How to Effectively Cleanse Your Colon With Only 2 Ingredients

How to Effectively Cleanse Your Colon With Only 2 Ingredients
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The colon is part of the digestive system and you probably know that there are a wide variety of benefits from having a healthy digestive system. Colon cleanse supporters believe that the main purpose of colon cleanse is to eliminate accumulations of toxins and improving the absorption of nutrients into your body.

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They believe that colon cleanse can help you lose excess weight, improve bowel function and improve your overall health and well-being. Other issues it can help with are relieving constipation and diarrhea, promote regular bowel movements, improve the immune system and boost your energy levels.

Looking after your colon is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health. In this article I want to introduce you to a simple colon cleanse with only 2 ingredients: kefir and ground flaxseed.

Health Benefits of Kefir

Kefir is a fermented drink made usually with milk and “grains” which are friendly living organisms (you can read more about the top 10 fermented foods for healthy gut here). Kefir is a complete source of protein with many essential amino acids, minerals, and valuable B vitamins.

What’s good about kefir is that it contains several major strains of friendly bacteria and beneficial yeasts. These probiotic organisms help to cleanse the intestine, help balance the intestinal flora and destroy pathogens such as E-coli and parasites. Kefir helps to restore your digestive system, relieves inflammatory bowel disease and helps to boost your immune system.

When you buy kefir, opt for plain certified organic kefir.

Why Kefir is Better Than Yogurt?

The friendly bacteria in yogurt pass through the digestive tract and provide food for the friendly bacteria in the colon. However the bacteria in kefir can colonize in the intestinal tract and attach to the colon while pushing away pathogens while traveling through your colon on the way out of your system, so it actually lives there and continues to create friendly bacteria that improves the digestive tract.

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While yogurt and kefir contain different types of bacteria with different tasks, kefir has much more strains of beneficial bacteria as well as good yeasts. These bacteria and yeasts provide a better nutritional value than yogurt as they help to digest the foods you eat and keep the colon clean and healthy. You can find here more information about the best foods to cleanse your colon.

Is Kefir Suitable for Lactose Intolerant People?

The friendly bacteria and beneficial yeast in the kefir culture consume most of the lactose in the milk. Many lactose intolerant people who consume kefir first thing in the morning before breakfast find it can be easily digested.

However there are also non-dairy based kefirs, as kefir can also ferment fruit juice, coconut water, coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc.

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Health Benefits of Flaxseed

Adding flaxseed to your diet is a great way to cleanse your colon. Flaxseeds absorb water and expand in the colon, aid in the stool passage through your intestinal tract and remove toxins as they pass through. Flaxseeds are also rich rich in ALA, one form of omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, and may relieve irritable bowel syndrome.

Flaxseeds, when eaten whole, are more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, so the best way to use flaxseeds is to buy whole flaxseeds and grind them in a coffee grinder when you need to eat them. Don’t grind large amount as they lose potency relatively quickly. Use fresh ground flaxseeds within 24 hours of grinding them and keep them in the refrigerator.

Flaxseed is one of the superfoods mentioned in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.

Ground Flaxseed Vs. Flaxseed Oil

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In this case you should opt for ground flaxseed and not flaxseed oil. The major advantage of flaxseed oil over ground flaxseeds is that it contains larger amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids per serving, however ground flaxseed offers a nutritional advantage over flaxseed oil because it’s lower in calories but contains more fiber. According to Livestrong website, each 2-tablespoon serving of ground flaxseed contains 75 calories, and an equivalent serving of flaxseed oil offers 240 calories. A serving of ground flaxseed also contains 3.8 grams of dietary fiber, whereas flaxseed oil doesn’t contain fiber. Ground flaxseeds also have an advantage over flaxseed oil as a source of essential minerals, including magnesium and copper.

How to Use The 2 Ingredient Colon Cleanse

If you are new to consuming fermented foods it is best to start in small amounts to let your body and digestion get acquainted with it. You may then increase the amount eventually, being reasonable. It is also recommended to take a few days off of consuming fermented food every one week or so to allow the body to work and build immunity on its own.

