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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things You'll Need
Probiotic-rich yogurt and kefir
Read "The Yogurt Diet," a book based on scientific studies on yogurt, to understand the importance of colon cleansing naturally and safely as well as the need to follow up with probiotics to replenish the gastrointestinal tract with healthy bacteria. The Yogurt Diet is an easy-to-follow guide to colon cleansing and replenishing the gastrointestinal tract with probiotic yogurt.
Some forms of colon cleansing, such as colonics and fasting, can be dangerous. Consult with your doctor, acupuncturist or nutritionist about safe methods of colon cleansing.