Colon Cleanse

The Ins and Outs of Colon Health Using Fiber and an Enema

A thorough colon cleanse program can be broken into two stages - increasing fiber intake to get things moving, and using an enema to clear a persistent blockage.

I know what you are thinking ... the very word enema used to make me cringe. However, given the importance of colon cleansing, I decided to try it. By following a set of simple directions, I found using an enema to be painless and well worth the result – a cleaner and healthier colon. Remember, an enema is an essential part of a thorough colon cleanse.

Why is the colon so important?

Think of the colon - also called the bowel or large intestine – as the sewer system for your digestive system. The primary function of your colon is to collect and eliminate waste from your body. It also absorbs water and certain nutrients into the bloodstream. Colon cleansing can help you better absorb nutrients and water from the food you eat.

Your colon starts on the lower right side of your abdomen, moves up toward the ribcage, crosses the body and comes back down the left side, where it goes down to the pelvic area. Movement of waste along this winding path is caused by contractions of the intestinal muscles. Eating food that contains fiber helps keep that waste moving along in the colon. Using an enema for colon cleansing and administering additional supplements, like hydrogen peroxide therapy through the enema solution, can help the colon recover.

In addition to eliminating waste, the colon also reabsorbs water and absorbs nutrients from its contents. If water is not sufficiently reabsorbed, the waste is too liquidy and the result is diarrhea. Liquidy waste moves through the colon too quickly and therefore nutrients are not absorbed properly. This can lead to hunger pangs, frequent eating and dehydration. Do you have problems with dry skin? Well, colon cleansing can actually help relieve these problems.

Too much absorption of water also causes problems. Waste moves too slowly in the colon and has a tendency to plug up the intestinal canal. The effect is constipation, which can cause a bloated feeling and can finally cause the colon to sag.

The constant switching between diarrhea and constipation is called a spastic colon, or irritable bowel syndrome. Adding fiber to your diet can help regulate the liquid absorption in your colon and also cleanse your colon at the same time. Think of fiber as nature's scrub brush in your colon cleansing efforts.

While these are not pleasant topics of discussion and certainly not fit for party or dinner table conversation – I certainly don't talk about colon cleansing and enemas over dinner - the fact is that colon cleansing is an important part of being healthy, and using an enema is a crucial part of a thorough colon cleanse. A clean, healthy colon can not only spare you from colon diseases and conditions such as Crohn's disease, colitis and colon cancer, but also improve the effectiveness of your overall immune system.

Signs of an Unhealthy Colon

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is likely that you do not have good colon health and need colon cleansing.

  • Infrequent bowel movements or insufficient volume
  • Need to strain during your bowel movements 
  • Require a substantial amount of time for your bowel movements

Effortless and quick bowel movements - at least one per meal - are the key signs of a healthy colon. For those of you who catch up on their reading in the bathroom, the only drawback of good colon health is that you will get a lot less reading done!

Colon Cleansing Guide

In order to thoroughly cleanse your colon and maintain good colon health, you will need to follow a multi-pronged approach consisting of supplement-based colon cleansing, an enema and certain exercises. There are two basic forms of supplement-based colon cleanse. The do-it-yourself method requires that you find and purchase all of the ingredients. This task can be time consuming and not necessarily inexpensive, despite the label "do-it-yourself". However, if you decide to use the do-it-yourself approach, to help you, I have found a single online store that has most of the necessary ingredients - so you can save on shipping charges. I am a fan of this store because they offer good customer service and wholesale pricing. Each item is linked to the specific item in their shopping cart, to make it easier for you to shop. Just go back and forth between this page and their shopping cart, until you have everything you need. Then simply checkout on their page.

Using the kit method, you can purchase a kit, consisting of a mixture of various fiber supplements and herbal laxatives. While this may seem like it costs more, take it from someone that has done a lot of cleanses, by the time you purchase all of the ingredients in their minimum quanities, you really do not save that much money using the do-it-yourself method. If you wish to, you can skip ahead to the kit method.

