Fruit – Nature’s Laxative

Since spring has finally sprung, I can start thinking more about farmers’ markets and local berry stands. Nothing beats the taste of fresh ripe raspberries. So. Good. While you won’t ever find me hating on fruit, there are a lot of people that do. Eating fruit can lead to digestive upset and several trips to the bathroom, the latter of which I say is a reason to consume more fruit, not avoid it.

Fruit, berries especially, are nature’s fiber boosters. It bulks up our waste to make it easier to pass through our bodies and be eliminated. If waste is sluggish or stagnant, not only are we unable to absorb nutrients from the foods we are eating because our bowels are overwhelmed, but disease and illness are not far around the corner because all of that waste is a toxic breeding ground for the type of bacteria and pathogens that we should avoid. These harmful bugs are attracted to us when we are filled with toxins because that is exactly what they feed off of. When our digestive system is in ideal shape and functioning well, we can eliminate the waste that makes us look like an attractive host to these invaders. Fruit is just one way to help make that happen.

Maybe this is one of the reasons we need fruit in our diets. As humans, we have these amazing little things called taste buds, and there is a whole section of them dedicated just to recognizing sweet flavors. Before processed foods hit the scene, fruits were the main way to utilize these specific taste receptors. If we have a section of our body with the precise job of tasting sweets, that must be a pretty important thing for our survival. The key here is to feed our bodies the types of sweets that actually improve our health and vitality. We were designed to break down and digest whole fruits. We were not designed to binge on soda, twinkies, or even the highly processed forms of fruit-based junk food lining the shelves of the “natural” health food aisles.

Still though, what about the digestive upset that can accompany fruit consumption for some people? Because fruit can be so effective at mobilizing waste, we can be left with the side effects of detoxification. As uncomfortable as this is, it is merely a sign that our bodies need some help cleaning things up. The fruit isn’t the problem, the buildup of junk in our bodies is. If we are finally getting that waste to move within the body, we need to make sure that all of our elimination pathways are open to allow it to leave the body. If it can’t leave, it just recirculates throughout the body and continues to cause problems.

If you are concerned about possible toxin buildup in your body or dysfunctional elimination pathways, it might be time to start working on cleaning them up. Fruit can be a great way to get started, but for those looking for more powerful cleansers or who may have years of toxins to work through, herbs can be very effective. If you are ready to take steps toward a cleaner and healthier body, check out my herbal consultations.

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