A healthy weight loss cleanse is possible to help your body rid excess weight for a number of reasons. Here we will explore why a colon cleanse can lead to weight loss.

Excess weight can be in many forms and caused for a number of reasons from slow metabolism to sluggish thyroid. Doing a colon cleanse will help your body to address these issues which in turn will help you not only to lose weight but can help you gain long-term healthy eating habits.

Our bodies are built to survive. One of our survival mechanisms happens in our small intestine where most of our bodies’ digestion takes place. Our small intestine has what is called an intestinal mucosa, which is basically a mucus lining or membrane whose purpose is digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

When we consume toxins such as drugs, chemical pesticides, harmful bacteria or viruses, or when we create toxins while under stress, our bodies’ defense is to excrete extra, or excess mucus to stop the absorption of the toxins into the bloodstream. If this happens a couple times a month, our body will simply digest this excess and eliminate it.

Unfortunately, many of us consume pesticides, food additives, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and so on, not a couple times a month, but often three or more times a day! This keeps the body on defense, excreting excess mucus and leaving no time for digesting and eliminating the excess.

This leads to a buildup of the mucosal lining, which eventually turns to a mucosal plaque. Many experts in the health field say the average person has approximately 10 pounds of this buildup, which may inhibit metabolism.

Metabolism is how well you assimilate nutrients and how well you eliminate wastes. This buildup in the small intestine started because your body was defending you by stopping or slowing the absorption of consumed toxins. But because of the nature of the buildup, your body will also not be able to assimilate all the nutrients.

The build-up will also cause your intestinal walls to not be as flexible, causing sluggishness. Your tube (small intestine) is pliable and flexible so that peristalsis can take place. Peristalsis is the wave-like motion of the digestive tract that helps waste move along and out.

The buildup is not pliable or flexible. Much like the calcium plaque in the arteries, the mucosal plaque can render your small intestine to not be flexible enough for strong peristalsis. This sluggishness will cause you to hold on to more and eliminate less as time goes on. Could this be why we say our metabolism slows, as we get older?

A colon cleanse incorporates a diet free of chemicals, pesticides and processed foods. It is replaced with mostly fresh vegetables and fruits and juices, plenty of fresh water, some whole grains and eliminates or cuts the amount of meat, dairy, sugars and caffeine. This change to healthy eating habits will help your body to stop creating excess mucus and start digesting and eliminating the buildup. Your colon cleanse naturally starts to become a healthy weight loss cleanse.

In addition we take supplements and fiber to assist our colon cleanse. These will have herbs that help strengthen our bodies’ capacity to kill or neutralize and eliminate toxins. This includes toxins that buildup on various organs such as the thyroid and liver. Inhibiting the function of either of these organs will cause weight gain or at least difficulty in losing excess weight.

But a healthy weight loss cleanse takes time. If it took 10 years to form, it may take a few months and more than one cleanse to help eliminate it.

Many people find their cravings for junk foods become less after a colon cleanse. Others find that after they have eliminated buildup, and saw it to be true, they don’t want to go back to their old habits.

A cleanse for healthy weight loss should last at least four weeks. Healthy eating should be continued afterward, but more strict during your cleanse. However, the supplements should not be taken for more than 6-8 weeks at a time. At this point you stop them for at least a month and resume after that time if you feel you need more cleansing.

In my personal experience, I lost around 25 pounds over a three-month period. I never had success with diet and exercise alone, but after cleansing my body responded better to both. It was indeed a healthy weight loss cleanse for me.

Author's Bio: 

Cindy Papp was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1992. She used the alternative health approach of cleansing, which lead to total recovery in 1998. She is now a Certified Nutritional Counselor, a Certified Colon Therapist, trained in massage therapy, and has been working in the health field for 15 years.

Cindy has put much of her expertise on cleansing on her website springclean-cleanse.com where you can learn more about the right way to cleanse, and how to choose the best cleanse for you.