The Basic Colon Cleanse Detoxification Diet
You’ve decided it’s time to cleanse your colon and improve your overall health and sense of well being. This is good news. The bad news is there are hundreds of choices when it comes to colon cleansing diets, so you may have to do your homework in order to choose one that will be right for you.
It is our belief that no single program works for everyone. Some are more difficult to implement and, therefore, best for highly motivated individuals; a program cannot work if you are unable to stick with it. Others can be too restrictive...and even dangerous, requiring consumption of only one food group or liquid. The bottom line is that you need to find the program that best suits you and your lifestyle.
At Puristat, we provide an easy to follow program that can be used today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life. Even if you don’t follow it for a time, it’s easy to start again – for a meal, a day, or a week. It’s simple, effective, and allows for a wide variety of foods so it can work for an enormous range of people.
Colon Cleanse Detox Diet Recommendation
Let’s get right to it. Our program recommends an increase in naturally occurring fiber in addition to basic food combining in order to improve overall digestion and nutrient absorption.
People who follow this program have benefited in numerous ways. Following Puristat’s colon cleansing diet can help boost your energy; eliminate constipation; improve your skin, hair, and nails; put an end to bloating, gas, and flatulence; eliminate bad breath; and help you lose weight while increasing your quality of life.
Cleansing Diet Success Stories
Delanne lost twenty pounds in two months by following Puristat’s colon cleansing diet. In addition to losing weight, her self confidence improved and she had much more energy to exercise.
Erin’s moods improved, her constipation disappeared, and her energy increased so much that she began to enjoy outings with her family once again.
Joe followed the program for two weeks and his bad breath completely disappeared. He lost that heavy wet loaf of bread feeling in his abdomen, and felt focused and clear headed for the first time in years!
Once again we want to emphasize the simplicity of this plan. Follow it for several days, and you will undoubtedly benefit. Follow it for two weeks and you will begin to see and feel a physical transformation that will shock and delight you.
Breakfast: Eat only fruits until noon. Fruits are easiest to digest, and offer less fat and more fiber than other foods. You may eat as much as you want…just make sure you eat only fruit. The fiber increase from the fruit, along with the high water content will have a positive, colonic cleansing effect.
You may fear being hungry while eating only fruit. The amazing part is that by eating fruits exclusively until noon, you’ll more than likely be less hungry. The lack of processed carbohydrates in fruit reduces the body’s craving for more food, as well as reducing the sugar highs and lows.
Lunch, Dinner and Snacks: Do not mix carbohydrates (starches) with proteins (meats) during any meal. It takes different digestive fluids to break down carbohydrates and proteins. When combined, the digestive fluids partially neutralize each other preventing total digestion, which leads to bloating, gas, constipation, and lower nutrient absorption.
It’s best not to get too technical or overcomplicate this portion of the cleansing diet. Simply focus on major carbohydrate groups and major protein groups.
Here are a few sample meals:
Pasta with red sauce (no meat or meatballs)
Chopped green and red peppers
* Note the absence of potatoes, a starch. While including a potato here would complete this all-American meal, Americans are at an all-time high for obesity and digestive disorders. This is why food combining advocates strongly recommend thinking in new ways about the hows and whens of eating.
Bedtime: Do not eat anything for two to three hours before bedtime. When you sleep your body goes into a different mode, slowing digestion and the assimilation of foods. It’s the perfect time to give your whole body a much-needed rest.
Fluids: Drink half your body weight in ounces. Example: A person weighing 150 lbs would drink 75 ounces or nine or ten eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Purified water is best, but green teas, juices, and warm water are also great. Fluids will help your body develop softer stools for easier elimination.
10 Tips to Ease Digestion
In addition to the basic food-combining program above, implement these top ten tips to improve digestion. Combining the basics above with the tips below will help improve your chances for success, increase regularity, and decrease bloating, gas, and indigestion.
1. Eat at regular meals times.
It is important to be regular with what you eat and the times of day you eat. Eating similar food groups and at similar times each day has a regulating effect on your digestive system. Regular in means regular out.
2. Drink warm or hot liquids with your meal.
Ice cold drinks can slow down the digestive process; think of it as putting ice on a muscle. The muscle stiffens and does not function as well. Warm or room temperature water, juice, or decaffeinated tea will encourage proper digestion. (Just keep in mind the traffic jam discussed in #6 below – i.e. drink liquids prior to meals.)
3. Be conscious of what you eat and your portion sizes.
Over consumption is the number one cause of indigestion. Our brain signals the feeling of fullness about ten minutes after we're actually full. So stop eating before you are full. Odds are you'll feel full ten minutes later!
4. Chew your food completely and don't talk while eating.
Incomplete chewing and talking while eating can cause premature swallowing. Our digestive systems are not designed to digest large pieces of food, so putting large pieces in our stomachs can lead to incomplete digestion (aka: digestive discomfort). The digestive process starts with chewing, which naturally churns the food. Chewing also releases digestive enzymes to further aid in the digestive process.
