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Healthy bowels and healthy colons are the key to better health and well being!

Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph. D., Nutritionist once wrote; In the 50 years I’ve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s problems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for before any healing can take place. There are many studies and statements concerning the role of the bowel or colon in our overall health and in the metabolism of the food consumed from day to day. In order to understand what makes Dr. Bernard’s statement so correct, it is important to understand what the colon is and what functions it performs.

The colon is an important part of the digestive tract. In adult humans, the colon is about twenty five feet long and connects the small intestine to the rectum. The major function of the colon is to extract water, nutrients and salts/ minerals from the partially digested food that enters from the small intestine. Approximately 2 pints of partially digested liquid matter enters the colon each day and about 1/3 of a pint of a solid stool leaves the colon each day. The difference in the volume is due to the colon’s absorption of useful and/ or valuable portions of the partially digested food such as water nutrients and minerals. This is to say that the lion’s share of everything that enters the colon is extracted from the partially digested food and introduced into the body through the colon.
Colon motility (the contraction of the muscles surrounding the colon [the peristaltic muscles] and the movement of its contents) is controlled by nerves, hormones and impulses in the colon. These rhythmic contractions slowly move the contents inside the colon toward the rectum. During this passage, the water and nutrients are absorbed into the body and what is left over is fecal matter or the stool that is to be eliminated through the rectum. A few times each day, the contractions push the stool down to the end of the colon resulting in a bowel movement. A normal bowel movement is firm but not hard, contains no blood and is completely passed without cramps or pain. If the peristaltic muscles do not contract the right way then the contents inside the colon do not move correctly, they move too quickly or too slowly. This coupled with the types of food recently consumed can create overly watery or very hard stools. As a result abdominal pain, cramps, constipation, diarrhea and a sense of incomplete stool movement can occur.

What we eat is important to colon health!

There are other issues that need addressing as we cleanse our colons. It is important to consume water, not soda pop or other sugary liquids. With that being said we should also take a close look at our diet. Eating fatty fast foods accompanied with large amounts of breads and pasta’s will not help when trying to maintain a healthy digestive system. This is generally what creates the problem in the first place. Lastly it is important to know that when we cleanse our colon we will peel away layers of fecal matter and expose some potentially raw spots on our colon wall. This creates a need for some soothing agents like aloe and other herbs.
It is important to do everything possible to keep our colon healthy. Cleansing is a good place to start and a great process to be a part of a lifelong regimen. Cleansing may help to rid the toxins and waste products that build up in the colon. The build up of waste may even hamper our immune system and rob us of valuable energy.
Some people want to know the benefits of a colon cleanse or; “What’s in it for you?” That is a very valid question. I have listed a few benefits of colon cleansing below:

1. Cleansing and detoxification:
Due to the large intake in the American diet of starchy foods, sugary foods and drink, partially hydrogenated oil, and preservatives, our body is sometimes unable to expel all that it has consumed. This leads to an accumulation of waste that can become toxic and unhealthy. When the purpose of the colon is considered it is logical to think that the toxins could be reabsorbed into our body. Failure to eliminate the toxins can then put extra burden on all of our internal organs. The filtering organs like the liver, kidney, skin (yes the skin is a filtering organ), lymph nodes and colon. Some of the negative effects from this accumulation might be lowered immunity, gastro intestinal issues, unclear skin (pimples), headaches, sluggishness or lack of energy and irregular bowel movements. Best practices would suggest that colon cleansing would be a good practice to put in a healthier lifestyle. 

2. Freedom from digestive tract issues:
The most common and easily identifiable symptoms of an unhealthy colon are constipation and irregular bowel movements. Stomach pains heartburn, acidity, gastritis, flatulence and bloating are also major symptoms that point toward an unhealthy and clogged colon. When you cleanse your colon using natural methods all of the waste and toxins being stored in the colon are flushed out. Your digestive system is the benefactor. It can resume its normal functioning, thus making you healthier and free from some of those digestive issues I mentioned above. This by itself is a worthwhile benefit, but it is just the beginning. This is the catalyst for some more and even more important benefits.
3. Stronger, more effective immune system:
In review I have established that a toxic colon will facilitate the absorption of those toxins back into our blood stream and those toxins will promote disease or at the very least place extra burden on your immune system. Your immune system already fought them once and is busy fighting the newly introduced diseases and toxins that we encounter on a daily basis. When your immune system has to deal with toxins that come from exterior sources and then get attacked from interior sources too it can become burdened and thereby weakened. It is in this weak state that our bodies contract illness and disease. A clean, properly functioning colon will help to eliminate that second threat and alleviate your immune system so that it can function more efficiently.

