Feeling sluggish? Bloated? Constipated? It might be time to reboot the system with cleansing tips that get rid of excess waste and bad bacteria so your body can do its job properly. Learn 12 natural ways to do a colon cleanse so you can incorporate them into your lifestyle.
1. Reduce processed food intake.
Processed foods tend to be high in additives like sodium and other chemicals which aren’t necessarily natural, so the body needs to work harder to eliminate them. Make clean eating foods—whether they’re whole or minimally processed—part of your lifestyle with Meal Planning Recipes and Menus.
2. Reduce restaurant outings and takeout.
Like processed foods, these meals often contain ingredients that are tough for the body to digest. They may contain chemical additives as well that force the colon and the rest of the digestive system to work harder. Set an intention to reduce these foods, and substitute them with healthier homemade alternatives like Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken, Juicy Faux Fried Chicken, or Authentic Everything Beef Tacos.
3. Drink more H2O.
Upping water intake helps move food and waste through the body for a natural colon cleanse. Sip on plain water throughout the day, and, for a detoxifying boost, greet the day with Morning Lemon & Mint Detox Water.
4. Eat more probiotic-rich foods.
Boost good bacteria levels to supercharge your colon for maximum efficiency. Natural sources for good gut bacteria include yogurt, sauerkraut, some raw cheeses (like Gouda), and tempeh (a soybean-based food originally from Indonesia). Try tempeh in Maple Glazed Tempeh with Quinoa and Kale.
5. Eat more high fiber foods.
Like water, fiber helps move waste and food through the system. Swap out refined grains for whole grains, and add plenty of fiberlicious veggie dishes to your menu, such as Barley Salad with Chickpeas, Fava Beans, & Peas or Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole.