In humans, the colon is connected to the final section of the small intestine, and receives solid waste left over from digestion. Even in ancient times, the body was thought to be impure if the colon was unclean. According to cleansing proponents, cleaning the colon improves overall health, and will relieve constipation. Colon cleanses generally involve diet. The FDA has not evaluated any claims regarding colon cleansing, so consult your doctor before using a colon cleansing method.

Drink a concoction called “Master Cleanser” 6 to 12 times a day. Master Cleanser was invented by Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice, 2 tablespoons of pure grade B maple syrup, and 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper into 12 ounces of distilled warm water. Use this for no less than 10 days, with no limit on how long you may use it.

Drink plenty of water. Estimates vary on the amount of water needed by the human body, but many health experts advocate approximately 64 ounces of pure water per day for most people.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Lettuce and other greens, celery, carrots and beets contain high concentrations of fiber, which helps move material through the colon and aids in digestion. Rhubarb not only has fiber, but also contains a compound that irritates the colon and encourages a bowel movement. Other high-fiber foods include raspberries, pears and apples, whole-grain breads and pastas, split peas, lentils and beans. Add flax seeds to foods to improve their fiber content.

Drink laxative herbal teas containing licorice or senna leaf. Aloe vera juice will also act as a laxative.