7 Foods Best for Colon Cleansing

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Feb 12, 2016 11:00 AM EST

Several fruits and vegetables: grapefruit, strawberry, red cabbage, kiwi and pepper. (Photo by Jose R. Aguirre/Cover/Getty Images) (Photo : Jose R. Aguirre/Getty Images)

Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon and rectum, is the second leading cancer killer in the United States among cancers that affect both genders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of the risk factors for colorectal cancer include low fruit and vegetable intake and a low-fiber and high-fat diet. This the reason why including some foods in your diet is paramount. Here are some of the best foods for a healthier gut.

Apples or Apple Cider Vinegar

Proof of the cleansing power of apples and apple cider vinegar is their inclusion to a lot of colon-cleansing approaches, says Natural News. These natural foods are rich in fiber, which is known for promoting healthy digestion. The pectins found in the fruit can also aid the removal of toxins that build up in the colon. It can also contribute to a stronger intestinal lining.

Avocados

Another colon-cleansing fruit courtesy of mother nature are the avocados. Apart from containing a lot of fibers, what's interesting is that the fruit has both the soluble and insoluble fibers at a unique ratio of about one to three.

The insoluble fiber can help stave off colon cancer by promoting healthy bowel movements, while the soluble fiber content helps in maintaining bowel regularity and keep toxins from building up that often leads to constipation.

Broccoli

Broccoli's health benefits go as far as helping your colon achieve a healthy state. The essential nutrients and antioxidants in this vegetable aid in colon cleansing. The soluble fiber content of the broccoli also helps in maintaining a desirable condition for the healthy bacteria in the intestines, according to Bel Marra Health.

Spinach

If you are not keen on consuming broccoli due to excessive gas formation, if you know what I mean, then this leafy green veggie is right for you. Spinach can help not just in promoting a healthy colon, but a healthy digestive tract in general.

Lemon

Lemon and other citrus fruits are also known to be good natural colon cleansers. "A simple glass of lemon & water every morning will help to detoxify and cleanse the system," says The Science of Eating. "Lemons can rid the large intestine of waste matter build up and act as an antiseptic, which hinders the growth of microorganisms."

Garlic

Apart from being one of the most sought after spices used in many cuisines around the world. Garlic has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties that aid in the flushing out of different pathogens and parasites from the colon

Water

Water is just as much necessary in cleaning your colon as fibers. "Fiber absorbs water, so if you are mindful of adding fiber during a colon cleanse but neglect to drink sufficient quantities of water, you may become constipated, negating the benefits of the fiber," notes SFGate.

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