- You’ll never look at celery the same way again (not for the squeamish)
- Please don’t try this at home!
- Better colon health – solutions
Apologies in advance for this…
But someone posted this cartoon on Facebook the other day and I howled with laughter.
What… on…. earth… is… going… on… here?
At first, I thought it was a genuine vintage advert!
After all, there have been weirder ones.
For instance, below is a genuine British ad from the 1920s. It’s for a ‘reducing soap’ that washes away fat.
No dieting or exercising!
Just rub yourself with soap to get rid of those “ungainly ankles” and “unbecoming wrists”.
I’ll take two bars, please!
But it turns out that the ‘celery: nature’s toothbrush’ advert that I saw on Facebook isn’t real.
It is the work of American cartoonist Jack Pollack from Dark Horse Comics, sometime around the early 90s.
However, the humour is based on truth.
For a healthier colon, you could do worse than a stick of celery every day.
It’s very high in dietary fibre and ‘negative calorie’, in the sense that your digestive system uses up more calories while processing the vegetable than you get from the contents of the vegetable itself.
On top of that, celery is packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, flavonoids and dihydrostilbenoids. These can protect you from oxidative damage to your cells, blood vessels, and organs.
Please don’t attempt the ‘brushing’ technique in the cartoon, though!
It is for EATING only!
There are other ways to keep your colon and gut healthy too.
Here’s a quick People’s Doctor guide.
How to clean your colon
First you need to know a couple of things about fibre.
There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble. As the words suggest, the first dissolves in liquid, the second doesn’t.
For a healthy colon, you need both.
Insoluble fibre helps keep you regular because it helps flush more waste materials through your system and out the other end, keeping you nice and regular, while lowering levels of bad cholesterol.
• For instance, avocados have a lot of insoluble fibre, so they’re a fantastic food to add to your diet to clean out your colon and stay regular.
• Also try wheat bran, oat bran and plenty of vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, kale and green beans.
• Split peas, lentils and beans are high in fibre while also being high in protein, vitamins and minerals.
• Or try apples. They’re not only fibre-rich, they also contain pectin – a carbohydrate that becomes as a thickening agent, helping your gut carry through the waste.
• Finally, whole flaxseeds are full of insoluble and they’re easy to add to your diet. You can sprinkle them onto your salads and soups.
On the other hand, soluble fibre is good for you because it adds bulk to the stool, making it softer so it can meander through your intestines more easily.
Recent research also shows that fibre helps increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your digestive system.
This is good for a lot of reasons, as I’ve explained in previous issues of The People’s Doctor. For instance, Finnish researchers have discovered that the microbiome balance in your intestines influences arthritis symptoms.
And At New York University, rheumatologist Jose Scher has discovered that sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have a bacteria known as Prevotella copri in their intestines than people without the condition.
And at the University of Texas, it has been shown that defects in the body’s regulatory T cells cause inflammation and autoimmune disease by changing your gut bacteria.
So better levels of ‘good bacteria’, thanks to plenty of fibre, could potentially address many problems, from joint pain to depression.
You get soluble fibre in legumes, grains and oatmeal. Fruit is good – particularly apricots, grapefruit, mangoes and oranges.
If you’re boosting your fibre to solve gut problems, don’t overdo it, though…
Men under 50 should eat about 38 grams each day and women 25 grams. For those over 50 that goes down to about 30 grams for men and 21 grams for women.
Also, if you’re on a fibre-rich diet, drink lots of water to prevents constipation and straining on the toilet.
Good news – more of this in stock
I’ve just had word that there’s now plenty of CollagenicaPlus in stock after we almost ran out the other day!
In case you missed my email, this is a brilliant way to top up your collagen levels, helping with joint pain and premature wrinkling.
Collagen forms those long fibres which make up your main connective tissues. It’s essential for healthy bones, muscles and tendons.
But as we get older we lose collagen, leading to arthritis and joint pain, as well as older-looking, saggy skin.
Using something like CollagenicaPlus helps your cartilage thicken and regain its flexibility. Taken over time, your mobility will increase as your joints move more freely. You should also notice healthier, younger looking skin.
If you want to try it out and see the results for yourself, then CollagenicaPlus is available here for a home trial too.
That it from me this weekend – until next time, stay healthy!