How to Cleanse and Detoxify Your Colon


Your colon, which is located at the end of your digestive tract, extracts nutrients and liquids from solid wastes before expelling them from the body. During this process, some individuals believe that toxins can get left behind, requiring a cleansing of the colon to completely remove impurities and prevent health problems such as allergies or arthritis. However, many reputable sources, including the Mayo Clinic and Harvard School of Medicine, contend that the body naturally removes these toxins without any aid necessary. Still, you can enhance the cleansing and detoxification of your colon by adhering to a safe routine of fasting, colonics, proper nutrition and exercise.

Step 1

Don’t eat bulky foods. During the initial part of the colon cleansing, reduce the amount of solid waste sent to your colon. This means eating only roughage, such as raw fruits, vegetables, herbal supplements and laxatives, for 24 to 36 hours. At the same time, the Harvard School of Medicine warns that you run the risk of dehydration. Therefore, drink plenty of water and other fluids.

Step 2

Buy an enema kit. Sold at most stores, enema kits usually include a tube filled with a water-based liquid that you insert into your rectum. Squeeze the water into your colon, and allow it to sit there for a about two minutes until you feel the need to use the restroom. This will generally cleanse any solid stool that feels “stuck” within your colon.

Step 3

Research before settling with a colonics specialist. If you do not wish to perform a basic store-bought enema at home, search online for a trustworthy center for colonics in your area. Colonics procedures work similar to enemas, pumping warm or cold fluids through your colon to help remove debris and waste. Before settling on any one location, researchers at Columbia University suggest confirming that equipment is clean, unused and sterilized by both asking the specialist and reviewing any reported information about the center. Otherwise, the inserted tubes can potentially cause an infection in your colon.

Step 4

Eat a healthy diet. Ideally, the Harvard School of Medicine recommends maintaining a clean colon by consuming foods that contribute to good digestive health, such as meals that are high in fiber and yogurts or other dairy products that contain probiotics—active ingredients that aid in digestion.

Step 5

Exercise and stay active throughout the week. If you feel heavy, perhaps because you are constipated, the Mayo Clinic advises to drink plenty of fluids, eat fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and bran, and exercise. Each step will go a long way in cleansing your colon and keeping it healthy, perhaps even better than fasting, a detox diet or using a colonics specialist.

About this Author

Sky Smith has been writing on psychology, electronics, health, and fitness since 2002 for various online publications. He graduated from the University of Florida with honors in 2005, earning a B.S. in psychology and statistics with a minor in math.