The Role of Prebiotics in Colon Cleansing

While most of us have probably heard the term ‘probiotics’ bandied about, many may not know that prebiotics are also an important part of colon health. Probiotic-rich foods are a crucial component of gut health and wellness, but prebiotics nourish the probiotics, increasing their efficacy. These natural ingredients are designed to promote the growth of good bacteria, so they can be considered the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner for probiotics”. Want to learn more about this synergistic relationship? Let’s go!

The Prebiotic and Probiotic Relationship

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in our digestive system. Our gut can also harbor unhealthy bacteria. The healthy bacteria help the unhealthy bacteria from growing unchecked. Sometimes the system of digestive checks and balances can get out of sync and allows an overload of toxic organisms. This can cause a whole host of illnesses. A colon cleanse can be a useful way to flush an overgrowth of negative bacteria from our digestive systems.

An important part of a successful colon cleanse is restoring the healthy bacteria into your gut afterward, with the help of probiotic foods and supplements. This is where prebiotics come into play! They are a specialized soluble fiber that nourish our good bacteria and allow them to flourish in our colon. For this reason, it’s important to consume prebiotic foods as well as probiotic foods after a colonic.

Foods Rich in Prebiotics

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Jicama
  • Legumes
  • Onions
  • Raw Chicory Root
  • Raw Garlic
  • Whole Grain Oats
  • Wild Yams
  • Kombucha

Side-Effects of Prebiotics

  • Better Gut Health
  • Hormone Regulation
  • Improved Digestions
  • Lowered Risk of Heart Disease
  • Weight Loss / Management
  • Better Moods
  • Reduced Inflammation

Prebiotic and Probiotic Food Combinations

  • Yogurt and Honey
  • Feta Cheese and Onions
  • Yogurt and Sliced Bananas
  • Kombucha and Chia Seeds
  • Yogurt and Oatmeal
  • Beans and Pickles
  • Sour Cream and Garlic
  • Whole Wheat Bread and Garlic
  • Spinach and Oranges
  • Pickles and Garlic
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut

If you are interested in improving your digestive health, we are here to help. Visit us Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy online today to learn how colon cleansing can work to improve your health and wellness.

Why Colon Cleansing and Probiotics Go Hand-in-Hand

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When you hear the word “bacteria”, you probably think of the common cold or of other germs that make you sick. But did you know that some types of bacteria are good for you? Well, Manchester’s Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy wants you to know that this negative view of bacteria is a misconception.

Probiotics are live bacteria found in foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and tempeh, and in products such as dietary supplements, and skin creams. While research on probiotics continues, current studies suggest that they protect and promote the health of your intestinal tract. Breaking the stereotype that all bacteria are bad, probiotics fulfill a very beneficial role in our digestive system.

There are many different types these good gut bacteria. They are largely responsible for the synthesizing of B and K vitamins in your digestive system. For that process to occur efficiently, these microorganisms must not only stay healthy but also remain in a particular equilibrium of “good” and “bad” bacteria, also known as gut flora.

Unfortunately, various aspects of our modern world have an effect on our intestinal tract. Today’s diets, for example, are full of highly processed foods high in saturated fats and low in fiber. This kind of food can negatively influence the balance of gut flora. Other substances like drugs and alcohol, as well as exposure to stressors, can also decrease the number of good bacteria in our intestines. Probiotic foods and supplements, on the other hand, can help re-establish the balance of these microorganisms.

Colon hydrotherapy, also called colonic irrigation, rinses the rectum and large intestine with gentle infusions of purified water. As it rids the area of gas and fecal matter, it may also remove an overgrowth of bacteria living in your intestines. Eating foods high in probiotics following a colonic can replenish good bacteria in your gut in a matter of days. This allows good bacteria to flourish and keep the bad bacteria in check. As a result, probiotic foods and supplements are a valuable addition to your post colonic routine.

For more information about probiotic foods and supplements consult a Naturopath, Dietician or Nutritionist. You can access the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians on their website and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on their official site.

A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. With almost 40 years of experience, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy is here to help you make the first step towards good colon health. To schedule an appointment, call their office at (860) 287-4558. To learn more about colonic irrigation and about how Connie will help you feel at ease throughout the procedure, visit their website.