If you’ve ever changed the oil in your car or seen it done, you may notice something about the oil. When you pour oil into your engine, it is clear translucent tan color. When it comes out of your engine during an oil change, it is not so pretty. It is dark, carbonized, and opaque.
What happens if you don’t change your oil every few thousand miles? A buildup develops in your engine and can reduce its efficiency. Eventually the engine will become so backed up it will begin to cause engine problems. Eventually your engine will seize up and refuse to run any longer.
This example is pretty close to what happens in your colon. People do not usually think that they need to clean it out every “few thousand miles,” but that is exactly what colon cleansing is. It helps your body rid the colon of built up toxins and waste.
Your colon is responsible for the transport of solid wastes from the body. While food is being transported through the colon, water is being absorbed for use by the body. If your colon slows down, toxins can actually find there way into your blood stream and cause a number of problems such as skin problems, nervous system disorders, obesity, and host of other problems in the various organ systems.
For simple colon cleansing there are two popular approaches:
Each of these can be used individually or can work in tandem. If you’re doing a colon cleanse for the first time you should try to use one or the other to see how your body tolerates it.
For this blog post I will be focusing on oral laxatives and herbs because that seems to be the most popular approach.
I would also add fasting and doing the Master Cleanse to that list, but those are full body cleanses, and this post only deals with colon cleanses.
If you’ve never done a colon cleanse heed this warning
If you recall nothing else from this article then remember this –stay close to a toilet. When the people are draining the oil from your engine, they have an oil pan to catch the oil. Your oil pan is the toilet so make sure you are close to one. Before you even begin a colon cleanse it’s best to set aside some free day to gauge how your body reacts.
If you’re using oral products such as laxatives and herbs, don’t take them right before you go to work or before any vigorous activity. Take them when you have some down time during the day, and when you’ll have quick access to a bathroom. You might think I’m being overly dramatic about having a bathroom close by when doing a colon cleanse, but take my word for it – when you do a colon cleanse things really get stirred up inside you, and holding it is not an option!
How long does a colon cleanse take?
You’ll usually see an increase in bowel movements within hours of doing a colon cleanse, but to really to get the years of waste and hardened fecal material out of your colon and maze of intestines will take time. Remember you have 22 feet of large intestine, so it’s usually recommended you spend 1-2 months on your colon cleansing routine.
This sounds like a long time, but remember you’ll still be eating a normal diet while you’re cleansing you colon so things won’t happen as fast as they do with the Master Cleanse which can remove pounds of internal waste in just a few days.
What to expect when you do a colon cleanse
What comes out of your colon may not be like anything you have ever experienced, so do not be alarmed. It is natural, although the sight and smell of it may be anything other than natural.
If you can imagine food and waste, putrefying in your colon for years you can imagine it will not be pretty.
Once you ingest the colon cleanser (or do the enema) and the initial dumping of your bowel occurs, things may slow a little. You can expect that your body will continue to get rid of the waste that you have loosened up in your colon. This can take a couple of weeks.
You will slowly start to feel differently. At first, you could actually feel sick. This is because toxins that have been store are being released for the first time. This will pass as the toxins are excreted from the body.
Once you are cleaned out, your body will begin to heal itself. You will have more energy, you mood will lighten and you will feel more energized and renewed. You skin may clear up and pains that you have had for years will disappear. Miracles of people being relatively crippled and being healed after cleansing their body have occurred. This is because that the pain and joint swelling are often caused by an overload of toxins in the body.
Make sure you drink a lot of water
During this process, remember to drink a lot of water. You do not want to become dehydrated, as you will be going to the bathroom frequently. The water also helps flush the toxins out of your body and helps in the process of healing tissues that have been plagued with toxins.
Enjoy your colon cleanse you will be glad you did it. Just remember the advice –stay close to a bathroom.