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The Foods to Eat to Improve Colon and Overall Health

If you’ve never had some type of gastrointestinal problem, you’re fortunate … or a very careful eater. The truth is, our fast-paced schedules and hectic lives can lead to a lack of nutrients and fiber: A direct route to a chronically upset, out-of-balance digestive system.

Thankfully, you can reset your digestive system and help clear the backup in the colon. Cleansing the colon can improve the overall health of your body and even reduce your risk of colon cancer. And you can do much of this by eating the right foods.

Why cleanse your colon?

The benefits are many! Here are just a few reasons to eat foods that can help cleanse your colon:

Eat these foods to improve colon and overall health

Cruciferous vegetables – Kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, turnips and cauliflower (just to name a few) are among the leading sources of fiber and antioxidants. More than 600 studies show that cruciferous veggies are some of the most powerful cancer-fighting foods.

Garlic – In addition to supporting your heart and circulation, garlic has antibacterial, ant-parasitic and antiviral compounds that help remove toxins, parasites and pathogens from the colon. And as an inflammation reducer, garlic can boost the absorption of food nutrients, promote digestion and fuel the elimination of waste and toxins.

Water and sea salt – Constant dehydration can lead to constipation; causing a buildup of toxins in the colon. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Add a pinch of sea salt to your water to amplify detoxification.

Avocados – Not only do they taste great, avocados are rich in both soluble and insoluble fibers, which promote regular, healthy bowel movements to enhance colon health.

Fermented foods – Greek yogurt, kombucha, pickles, sauerkraut, tempeh and kimchi are all rich in probiotics. These will help keep your entire digestive system, including your colon, in a healthy balance.

Want more colon- and health-friendly foods? Check out aloe vera (in juice form or concentrate), chia and flax seeds, beans and lentils, apples and apple cider vinegar, green tea and lemons.

Expertise and dedication to your total health is close to home

At Charles River Medical Associates (CRMA), we’re totally committed to your health. With our Endoscopy Center in Framingham, we help make vital colonoscopy and endoscopy testing convenient and efficient. And with multiple locations across Metro West, high-quality healthcare for your entire family is never far away.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 508-848-2190 or click here to use our online form.

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