In natural medicine, it is generally agreed that disease begins in the colon.

Poor elimination contributes to most health conditions. As a personal insurance policy against internal toxicity, make sure to eat a diet that is high in fiber, is low in animal fat, and includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. These dietary considerations will have a two-pronged effect.

First, it will prevent improper elimination. Second, it will prevent or help to heal the diseases that elimination problems cause.Unless you eliminate properly, unreleased wastes can be a breeding ground for parasitic infections. Intestinal parasites feed on fermented,rancid, and overaccumulated amounts of food that remain in the intestinal tract. This can lead to lowered immunity, tissue degeneration, poor circulation, and sluggish organ and glandular function. The first step in boosting colon health is to cleanse the colon.

There are obvious symptoms of an unhealthy digestive tract: poor digestion, bad breath, lower backache, fatigue, poor skin, body odor, gas,and stomach bloating, to name a few. Internal toxicity has several causes:poor diet with a lack of live foods (fresh fruit and vegetables), lack of proper enzyme activity, constipation, and a lack of water to flush toxins and speed up the digestive and eliminative process. Stress also hinders proper digestion, absorption, and elimination.

Overuse of antibiotics has a damaging effect on the intestinal tract as well. Antibiotic therapy removes healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the colon. This causes yeast overgrowth, digestive problems, and elimination problems. Overeating and eating late at night inhibit cleansing and restorative processes and put too much stress on the digestive system.

Dietary considerations
Avoid sugar, animal fats, fried foods, and dairy foods. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily; add fresh lemon to enhance cleansing effect. Add fiber foods to improve transit time, which should be ten to twelve hours.

About 40 grams of fiber daily is recommended.

Supplement support for colon health
• Nature’s Secret Ultimate Cleanse

After cleansing the colon:
• Magnesium: 400 mg daily
• Bio-K or Kyo-Dophilus, to replenish intestinal tract with healthy bowel flora
• Digestive enzyme, taken with every meal
• Milk thistle extract, for liver function
• Colon Clenz by Natural Balance, for occasional bowel sluggishness
• Nature’s Secret Ultimate Oil, to prevent constipation

Lifestyle choices
Begin a walking program to stimulate circulation. Exercise stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic system. It raises metabolic efficiency and enhances the body’s natural cleansing ability. Also, consider colonic irrigations given by a colonic therapist. To relieve stress, you can have a massage.