Start with one tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with about a quarter or third glass of kefir before breakfast and then again before bed (some people find it helps to first try kefir with meals, such as a little amount with breakfast). You need to make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Do it for a week or so and then skip for few days here and there to give your body a break. You can use it as an ongoing maintenance or do it periodically.

If you are interested to learn about another way to cleans your colon, read my article: What Is a Colonic? The Pros and Cons of Colonic Hydrotherapy.

If you are interested in cleansing your body, you can find more useful information in my e-book The Detox Guide. This guide will teach you how to use detox to cleanse and energize your body naturally and safely:

The Detox Guide

 

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109 Responses to How to Effectively Cleanse Your Colon With Only 2 Ingredients

  1. Sajad ahmed says:

    Overall your write-ups and suggestions thereof are beneficial for readers. I am keeping them all. Sometimes I get stuck up in knowing local Hindi names of products you suggest. For example yo mentioned KEFIR today which should have an illustration by way of pic and local Hindi name. Similarly for FLAXSEED, etc.

  2. salman says:

    Hello @ Sajad, Flaxseed is actually ( Alsi ) and Kefir is thick yogurt, like we usually have makhaan in pure milk( made by mixing kefir grains/ fermented milk, usually alcohol/ethanol, is used for the process)

    • V says:

      Kefir is kind of yogurt which one is byproduct of yeast of milk, if you need to make your own kefir you should find kefir yeast and that will turn milk to the kefir yogurt. Once you have find kefir you should be careful it doesn’t touch any metal,keep on a glass jar with water. When you need to make kefir put 1cup of milk to a jar than put kefir yeast inside, let them stay over a night, tomorrow you will se that it will get thicken so this means that the process of fermentation is completed. Kefir yeast will keep groing and than you can make more kefir yogurt. just be careful kefir yeast will die if it has contact with metal. You can store it in room temperature or in refrigerator.
      Search on Wikipedia about kefir you will find how it looks like!

  3. Ja says:

    I love your articles!!
    I tried the ACV for my fave and immediately noticed the difference.
    Thank you!

  4. Ilana says:

    I like your article but unfortunately I follow my blood type diet and can’t have kefir. I do take flax seed. I’m a blood type o. Is there anything else I can do.

  5. leslie says:

    Is keifer and flaxseed available in grocery store?

  6. Rose says:

    What exactly is a “glass”? If you are providing information on how to make a healthy and useful mixture of products, your reference of using a “glass” of kefir is not helpful. A “glass” can mean anything, any size. Is the “glass” you refer to in this article one cup? Is it literally a cup – 8oz of kefir?

    That you for any clarification you can provide.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Rose, there are no exact measurements and it doesn’t have to be very accurate. I’ve mentioned “a quarter or third glass” which indicates that the amount doesn’t have to be accurate. You can measure it according to 8oz size.

  7. Avraham C says:

    Hello Jenny,

    Thanks for this article! I usually drink 32 oz of water and a cup of warm water and honey maybe an hour after. If I take my kefir and flax at 6 am, can I drink water immediately after, or before? And how long is it advisable to wait to eat?

    Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Avraham, there is a lot of confusion about the best time to consume probiotic products. Sometimes the recommendations are to take it with meals, sometimes before or after meals, and sometimes on an empty stomach. I’ve seen several references that recommend to eat the kefir mixture on an empty stomach first thing in the morning before (or for) breakfast (probably around 20-30 min. before breakfast), however some people prefer to first try kefir with meals, such as a little amount with breakfast. There are references that probiotic bacterial survival was best when consumed within 30 minutes before or simultaneously with a meal or beverage (see more in my article about probiotics). So I believe there is no harm if you drink water immediately before of after it, or if you take it 20 min. before breakfast or with breakfast.

  8. Pete says:

    Hi, I take a liquid vitamin that clings to the intestinal wall and absorbs over a period of time, how long should I wait to take the vitamin after taking the keefer-flax mixture.the vitamin has to be taken on an empty stomach. After 25 years of taking vitamins, this one is by far the very best one ever, man I love it.

    • Jenny says:

      Probably it’s best to take the vitamin first thing in the morning. Then wait 20-30 minutes and eat breakfast or the kefir-flax mixture.

