While on the Perfect Weight America tour, I have had the opportunity to link arms with others who are passionate about helping people on their journey to extraordinary health. That has certainly been a personal and professional highlight for me and it’s encouraging to know that, together, we are making a difference.
I realize, however, that while there are people in the present who are sharing the message of health, there were those in the past who laid the foundation. I have had the honor to be influenced by many pioneers in health and wellness and one of those individuals is the late Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., who owned a health sanitarium in Escondido, California called the Hidden Valley Health Ranch. Dr. Jensen had become kind of a hero of mine for his pioneering work in digestive cleansing and his book, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management.
Back in 2001, when Dr. Jensen was ninety-two years old and in failing health, a friend and I visited him at his ranch outside of San Diego. I knew he was dying (in fact, Dr. Jensen would pass away three weeks later), but I had always wanted to meet him. He was confined to his bed but willing to see me. After his wife, Marie, made the introduction, Dr. Jensen told me to get my notepad out. I eagerly agreed, and feeling like a freshman student sitting in front of his professor, Dr. Jensen reminded me that cleansing doesn’t just affect your gut but everything in your body.
“What goes in doesn’t always come out,” he declared. The bowel holds onto waste materials longer than anyone realizes, he said, and the toxic material decaying in the large colon is a good place for health issues to get started. He called chronic constipation a “modern plague” and a real present-day danger to health. He blamed America’s love for fast foods and lack of knowledge about the importance of colon health.
I think Dr. Jensen was right. Americans love fast foods and convenience foods-—the types of foods that are not ideal for digestive health. In fact, while we are on the subject, our diets simply do not offer enough fiber. Americans eat an average of only 10 grams of fiber per day, when we should be eating double or triple that amount.
Fiber is the indigestible remnants of plant cells found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans. Also known as “roughage,” fiber works its way through the digestive tract and increases the elimination of waste matter.
I believe the kind of fiber that promotes colon health is found in low-carbohydrate, high-fiber foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, soaked or sprouted seeds, nuts, grains, berries, celery, greens, and fruits. Fruits and vegetables with edible skins, like apples, berries, and tomatoes, are especially high in fiber. These foods are right in the bull’s eye of a healthy, fiber-filled diet.
Dr. Jensen was part of a legacy which advocates digestive health. I have been personally impacted by his message and can do no less than to help reinforce his mission for digestive health.