Much attention these days in the Detox world is paid to colon cleansing programs and diets and the vexed question of what is a good colon cleansing diet comes up again and again. With colon cleansing being the natural starting point for detoxification in any health program this is to be expected. While there is no one diet that will work for everyone there are some clear principles in detoxing that we can use to guide us in choosing a colon cleansing diet.
This is the first principle and is one that I came to by experience of doing detox for years both for myself and for my patients. It does not matter what health benefits there are or what nutrients it has, if a food is disagreeable to us we should avoid it. Whether the symptoms are fatigue or swelling of the lips or just a stomach ache if you are allergic to a food then it must be avoided, Maybe the allergy can be cured at a later stage but while doing a detox or cleanse of any type it is essential to avoid all allergic foods.
Mucus Forming Foods
Many foods are traditionally avoided while detoxing on the grounds that they are “mucous forming”. Among these are dairy foods but others get included too according to the views of the Raw food or macrobiotic or other philosophy producing the detox. My own view of this is that foods that are judged to be mucous forming are actually foods we are allergic too anyway and we should avoid them for that reason.
This, you might say, is a hot potato! It is certainly true that many foods are “cooked to death” and by the time they are served much of the nutritional value has been lost.
One point for raw foods then.
But it is also true that cooking allows more of the nutrients of a plant cell in a vegetable to be digested and absorbed by whoever eats it. A lot of the nutrients in raw food go straight through us because we cannot fully digest the cell wall.
One point to the cooked food lobby.
My position on this is that our diet should include some raw food every day but that both the total raw food and the standard cooked food diets are both extremes to be avoided.
Raw food has its vitality and enzymes intact and these are important to our health and cooked food allows more nutrients to be absorbed and has a warming and relaxing power to it that raw food lacks.
Most people will benefit hugely by increasing the amount of raw foods in their detox diet and this can be done easily with juices.
Increasingly detox and cleansing includes vegetables and green juices as a mainstay. This is certainly true for me. Green juices are as powerful as many detox formulas and many people can get powerful detox results and weight loss simply by focussing on a good juicing system. While it is true that brown rice diets and apple diets to mention some well known cleansing diets still have relevance, green juices have a power and vitaility that cannot be ignored.
Colon cleansing diets are important and lay the foundation for all other kinds of detox. The diet needs to be hypoallergenic and be a sensible and acceptable blend of raw foods, juices and easily digested and comforting cooked food.
So there is no one answer here to the question, “What is the best colon cleansing diet?“, rather provided that you follow these principles you can choose from many thousands of possible diets.
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