  9. Kim says:

    I plan on trying this cleans, You do not say what type kefir should be used. Does it matter. Also if I buy already ground Flax seeds should they be refrigerated?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kim, I used to buy kefir from the supermarket, but now I make my own kefir from kefir grains. It’s very easy to prepare, but of course you can buy a ready made kefir from the supermarket – but you need to read the list of ingredients to see what was put into it, as some brands add sugar and additives. Try to find the brand with the less additives you can. As for ground flexseed – it’s best to use whole flaxseed and grind at home before use as they lose potency very quickly. If you can’t do it, then buy ground flaxseed from a place where you’re sure there is rapid turnover. Ideally the ground flaxseed should be refrigerated at the store in an opaque package. Vacuum-packed packaging is the best. At home keep it constantly refrigerated, or even better – frozen.

  10. Melissa says:

    Hi there. I have been drinking 100no or 1/4 cup of Kefir mixed with one tablespoon of ground flaxseed every night before bed for one week. The first five days, I was having one to two bowel movements a day. For the last two days, I haven’t gone at all. Is this normal for a colon cleanse? Before I started the cleanse I had serious issues with constipation and rarely went, so when I started this and it worked, I was so relieved. But the last two days, nothing has happened. Do you know what would cause this and what I can do to get working again?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Melissa, I’m not really sure why in the last two days there was no elimination. Maybe try to replace this colon cleanse with another method to relieve constipation (such as these natural laxatives), and see if there is any improvement.

    • C says:

      Melissa – You may want to check your water intake. According to the article we need to drink 3 liters a day of water to adequately flush out the toxins etc released. Also I would try doing it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

  11. charis Peter says:

    Great tip but don’t know what flaxseed look like

  12. Sheila Parker says:

    What if I can not get kefier here in Costa Rica? What shall I use in place of?

  13. adrienne says:

    where can you buy kefir, you siad supermarkets but im on east coast does it come in a container oe bottle???

    • Jenny says:

      They usually come in plastic bottles although they can have other types of container depending on the brand. I now prepare my own kefir at home from kefir grains which I got from a friend (you can buy them online). When you buy commercial kefir, read the list of ingredients and buy the one with the least additives.

  14. Mark says:

    I have stubborn blackheads around and under my eyes, making my eyes look like I have black eyes, I need help getting these nasty things out
    also I have fungus on my toenails and feet help help

  15. Jason says:

    Wonderful article thank you! I’ve had a type of plaque psoriasis for years on my coxic area. What natural remedies have you heard of or know if that could help? Thanks so much!

  16. Margaret Lampley says:

    I (my husband is too) am on a vitamin k restricted diet; therefore I find it very difficult to engage in healthy eating.
    Do you have any info especially for people on blood-thinners?
    I love everything I read. I just can’t do the majority.
    Thanks!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Margaret, I may have info for people who are on the traditional blood thinner medications (warfarin, coumadin). Vitamin K indeed interferes with how they work. However nowadays there are new blood thinner medications that vitamin K doesn’t interfere with how they work (read more about it in WebMD website). However they are more expensive and probably not covered by the public health system. Talk to your doctor about the new blood thinner medications, their cost and if they are suitable for you. With them you will not need to restrict your diet.

  17. Dflower says:

    Where I live, I don’t have access to Kefir. Will this still be effective if I use plain yogurt instead? Thanks!

  18. Mollie says:

    Hey! I am 28 years old and suffer from chronic constipation. I can go a couple weeks with even one small movement. I was finally eating healthy enough to see a small difference. I was able to go every couple days or so but still small firm amounts. I have started making my own kefir with the grains and taking the flaxseed kefir mix daily. I am so blaoted and hurting now. I have a 2.2 liter water bottle that I drink at least 1 bottle of maybe up to 1- 1/2 bottles of water daily. I am constantly in the bathroom having to pee. So I feel like my water intake is adequate. Please give me any suggestions! I am desperate for this to work but am wondering if I need to slack off the flaxseed? I was very bloated when I started the program so not sure if it works best on empty bowels? Thanks for any advice!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mollie, the combination of consuming fluids and rich fiber foods is a good recipe for treating constipation, so I would not eliminate the flaxseed. You can have a look at my other articles about constipation and natural laxatives, however I think that a chronic constipation like yours needs a further medical assessment by a doctor.

    • Sophie says:

      Drink more water!!! Try drinking 4 liters a day. For every cup of caffeine/sugary drink/ or alcoholic beverage you also need one more glass.

    • Lynne says:

      I think you should try Magnesium Peroxide (available in powder or capsule forms)
      You will however get a bit ( or a lot of wind) this is due to the killing off of bacteria that may have accumulated in your colon. I also think you should do a parasite cleanse as well.
      Drink a half glass of pure clean water (not tap) every half hour during the day
      Best of luck to you
      Lynne

  19. John says:

    Hiya, I recently started taking flaxseed oil and kefir yoghurt for breakfast. Has this any benefits at all or should I change to ground flaxseed? Thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi John, ground flaxseeds are high in fiber which absorbs water and expands in the colon, helping in bowel movement and removes toxins as it pass through. All these are not present in flaxseed oil, so the oil cannot replace the ground flaxseeds.

  20. Sasha says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I am very interested in your natural remedies and plan to start on the colon cleanse immediately. As soon as I get to the store for the kefir. I have whole flaxseed and can grind up as you have suggested. Yesterday, I had the onset of a cold sore and it has swollen on my lip do you think that the cleanse will help or what else can you suggest I do to keep these away?

  21. Rhulani says:

    I also want to try this flaxseed flour and kefir, but I don’t know where to shop for all this, since I have not seen it in any of our supermarkets. I recently had a baby and I’m struggling to lose weight after giving birth, and I can stay for a few days without going to the loo. I drink lots of water. I’m located at South Africa in Johannesburg

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know specifically about South Africa, but I know Johannesburg is a large city, and generally speaking flaxseeds are available is supermarkets (and often called linseed). Same for kefir. However if you cannot find them there, try health food stores.

  22. Arlene says:

    Hi , I have been ridgid in my application of this cleanse…sadly to no avail. The only results have been, apologies for the graphic, but tiny pale stools. Amounting to virtually nothing. I am drowning in water and am very frustrated! This has been an issue my whole life. Could I be allergic to the kefir ?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Arlene, I would imagine that if you have lactose intolerance or sensitivity, you may have a problem with kefir. While kefir is generally low in lactose, it can still cause some issues for some people – read this article about kefir intolerance. You can also try another simple mix to cleanse the liver here.

  23. Alicia says:

    I was wondering what type of Diet/food should I have for the normal meals while doing this cleanse in order to make sure it is effective.

  24. Sabine says:

    I am using yoghurt and ground flax seeds as I find it difficult to find Kefir here in Gravesend, Kent. U.K. I am trying to find a supplier of some kefir yeast, but as said not so well known down here. Any other suggestion
    Many thanks
    Sabine

  25. Alexis says:

    I just started reading your article and found it very interesting and informidable. I want to start this colon cleanser as soon as I can find Kefir. Is Kefir in the refrigerated section in the super market? Can it be found in any super market?

    • Jenny says:

      It is in the refrigerated section in many supermarkets. You can also make it easily at home with kefir grains. I got my kefir grains from someone who lives in my area and makes kefir at home, but I saw you can buy it online or in health food stores.

  26. puja says:

    Hi.
    I want t0 kn0w. H0w t0 make flax seed fl0ur. Simply grind flax seed 0r first fry flax seed and then grind. Because i use fried flax seed fl0ud in preparing vegetables as an ingredient. Please reply

  27. Marcia says:

    Can I add stevia to the mix of kefir and flax? Will it work if I add stevia or other flavors like vanilla? Thanks

  28. Rushda says:

    I am a thyroid patient and i am obese. Will i still lose weight if i start this detox

    • Jenny says:

      People who have low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) often struggle to lose weight. In general, losing weight requires both committing to a healthy nutrition and being physically active. This cleanse in not a magic solution and cannot do the job alone if you neglect other things. It is an add-on.

