A lot of people who regularly practice colon cleansing often look for that extra edge to help them get the maximum benefits cleansing offers. One trick that seems to be gaining popularity is the use of green tea to complement an otherwise normal colon cleanse.
Proponents of the “green tea colon cleanse” claim that it greatly improves the effectiveness of your cleanse by promoting the release of food waste and other toxins from the body, as well as reducing recovery time and generally promoting better overall health due to the many nutritional benefits green tea has to offer.
The Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is a well known source of beneficial antioxidants, and is considered one of mankind’s oldest natural medicines. In ancient China, and the surrounding regions, green tea has been consumed for both its flavor and medicinal effects for over four thousand years.
While these are indeed some impressive credentials, it still doesn’t answer the big question — does adding green tea when doing your colon cleanse program actually make any noticeable difference?
Does Green Tea Help A Colon Cleanse?
Arguably the most modern train of thought when it comes to explaining exactly how doing a green tea colon cleanse works better than a regular one stems from what we now know about its active ingredients – specifically – caffeine and the aforementioned rich supply of antioxidants.
Anyone who has ever had a little too much tea or coffee is probably acquainted with the effect too much caffeine can have on the bowels. This sudden urge to use the bathroom stems from the stimulating effect large doses of caffeine can have on our lower digestive tracts.
This speeds up the normal rate of peristaltic contraction within the small intestines and causes shorter than normal bowel transit time, which in turn not only leads to potentially embarrassing quick exits, but also significantly cuts down on the amount of time our bodies have to properly absorb the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in the foods we eat. This would be the main downside of doing a green tea colon cleanse.
That said, when compared to canned energy drinks, sodas and coffee, freshly brewed green tea is relatively low in caffeine, and because it’s essentially water with added nutrients, drinking it is also a good way to keep your body hydrated — especially for individuals who have difficulty drinking the large quantities of water required by most colon cleanses.
Whether or not it offers any improvement over plain water, beyond taste, however, is still a matter for debate. The likely answer is “no,” or at the very least, “not much.”
Green Tea Colon Cleanse Alternatives
Instead of doing a green tea colon cleanse, you may be better off using a natural oxygen-based cleansing supplement. Unlike a green tea cleanse or water-fast, oxygen colon cleansers are able to gently remove built-up waste and other toxic debris that could be trapped in the lower digestive tract. And unless this material is thoroughly expelled from the body, then it’s unlikely you’ll see any real long term benefit from your colon cleanse.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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