Do you want to regain control over your digestive system but just don’t have time to do a cleanse right now? You are not alone. In previous blogs you learned why it is necessary to have a healthy gut. Why don’t you take the 12-day full body cleanse challenge this weekend, I promise you will not regret it. I recently did the 12 Day Detox Cleanse – Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Kit. I lost inches off my waistline, my stomach is the flatter than ever and bloating has banished. My colon got a good workout! No amount of exercise can achieve this in such a short space of time. Trust me I have tried all sorts of exercises, but failed to maintain a flat stomach.
Let me explain with an example, why you need to kick-start with a full body cleanse. If you made lasagna in your pyrex dish and was too lazy after eating it, left the dish for a few days with burnt cheese and pasta sauce, would you take the unclean dish and start using it again without washing it? Most likely not, so why leave waste in your colon, probably for days. Your colon need to get rid of waste on a daily basis, if not twice but at least once a day. We all like to pretty up the outer body – hair, makeup, cologne, etc. yet we don’t like to think about the inner body and our unhealthy bathroom routine or non-routine.
So lets talk dirty! Sometimes we are just too busy or lazy to sit on the toilet long enough to evacuate the contents of the colon. If your colon is not as active as you would like it to be and you are new to this regime, then take the 12-day full body cleanse challenge . Also did you know that there are techniques you can use to train your colon; much like you train your muscles at the gym.
In a previous blog we discussed the body’s “second brain” or the enteric system and how food is moved through the digestive system. The brain knows that once you start eating, your colon will kick into gear and becomes active. Dr Francisco Marrero, MD, a gastroenterologist says that “the colon becomes active after a meal because of the gastrocolic reflex, which senses food in the stomach and sends the lower gastrointestinal tract the message that it is time to function”.
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So let’s learn some boot camp techniques for your colon. Even while on the 12-day cleanse challenge, or any of the other full body cleanses mentioned in previous blogs. You can practice these exercises to achieve full evacuation of the colon. It will become part of your daily routine, even if you do not always have the urge to go, these exercises will kick start the colon. If you regularly take laxatives, please cease as this masks the underlying problem and prevent the colon muscles from working. These exercises will help retrain your colon.
You can do any of the following exercises in the morning and or after any meal, then go and sit on the throne! Avoid any distractions – leave your cell phone behind. Just concentrate and breathe deeply. Take the time and your body will respond. You can listen to some classical music to relax your mind, if you are so inclined. Remember I am not telling you anything that I have not tried, I have done the full body cleanse and continuously do the following exercises.
For exercise 1 you will need some castor oil or any other body oil. I use cold-pressed castor oil (contains active ingredient ricinoleic acid). A castor oil pack, when placed on the skin with some heat, is thought to enhance circulation when placed on the stomach. It can improve digestion and may relieve constipation symptoms.
If you have any gas or bloating, these exercises will help ease the discomfort. If you have sensitive skin, test the castor oil on a small patch of skin first. Do not forget to drink plenty of spring water during the day, eat sufficient fibre and take a probiotic every day. Water is important for your digestion. It keeps the food you eat moving along through your intestines.
Before getting out of bed in the morning, lie on your back with knees bent. Take some castor oil and rub on your fingers. Place your fingers on your navel area and in a circular clockwise motion massage with a little pressure, over your small intestine area 10 – 15 times.
Then move your fingers to the lower right side, just above your pubic bone. Apply a little pressure and slowly run fingers of both hands up and around the colon, up and around and down to the left side. Your fingers should pass over the entire shape of your colon. Do this 10 – 15 times. Then drink a glass of room temperature water with a slice of lemon then sit on the toilet.
A very simple exercise that do not require any equipment but give your body a workout and your internal organs a cleansing and toning is jumping jacks. You can also use a jump rope and skip. If you have a mini trampoline you can also do some rebounding exercises. Do these exercise for 5 – 15 minutes. Then drink a glass of room temperature water with a slice of lemon then sit on the toilet.
If you are like me and sit on your behind most of the day at the office, your stomach muscles will be loose. I am also not a great fan of gyms, I like to walk instead. I recently bought myself a resistance band. I use the band to do stomach exercises such as sit-ups and crunches to strengthen the core stomach muscles. Please be careful with the band as it can be a flying missile if not held properly.
You can do these exercises while during the cleanse and continue doing them thereafter on a daily basis. You will be amazed how your colon will respond and get into a routine.