  29. Crystal says:

    Is it a stupid question to ask if the kefir yogurt drink (the flavored ones) are doable? With the ground flax seed? To be honest before this search I had no clue that kefir was like…a thing haha…I still don’t understand haha I thought it was just the brand of yogurt drink I happened to find

    • Jenny says:

      Kefir and yogurt are not the same and as mentioned in the article, kefir is the superior option. When choosing kefir, read the product label to make sure it has the least amount of additives. You can also easily prepare kefir at home using kefir grains. I got mine from a person in my area, but I heard you can buy them in health food stores or online.

  30. kapie moussac says:

    I have just ordered the water Kefir grains with the intention of doing this cleanse. It was not stipulated in the original article I read and after looking at the image in the article it did not look at all yogurty or milky in colour. Will the water Kefir be as effective as the milk Kerfir? Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure about the nutritional value of water kefir vs. milk kefir, though I remember that I read somewhere that milk kefir is more nutritious than water kefir and contains more strains of good bacteria.

  31. Christy Moore says:

    I bought organic ground flaxseed. And a blueberry flavored kefir. Does it matter and will it still be effective getting the flavored kefir?

    • Jenny says:

      When buying kefir, it’s always a good idea to read the product label and choose the product with the less additives. You can also easily make milk kefir at home using kefir grains.

  32. Ann says:

    What about us vegans? The idea of any liquid that comes from an animal is gross to me

  33. Liz says:

    I am really busy in the morning, trying to get my kids to school and myself to work. Would it be just as beneficial to take the kefir mixture at night…say 10pm when I know my dinner has been fully digested? I think I would find that time of day easier for me.

  34. Amee says:

    I am dying to try this. It gag when I eat kefir. What is a good substitute?

    • Jenny says:

      You can replace with plain bio yogurt, although it’s not as beneficial as milk kefir. Or try mixing the kefir with yogurt so the the taste of the kefir is less noticeable.

  35. pam says:

    I just tried the plain kefir with flaxseed and almost threw it up!! Is there something I can add to make the taste better? Thanks, Pam

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Pam, You can add a little bit of honey, or mix the kefir with plain bio yogurt (although yogurt is not as effective as kefir). Another option is to make your own kefir. In this case you can do double fermentation to improve the taste (this is what I do). The first fermentation takes place when milk kefir grains are added to milk and cultured for around 24 hours. Then you remove the grains and the milk kefir can be further cultured and flavored for extra several hours according to taste preference (I flavor it with orange).

  36. Gayle says:

    Hi!

    So Im just trying this colon cleanse recipe and Im a little confused. I have bought Kefir sachets from a health store. I have followed the instructions and made it with milk it took about 2-3 days to make. It has yoghurt on the top and light yellowish water on the bottom. I have used the yoghurt part and mixed it with flaxseed meal. Am I doing it right? or am I using the wrong Kefir? .. Do I use the yoghurt part or the yellow water part?

    Please help 🙂

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Gayle, you need to mix together the solid (curd) and the liquid (whey). I’ve never made kefir from sachets but only from kefir grains I got from another person, but the kefir after a while starts to separate into whey and curds once it’s over-fermented. Many people then fear they have done something wrong. But it’s not ruined, just really fermented and sour. It might be that you had too many grains for the amount of milk you’ve used and need to add more milk or remove some of the grains. Or alternatively, your house was warmer which caused faster fermentation. If you see clear yellowish liquid and curds, it is over fermented and has passed the thickening stage and is now separating into whey and curds. Mix it back together, as nothing is wrong with that – it’s just a little more sour and may be less appealing. You will need to experiment several times ans see how long to ferment.

  37. Misha says:

    Hi,

    I am keen to start this colon cleanse for overall health and weight reduction.
    I have diabetes and taking metformin 500 twice a day, for hypothyroid 50mcg eltroxin in morning. Also my protein and Uric acids levels in my body are on higher side. So is it safe to do this colon cleanse with kefir n flax seeds?
    Also my husband has hypothyroid takes 100mcg thyroxin and for high cholesterol he takes another tablet. Is it ok for him to do this colon cleanse.

    Please help!!!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Misha, since I’m not a doctor, I cannot give specific advice. If you suffer from special conditions or take medications, it’s best to speak with your doctor to be on the safe side of things.

