No matter how “clean” you live your life, it is inevitable that you are going to be exposed to some form of toxin. Harmful substances, both chemical and “natural,” are in the food we eat, the water we drink and even the air we breathe. The body does its best to remove most toxins from its system through natural detox pathways such as the liver and sweat glands. It is up to us, however, to keep these pathways healthy and strong, especially within the gastro-intestinal tracts where harmful substances can stagnate and have a direct effect on immunity.
3 Ways to Detox the GI Tract
You might ask: why is it so important to detox the GI tract specifically? There are a couple of reasons. First of all, the entire GI tract, if detangled and laid out flat, would be approximately 30 feet long! That’s a lot of space where toxins can build up in nooks and crannies. This fact, in part, is why colorectal cancer is in the top 5 most common types of cancer for both men and women in the United States.
The second reason is that by cleaning out the gunk in your gut and maintaining a good balance of gut flora, you are helping your immune system in a big way. After all, upwards of 80% of your immune cells rest in the lining of your small intestine. It is important to keep that lining toxin-free
as much as possible, not only for the sake of your immune system but also because the GI tract wall is the only thing that separate what you are eating from the rest of your body. When substances leak out, this is called Leaky Gut Syndrome, which some experts estimate effects 8 out of 10 individuals.
Below are 3 practices you can start NOW to keep your digestive tract as healthy as possible. The result of your effort will be a more vibrant and energetic YOU!
The colon is the “first line of defense” for cleansing of the overall digestive system. Think of your colon as your body’s “waste disposal system.” A weak colon or one that is off-balance can cause a condition called “auto-intoxication,” where toxins can be reabsorbed back into the blood steam, circulated throughout the whole body and even make their way to the brain in the form of harmful gases.
The process of colonics is sometimes called “colon hydrotherapy” or “colonic irrigation.” Colon hydrotherapy should only be done through certified practitioner in a specialized setting. And while some naturopaths and patients swear by the procedure, others take a more cautionary stance.
Thousands of people each year use colonics to keep their colons clean. If you decide to give it a try, be sure to find a qualified practitioner with a good reputation. Also be sure to supplement with plenty of probiotics in between sessions.
A less intimidating (and cheaper) way to clean out the colon may be to administer an at-home enema. Enemas date back to the Egyptian times and are a main protocol in Ayurveda. In fact, until 1972, coffee enemas were described in the Merck Manual, the go-to resource for contemporary doctors.
There are a variety of substances that can be added to a basic enema, which is normally administered using an enema bag or stainless steel pot and a silicon tube. Lemon juice can be added to water for an effective alkalinizing flush. Aloe vera juice is sometimes used for its soothing effect. The best kind of enema for detoxing and supporting the liver, however, is the coffee enema. Caffeine obtained from organic, mold-free coffee will stimulate bile ducts. Coffee enemas also provide the body with phytochemicals. Kahweol and Cafestol activate glutathione production and decrease the activity of enzymes that promote cancer cell growth.
#3 Parasite Cleanse
As unpleasant as it may be, the fact is that most of us have some form of parasite roaming around in our digestive tract. What is even more disturbing is that parasites such as hook worms and tapeworms not only feed off your own nutrients, they also dump their waste in your GI tract, which over time will increase your toxic load. There are many herbs, such as Black Walnut hulls and wormwood, that will promote the detoxing of parasites and there are also formulas for cleansing the digestive tract of parasites. Use only quality, mold-tested and organic formulas for your cleanse.
There are many other ways to detox the gut and the body, such as castor oil packs, olive oil “shots,” juice fasts and, of course, eating lots of fermented vegetables (which is a must-do for anyone wanting to heal and prevent breast cancer). The main thing, however, is to choose what works for you and then GET STARTED! Experiment with different techniques. And no matter what method you choose, consider how your protocol will clean out the digestive tract specifically. You will feel the positive effects of your detoxing efforts in no time, including a boost in energy and vitality overall.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and founder of breastcancerconqueror.com . She specializes in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe.