Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Drink Water more often than not; preferably as your main beverage. Flavored and sugary drinks can affect the way your system operates, slowing down the digestive process. Toxic build-up from solid foods will be blocked and stagnant in your system unless there is proper hydration for your tissues and joints. Your body is approximately 80% water, hydration and movement is key to releasing build-up. Aim for at least 3L per day and reduce your intake of alternative beverages.
Movement This is probably the most important tip to maintaining a healthy digestive tract. The build-up on your waistline could stem from a lack of exercise and movement before and after meals. We all lead busy lives, but constant movement assures that your body is digesting and releasing toxins properly. Without movement, your system would have to work harder to cleanse your digestive tract. If you are working a desk job, schedule stretches and walks throughout the day to keep your blood flowing accordingly.
Healthier Eating Practices We couldn't talk about clean colons without mentioning nutrition but also healthier eating practices. Changing up your diet by eating more plant-based w/ fewer carbs/meat/harsh toxins will improve your system. Incorporating fiber-rich foods such as lentils, apples, chia seeds, papaya, brussel sprouts, raspberries, and artichoke will increase bowel movements and toxin release. Be mindful of each bite and try not to overeat. Eating healthier doesn't always mean adopting and maintaining a "perfect diet" if you condition your system to be efficient, you could essentially follow the 80/20 or 70/30 rule without experiencing any digestive issues.
Colon Cleanse This a 60-90 minute procedure to clear out your digestive tract by pumping water in and out of your system. While this is not required for a healthy colon, it can provide you with a jumpstart to recovering from toxic build-up and any digestive issues you've suffered from in the past. Please consult with your physician before considering this method.
Take Vitamins Supplementing your system with a multivitamin can bring significant benefits to colon health. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin d is also effective in improving your digestive tract. You can obtain vitamin d from natural sources such as spending time in the sun, low UV lamps, and eating nutritious fortified foods high in vitamin d.
Listen to Your Body Whenever you get the feeling that it's time to use the restroom, do it. Try to use the restroom as soon as possible. Built-up fecal matter and urinary waste can cause other problems such as diverticulosis and IBS. Releasing waste in a timely manner will allow your colon to operate effectively and efficiently.