Cleansing: Are You Cleaning House Often Enough?
You might not know what an internal cleanse entails, but it's important to be sure your intestines stay clean and healthy, which for many people means getting a good colon
cleaning on a regular basis. Leaving it to your natural process often isn't enough, with today's lifestyles and the way Americans eat. Gastrointestinal ailments like chronic
constipation or heartburn may not just be the pizza you had for dinner! It could indicate the presence of parasites, yeast fungus, or harmful bacteria in the lower digestive tract. A colonoscopy to check for problems is good, but many people believe that purposeful, periodic internal cleansing may prevent problems from even occurring.
Basics of the Digestive System
An internal cleanse can help keep the digestive system running at peak performance, but to understand why, you first need to have basic knowledge of the system's physiology. The digestive system is a network of organs consisting of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, and the anus. These organs are responsible for breaking down food into digestible proteins and other nutrients for the body to absorb and glean energy from. The digestive process begins when you put food in your mouth, where digestive enzymes begin working to break down food. The food passes through the esophagus and into the stomach. This is where swallowed food and digestive juices from the pancreas and liver are mixed together by involuntary muscle contractions. Some nutrients are absorbed by the stomach lining and into the bloodstream, while remaining food material moves into the small intestine.
The small intestine is a hollow tube approximately 22 to 25 feet in length. It is responsible for the majority of food absorption through structures called villi that line the mucosa, or inner wall of the intestine. Once the body has absorbed all of the available nutrients from the food, the indigestible material - usually fiber and older cells that have been cast off from the mucosa - moves into the large intestine where any remaining water is squeezed out and is absorbed before being expelled through the anus.
Sometimes, this process is hindered, and an internal cleanse may be beneficial. Our bowels function the same way that a sewer does. If a sewer line gets backed up with debris over a period of time, the entire system suffers, and the same can be said about our digestive systems. This is an especially important issue because it has been shown that other bodily systems, like the immune system and nervous system, are directly affected by digestion, meaning the blockage can affect more than just the bowels.
Thanks to the poor diets and sedentary lifestyles that many Americans have, debris in the form of indigestible foods can build up in the colon. This may cause autointoxication due to the rotting leftovers our bowels can't pass, leading to less than optimal health, poor nutrition, and much more. In fact, serious gastrointestinal diseases and infections, such as Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome can arise. Taking time to perform a periodic internal cleanse can help to keep the digestive system working at its optimum level.