If you’re serious about controlling your cravings for foods you shouldn’t be eating, you may want to try a colon cleanse. This way of getting rid of toxins, and therefore cravings, is a bit controversial and definitely has a few drawbacks. But many people swear by them and use them to powerfully overhaul their health and their digestive systems.

Before you embark on doing a colon cleanse, you should know that this method is only effective if you change your eating habits after you are through. There’s no point in going through a colon cleanse if you are going to go back to your old ways of eating. All of the benefits that you immediately receive will be negated. You should also know that depending on the level of toxins that have built up in your body, colon cleansing can have very intense side effects.

Basically, when you do a colon cleanse, you are forcefully expunging built up chemicals, toxins and other bad food waste from your colon. When you eat a diet that consists of a large amount of processed foods, excess sugar, excess fat and full of chemicals, you store these dietary pollutants in your body long after you’ve eaten them. Their presence can make you crave more of the same and over time, your colon may become blocked.

Colon cleansing removes the toxic substances from your body and gives you a fresh start. There are many different ways to do a colon cleanse, some beneficial and some not. Unfortunately, just like with a lot of other alternative techniques, many companies have tried to produce chemical solutions to these problems. The problem with pills and powders is that you’re just giving your body more of the same – chemicals. Commercial colon cleanses can also contain herbal ingredients that are harmful in large quantities.

One of the most natural, and powerful, ways to cleanse your colon is by using Cascara Sagrada. This herb, technically bark, has been used for centuries by Native Americans and it has a very strong laxative effect on the body. In fact, it’s so strong that it should only be used in very small quantities for a short period of time. Many over the counter colon cleanse products use Cascara Sagrada, but it really shouldn’t be used every day. It’s best to use the herb by itself, or with other isolated natural ingredients.

Cascara Segrada has an effect on the muscle contractions of your colon. It stimulates peristalsis which produces the urge to have a bowel movement. It’s a very effective method for cleaning out your colon. You can find Cascara Segrada in pill form, in a tincture or as a dried bark that you can make into tea.

If you don’t want to go another route, you can try psyllium and bentonite clay shakes taken a few times per day for several days to cleanse your colon. These natural ingredients will effectively cleanse your colon without a lot of the problems associated with Cascara Segrada.

No matter what method you choose, make sure that you don’t substitute colon cleanses for better eating. Use them as a jump start to your healthier lifestyle, but remember that they do have a big impact on your body.

Source by Diana Walker