The Four Elements colon cleanse is a simple, effective cleansing plan that you can do at home. The entire plan is available for free on this website, and you can find all the ingredients you need very easily. There are four basic elements to this colon cleanse, and I’ve summarized each of them on this page.
- Element One: The Colon Cleansing Diet
- Element Two: The Detox Drink
- Element Three: The Fiber Supplement
- Element Four: Probiotics
If you’ve done any research on cleansing plans, you will already have seen countless other variations. The Four Elements plan is tried and tested, plus we’ve attempted to make it as simple and easy to understand as possible.
If you’d like to do some colonic hydrotherapy, that’s a great way to start your cleanse (read more about it here). However it’s not strictly necessary and you can get great results without it. Doing this cleanse does not actually need to be a time-consuming or expensive process. Most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store, and any good health food store will have the supplements. The most important element in the Four Elements cleanse really comes from you – the willpower to start the cleanse and then stick it through to the end!
The Four Elements plan
On this page we will provide a basic outline of our Four Elements colon cleansing plan. We’ve kept this page as brief and to-the-point as possible, but you can read more about each element by clicking on the links provided. Once you’ve read through everything and understood the basics, it’s time to head out shopping and then you’re pretty much ready to go! This cleanse can last anywhere from a minimum of 5 days up to two weeks, it’s really up to you and how you feel.
Element 1: The Colon Cleansing Diet
During the colon cleanse you will be making some big changes to your diet. In fact, this is where you will probably notice the greatest difference from your usual lifestyle. The eating plan that we use on this colon cleanse is a restrictive diet of high-fiber fruits and vegetables. That means no meat is allowed, and any foods containing gluten (like most breads) are banned. Dairy products, alcohol and anything with added sugar are off the menu too. This sounds difficult, but remember this is a cleanse, not a long term diet. However we do find that once most cleansers have enjoyed the light, healthy feeling that you get after a cleanse, they begin to make long term changes to their diets.
For more information on your diet during the Four Elements colon cleanse, take a look at the colon cleansing diet and the foods to avoid. We’ve also put together a few recipes for you to try, a 7 day diet, and a suggested shopping list that includes what you’ll need for your detox drinks too.
Element 2: The Detox Drink
This is the drink that you’ll be consuming every day during your cleanse, together with the fruits and vegetables we’ve already mentioned. It contains a potent detoxifying agent that you’ve probably already heard of – Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV). This is a natural detoxifier that gently removes toxins from the body, purifies your blood and builds up your immune system. It is also great for breaking down mucus in the body and encouraging the lymphatic system to eliminate wastes. Lastly, ACV contains soluble fiber from the apples that bulks up your stool and promotes bowel movements.
This detox drink is really easy to prepare. You can make a batch at the start of each day and it should only take a few minutes at most. Here’s a full list of the ingredients:
- Distilled water
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Cayenne pepper
For more information on the other ingredients, including distilled water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper, check out our page on the detox drink. You can learn why using organic ACV is so important, and discover more about the role that each ingredient plays in your cleanse.
Element 3: The Fiber Supplement
Fiber is an important part of the cleanse, but even with all the fruit and vegetables that you’re eating you might not be getting enough of it. To do an effective colon cleanse you need a large amount of fiber each day to ensure regular bowel movements.
The American Dietetic Association recommends a daily intake of 25 grams of fiber for women and 38 grams for men, but very few people come anywhere close to that. One reason is that the refined foods that form a large part of our diets have had much of the fiber removed during processing. On average, Americans consume only around 14 grams of fiber, far below the recommended amount. So while you’re doing the cleanse, the best way to ensure that you are consuming enough fiber is by taking a supplement.
Fiber performs two important functions in this cleanse:
First, it bulks up the fecal matter in your intestines and speeds up the transit of waste through your gut. Remember – this waste is supposed to move through your colon in 15 hours or less, so anything that helps to push it along is very welcome. This eliminates constipation and begins to clear out that impacted fecal matter that’s been sitting in your gut for ages. The average 30 year old American has around 15 pounds of old fecal matter sitting in his gut, and fiber supplements will help to clean some of that out.
Second, fiber stimulates the ‘good bacteria’ found in the colon. In the 2001 CRC Handbook of Dietary Fiber in Human Nutrition, fiber was found to significantly increase the populations of these beneficial bacteria in the gut. As a reminder, these gut flora play an important role in your immune system and are one of your first lines of defense against the pathogens that enter your body.
Follow this link to learn more about fiber supplements and the cleanse, as well as some extra info on how they can reduce cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar, and even help you lose weight.
Element 4: Probiotics
Maintaining the right balance of gut flora in your colon is no easy task. Something as simple as a course of antibiotics or a high sugar diet can kill off many of your ‘good bacteria’, weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to infection. That’s why the last element in your colon cleanse should be a good probiotic.
These ‘good bacteria’ we keep talking about are a crucial part of the way your body fights infection. They maintain a healthy acidity in your gut to fight disease, and scientists believe that they act to ‘prime’ our immune systems by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Probiotics help by releasing a huge number of these beneficial bacteria into our intestines. A good probiotic will generally have at least 10 billion individual bacteria per capsule, and sometimes as many as 100 billion or more. If you want to detoxify your colon, repopulating your gut with these colonies of healthy bacteria is a major step towards better health.
You can learn more on our probiotics page. We also have recommendations for how you should choose a probiotic, and some specific brands that are reliably high quality.
Some other ways to make your cleanse more effective
For most people this four element cleansing plan is enough to do a great colon cleanse. However if you’d like to make your cleanse even more effective, here are some other pages on this site for you to try:
- Colon hydrotherapy (colonics)
- Eliminating environmental toxins
- Reducing stress
- Using saunas to detox
- Skin brushing to improve toxin elimination
- Contrast showers to help detox