The colon is the tail end of your large intestine, and it works to pull excess water from food waste and prepare your body for a bowel movement.
If you have ever had a colonoscopy, you no doubt remember drinking that nasty laxative beverage and spending the next 10 or so hours running to the bathroom. Somewhere in the middle of it, you may have marveled that there could actually be that much waste inside you.
No question about it, your colon does a big, dirty job. For that reason, occasional cleansing is good for your colon and your overall health. It relieves constipation and helps you be more regular. There is also some evidence that having a couple of colon cleanses per year can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer.
You don’t always have to drink the nasty colonoscopy drink, though. There are gentler, natural ways to get the job done. Here are 7 methods to try – just don’t overdo it. Colon cleanses are best done a few times a year or as needed.