Colon Cleansing

Colon Cleanse Herbal FormulaMost herbal blends are comprised of what might be called dominant, more active plants that are usually responsible for primary therapeutic actions. These are combined with more passive herbs that serve to soothe, support and potentiate. Stimulatory herbs are usually of the bitter variety and are very nicely complemented by aromatic, carminative and demulcent herbs. For example, senna is a stimulatory herb which initiates colon muscle contraction. Adding ginger, a carminative, to senna soothes the stomach and prevents gripping which may occur if senna was taken alone. The addition of capsicum to any herb formula acts as a catalyst, increasing the efficiency of each individual herb.
FastingFasting may seem like a rather drastic measure to take to help the body rid itself of toxic substances, yet it is considered a safe and very effective method. The idea of fasting is based on the belief that abstaining from food affords the body a chance to rest from the work of digestion, assimilation and elimination. Instead of having to spend energy on these processes, the body can concentrate on flushing out toxins and other harmful substances that accumulate over time. It is always a good idea to make your doctor or other health care professional aware that you are fasting. If you have any kind of a serious condition, such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, or if you take any medication, make sure to check with your physician before you begin a fast. Advocates of fasting suggest that we make it a regular monthly event and usually suggest a fast of one to three days. Also, if you feel yourself becoming ill, it helps to stop eating solid food. When you fast, remember that supplementation and the use of good, nutritious food after the fast is completed will extend its therapeutic benefits.
There are several different types of fasts. Juice fasts consist of eating nothing but freshly squeezed or extracted fruit and vegetable juices. Green drink fasts utilize spirulina, chlorophyll and other green food supplements. Drink only pure water or diluted juices with no added sweeteners. Stay away from citrus juices. Cabbage, beet, carrot, celery, grape, and apple juice are recommended. Raw cabbage juice is good for ulcers, cancer, and colon problems. Using herb teas while fasting can also be effective. Pau darco and echinacea herb teas help to boost immunity. Dandelion, red clover, alfalfa, and chamomile teas detoxify the blood and settle the stomach. Vegetable broths are also good. Liquid mineral supplements or garlic extracts can also promote healing. Continue to take your vitamin and mineral supplements while fasting. Dont chew gum. It will only serve to stimulate gastric juices, making the fast uncomfortable.

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