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How to Do An Overnight Colon Cleanse: The Ultimate Guide

25 Feb, 2021

"Detox" spelled out with an apple in place of the "o"

They say your body is a temple. Quarantine has left our temples in a state of disrepair. Between comfort eating and learning to make margaritas in our NutriBullet, the pandemic lifestyle simply hasn’t been good for our bods.

As a result, we’re feeling ho hum. We’re bloated, a little constipated, and low-key always sleepy. Goop-esque websites will tell you that these symptoms correspond to an “overworked colon.” Ok! 

Where we are, we have nothing but time and unfinished craft kits. So! We’re going to do some solids for our colon (so it restarts producing solids on the reg). A little colon cleanse is supposed to reward the cleanser with energy boosts and improved health. If you want to join us for a medically unproven but hopefully harmless reset for your co-co (colon), read on to learn how to cleanse your colon overnight.

What is An Overnight Colon Cleanse?

Right, so the colon (a.k.a. the large intestine) has the job of pulling water and minerals from your food before passing it on. Cleanse culture says that “toxins and other waste get trapped” in the organ, and need to be flushed. The colon is designed to cleanse itself, but also -- ok! 

Cleanse gurus say: don’t get frustrated that you don’t know how to cleanse the colon overnight. They also… don’t describe the cleanse super well. But onward we go!

It seems like the business of an overnight colon cleanse is consuming a concoction that makes you poop extra. We’ll get into concoction options below, but you’ll basically drink your drank about an hour or two before bed. This supposedly allows your body to work on it overnight. They say you’ll wake up with the need to poo extra, which is a sign that the waste is moving out your bod. 

Why Do An Overnight Colon Cleanse vs Other Colon Cleanse?

Right, a DIY overnight colon cleanse is the Covid-friendliest option available. Every recipe below is supermarket available, Amazon Fresh orderable, makeable in a microwave. Yes, you could do your DIY colon cleanse in the morning, but be forewarned - it may result in extra daytime poops.

Of course our quarantine culture is pretty easy on daytime poops, but multiple BMs away from home isn’t generally ideal during normal life. Also, these options are inexpensive. 

Then again, you have the option to go for a colonic. These need to be done by a professional, and the risks are greater (think: perforated colon 😬 ). They’re also pricier ($50 to $100-ish), and you have to travel to your practitioner. They say colonics are surprisingly popular among celebs, but they’re simply not ideal for a normal day.

Best Options for Cleansing Your Colon Overnight

Let’s cook up some popular cleanse concoctions. These are some of the most recommended and lowkey untested cleanse options for our inaugural overnight cleanse.

Saltwater Nightcap

The saltwater flush is pretty simple. The recipe: add two tablespoons of non-iodized salt to a quart of warm water. You sip the salt water on an empty stomach, with the goal to drink the whole thing in less than 5 minutes. You can expect to feel an urgent need to do #2 within 30 minutes to an hour. Pro tip: Avoid eating or drinking until the poop comes. Also this one may have caused vomiting before we figured out the proportions, don’t say we didn’t warn you ;)

Cozy Up with Tea

Gently diuretic teas? Yes please! There are a few yummy tea options that soothe and gently remove poo from your body. Senna is among the most popular active ingredients to get your colon bustling, and additional ingredients like ginger and peppermint help settle the tummy and prevent nausea. Smooth Move and Get Clean are two popular options from beloved tea brands. We’ll admit that senna gave us the urge to purge out our butts, assuming that’s what we’re aiming for.

Add Some Lemon!

Adding a little lemon to your drinks, day or night, can help support your colon cleanse. Cleanse lovers claim that lemon’s vitamin C travels quickly through your body, taking toxins and other waste with it. Could be! T

hey also say lemon’s antioxidant properties fight off free radicals that can be hurting your cells. There’s actually some science to back that claim up. No noticeable difference in our poos with the lemon water, but it’s good to stay hydrated. Also, lemon water tastes yummy and it can’t be worse than coffee. 

Apple Cider Vinegar Shots

Whether you shoot apple cider vinegar or couple it with honey and water, ACV has some genuine health-boosting benefits -- like lowering blood sugar and supporting weight loss. On the cleanse front, there are claims that it helps to remove toxins. This is also possible! We didn’t notice a big change in our poops with ACV but it tastes terrible, which felt healthy.

When is the Best Time to Do An Overnight Colon Cleanse?

There’s no time like the present, if the present time is about an hour or two before bed. If you’re getting good sleep, your body gets a few solid hours in “rest & digest” mode every night. During these hours, your body is simply taking care of itself. Your gentle cleanse should work with your body’s natural rhythms of the night.

What to Expect After Cleansing Your Colon Overnight

Whether you’re downing senna tea or salt water, you should expect the need to poo if you’re using laxatives. Be prepared for regular bathroom visits with any of these techniques.

In terms of benefits beyond mere diuretics? Well, having an easy project helped us feel more encouraged about our health. Plus, it didn’t require sweating! Whether our skin is clearer or anything like that? Well… no.

But this was a gentle, low-key way to give ourselves a little body win for the week. No harm, no foul, which is a real win these days. 10/10 would recommend it because... why not? Just remember to drink enough water and maybe some electrolytes because any of these techniques can be pretty dehydrating.

Wrapping it Up

Listen, there isn’t much in this Covid world you can control. Our bodies feel like garbage unless we’ve just left the gym. So heck let’s do a colon cleanse. And while you’re at it, treat your tush to a bidet toilet seat. Projects are good. Butts are good. Take care of yourself!