Okay here we are at the final segment of detoxification; the intestinal system. Yeah, not my favorite topic either . . . but since God created all body elements, it’s all part of His Creation.
1 Corinthians 12:18 “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
When we are born our colon is beautifully perfect. But over time through stress, destructive foods and environmental toxins, our digestive tract becomes caked with debris. (If you ever RV’d and had to clean out your old sewer hose, you know what I’m talking about.) As it ages, our tract cannot absorb the nutrients it needs for optimum health if clogged. Therefore, you’ll might find yourself becoming hungrier because your body is craving nutrients. You’re never satisfied since essential nutrients aren’t absorbed. You’ll feel fatigued, sluggish and moody.
In the early 1900s, most people had a faster “transit” time due to consuming more unadulterated foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Then as our eating habits changed. We added more processed and fast foods to our diet which didn’t have the much-needed fiber that pushes toxins through our system. What’s so important about that? Well, foods that sit and wait, putrefy and harden along the lining of the digestive tract, thus blocking essential nutrients from entering the blood stream.
Let me give you an illustration. Suppose you moved and the moving company’s workers inadvertently left some boxes on your old backyard? Over time the elements of nature; sun, rain, snow destroy those boxes through decay. They not only destroy what’s in the boxes but it decays the grass under the boxes on the lawn! Well, without moving foods through our system, food just sits there, waiting to decay, destroying our intestinal tract. And it’s a perfect place for bacteria, fungus, yeast infections and parasites to grow. Yuk! But chewing releases enzymes and drinking water gets those ‘boxes’ moving again!
Detoxify your colon and you’ll lose weight faster by allowing enzymes to do their job! You can always test your transit time now by consuming corn or beets and noticing how long it takes to depart your tract. Or discuss having a stool analysis at your next check-up.
Here are additional actions you can take:
- Fiber to the rescue! (see January 4th, Fiber post) Add insoluble fiber which is fiber that doesn’t break up in your system. Some foods are rich in this: beets, corn, bran, Brussels sprouts, nuts, potato skins. Soluble fiber is fiber that turns into a gel in your system; oatmeal, avocado, most fruits and beans. Consume both!
- Increase water! Fiber is like a sponge in water, expanding and pushing digested food through. Try to have at least 1/2 oz per pound of body weight or 6-8 glasses of pure water daily.
- Vary your diet so your system doesn’t get too used to the ‘same old, same old’. Different foods contain different elements for digestion and productivity.
- Consume foods high in pectin such as apples, bananas, carrots, cabbage, okra.
- Add probiotics first thing in the morning. Only purchase good quality yogurt without fillers, artificial sugars or preservatives.
- Add pressed or sliced garlic to more recipes. Garlic is antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, kills parasites and is a natural detoxifier.
- Chew your food to break down and release more productive enzymes.
- Don’t eat while stressed out! This creates an acidic environment by releasing the stress hormones; cortisol and norepinephrine which hinders enzymes and your immune system.
Eat for health and you’ll naturally lose weight!