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How to Cleanse Your Colon Naturally | Dr. Josh Axe

August 19, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of In this video I’m going to talk to you about how to
naturally cleanse your colon and really go through the exact steps and the best foods
and herbs and supplements you need to cleanse your colon naturally. I’ll say most of these other colon cleanses
out there that people are recommending are sort of fads. They’re not really going to
work long-term. What I’m going to teach you here is really how to do this over several
days, but then also how to keep these different things incorporated in your diet long-term
in daily life that’s going to naturally help cleanse your colon. The truth is your colon doesn’t necessarily
need a lot of help but just needs no interference. For a lot of us we’re consuming different
foods and doing things on a regular basis that are really sort of blocking our colon
up and keeping it from doing its job. So the number one step you need to follow in cleansing
your colon is eliminating processed refined foods and fast foods. So again, anything that
is a packaged food, anything that you’re buying, let’s say, at a fast food restaurant, we know
that those foods are going to cause intestinal inflammation. So step number one, get rid
of the processed foods. Now my top foods, I’ll go here in working
order of the best foods for cleansing your colon. Number one is fermented vegetables.
If you’re not consuming fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, you’ve got to get those
in your diet. So the number one thing is start consuming sauerkraut or kimchi every single
day. The number two way to start cleansing your
colon is to start consuming more probiotic-rich foods in the form of fermented dairy like
goat’s milk kefir, and goat’s milk yogurt. We know those are the highest foods in probiotics. Step number three, eat apples. Apples have
incredible benefits at cleansing the colon. They’ve got pectin, a specific type of fiber,
as well as quercetin that can really help cleanse the colon. So again, apples are probably
the best fruit when it comes to cleansing the colon. The next here, another sort of fruit, is avocadoes.
Now, avocadoes are great because not only are they one of the most fiber rich foods
on the planet, but it also contains large amounts of potassium and magnesium. Potassium
and magnesium are the top two minerals that you need in order to start flushing out your
colon. You know sodium and salt makes you hold water; potassium causes you to start
to flush water and toxins from your system, and magnesium helps loosen the muscles and
relax the muscles of the colon so you can have easier bowel movements and bowel function.
So again, avocadoes are an amazing food because of the healthy fats. The magnesium and the
potassium and the fiber make it a great food for naturally cleansing your colon. The next thing you want to naturally cleanse
your colon is flax seeds, or specifically sprouted flax, another amazing fiber rich
food that’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. We know flax, just adding a couple of tablespoons
in a morning smoothie, can naturally help cleanse your colon. The next thing is an herb called triphala.
Now triphala has been used in India and Asia for centuries as a natural tonic that can
support colon function. So if you want to really support your colon, triphala is an
incredible herb you want to look into or an herbal sort of remedy. That’s T-R-I-P-H-A-L-A.
Triphala is again very, very powerful, very strong at supporting your overall colon health. And then last but not least, getting more
clean water. About eight glasses a day of pure clean water is great for naturally cleansing
the colon. What this should look like is this. What I recommend if you want to do, let’s
say, a week-long, seven-day colon cleanse, is I would wake up every morning and start
off with a superfood smoothie, and I would put in a tablespoon of collagen protein powder
or a couple tablespoons. I would put in an apple. I would put in some vegetables, if
you want, like celery and cucumber, and then I would put in a tablespoon of flax meal and
then half an avocado. Blend that up and then do that colon cleansing smoothie for breakfast. For lunch, I would do a big superfood salad.
So it’s basically organic lettuce, tomatoes, you can do more avocado on there and then
something like an apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of olive oil. Do that for lunch,
and for dinner, bone broth soup. Do vegetables, do chicken, do chicken broth, but again, a
big thing of hearty vegetable soup, chicken vegetable soup, for dinner. And then as a
supplement take probiotics, one to two caps twice a day, so four caps total daily of probiotics. If you do that superfood smoothie for breakfast,
that big superfood salad for lunch, and that bowl of bone broth soup for dinner, along
with everything I talked about you’re going to see tremendous improvements in your overall
colon health, especially if you struggle with constipation. This is a great remedy for that
as well. So guys, I hope you’ve enjoyed this video
on natural ways to cleanse your colon. And hey, if you want to learn more about natural
techniques to cleanse your colon, simply visit my website,, and subscribe here
to the YouTube channel. I’ve got a lot more videos coming out on natural ways to detox
and take your health to the next level.


