Foods that cleanse the colon and intestines

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Foods that cleanse the colon and intestines
Fruits and vegetables are ideal for cleansing the colon naturally. (vegetables image by cherie from

Maintaining a healthy colon and intestinal track is essential for reducing the risk of colon cancer and other health-related diseases associated with an unhealthy colon. The National Health Service says that the third highest cause of cancer in England is bowel cancer, with most of these cases occurring in people aged 60 and over. Simply by eating healthy foods and avoiding the unhealthy ones, you can cleanse your colon and intestines and at the same time reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Fresh vegetable juice

Making your own fresh vegetable juice with a blender or juicer is a delicious way to naturally cleanse the colon and digestive tract. It’s best to avoid shop-bought vegetable juices, as many of them contain numerous preservatives, sugars and other ingredients that can hinder the colon cleansing benefits of the vegetables. Vegetables contain many different vitamins and nutrients that your body needs, and they are absorbed quickly inside your body. They help to strengthen your digestive system for long-term digestive health.

Fresh fruit juice

For many of the same reasons vegetable juice is important to colon health, freshly squeezed fruit juices provide many digestive health benefits. Again, avoid shop-bought juices that may contain added sugars and preservatives. Fruit juice is an even better colon cleanser than vegetable juice, according to certified nutritional counselor Cindy Papp of Fresh fruit juices work well for flushing toxins and other built-up “debris” from the colon and intestines. Like vegetables, fruit also contains numerous different vitamins and minerals that can provide your body with many different health benefits beyond cleaning the digestive tract.

Raw fruits and vegetables

In addition to the juice form of these “super foods”, raw fruits and vegetables provide your body with many properties that help to promote proper digestion, cleansing effects, keeping your bowel movements regular and providing your body with essential vitamins and nutrients. Fruits are best consumed in the morning when your body’s natural cleansing cycle is in full effect. Vegetables are best eaten raw, such as in a salad, but you can also implement some cooked or steamed veggies later in the day to help build up the strength of your digestive system.


While grains may slow down the effects of a colon cleanse, they work well for controlling the cleansing process when consumed in limited amounts. Nutritionist Cindy Papp recommends sticking to “quinoa, amaranth, wild or basmati rice and some whole grain sprouted breads”. Papp adds that you should avoid pastas.

Foods high in fibre

Any food that contains several grams of fibre can help to promote a healthy colon and intestinal tract. Fibre helps to carry out waste from the human body, so it’s an important part of healthy digestive system. Adults should be consuming 18 g of fibre per day, but the average British adult falls far short of this figure, with an intake of only 14 g. Look for whole grain cereals that are high in fibre. Other foods high in fibre that you can use during an all-natural colon cleanse regimen include split peas, raspberries, beans, artichokes and lentils.

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