist, it is recommended to consult a doctor, as other causes may be triggering the symptoms.

Conclusion

Natural healing methods such as intestinal cleansing are currently very popular among the population and are often used to regenerate the intestinal flora and strengthen the immune system. The goals are briefly summarized:

  • The regeneration of the intestinal mucosa
  • Restoring the balance of the intestinal flora
  • The elimination of harmful bacteria and fungi
  • Relief of inflammatory processes in the intestinal tract

Important: This guide is intended as a source of information only. If you have acute problems, always consult your doctor. Under no circumstances should you stop taking your medication without consulting him or her and do not change your dosage on your own.

Sources

1. Jenberg, C. e. (November 2010). Long-term impacts of antibiotic exposure on the human intestinal microbiota. Microbiology.

Bradley, C. e. (no date). Probiotics for the prevention of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis.


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