5. Relax while eating your meal.
Eating when you are rushed increases your stress and slows down the digestive process. Create a nice calming atmosphere while eating. It also helps to make sure you can devote time to eating since doing so will help implement all the 10 tips to improve digestion.
6. Eat in order of digestibility.
You should eat the easiest to digest foods first in each meal, and slowly move towards the more complex. Think of a highway; if the slowest cars are in front they'll hold up the faster vehicles behind them and cause a traffic jam. The same goes for your food. Eat those fastest to digest first, and save the tougher to digest foods for the second half of your meal.
Here are the time sequences for different food groups:
- Water and juices: 20 to 30 minutes
- Fruits, smoothies, soups: 30 to 45 minutes
- Vegetables: 30 to 45 minutes
- Beans, grains, starches: two to three hours
- Meat, fish, poultry: three or more hours
7. Practice good posture.
When you slouch or hunch over, extra pressure is put on the digestive organs in your abdomen. This extra pressure can lead to poor digestion. You should practice sitting with your shoulders back and your chin tucked in. This will allow more room for the digestive organs and will help improve digestion.
8. Don't eat late at night.
Our bodies, including our digestive system, slow down in the evening hours as they prepare to rest and rejuvenate. When we put food into our stomachs late in the evening, there are fewer digestive enzymes available to facilitate proper digestion. This can result in undigested food sitting in your stomach for long periods of time, which can result in a disturbed sleep.
9. Take a brisk walk after eating.
Forget the myth that says you’re not supposed to be active for thirty minutes after each meal. Increased physical activity actually helps jump-start your digestive system, and increases the production of digestive enzymes. This will lead to more complete digestion of your food and less digestive discomfort!
10. Try a spinal twist.
Spinal twists allow excess toxins in the digestive system to be released, which can have a calming effect on the body. While in a cross-legged sitting position, slowly turn to the right and hold while taking five deep breaths, then repeat this process on the left side.
Avoid Processed Foods
There are many things to avoid while going through a cleansing diet. Much of what passes for food today can actually do considerable damage to the colon and the entire digestive system.
There are the usual suspects such as artificial flavoring, coloring, additives, and preservatives. All of these substances increase the burden on your digestive system. So remember...if you put them into your mouth, your body has to get rid of them somehow.
Reduce or eliminate sodas, candy, deep fried foods, and most fast foods. Also avoid artificial sweeteners as they are not natural, and can harm your digestive tract and liver. Processed meats such as luncheon meats, hot dogs, bacon, and others are typically very processed and contain a large amount of chemicals and preservatives.
Choosing organic foods is a great way to reduce the number of toxins in your body, and it has recently been shown that organic food contains much higher amounts of nutrients than non-organic foods.1
Any grain that has been ground ought to be used in moderation. This means avoiding cakes, breads, cookies, and other baked goods. The biggest problem with eating grains that have been ground is the way they behave when they reach the colon.
If you were to eat a whole grain such as rice, it would produce stools that are full of fiber and loose. When you eat the same grain ground up (say, rice bread, for example) it produces stool that is much more compact like clay. Clay-like stools are harder and more difficult to pass, and the pressure they put on your system can lead to constipation.
Out with the Allergens
There is an additional step that you may want to take during a colon cleansing diet.
One of the little known aspects of the digestive system is the fact that it acts as the guardian of your body. The digestive tract is the place where the outside world meets the inner world of your bodily functions. Imagine this for a moment. You pick up a piece of food and place it in your mouth, and as it digests it moves through your whole body. Your digestive system is totally responsible for deciding whether or not that piece of food is safe.
For this reason, over eighty percent of the immune system is found surrounding the digestive system. This gut immune system is very sensitive to food allergens. If you are eating something you are allergic to, it will inflame your entire gut, and cause it to function poorly.
If you want to take that extra step during your colon cleanse to give your whole digestive system a break, you can eliminate common food allergens and food intolerances.
The Mayo clinic reports that the most common food allergens are wheat, dairy foods, eggs, soy, nuts (especially peanuts), shellfish, and fish. Corn is also known to cause allergic problems.
It is a big step to remove all of these foods from your diet, but you will be surprised at how well you feel when you do. Removing all of them for the duration of your colon cleanse, while not for everyone, can really improve your efforts.
Double Your Results
While following the simple dietary plan above will have many short- and long-term health benefits, many of you may wish to add an herbal colon cleanse to help kick-start weight loss, increase energy levels, and improve your overall health and wellness.
We have several programs available that may suit you. Some are strictly colon cleansing, while others combine both colon and liver cleansing. To help determine which program is right for you, the first thing to do is to take the Healthy Colon Test. It’s simple, quick, and free.
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1. Ungoed-Thomas, Jon: ³Official: organic really is better.² Times Online, October 28, 2007. Accessed at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article2753446.ece