If you suffer from chronic constipation or other intestinal disturbances, you may want to try a homemade colon cleanse to flush out some of the toxins in your body that are contributing to your ill health. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to cleanse your colon; you can often use ingredients you already have to make a colon cleanse. However, you should schedule your colon cleanse to begin on a day when you do not have to leave the house to give your body time to adjust to the internal cleansing process.
Eat your favorite type of apple all day long, from morning to dinner time, to lose weight and cleanse your colon, states Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist who runs a fasting and chiropractic clinic in Ontario, Canada. Apples contain fiber, which adds bulk to the waste material that travels through your colon. This bulk helps your body turn waste materials into well-formed stools, says Kim.
Eat a dinner that is at least 50 percent green vegetables while you are on the apple cleanse. Eating in this manner will supply your body with good calories and prevent you from experiencing unpleasant side effects such as fatigue while you do the apple cleanse, states Dr. Kim. He suggests dinner items such as steamed broccoli, kale, spinach, green peas and asparagus served with wild salmon, quinoa or steamed brown rice.
Snack on apples again if you get hungry late at night, says Dr. Kim.
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Sea Salt Cleanse
Stir about ½ tsp. of sea salt into an 8-ounce glass of warm water and drink the mixture in the morning on an empty stomach. Sea salt removes fecal matter from your intestines and restores optimal intestinal movement that carries food through your digestive tract, according to ColonNews.com.
Mix about ½ tsp. of lemon juice into the sea salt-water mixture if you can't drink the mixture straight.
If you still can't drink the mixture with the added lemon juice, add enough maple syrup or agave nectar to the mixture to make it tolerable for you to drink.
Cayenne Pepper-Lemon Cleanse
Pour ½ tsp. of cayenne pepper into a 10-ounce glass. Add 4 Tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Fill the glass with warm water and stir thoroughly. Add ½ tsp. of organic maple syrup to sweeten the mixture, if desired. Drink on an empty stomach up to five times per month to cleanse your colon. Cayenne pepper breaks down mucus in your colon, while lemon juice eliminates toxins, states ColonNews.com.
If you don't like the taste of the warm mixture, let the cayenne pepper-lemon cleanse cool for approximately 10 minutes, re-stir and drink.
If the cayenne pepper burns your stomach, eat 1 Tbsp. of honey to coat your stomach every 15 minutes or so until it stops burning.
Juice enough apples to fill an 8 oz. glass. If you do not have a juicer, fill the glass with organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. each ground ginger and ground psyllium husk. Mix thoroughly or blend on low until smooth. Psyllium binds waste materials together, while ginger flushes toxins from the colon, states ColonNews.com, and the nutrients in the apple juice will support your colon during the cleanse.
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water after drinking this cleanse to move the psyllium through your colon.
Eat a light lunch and dinner following the cleanse because the psyllium will expand in your stomach and heavy foods might give you a stomachache.
Based in Louisiana, Lynette Hingle has been a writer since 2007. She specializes in topics related to health, fitness and travel. Hingle holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and journalism from Southeastern Louisiana University.