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The new year begins with resolutions. Detoxifying the body is a great way to start.
In my post, Chronic Inflammation Time for a Tune Up, I mention several  maintenance checkpoints to help reduce inflammation.
The starter point is liver health maintenance
covered in my first post Live(r) and Let Live.The next check point is colon health. 
Maintaining regularity and keeping the colon free of toxicity and inflammation are key.
A detoxification regimen begins with colon health.
What causes constipation?
A diet consisting mainly of processed food, sluggish digestion, lack of regular exercise, stress, excess sugar and alcohol, certain medications, chemical toxins, low metabolism and pollution can all contribute to constipation.
Constipation as a rule is having less than three bowel movements a week.  
In the United States at least 80% of the public complain of constipation at some point and around  25% have chronic constipation. Constipation can cause abdominal pain, bloating, gas, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and may other complaints.

Chronic constipation can result in accumulated solid waste in the colon walls.
Over time, this can cause toxin build up which can damage and irritate the lining of the colon.
It can trigger inflammatory conditions among them irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, infections, hemorrhoids or polyps.
Additionally, this toxicity can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
This can result in damage to other organs and tissues. It can cause recurrent infections,
consistent fatigue, abdominal bloating, mental dysfunctions, skin disorders, and of course chronic inflammation.    

It makes sense that most chronic inflammatory disease
begins in the digestive system.

Our bodies try to get rid of this toxicity daily with sweat, exhalation, and excretion.

How can we keep excretion optimal?

The first step is to maintain a daily  fiber intake of  25 – 35 grams  and to drink at least 2 liters of filtered water a day.

Fiber is soluble and insoluble and neither is digested, meaning it does not enter into the blood supply. It is made up of carbohydrate mesh from plant material. Since we cannot digest fiber it has 0 calories !

Soluble fiber absorbs water to form a gel .This gel helps to slow down sugar release to the blood and keeps insulin levels from rising.This helps to lessen the chance of developing type 2 diabetes and protects from further inflammation.
It provides a feeling of fullness, appetite and weight control, lowers LDL cholesterol, helps to eliminate toxins by forcing feces out faster, and keeps probiotics  protecting the colon.  
Insoluble fiber does not absorb water. It forms a bulk which scrapes toxins from the walls of the intestine, acts as a laxative forcing feces out faster, and keeps a pH level in the intestines that is intolerable to harmful toxins and bacteria.

Fiber helps to renovate and  maintain regularity. By keeping the intestinal and colon walls clean it helps to keep inflammatory diseases from developing there and spreading to other areas.
How can we get more fiber in the diet?                     
Soluble fiber is highest in fruits like apples and citrus, seeds, nuts, beans, oat and oat bran, some vegetables like carrots and broccoli, barley (beer!), and psyllium husks.
Insoluble fiber is highest in dark green vegetables, flax seed oil, fruit and root vegetable skins, seeds, nuts, whole wheat, whole wheat bran, and corn bran.
Most Americans only get about 10 -15 grams of fiber daily.
The amount of soluble or insoluble fiber does not matter as much as getting  25 – 35 grams of fiber a day.
Most fiber containing foods have both soluble and insoluble fiber  in it .

What are fiber supplements?                    

Psyllium husks, oat bran powder, rice bran, flax seed oil,
chia seeds, and pectin are great sources of fiber.

Pectin is a soluble fiber discovered by a French pharmacist which increases viscosity and stool volume.

Apples are rich in pectin. “An apple a day…”

Fiber supplement products are often combined with detoxifying , digestive herbs, and probiotics to enhance toxin removal.
turmeric, ginger, cumin

Detoxifying  herbs are turmeric, ginger, cumin, green tea, cardamom , burdock root, and milk thistle.
Digestive herbs include slippery elm, marshmallow bark, aloe vera, licorice and peppermint.

Great fiber supplement combination products are:  

– Ultimate Fiber by Nature’s Secret

– Super Fiber Blend by Health Plus Inc.
– Lean and Clean from Nutri Genesis
– Organic Daily Fiber by Garden of Life 

Most common fiber supplements contain only psyllium husks such as Metamucil and Konsyl.

The second step to colon maintenance are colon cleanse
 detox formulations to use about every  4 months.                 
Colon cleanse formulations accelerate the release of compacted matter that has been left behind, and help to remove mucoid plaques on the colon wall.They average from 7 to 10 day programs and some last longer. It is advisable to detoxify the colon first before a liver detox program.

Cleansing formulations are generally composed of soluble and insoluble fiber, detoxifying herbs, green foods like chlorella and spirulina, kelp, probiotics, digestive enzymes, senna ( herbal laxative), and antioxidants.

These are some great colon cleansing formulations:
– Dr Natura’s Colonix
– Health Plus Inc’s Super Colon Cleanse
– Perfect Cleanse by Garden of Life
– Cleanse Smart by Renew Life.

These tips will help you flush out the dirt and grime off your engine and keep it running clean!

Camille Medina, RPh
Natural Pharmacy C.l.i.n.i.c.  llc

The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Suggestions and ideas presented in this document are for information only and should not be interpreted as medical advice, or for diagnosing  illness. Seek advice from a health care professional before administering any dietary supplements.
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