Stress, lack of exercise and bad eating habits can lead to a congested colon, which can create weight gain, sickness and bowel irregularity. In recent years, millions have chosen organic and natural colon cleanses, instead of drastic or surgical measures, to rid the colon of toxins. The rationale behind colon cleansing is different for everyone; some choose to cleanse to rid their body of parasites and unwanted bacteria. Others claim cleansing improves digestive health, and some find that occasional cleansing provides quick and efficient weight loss. Whatever your purpose, you'll find no shortage of cleansing recipes from which to choose.
The Master Cleanse
Combine maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and distilled water for 10 to 12 days to rid the colon of toxins and waste. Avoid canned lemon juice, as organic minerals are lost if real lemons aren't used. Drink the mixture as a meal replacement.
You will need 2 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 2 tbsp. organic maple syrup grade B, 1/10 tbsp. cayenne pepper powder and 10 oz. glasses of distilled water.
The Lemon Detox Cleanse uses fresh lemon juice and brown rice syrup added to water and used as a meal replacement for one to two weeks. Some add a pinch of fresh grated ginger to mellow out the taste.
You will need 2 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice and 2 tbsp. of brown rice syrup.
This convenient cleanse requires that for 3 days, all that can be consumed are apples, applesauce, apple juice and apple cider. This cleanse is simple and works well for anyone who likes fruit and is new to colon cleansing. The natural enzymes and vitamins found in apples can drastically cleanse your colon.
Salt Water Cleanse
Using distilled water and natural sea salt, this is a quick way to flush out the digestive tract without spending a lot of prep time, or a lot of time cleansing. If done properly, this cleanse is complete in just 1 hour.
You will need 1 liter hot distilled water and 2 tbsp. natural Himalayan sea salt (not iodized, as the weight of iodized salt disrupts kidney regularity). You may add natural lemon or lime juice to mellow the taste.
Fat Flush Cleanse
All the Fat Flush Cleanse requires is that you cut alcohol and caffeine from your diet. All solid meals are high protein, and daily caloric intake shouldn't top 1,300. Fat Flush Cleanse is designed to last a week, but because of its flexibility can easily be stretched longer.
Double Drink Cleanse
This double drink colon cleanse only requires one round of each drink, and is designed for anyone who wants to rely on natural ingredients. Drink one should be followed by drink two.
Drink One is apple juice, spring water, 1 tbsp. bentonite clay liquid, colofiber and psyllium husk seeds. Mix this thoroughly until a thick mixture is formed.
Drink Two is 1 tbsp. honey, 10 oz. spring water and 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
An herbal cleanse cleans out your system without drastic tastes or textures. Simply add any of the following herbs to 10 oz. of water: aloe leaf, senna, cascara sagrada, ginger or cayenne pepper. Use the liquid as a meal replacement for three to five days.
The aqua cleanse is by far the most basic of all colon cleanses. No caffeine, no alcohol, no food and no calories can be consumed for 3 days. Because water is the only thing your body is taking in, be careful not to over-hydrate or dehydrate. Spring water is best to use.
High Fiber Cleanse
High-fiber foods can naturally cleanse your colon if consumed exclusively for seven days. The guidelines for the High Fiber Cleanse include only eating brown rice and high-fiber fruits and vegetables, and only eating until you're 80 percent full. Try this brown rice with apples and celery meal idea: Combine 2 cups brown rice, 1 celery stalk, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1 apple and the juice from 1/2 a squeezed lemon.
Spirulina & Tea Cleanse
Start your day off with 200 to 500g of green or unripe papaya, with the skin on, in the blender, mixed with other fresh tropical fruits and organic apple cider vinegar. After your meal eat 10g of spirulina, followed by a bowel-cleansing tea. This fruit smoothie-tea cleanse demands patience; results start after about a week.