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How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse

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author image Ana Luque
Ana Luque is the author of "The Yogurt Diet." She is also a holistic health practitioner and master wellness coach. Her articles have appeared on The Well Being Journal, Arthritis Today, La Opinion, and Living Without Allergies. Luque is also the nutrition expert on the award-winning Dr. Pat Radio Show.
How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse
Replenish the healthy bacteria in your gut after a colon cleanse. Photo Credit Jaykayl/iStock/Getty Images

The goal when getting a colon cleanse is to empty out the toxins and harmful organisms that have accumulated over time in the large intestine. An overload of toxicity in the colon can cause a number of ailments, from gastrointestinal problems and weight gain to allergies and infertility. Some popular methods to cleanse the colon are The Yogurt Diet, colon hydrotherapy (colonics), supplemental powders and fasting. No matter which one you chose, the most important aspect to take into consideration after a colon cleanse is to replenish the healthy colonies of bacteria back into your gut with probiotics.

Step 1

How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse
Eat yogurt or kefir three times daily. Photo Credit Warren Goldswain/iStock/Getty Images

Eat natural probiotic-rich yogurt and kefir three times a day. You can make it at home, or, if you choose to buy yogurt and kefir at the health food store, purchase the natural and sugar-free variety with live active bacteria.

Step 2

How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse
Take a good quality probiotic supplement in the morning. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Take a good-quality probiotic supplement in the morning on an empty stomach. You can find them in the refrigerator section of the supplement isle at the health food store. A good probioitc can be pricey, but remember that you get what you pay for. Consult with your health care provider before taking probiotics.

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Step 3

How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse
Consume a diet rich in prebiotics. Photo Credit merznatalia/iStock/Getty Images

Consume a diet rich in prebiotics. These are soluble fiber-rich foods that feed probiotic bacteria; they are found in fruits and vegetables, oats and whole grain rice. Prebiotics increase the amount of good bacteria in the colon.

Step 4

How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse
Eliminate foods that promote toxicity and growth of harmful organisms. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Eliminate all foods that promote toxicity and the overgrowth of harmful organisms in the body that kill off and compete with healthy bacteria in the gut. Among such foods are: processed foods, wheat products, sugar, hydrogenated fats, alcohol and high fructose corn syrup.

Step 5

How to Replenish With Probiotics After a Colon Cleanse
Eat fruits with your yogurt or kefir. Photo Credit HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Eat fruits with yogurt or kefir. When you eat fruits, which are high in fructose sugar, you run the risk of yeast overgrowth in the body after a colon cleanse. When fruits are eaten with yogurt, the probiotic bacteria present get to the sugars first, keeping away harmful organisms.

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