Colon cleansing, or darm reinigen in Dutch, is the drawing of harmful toxins from your body, using certain foods and nutrients to process them through your digestive system. While detoxification may seem like a relatively modern process, it has a history that extends all the way back to ancient times. The concept of auto intoxication, which is the idea that some small particles of undigested food stay in the colon and rot, first established the rationale for detox. It was the ancient Egyptians who first believed that toxins were created in the intestines. They believed that when the harmful bacteria from these toxins entered the circulatory system, it lead to the development of fevers, pus, and a general decline in health.
Later on, the Ancient Greeks would adopt and expand upon this idea, applying their cultural belief of the four humours. No further major developments were made until the 19th century, where growing studies in biochemistry and microbiology began to support the auto intoxication hypothesis. This led to mainstream physicians slowly beginning to promote the idea, believing that, historically, the act of purging was one of the only procedures that physicians could perform with visible results and no immediate dangers. It was not long before colon cleansing slowly began to develop over the decades.
In modern times, the colon detoxification process can be easily performed at home with a few simple supplements and products. The most common active ingredient in most products is dietary fiber, which helps clear away the toxins lining the intestinal walls. In addition to specialized products, many doctors encourage dietary changes to include naturally cleansing foods, rich in fiber and nutrients that help the harmful toxins pass through the digestive system. Foods such as alfalfa, apples, and avocados can all be included as a regular part of your diet to help produce the desired results.