When your colon isn’t working right, you can feel it right away – even though you may not know it’s your colon that’s bothering you. Colon problems can cause aching muscles, joint pain, fatigue, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, dull eyes, poor skin, spots and depression.
The inflammation from it can spread through your body and get into your blood. In fact, having a digestive system that’s toxic to your body is one of the main reasons people are chronically ill.
The typical American diet of refined sugars, starches and low-fiber foods produces a kind of sludge, creating a buildup and narrowing your colon. This buildup is the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of harmful bacteria and parasites. It also rubs and pushes against the walls of your colon, making them irritated and inflamed.
That’s why it’s critical to eat foods that clear out the colon regularly. Most Americans don’t do this, which may be why an estimated 100,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year.
A diet high in fiber is the best way to ensure optimal colon health. But the mainstream medical approach on this is misguided. You shouldn’t be eating a lot of cereal to get your fiber, or taking grain-based laxative products (which we’re told over and over is the best way to care for the digestive tract).
In fact, a study released a few weeks ago found that the non-rice cereals we eat increase colon cancer risk. It also found that those who eat the least fruit – which has natural fiber – have an increased risk, too.
When it comes to fiber, you should use what is natural and has been in our diet since primordial times. Before grains were domesticated.
Nature has given us all of the natural fiber we’ll ever need in fruits, nuts and vegetables. Here are some of the best sources of natural fiber:
|Food||Portion||Dietary Fiber (grams)||Soluble(grams)||Insoluble (grams)|
|Green Peas||2/3 cup cooked||3.9||0.6||3.3|
|Kidney Beans||1/2 cup cooked||6.5||1.6||4.9|
|Pinto Beans||1/2 cup cooked||5.9||1.2||4.7|
|Lentils||2/3 cup cooked||4.5||0.6||3.9|
If you can’t get enough fiber through the food you eat, an effective colon cleanse can release years of toxic buildup and reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. It will prevent the toxins from overloading your colon, digestive system and blood stream.