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Winter is the season of holiday parties and heavy foods, and as the days grow brighter and Spring sets in, it’s time to get back in shape for swimsuit season. Get your body ready to shed those extra pounds with a gentle herbal colon cleanse. A good colon cleanse helps rid your body of potentially harmful toxins while relieving constipation and keeping the colon hydrated. A colon cleanse shouldn’t cause cramping or discomfort, just easy elimination of built-up waste from a Winter of rich foods that slow digestion down.
Herbs have been used for centuries to cleanse the colon and promote overall health. Regular colon cleansing can relieve constipation and chronic diarrhea while decreasing your risk of colorectal cancer and other bowel diseases. If you are feeling tired and sluggish especially after eating, have acne, struggle with concentration, have bad breath or strong body odor, gained weight, or have digestive problems like diarrhea or constipation, these are all signs you could benefit from a colon cleanse.
If you aren’t having a bowel movement after every meal, this is a sign your colon is sluggish and even constipated. Sluggish digestion causes food to move too slowly and get stuck in the intestines, causing it to be fermented rather than properly broken down. These rancid stools release toxins into your blood stream, bog down your digestion, and slow your metabolism.
Wake up your metabolism, cleanse your colon and get things moving again with these 10 Herbal Helpers:
1. Alfalfa Herb
As a general digestive tonic, alfalfa leaf can’t be beat. This herb is an all-around superstar, rich in vitamins and minerals. It keeps bowels moving regularly while keeping the colon hydrated, is mildly diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. Alfalfa is good for purifying the blood and the liver, alkalinizing the body, detoxing the urinary tract, relieving constipation, balancing hormones, and promoting healthy pituitary gland function.
2. Anise Seed
This colon cleanser relaxes intestinal cramping, relieves gas and bloating, helps with nausea and indigestion, and is a mild anti-fungal. The Amish chew these licorice-flavored seeds to relieve upset stomach and give anise seed tea to soothe colicky babies. Anise seed is one of the carminative herbs that increases bile flow and helps with fat digestion, which increases your metabolism.
3. Buckthorn Bark
Used as an herbal remedy for bowel disorders, buckthorn bark is an effective stool softener and laxative, soothing hemorrhoids and making elimination easier. Buckthorn has been used for parasites, gallstones, constipation, and even prostate health. Once harvested, the bark needs to age for a year or be heat treated to prevent stomach irritation.
4. Butternut Bark
The butternut tree is grown mainly for its medicinal properties. The bark is mainly used as a laxative, but also helps with chronic diarrhea. It’s one of the few herbs that works for opposite conditions. Butternut bark helps expel intestinal worms, increases appetite, soothes intestinal cramping, and stimulates liver cleansing. Butternut oil contains essential fatty acids which relieve eye and skin conditions including eczema.
Whole cranberries have been found in recent studies to be cancer-protective and have shrunk colon cancer tumors in mice. Cranberries are full of phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants and support a healthy cellular pH during cleansing, while neutralizing the damage from free radicals. Cranberry also helps balance the amount of e. coli bacteria in both the colon and urinary tract. Cranberry is also a potent lymphatic cleanser and the colon is rich in lymphatic tissue.
Often confused with anise seed, fennel shares many of the same properties of reducing intestinal and stomach gas and bloating, relieving cramping, and decreasing intestinal inflammation. Fennel seeds help relieve indigestion and heartburn, help fight intestinal infections, suppress appetite, and enhance digestion to keep waste materials moving through to be eliminated.
This seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals and is protective against radiation by drawing it out of the body. It gets a bad rap because it’s the seaweed that carrageenan is extracted from, which is known to be inflammatory, but in its whole form it relieves intestinal inflammation and soothes the mucus membranes of the digestive tract. Its fiber content makes it a mild laxative and bulks up the stool to make it easier to pass. Irish moss also relieves nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, and gastritis.
This herb helps restore a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach and intestines, and is a well-known natural remedy for ulcers. It helps detoxify the liver, stimulates healthy bile flow and fat digestion, relieves indigestion and heartburn, and increases your energy level while doing it all. It’s anti-inflammatory, soothes and relieves pain of irritated stomach and intestinal tissues, and is a mild laxative. Licorice root improves blood flow to the lining of the intestines while increasing the quality and quantity of the protective mucus layer.
An age-old remedy used for nausea, upset stomach, and stomach cramps, its tea is safe enough for use with morning sickness during pregnancy. Peppermint anesthetizes the nerves in the intestinal tract, soothing cramping and bloating discomfort. Given in an enteric-coated capsule, peppermint can dissolve gallstones and relieve IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms.
Apple pectin, flax seeds, oat bran, psyllium seed husks, and rice bran are all safe, effective sources of fiber, which are an essential component of any colon cleanse. Soluble and insoluble fiber both act like a broom that sweeps away debris from the digestive tract while bulking up the stool to make it easier to eliminate. Exposure to environmental pollution and heavy metals can slow down digestion and fiber is able to absorb these toxins, bind up the metals, and escort it all out of the body. Fiber can even absorb radiation, neutralizing its harmful effects.
To simplify the colon cleansing process and make it fit your busy lifestyle we’ve created Super-GI Cleanse. It was formulated in 1999 by our founder, James Templeton, and he had this to say about it:
“I was traveling a lot and felt constipated. I took everything I could find and nothing helped. I went to trade shows and tried a lot of the products being offered, but I just felt crampy and awful – it wasn’t pleasant. I started realizing if I was going to find the best product I would have to research and make it myself. After several revisions, I came up with Super-GI Cleanse. It really helps you clean out, keep weight down, feel less toxic and lighter on your feet. We’ve had nothing but glowing reviews from customers ever since.”
A good colon cleanse helps keep the liver and colon detoxified and gets rid of toxic overload in the body, including parasites, yeast, heavy metals, radiation, and drug residues. It should be gentle enough to use it long term without your body becoming dependent on it. It shouldn’t deplete any nutrients over time, and its effects should not be so strong they disrupt your daily lifestyle and leave you dehydrated.
Super-GI Cleanse is safe for daily use and can be used when taking prescription opioid pain medications to loosen you up and keep things moving. It’s best taken with a meal but can be taken anytime. Aim for 6 pills daily as either 2 pills 3 times daily or 3 pills twice a day. If it doesn’t work by itself to relieve bloating and constipation, then add Mag-Key, a highly absorbable magnesium supplement, and eat foods rich in potassium along with it.