Do-it-Youself Supplement-Based Colon Cleanse

You can use the following simple home remedy for colon cleansing, called the Ivy Briggs Colon Cleansing Formula.

  • 1/2 cup organic, unfiltered (preferably raw or unpasteurized) apple juice – if you cannot find raw apple juice, then pasteurized is acceptable if you add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chlorophyll
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice – make sure you get juice, not drink. Aloe vera drink is mainly water.
  • 1 heaping teaspoon psyllium husk powder (preferably unflavored)
  • 2 capsules of cascara sagrada(an herbal laxative)
  • 1 glass water

Each evening, drink the colon cleansing formula - drink immediately after mixing, as the psyllium will have a tendency to harden up. Also, you will likely have psyllium residue on the glass after drinking it. Refill the glass with water to wash down the residue and drink it. Drink the Ivy Briggs Colon Cleansing Formula every day for about 30-60 days.

My Concern About The Do-It-Yourself Method

I have successfully used the do-it-yourself method of colon cleanse described on this page many times and have alleviated allergy symptoms and acne. However, I have growing concerns about the variability and efficacy of the necessary ingredients, based on different manufacturers' standards and the shelf life of supplements.

Kit Method of Colon Cleanse

Instead of assembling all of the ingredients yourself, you may choose from one of numerous supplement-based colon cleansing kits available at your health food store or online. A complete supplement-based colon cleansing kit should have some form of laxative, herbal treatment to support colon health and fiber. You should also make sure that the whatever supplement based product you purchase is fresh (not past its shelf life) and comes from a reputable supplier. There are a large number of suppliers of herbal supplements that produce their supplements without the sufficient quality controls and standards to guarantee purity, quality and efficacy.

The easiest kits to use are ones that come with all of the ingredients pre-mixed, to save you the time and hassle of looking up dosages. I have found that while the kit method may appear to be more expensive initially, after using the do-it-yourself method on numerous occassions, it is actually not more expensive to use the kit method.

After having investigated a number of kits available on the market in terms of ingredients, ease of use and supplier credibility and quality, here is my recommendation for a colon cleanse kit.

The Importance of Water

Remember to drink plenty of water each day to flush the excreted toxins out of your system! Without sufficient water, your colon cannot expel waste effectively. Information on the benefit of drinking water will provide you with guidelines on the minimum amount of water you should be drinking. The more water you drink, the more toxins your body will be able to expel as part of this colon cleanse, and the better you will feel through the cleansing process.

Colon Cleanse Using an Enema

If you were experiencing any one of the signs of an unhealthy colon prior to starting the supplement-based colon cleanse, you may need to use an enema to loosen hardened waste matter that has accumulated in your colon. In many cases, more than one enema treatment is necessary for thorough colon cleansing. Generally, enemas must be repeated over a period of time. Although some books discuss doing an enema every day, the number of enemas you do is a matter of judgment, based on the regularity and ease of your bowel movements.


If you are still having difficulty attaining 2 or move bowel movements per day, adding certain exercises to your usual routine can help. Trampoline exercise, also known as rebounding exercise, improves the peristaltic action of the intestines. If you do not have access to a trampoline, do not despair. Certain twisting exercises, which strengthen your core muscles, will also help improve muscle tone within your colon and thereby, aid in colon cleansing.

Fiber Keeps Your Colon Healthy

During your colon cleansing regime, increasing your fiber intake will help speed up the cleansing process. After your colon cleanse is completed, you should consume sufficient fiber to keep your colon cleansed and healthy. It is recommended that you consume 25 – 30 grams of fiber each day. Most people in the U.S. get half this amount in their normal diet. Information on fiber will help you better understand the types of fiber, fiber's benefits in colon cleanse, and the fiber content of certain popular foods.

Cleansing your colon is your first step on your toxic cleansing journey – The Natural Path to good health.

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