Highly processed foods coupled with a hectic lifestyle can often leave your digestive tract feeling sluggish, making you feel irritable and tired. There are many commercially prepared cleanses on the market, but for mild to moderate issues--or just to feel invigorated--a simple at-home cleanse can clear out your digestive system in a weekend. In fact, Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic and co-author of "You-On a Diet" suggests that a detox diet might be a great way to jump start a new way of eating as it will clean you out and perhaps even change the way you crave food. Consult with your health care provider before beginning and type of cleanse.
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Drinking several glasses of freshly pressed juice throughout the day can give you both nutrition and fiber giving your digestive tract a boost. Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends a daily green drink each day, combining spinach, cucumber, celery, ginger, parsley, lemon, lime and apples, which will give the body a good dose of fiber and vitamins.
Probiotics can help clear out the lower digestive tract and are found in many different products as well as in capsule form. According to an article from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, probiotics have shown promise in treating diarrhea, although additional studies are needed. Probiotics include acidophilus and bifidus as well as many yeasts. Add yogurt with live cultures, tempeh and miso to your cleanse to get the full benefit.
Fiber is a key component in any cleanse as it helps the body eliminate waste. Psyllium capsules can be found at any health store to help with elimination, but you can also include steel cut oatmeal or bran cereal to your cleanse with a similar effect. Continue eating fiber rich foods after your cleanse, to maintain digestive function. MayoClinic.com recommends that men get at least 38g of fiber per day and women get 25g. Add 1 cup of broccoli to your cleanse and get more than 7g of fiber.
Many traditional cleanses are intended to last from 7 to 10 days in an effort to clean the liver and kidneys, however those cleanses may cause dehydration, fatigue, irritability and dizziness. Begin your home-remedy cleanse for your digestive system for a day to two and see if you are feeling better and your digestion is back on track.