  38. Kim says:

    Aloha, can you tell me what should I expect on this detox? Been on it for a week now and I don’t see much going on. My sister is going on 2nd week and she is constipated. HELP…

    • Jenny says:

      I wouldn’t imagine that the cleanse causes constipation, as it should improve bowel function. I wonder if there is another reason for the constipation. Colon cleanse supports healthy digestive system. The flaxseeds absorb water and expand in the colon thus promote regular bowel movements thus eliminating accumulations of toxins. The probiotics in the kefir help to balance the intestinal flora and destroy pathogens such as E-coli and parasites, thus helping to boost your immune system. There is a strong link between your digestive tract and your immune system, since you are exposed to a huge numbers of pathogens every day. The immune system works with the digestive tract to help protect you from infection by these potential invaders. When your gut bacteria is balanced, your immune system is also balanced. But when it’s out of balance, so is your immune system. The best way to balance our immune system is by having a healthy and strong digestive system, and this is what this cleanse is aiming for. This is part of improving your overall health and well-being, and it’s hard to see results in just one week.

      • Mary A says:

        The cleanse causes constipation in my case 4 days and I don’t know if I should carry on.I drink plenty of water and eat a lot of veg. Find out more from that article http://www.livestrong.com/article/480939-can-ground-flaxseed-cause-obstructed-bowels/

        • Jenny Hills says:

          The article mentions “flaxseed supplements” several times and I’m not sure what it means. I know there are flaxseed oil supplements, but other than that the ground flaxseed can be eaten as is. Usually supplements come in a concentrated form (such as turmeric tablets or ginger tablet) and should be avoided by some people due to their high concentration, but I’m not really sure what the article means by saying “flaxseed supplements”. I believe that every person needs to listen to his/her body and take into consideration his/her specific circumstances and health condition. I believe the best thing to do is to start the cleanse gradually as suggested. Start from a small amount and see how you go. For example: Start with only one teaspoon of ground flaxseed mixed with about a quarter or third glass of kefir once a day and see how you feel. Continue to drink plenty of fluids and if you still feel constipated and suspect that the cleanse is the factor that causes it, then discontinue with it.

  39. Donna says:

    How long is it safe to do this cleanse? I saw another article about it and it said 3 weeks and to increase amounts gradually over that time. It also said to do it only once a year.

    • Jenny says:

      As mentioned at the end of the article, you can do it for a week or so and then skip for few days here and there to give your body a break. You can use it as an ongoing maintenance or do it periodically.

  40. Alicia says:

    I just got a large supply of plain kefir milk from Natural Grocers on Sunday and began this cleanse on Monday. I have been going multiple times a day a it varies from loose to firm stools (apologies for the details). I am feeling a difference already but don’t want to get on the scale until after a week at least. It isn’t as intolerable as I thought and each day it is easier to drink. Excited to update you as my cleanse progresses! Thank you for the awesome information. I just finished my first year of nursing school and did not have the best diet and put on 30lbs. I am eager to get back on track and back to my most comfortable weight. Thanks again! Be in touch soon!!

    • Jenny says:

      Just remember that if you are new to consuming fermented foods it is best to start in small amounts to let your body and digestion get acquainted with it. You may then increase the amount eventually, being reasonable. It is also recommended to take a few days off of consuming fermented food every one week or so to allow the body to work and build immunity on its own.

  41. Arlene Fernan says:

    Nice articles. Very informative..i would like to ask on what is happening to me, i felt almost always bloated, discomfort in my uppper abdomen, constipated, and a feeling of burping all the time esp.when i lay down on bed.i also experience nausea and vomiting with no apparent reason…hope you can comment on this. thanks

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Arlene, there can be many reasons as for why you feel bloated, and some of them I covered in my article about Bloated Stomach: 8 Common Reasons and How to Treat Them. However, I’m not a doctor, and there might be some underlying issue, so the best thing you can do it to be checked by your doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests to give an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan.

  42. Hemanth Kumar says:

    Hi, Kefir is not available in India, can kefir be replaced by curds (non flavored)?? does it have same cleansing effects as kefir?? Waiting to your reply!!

