After the age of 50, colon cancer can become a real threat to your health (1). That’s why doctors recommend regular screening past this age.
One of the greatest risks for developing the disease is having a poor diet and not getting enough fiber. While typical Americans consume 10-grams of fiber a day, experts recommend taking 20-35 grams (2).
Here’s a yummy way to clean your colon and get those bowels moving.
Colon Cleanse Apple Mixture
Eating extra fiber can cause constipation if you don’t drink enough water throughout your cleanse.
- 1 organic apple
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cup water
- Core apples and slice into small pieces, keeping the skin on the fruit
- Blend together everything but the chia seeds.
- Sprinkle chia over your smoothie and let them sit for 5-10 minutes. This will give them time to soak up some liquid and expand.
- Stir & Serve.
Drink the mixture once in the morning and a second time in the evening for 2 weeks. During the cleanse, make sure you eat your regular meals but put extra effort in cutting back on sugar, alcohol and red meat.
Apples contain soluble fiber which attracts water and forms a gel to gather loose stool together. Insoluble fiber bulks up stool to sweep through the colon and dislodge any stuck-on foods. Both forms of fiber also help you feel more full and absorb bile to expel toxins already processed by the liver (4).
Flaxseed contains omega-3, fiber, protein and antioxidants. The seeds prevent colon tumor development and is useful against pre-existing cancer by fighting cancer cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in intestinal and colon tumors (5,6).
Chia seeds have the ability to absorb water to create a gel-like substance which clears your intestinal tract and facilitates nutrient absorption. The seeds contain almost half their weight in fiber as well phosphorus to help the body grow new tissue and repair healthy cells. It’s also full of bone-healthy manganese and calcium (7).