4. Greater energy and vitality:
A properly functioning colon - bowel is definitely a way to rejuvenate those youthful days when energy and vitality existed in abundance. Starting with metabolism (Metabolism, are the chemical reactions in the body's cells that change food into energy), and ending with elimination or bowel movements the colon has a job to do. When done properly and efficiently we become energized from the process. It is my opinion that a healthy bowel is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. 

5. Final Thoughts:
I would urge you to try a good colon cleanse, hopefully ours. Our colon cleansing products like Re Lax and Colon Detox & Restore,  have been time tested with millions of positive results. Our Colon Detox & Restore in combination with our all natural Re Lax are the one – two punch that you need to start toward that most important colon cleanse. Re Lax and Colon Detox & Restore are our best selling products. Executive Life Diet developed these two products over 20 years ago. They have a history that started well before any colon cleanse craze started and have been proving themselves valuable to healthy people's lifestyle. You can be confident that you will love the results and will spread the word and share this healthy find with family and friends.

Works well in conjunction with Colon Detox & Restore for a more complete cleanse!!!

The information above is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products on this website.

* "Herbal supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*


Herbal Information

Senna Seed:

  • Traditionally people in northern Africa and southwestern Asia have used senna as a digestive purge or cleanser for centuries. It was considered a "cleansing" herb because of its cathartic (purging - cleansing) effect.
  • Senna is a popular herb with certain health benefits. The leaf and the seed are the most common parts of the plant to use.
  • Some of the active constituents are compounds called anthraquinones, which are powerful and effective cleansers.
  • Senna is also used by some for other purposes. One of which is weight loss.
  • Senna is an herb that is known world wide. We believe that its popularity comes from the results people experience when used for occasional bouts of constipation.
  • Researchers have found that active compounds, called sennosides, in senna work by promoting colon contractions which of course facilitates or promotes healthy bowel movements.
  • Senna may also prevent water and electrolytes from being reabsorbed by the colon. This action is thought to increase fluid available in the intestines which may soften fecal matter or stools.

Cascara Sagrada:

  • The literal Spanish translation of Cascara Sagrada is Sacred Bark.
    • This is the name given to the plant by the Spanish Priests.
      • There are two possible reasons for the name.
        • One is that the bark was dried and used as a purgative by the priests.
        • The other is that the wood closely resembles the wood used to build the ark of the covenant.
  • Cascara Sagrada has active components called anthraquinones. These are thought to be the reason that Cascara is an effective purgative or cleanser.
    • Anthraquinones are thought to stimulate the peristaltic  muscles and thereby assist in the elimination of fecal matter from the colon.
  • Purging/ cleansing the bowel is Cascara Sagrada’s claim to fame. Having similar active constituents to Senna makes this a very synergistic herb for purging the lower GI (gastrointestinal tract).
  • Cascara Sagrada also has phytochemicals like aloe-emodin, casanthranol,chrysophanic acid and beta carotene. these are thought to assist with the purgative actions of the herb as well.
    • The anthraquinones and phytochemicals in Cascara Sagrada are thought to work as peristaltic stimulants. 
      • Peristaltic muscles flex in a wave-like motion in the intestines. The wave-like motion causes fecal matter to move through the bowel to facilitate a healthy bowel movement. 
  • While cleansing and purging the bowel in the elimination process Cascara Sagrada (Sacred Bark) also provides healthy micro-nutrients.
    • Cascara Sagrada contains healthy micro nutrients, calcium, iron, linoleic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc to name a few. Plus a good helping of vitamin B complex and C

Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe vera has been known for its healing properties for at least 6,000 years. In the early days, the plant was known for being a “plant of immortality” and was presented to Egyptian pharaohs as a funeral gift.
  • Over time, groups from many geographical areas have used aloe vera, including Indians, Chinese, Mexicans, and North Americans.
  • The Aloe Vera plant has leaves that are are thick green to grey-green and can sometimes display white spots. The plant is muck like a succulent in that the leaves are thick and contain a gel like substance.
  • Aloe Vera is most commonly used to promote health in two ways with two different parts of the plant. 
    • First, the leaves are filled with a clear gel. This gel is extracted from the plant and usually used topically on the skin. Customarily it is applied to minor sun burns or scratches.
    • The second substance the plant produces is called aloe latex. This is the yellow pulp that’s found just under the outer part of the plant leaf. Aloe latex has been shown to have purgative properties, and it’s usually taken orally to to assist in promoting a healthy bowel movement.
    • Aloe latex contains aloin, which is an anthraquinone. As mentioned above anthraquinones are thought to work as peristaltic stimulants.
  • Aloe is safe to consume orally. It is thought that is provides the same soothing actions for the freshly cleansed colon as it provides for the skin when applied topically. When combining that with the purgative properties it is easy to see that Aloe Vera is a great herb vital to put in a healthy colon cleanse formula.
  • Cascara Sagrada (bark), Psyllium (seeds), Senna (herb), Turkey Rhubarb (root), Aloe Vera (leaf), Barberry (root), Slippery Elm (bark)
  • Take 1 capsule the first night, then 2 the second night and continue to increase but do not exceed 4 capsules per night. The goal is to have 1 or 2 comfortable bowel movements a day. One capsule may be all you need to get the desired results. Some people need 3 or 4 per night. We recommend you increase by one capsule each night and find out what works best for you.
  • Your body makeup and your eating habits are very individual. That's why the dosage from person to person will be slightly different.

Works well in conjunction with  Colon Detox & Restore for a more complete cleanse!!!

The information above is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials..

*Herbal Supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease.

The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet

The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet

Is a plant-based diet the same thing as a vegan diet? Both meal plans have made headlines for their health benefits in recent years and while they are similar, there are some key differences: Vegan diets eliminate all animal products, while plant-based diets do not necessarily eliminate animal products, but focus on eating mostly plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

What is a vegan diet?

“With a vegan diet, you eliminate all animal products, including dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs and honey,” says, Dr. Farid Zarif a bariatric medicine nutritionist, founder of Rhythmic Ingestion, author of "Slaves of the Tongue".

Some people choose to follow a vegan diet for ethical, environmental or health reasons. While going vegan can have health benefits, there are some pitfalls to avoid.

“Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy,” he says. “If you’re vegan, you can still technically eat vegan cookies, potato chips and other vegan junk food, which can be high in calories and low in nutrients. I recommend sticking to whole foods as much as possible.”

What is a plant-based diet?

Plant-based diets also emphasize eating whole foods, meaning the food has undergone little – if any – processing and is as close to its natural state as possible.

Plant-based foods include:



Whole grains (quinoa, farro, barley, oatmeal)

Plant-based oils (avocado, olive, canola)

Nuts and seeds

What is the right meal plan for you?

“Regardless of what meal plan you choose, everyone’s diet should ideally consist of 50 percent vegetables,” says Dr. Zarif. “Fruit is healthy too, but I like to focus on vegetables because they have less sugar.”

When building your plate, aim for:

50 percent vegetables

25 percent whole grains

25 percent lean protein

“If you are not eating meat or other animal proteins like eggs, try beans or quinoa for plant-based protein,” he says.

Adding healthy fats – such as avocado oil when roasting veggies, a sprinkle of slivered almonds on your oatmeal or sliced avocado on your salad – will help you feel full for longer. And healthy fats have numerous other health benefits.

When to talk to your doctor about your diet

“It’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor to get a basic framework for what a healthy diet should look like for you, particularly if you have an underlying health condition or have had weight loss surgery, which can affect how your body processes nutrients,” says Dr. Zarif. “For example, if you have diabetes and want to eat healthily, be sure to eat small portions, not to exceed 2 servings”.

Also, if you are vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat many animal products, she recommends asking your doctor to check your B vitamin levels.

“B12 deficiency is common in vegans because it’s a nutrient that we need to know more about, along with its varying sources,” he explains. “If you don’t consume many animal products, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.”

Calcium is another important nutrient that can be hard to get when you don’t eat dairy products. Dr. Zarif recommends eating and drinking calcium-fortified plant-based milk (like almond milk) or other calcium-fortified foods.

“If you’re not getting three servings of calcium-rich foods each day, ask your doctor about adding a supplement,” he says. “Try to get at least some calcium from your diet because taking too many calcium supplements can cause adverse side effects.”

Is a vegan or plant-based diet healthy?

If you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains, you should still get a good chunk of your daily vitamins and minerals because plant-based foods are high in many nutrients.

“If you’re going to follow a vegan or plant-based diet, think through it carefully and plan out your meals,” says Dr. Zarif. “You don’t necessarily have to go vegan to be healthy – plant-based is a good option for people who struggle with consistency and planning. If you are going to commit to a vegan diet, make a plan and be consistent about incorporating all the healthy food groups, including plant-based protein, so you don’t miss out on nutrients.”

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