Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cleanse Thyself

I am not talking spiritual aspect nor ritual issue as well. Consider it as annual 'physical spring cleaning'. I am talking about our body cleansing.

I have been gaining a lot of inside lately from my father in-law (FIL) as he explored on the aspect of healthy eating and living. He practices chi-qong also. From his new found knowledge and inside, he eagerly shared to us all about the benefits.

There are three area of cleansing beneficial for our healthy living as shared by my FIL:-
1. Bowel cleansing
2. Parasite cleansing
3. Liver cleansing

I just started the 1st regimen - bowel cleansing. Spare the hassle that might crossed you mind. It's pretty simple actually. All you need is
Psyllium Husk. What is that?

Psyllium seed husks come from the seed stalk of the common plantain. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet. Psyllium is indigestible in human beings and is often used as a source of dietary fiber: dissolved in water, they expand and scrape the walls of the intestine. It main benefit, however is in preventing constipation and promoting colon health. The natural fiber in Psyllium increases the weight of our bowels, and acts as a safe laxative. It is easy obtainable at organic shops even in hypermarket like Tesco.

Why is Psyllium Husk effective for bowel problems?

The husk swells when it comes in contact with water. It can absorb anything that is 8-16 times its weight. Its bulky fiber qualities makes it an effective laxative. Psyllium Husk forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon, which keeps the bowels nice and soft. This mass also helps absorbs toxins located in our bowels.

The bulky substance formed by Psyllium Husks stimulates peristalsis, which aids constipation.

Psyllium Husk can be taken alone, or with Bentonite Clay or Activated Charcoal as part of a colon cleansing regimen. You usually mix one tablespoon of it with water.

Guidelines when consuming Psyllium Husk (PH)
1. Make sure you consume it with liquid. Do not eat it alone as it can cause digestive problems. You can mix PH with practically anything: fruit/veggie juice, stew, soups, ice cream shakes, water, milk, etc.

2. Make sure you consume plenty of liquid before and afterwards. Best 1 hour before meal or 2 hours after meal. PH can cause dehydration since it makes the moisture content of our bowels higher. It would be good to keep an extra glass of water when consuming PH for the first time, because it can be hard to swallow.

3. PH is not recommended for those who are pregnant. Oxypowder would be the best choice for a colon cleanser.

4. Consume PH in between meals, never immediately after or before one. It can dilute enzymes and therefore interfer with digestion.

You will notice the result quite immediately. For my case after about 6 hours I consumed the PH with 1 hour gap before the meal, I got my 1st bowel movement. Even before that, you will experience some 'little tingling' movement inside your intestine. Actually that's the HP doing its job cleansing the intestine. Before you know it, the unwanted waste is out. You will feel as though your intestine inner layer have been peal off and renew. Do observe the 'waste' as you will know the 'condition' of your body. If it sink-indicate a lot of heavy and old staff. If it float, your intestine is quite healthy.

Start your spring cleaning now.

1 comment:

joshua said...


Cleansing is another discipline by itself.