  • Reply CA Rivals May 1, 2018 at 5:33 am

    I have soft stool still feel constipated.
    And fullness in my abdomen.
    What is it ????
    What is the remady ???? Plz advice

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  • Reply Rola Eadeh May 9, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    What about the pickles

  • Reply Soul In Israel May 10, 2018 at 6:26 am

    can't believe chia seeds weren't mentioned. i thought they were in the same category as flax seeds

  • Reply Lisa W May 10, 2018 at 6:26 am

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  • Reply Linda Garcia May 15, 2018 at 12:42 am

    This is very inspirational. I am also a person that likes to diet without the feeling of pressure of what I am eating. I also learned that dieting naturally has helped keep the weight off longer and quicker. I was able to consume things I liked but at a proportionate rate to my calorie intake. Tea also helped tremendously when it came to loosing weight. I found a website that was affordable and natural when it came to tea detox, that website is, , Good luck on everyone's journey to a better, healthier, longer life. Thank you for helping me to realize that passion, determination, and dedication will get you AMAZING results.

  • Reply G Wms May 19, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Dr. Axe, Do you believe that Apple Cider Vinegar would remove mucoid plague? Is this an automatic thing that happens when you cleanse your colon? Or could you do a video on mucoid plague please? I hear this keeps people from absorbing nutrients from foods. I want to take better care of my health, but need to make sure my body is absorbing what it needs.

  • Reply Online 4 You May 29, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Dear Dr Axe, My colon is not cleaning by any way. actually i have "aphthoid ulcers in rectum and sigmoid colon". and also i have "pangastritis due to H.pylori virus. can you please let me give me idea, what should i do.

  • Reply Glenroy Charles May 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    very poor advice, very poor

  • Reply Joel Widgins May 30, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Aye truly brother, I used to tail your induction on ground cloves on my severely infected broken molar, stopped the pain, my aunt before ground some habbies in her processer, Sso there it gallants.
    But thanks 18 got pulled today actually.
    You worked

  • Reply Vilhelm Hammershoi June 1, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    does Golytely clean your colon?

  • Reply Game Film HUB June 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    "I am Jack's Colon" ( Fight club )

  • Reply Game Film HUB June 7, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    DON'T CLEANSE YOU COLON !!! This guy is like many American's just a self promoter more interested in his bank balance than helping you, and will tell you anything he read off the internet to get views and revenue. The body naturally cleanses your colon, so see a doctor First before doing anything. Watch This if you want the truth :

  • Reply Zee June 8, 2018 at 5:19 am

    need a vegan version of that dinner

  • Reply Naturally Gifted June 10, 2018 at 12:11 am

    It is hard to find pure clean water

  • Reply Naturally Gifted June 10, 2018 at 12:12 am

    He lost me with the animal products.

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  • Reply Nicole Tee June 16, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Doctor axe i wana do cleanses but i cant get my stomach to be empty ive had lemon,apple cider,digestive gold enzymes and nothing can u help plz any advice

  • Reply isaac powell June 17, 2018 at 12:10 am

    You are THAT friend dude…I'm just saying 😎

  • Reply Cindy Lambert June 17, 2018 at 2:38 am

    What do you recommend for people whose colon is shutting down from diabetes. The colon has no stimulation as it once did

  • Reply GISMOTELA June 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm very good product!!!!!!

  • Reply Suzi Hazlove June 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Chia seeds?????

  • Reply Televisionarchives June 23, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Pure quackery

  • Reply hrishikesh moudgalya June 25, 2018 at 8:29 am

    sir i am suffering from constipation since last 2 -3 years . i have checked by medicine specialist, gastroentrologist, i have tested by blood , i have done sigmoschophy but all results are normaal

    but have couldnot cure my problem . why sir????

    i am tired now

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  • Reply street 75 June 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    This was perfect…

    For me to poop on 💩!!!

  • Reply Ah Syaing June 28, 2018 at 9:07 am

    You teached me a lot.I gained many knowledge on colon health. Thanks

  • Reply Earl Reid June 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Organic foods contain pesticides too.

  • Reply Sociopathos July 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    "Cleanse", "Juice Detox". Run fast, run far…

  • Reply ali zahedi July 10, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    thanks dr

  • Reply Ahmad July 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Can a type 1 diabetic consume this?

  • Reply Erzsebet Deer July 13, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Thank you VERY MUCH for this HELP of information I will try it for sure

  • Reply Beautiful Kenya July 14, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Outstanding information, thank you!

  • Reply momo rara July 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    As I know kimchi is full of red chill what impact will this in our cleaning colon or leky gut dit

  • Reply Krishan Tomar July 22, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    what is merits of taking copper pot warm water daily in the morning. is there any harm also. please reply. thanks Dr.Axe.

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    awful shirt

  • Reply Miljan Krkic August 19, 2018 at 2:57 pm

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  • Reply julia boros August 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I like Dr Axe he makes a lot of sense

  • Reply R Nair August 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Its triphala. Not triphalia. There’s no I after L. It’s pronounced tri like in trinity. Tri- fa- la.

  • Reply Candelaria Rodriguez Bento August 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Dr. Josh.Thanks for all you videos they been help me to help my disable son he have fatty liver. Thanks again you videos the are Great

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  • Reply Ellen Vickers September 8, 2018 at 5:28 am

    What if people cant afford all these you tell to try.

  • Reply Mg Sa September 9, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Probiotic foods & all supplements cause constipation.

  • Reply landryj1k September 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I love fermented foods but I rarely eat them avoiding the sodium:( thanks for all the tips

  • Reply Koneko Yagami September 18, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I work in a group home. A client was just released from the hospital due to a bowel obstruction. His hospital diet was regular. His recommended diet once discharged: encourage fluids, take small meals frequently, LOW FIBER FOODS, avoid tea, do not eat any nuts. I don't understand why they don't want him to have FIBER or tea. I think regular "Dr.'s" are trying to kill us.

  • Reply Monsy Marketing September 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Excellent thank you

  • Reply Denis Zhuravkov September 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I have to say i have been eating healthy and its an improvement in my bowl movements. The only thing is i sufferd with acne for years and im still suffering i just dont understand how to improve it how long do i have to eat healthy for to see an improvement i might have candida and ever since i started eating healthy my face is just breaking out more its a nightmare

  • Reply Suchitra Kotal September 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Can we drink apple cider with water ?

  • Reply Miguel da Fonseca September 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    What I don’t get is the “2” caps of probiotics a day. The amounts of probiotics in different products vary immensely. I’ve seen from a few hundred million to more than one or two trillion. Two caps…?

  • Reply George Em September 24, 2018 at 2:00 am

    a dick will help cleanse the colon nicely

  • Reply Philipp Fetscher September 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I do not agree with Joghurt, because its been heated and the good bacteria died already…

  • Reply Hugh Janus September 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    100% proven way to cleanse your colon: spicy food

  • Reply SUAD RIZVIC September 29, 2018 at 11:53 am

    How do the cleanse when you pregnant

  • Reply kam wolf October 19, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Triphalia? TRI PHA LA… not an herb. Three herbs.

  • Reply Rajkumar Ayyalurajan October 20, 2018 at 7:28 am recommends water therapy

  • Reply Ever Abby. H October 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    One or two cups of Celery juice per day is great too I Guess.

  • Reply Hipsie November 5, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    None of these have worked for me. I have literally tried EVERYTHING & have been incorporating all of these things for about a month plus and a can MAYBE go once a week. I’m vegetarian, gluten free & primarily dairy free (I only consume kefir) but also get the right kinds of fiber. Feeling like crap is so frustrating! Nothing is helping me.

  • Reply cocorita5 November 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Ha,ha. He reminds me of kirk from Gilmore girls. Sorry don't want to offend.

  • Reply Gino Asci November 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    How do you spell it?
    Trifalior. Trylalior Trivalior etc etc
    I did google but no luck

  • Reply Raniah wehbe November 11, 2018 at 4:48 am

    I bought collagen from dr. Axe and ever since i feel constipated, I'm not sure why

  • Reply Shawn Peterson December 9, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Dr. Axe seems like such a good guy

  • Reply david doggy December 16, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Hit x2 if not its takes all day

  • Reply Jeff Shannon December 17, 2018 at 7:28 am

    OK!! stop talking!!!!!

  • Reply Julian Coulden December 17, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Why do North America’s call herbs, erbs? The French call herbs, erbs, because it’s the French way of pronouncing the word…….but it’s not the English way of pronouncing herbs. In English we pronounce the H in herbs! And when the English try pronouncing French words, unless they speak good French, it sounds ridiculous.