    Thanks
    Hemanth

    • Jenny Hills says:

      From what I’ve read, the production of curd involves a number of different probiotic bacteria (although this can also be done by mixing acidic substances in to the milk, such as lemon juice or vinegar), and the amount and strain of useful bacteria in curd vary from product to product, so I don’t really know to compare between curd and kefir. You will need to read the product label for more information.

  43. Kristin says:

    Hi! Also check out the Budwig diet – maybe you can write about that to? It suggestes the mixture of cottage cheese and grinded faxseeds to help fight cancer.

  44. Azan says:

    Can we consume just flax seeds alone to cleanse our colon or kefir is necessary to take?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      The kefir has an important role as I elaborated in the article. You can replace kefir with a plain unsweetened yogurt.

  45. Azan says:

    Can we use something else than that of kefir?

  46. Candy says:

    Hi! I start my day with 8 ounces of homemade Kombucha. About 1/2 hr later I make a smoothie consisting of homemade kefir, orange juice, frozen berries, ground flaxseed, Great Lakes Gelatin and coconut oil. I drink this with my supplements. Am I getting the benefit of a colon cleanse?

  47. Alicia says:

    Hello, I like to have one cup of plain black coffee a day, first thing in the morning. I’d like to have the kefir flaxseed mix at the same time. Would the coffee make this ineffective at all since it’s a diuretic? Thank you.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      The role of the flaxseed in the mixture is to absorb water and expand in the colon and aid in the stool passage through your intestinal tract. And this is why people who suffer from constipation are being told to consume more fiber but also to increase their fluid intake. I had a look in Mayo Clinic about the role of caffeine and whether it’s dehydrating or not. It is said there that: “”Drinking caffeine–containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle doesn’t cause fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested. While caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect — meaning that they may cause the need to urinate — they don’t appear to increase the risk of dehydration”. I believe that if you consume enough fluids throughout the day, there will not be negative effect to the one cup of coffee.

  48. Miriam says:

    At the end of my third week, nothing that I can tell. Still constipated. Haven’t lost one pound. And I eat healthier than probably at least 85% of Americans to begin with.

  49. Noelle says:

    I just started the cleanse today. Can I mix the Kefir and ground Flaxseed in a smoothie and still have the same effects? Also I bought 24oz.of already ground flaxseed from the store, will it still be as effective as me grinding it myself?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Yes, you can mix them in a smoothie. As for buying ground flaxseed – From what I’ve once read, ground flaxseeds have similar amounts of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins as whole flaxseed that you grind at home, however they likely contain lower levels of heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty. This is because they were exposed to oxygen longer and this causes polyunsaturated fats to break down. So the best thing to do is to buy whole flaxseed and grind only what you need to maintain the freshness.

  50. Marian R. says:

    Hi Jenny, I’ve been taking kefir for some time now, over a year, all the time I’ve had lots of white fat like grains in my stools, is this normal, also my stools don’t flush. When I stop taking the kefir my stools return to normal within a few days. Would this indicate an intolerance or a cleanse?
    Thanks in advance for any advice you might give me.
    Marian

    p.s. I love your posts, thanks.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Marian, I’ve heard about white bits in the stool. It is called steatorrhea which is the medical term for fat in stool. Fat in the stool can cause bulky stool that floats, has an oily or greasy appearance, and smells foul. Fat in the stool is fat that the digestive tract was unable to absorb. Temporary steatorrhea may result from dietary changes or intestinal infections. I don’t know if your steatorrhea results from the kefir. Since your steatorrhea is persistent, you need to seek medical advice and proper diagnosis as to what exactly causes it.

  51. Ronald says:

    Ive been using Kefir and Flaxseed now for 21 days and I feel great.. it took some time to get used to the taste but now im totally good with it.

    ive even lose 14 lbs so far… but wondering if it’s safe to keep using Kefir and Flaxseed as a daily breakfast…

    thank you in advance

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Ronald, I’m happy it works well for you. As mentioned at the end of the article, it is recommended to take a few days off of consuming fermented food every one week or so to allow the body to work and build immunity on its own. Do it for a week or so and then skip for few days here and there to give your body a break. You can use it as an ongoing maintenance or do it periodically.

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