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Do Colonics Provide Health Benefits? Are They Dangerous?

In a different type of question-and-answer health column, The New York Times’ “Ask Well” advises against colonics, which some people say make them feel better. While colon cleansers are popular among some health-conscious people, the better choice would be to concentrate on something with a proven benefit, such as exercise or a high-fiber diet and good nutrition, the column advises.

When it comes to advice for all types of health matters, I agree that the best thing for you is a healthy diet and exercise. You can begin by cutting back on grains and eliminating sugars in your diet. Eat more vegetables and some fruits (which also contain sugar, but a healthy kind). Vegetables are also one of the best forms of dietary fiber. Studies have repeatedly shown that people with higher vegetable intake have lower rates of cancer.

Dietary fiber is also associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, particularly incident colorectal adenoma and distal colon cancer. In addition to fresh, whole — preferably raw — vegetables, psyllium seed husk, flax seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds will provide you with both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Avoid processed foods of all kinds, which contain added sugars and salt, as well as harmful additives and flavorings. Within that category, processed meats that preserved by smoking, curing, salting or with artificial preservatives should also be avoided. When it comes to fresh meat, grass fed, free-ranging beef, pork and chicken is the best choice.

Optimizing your vitamin D levels is always a good thing, as vitamin D is beneficial for your immune system and overall health.

And yes, exercise not only energizes you but can drive your insulin levels down and help with weight loss. If you feel you don’t have time to exercise, then chin up — high-intensity interval training can be done in a matter of minutes.
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