It’s an undisputable fact we live in a toxic world; chemicals are all around us. They’re in the air that we breathe, the foods that we eat and the waters that we drink, bathe and swim in. We can’t become fanatical trying to avoid them, but we can take strides in trying to cope with them.

2010-09-CouplandWe should cut down on our meals from fast-food restaurants. There’s not much real food in these places. Eat more alkaline-forming foods (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, honey, etc.) and less acid-forming foods (processed foods, sugars, white flour-based foods, sodas, pasteurized milk, etc.). Use all-natural products for your toothpaste, soap, deodorant and shampoo, and makeup for the gals. Chemical-free laundry detergent is good for both you and the environment. Minimize the use of chemical-based household cleaning products. Yes you will spend a few extra dollars on these products, but your body is worth it!

But even if we make a conscious effort with some of these suggestions, chemicals are still going to invade our bodies. One of the worst contaminants that most of us have been duped into (myself included) is to have a dentist fill our teeth with mercury amalgams.  In the movie “The Beautiful Truth – Gerson Cancer Cure”, a tooth containing a mercury filling was shown to be releasing vapours under phosphorescent lighting, even after extraction. Enough mercury by the way, that if your mouth was a factory, it would be shut down! (Vaccinations and aluminum cookware are two other mercury sources to be avoided).

All of these chemicals and toxins prevent our body from functioning the way it was designed to.  The walls of both our small and large intestines (the colon) protect themselves from toxic substances by secreting a mucous that forms a protective layer.  Normal bowel movements will flush this mucous away.  However when toxins continue to infect us, this protective layer becomes thicker and harder, inhibiting our bodies’ ability to absorb valuable nutrients.

Our colon plays an important role; it is the sewage and waste disposal system in our body. When this system breaks down, sickness and disease sets in. According to Dr. Bernard Jensen D.C. in his book “The Doctor-Patient Handbook”, “death begins in the colon”.

Every part of the 5 to 6 foot long colon has an effect on the different organs of your body. While the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver also serve to eliminate toxins, once the colon is cleansed, all other organs will be better able to do their jobs. Your body will once again have the ability to heal itself of all sickness.

So what are some of the different methods of ridding our colons from all of these toxins? Well, here are some steps that we can be doing for daily maintenance. Drink lots of pure water throughout the day and evening…. 8 glasses is usually a recommended amount. Use your blender to make green smoothies (water and green vegetables) or use your juicer to make a vegetable juice to jump start each morning.  Cilantro, kale and dandelion are all excellent cleansers you can include in your juice. Exercise is important …. try to fit a nice brisk walk into your daily regime. Strengthening exercises are additionally good. And eat fiber rich organic foods, such as: fruits (apple, pear, blackberries) vegetables (broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts) and nuts (almonds, whole flaxseed, soynuts).

For some toxins, such as lead and mercury, we sometimes need a little extra help. One thing that I’ve recently begun adding to my vegetable juice each morning is Bentonite clay, purchased from my local health store. This clay traces its roots to volcanic ash. Bentonite clay has the ability to absorb harmful toxins (the clay contains negative ions, all toxins contain positive ions), and carry them out of your system. The mineral zeolite is also said to be very effective, and works in the same manner as the clay.

Some people go on a periodic colon cleanse that can last anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.  This can be part of a maintenance routine (once a year, every year). An all-natural juice fast is one example.  Juice supplies minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in the cleansing process. The alkaline properties of juice help to neutralize acidic conditions, from which many people suffer. When juice fasting, most people experience an increase of energy, as their body is given a well-deserved rest from digesting the wide variety of foods and beverages often consumed daily.

Others use colon cleansing as part of their treatment for an ailment, sickness or disease. These cleanses can last up to 3 months.

Perhaps the best method of cleansing your colon is to have a colonic, also known as colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy. Colonics can be thought of as a very powerful enema. Enemas have been used since the days of the Ancient Egyptians, who believed in the benefits of a clean bowel.

Colonics are administered by practitioners who believe in the merits of alternative medicine.  They are a safe and effective method of cleansing the colon by a gentle flushing of purified water. This encourages waste to remove itself from the walls of the colon.  It also assists in cleansing the other organs, including the liver. Therefore the entire body benefits from the colonic.  A treatment can last from 30 to 60 minutes, and usually 4 or 5 treatments are required for a complete cleansing.
Now your colon can begin to function again, just as it was originally intended.  In this sense, a colonic is a rejuvenation treatment …. creating an overall well-being and good health in your body.