  • Reply Chita December 24, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Sir, Please make a Video on KIDS's diet because kids love JUNK all day, donuts, cakes, pizza, fries, etc..

  • Reply Dakota Beayrd December 28, 2018 at 12:49 am

    8 glasses are not nessicary try apple juice

  • Reply Uma Rani Rethina Velu December 30, 2018 at 7:31 am

    In india we eat moringa leaves or drumsticks of moringa plant all cooked n there u go….it just detoxifies your whole system..its a natural remedy.

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  • Reply Ahmad Farooqi January 6, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Dr Josh, I enjoy watching your highly informative videos. Thank you very much.
    In this video, I found a funny pronunciation of Triphala. It is pronounced as: Tree Phala (T is pronounced softly and Ph is not pronounced as F but with heavy P sound) Tree is three, phal means fruit… so three fruits would be it’s literal meaning. It’s not just one herb but a combination of three herbs/fruits taken without seeds: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).
    Anyways, it is an amazing combination. Thanks.

  • Reply adriana January 12, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Will ACV with vinegar flush the liver and colon?

  • Reply Orion6699 January 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    What is this guy a doctor of??

  • Reply Kumarie Yusuf January 19, 2019 at 7:42 pm


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  • Reply Gene Zhao February 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    1:40 apples and avocadoes
    3:50 Colon cleansing super smoothie inthe morning
    4:10 lunch superfood smoothie blend

    4:20 dinner bone broth soup

  • Reply unknown February 18, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    What about garlic ?

  • Reply Gunjan Soin February 19, 2019 at 7:33 am


  • Reply benatural49 February 20, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Thank you Dr. Axe!

  • Reply stephanie D February 22, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Where the hell can you buy sour crout and Kimchi. ?? I never see this anywhere.

  • Reply Carolyn Miller March 16, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Please help me I had a divertituilus attack!!! Felt,like I was going to die bless U!!!!

  • Reply Carolyn Miller March 16, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Bless U I will startt. Doing,this thanks sooo,much!!!!

  • Reply gardenia 3021 March 22, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Coffee Enema? 🙄🤔

  • Reply Rachel Lynn March 28, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Triphala is a miracle.

  • Reply Kay Miles April 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Hi … I’m thin. This amount of food would cause me to lose weight…but I do want to do this cleanse because I have ICC. So bad I wish I could get some of my colon taken out. Chronic constipation is so uncomfortable. So what else could I eat to stay sated but stay on the cleanse. I stay hungry all of the time. I will faint or get weak if I don’t eat enough.

  • Reply Spiritual Walkway April 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Fermented vegetables are the best!
    The other fermented foods are great as well. And,
    those apples are the greatest with that pectin!
    Thanks Dr. Axe!

  • Reply Ghada Abusalah April 14, 2019 at 12:38 am

    How about breast cancer patient she can t a kake sbrobiatic and bon we broth

  • Reply Mohammad farhat May 4, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Well done doc!

  • Reply Carolyn Miller May 5, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Bless U ,,U ha e,the,same ,name,as my,son !!!

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  • Reply jjcampbell80 May 18, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Yeah, but does any liquid need to be added into that smoothie?? water?? many ounces??..a cup (8oz)…or just the ingredients alone…that info might help

  • Reply linavancouver May 22, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I’m doing this colon cleanse regime but I can’t see any change after two days. My daughter had 1/3 of the smoothy and felt great thou!! I have a complicated situation and have been suffering from constipation plus other medical problems that would benefit from this diet. My question is: is it possible to double some dosses?

  • Reply Khyra A June 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I need to do this I have a fatty liver n need to loose 40 pounds

  • Reply Gloria Dayta June 15, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    what is the best probiotic for women?

  • Reply Lorna Brown July 13, 2019 at 4:48 am


  • Reply Guru Sandirasegaram July 18, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Every 6 months you should take 2 tablespoons gastro oil clean your body. I western world not easy to get . Here you can get Restroalax
    If you wants permanent solutions don’t use
    Relieves occasional constipation

  • Reply Phi Do July 23, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Thanks dr Josh!

  • Reply Nalini Singh July 25, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Dr for health tips ,love to all .

  • Reply amarachi anyiam July 26, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    This was very informative. Thanks 👍

  • Reply T Lee July 27, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Fucking useless video

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