Push and poo factors
By ELLA TAN – For the chronically constipated, a good clearing session is akin to winning a small lottery.
While some doctors think doing a No. 2 once in a few days is okay, most of us would be more comfortable going every day. It makes sense that what goes in must come out. Storing waste seems so icky, and not surprisingly, it turns into poisonous rot.
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Bernard Jensen DC, ND, PhD is a pioneer who used colon cleansing to improve quality of life. In his book, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, he explains:
“the heavy mucus coating in the colon thickens and becomes a host of putrefaction. The blood capillaries to the colon begin to pick up the toxins, poisons and noxious debris as it seeps through the bowel wall. All tissues and organs of the body are now taking on toxic substances. Here is the beginning of true autointoxication on a physiological level. This accumulation can have the consistency of truck tire rubber. It’s that hard and black.”
Makes you feel queasy, right? And yet, city dwellers often suffer from a slow exit of waste (70 hours on average), resulting in as much as 14 kg of garbage being stuck in the large intestine. The reasons can be too much processed foods; insufficient water; a lack of, or excessive fibre; immoderate amounts of coffee and alcohol, stress and so on.
Besides the discomfort of constipation, toxins from waste can result in muscle pain, depression, fatigue, bladder infections, low immunity and rashes.
Colon cleansing might be helpful as general housekeeping. Try a DIY colon cleanse – use alternative health practitioner, Stanley Burroughs’ 10-16-day cleansing programme (source: http://livingtraditionally.com/the-easiest-homemade colon cleanser/)
- 2 tablespoons of organic lemon juice (about ½ a lemon)
- 2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (not the commercial maple-flavoured syrup you use on pancakes)
- 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
- 10 ounces/300 ml of filtered or distilled water