Home » Health » Gut Health » 5 Colon Cleansing Foods: Detox Your Body the Natural Way

5 Colon Cleansing Foods: Detox Your Body the Natural Way

An image of a man cooking soup

Everything you need for detoxifying your body is available in your local grocery store if not already in your fridge. You don’t need to book an expensive appointment at a health spa or anything of that sorts. Food provides the natural pathway to detoxification.

More: 8 Natural Colon Cleanse Recipe Ideas

We’ll identify the top eight natural colon cleansing foods that do wonders for your digestive health. You probably already eat one or more of these items on a daily basis, so you’re partially on track without realizing it.

1. Lemons

An image of lemons on a table

What’s so good about this acidic fruit? It stimulates the liver to produce more bile. This helps the stomach move food through the gut while cleaning the large intestines. A lemon cleanse, in fact, is also known as a master cleanse and for good reason. It’s high in water-soluble vitamin C, which easily passes through your system and combats free radicals. Lemons also fall into the classification of anionic foods, which assist in production of vital digestion fluids, such as stomach acid and saliva.

Related: How to Flush Toxins From Your Digestive System Naturally

We recommend squeezing lemon juice into a glass of water (don’t add sugar). Eating a lemon outright may lead to teeth enamel erosion.

2. Garlic

An image of bulbs of garlic

Who would’ve thought that this tried-and-true vampire repellent is equally potent as a digestive cleanse? The cloves contain antibacterial properties that kill parasites and their eggs. Studies3 reveal that garlic also has anti-carcinogenic properties and may prevent major digestive cancers including colon, gastric and liver cancer.

While it won’t exactly give you minty breath, this is one of the colon cleansing foods to incorporate into a meal. If not for the flavor, then definitely for the digestive cleanse benefits.

3. Avocados

An image of avocadoes

This savory fruit is high in monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. These rich oils lubricate the intestinal walls and prevent toxins from clinging to the surface. What doesn’t become stuck eventually gets flushed out. On top of that, the fruit’s high magnesium and potassium content prevent constipation by drawing water into your digestive system.

Despite the relatively high-calorie content, avocados also aid in weight loss. They contains oleic acid, which may offset metabolic syndrome. This makes it perfectly suitable for a colon cleanse diet if you also happen to be in a fat loss phase.

4. Fermented Foods

An image of a man with tattooed hands eating yogurt

Colon health foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and anything else that undergoes extensive fermentation. Fermentation equals beneficial microflora that aids in the digestive process. In one study4, the lactobacillus bacteria (a common probiotic strain found in fermented foods) was shown to prevent intestinal inflammation and improve function of the gut barrier. It also reduced traces of harmful endotoxins.

On the subject of probiotics, if you happen not to be a fan of fermented or pickled foods, then you can always turn to supplementation. A product like Floracil50 provides the same benefits in convenient pill form.

5. Apples

An image of a woman holding several apples

The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has more truth to it than most people realize. Apples are high in a form of soluble fiber known as pectin, which aids in arterial plaque removal. This crunchy fruit also contains insoluble fiber, which expedites the removal of fecal matter through your stools.

It’s no wonder, then, that we are advocates of apples and more specifically, apple cider vinegar, which does wonders for gut health.

An image of Digestive Refresh and Florocil 50

Colon Cleanse Diet with Digestive Refresh

We want to make it clear that a full body detox can be achieved solely through colon cleansing foods. Supplements are always optional. However, for workaholics and soccer moms, a supplement like Digestive Refresh provides the same benefits minus the preparation and hassle. All of Digestive Refresh’s ingredients are all-natural; you’re not ingesting anything that has no business being in your body.

Most people find that a combination of colon cleansing foods and Digestive Refresh works best. As long as you’re making an effort to clean out your digestive system, then do what is most feasible for you.

1.
Wu Q, Yang Y, Vogtmann E, et al. Cruciferous vegetables intake and the risk of colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Ann Oncol. 2012;24(4):1079-1087. [PMC]
2.
Lanza E, Hartman T, Albert P, et al. High Dry Bean Intake and Reduced Risk of Advanced Colorectal Adenoma Recurrence among Participants in the Polyp Prevention Trial. J Nutr. 2006;136(7):1896-1903. [PMC]
3.
Raghu R, Lu K, Sheen L. Recent Research Progress on Garlic (大蒜 dà suàn) as a Potential Anticarcinogenic Agent Against Major Digestive Cancers. J Tradit Complement Med. 2012;2(3):192-201. [PMC]
4.
Shi Y, Zhao X, Zhao J, et al. A mixture of Lactobacillus species isolated from traditional fermented foods promote recovery from antibiotic-induced intestinal disruption in mice. J Appl Microbiol. 2018;124(3):842-854. [PubMed]
5.
de V, Jonker-Termont D, van L, Katan M, van der. Green vegetables, red meat and colon cancer: chlorophyll prevents the cytotoxic and hyperproliferative effects of haem in rat colon. Carcinogenesis. 2005;26(2):387-393. [PubMed]
umzu-CTAImage

Check Out UMZU's Supplement Line!

From gut health to proper blood flow, UMZU's supplement line is aimed at helping men and women everywhere heal their body from the inside out.

Ryan Tronier

As managing editor for UMZU, Ryan Tronier leads a talented team of writers, producers and fitness experts to create content that connects with passionate audiences.
Scroll to Top