Is cleaning my colon worth it?

what are the pros and cons? is it worth it? will it really help my digestive system? will it really reduce belly mass? how high is the risk for certain diseases? what is the best way to do it? is it the same thing they do before a colonoscopy? are there any bad side effects?

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  • Gary Y

    No, it’s quack nonsense, and it is dangerous.

    It has nothing to do with your digestion, or belly mass, and no it is not done before a colonoscopy.

    From Wiki:
    "No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing. The bowel itself is not dirty and barring drugs or disease, cleans itself naturally without need for assistance. Some types of colon cleansing present potential hazards; the equipment used during colon cleansing has caused damage to the rectum in a small number of individuals, and caused amoebiasis when improperly sterilized. Certain enema preparations have been associated with heart attacks and electrolyte imbalances. Frequent colon cleansing may interfere with the proper functioning of the colon and can lead to dependence on laxatives or enemas to defecate. Some herbs used may also interact with or reduce the effectiveness of prescription drugs."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colon_cleansing

    EDIT: more links –
    "Colon Cleansing: Money Down the Toilet"
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060808_bad_colon.html

    "Gastrointestinal Quackery"
    http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/gastro.html

    "detoxification therapies"
    http://www.skepdic.com/detox.html

    "Beware of colon cleansing claims"
    http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-he-toxic30-2008jun30,0,4875078.column

    "Natural Colon Cleansing: Is It Necessary?"
    http://www.webmd.com/balance/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary?page=2

  • Dizzy Dame

    Are you talking about enemas? Or taking high fiber supplements to clean out your colon?

    I think we do need to be more aware of our colon health. There seem to be a growing number of cancer cases.

  • looseverses

    The book "Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care" can guide you on a very good colon cleanse.

    Though some would argue the point, cleansing the colon can be very beneficial to your health. The catch here is that once you cleanse the colon, you should follow with dietary changes that will keep the colon in tip top shape.

    The standard American diet (SAD) contributes to digestive problems. Think about the fact that the digestive tract is what has the task of processing and absorbing the nutrients you take in. But like your body as a whole, the digestive tract has very specific nutrient needs and is going to suffer from the poor nutrition of the SAD. Too, if you have any food sensitvities, your digestive tract will respond by secreting mucous. This mucous builds up on the walls of the small and the large intestines and decreases the absorbtion of nutrients (since the food has to be in direct contact with the lining of the digestive tract to be absorbed).

    Prior to a colonoscopy you eat a (short term) clear liquid diet followed by a super laxative that flushes any and all remaining bowel contents. This flushing, however, will not remove the build up of mucous on the intestinal lining…you need to do a good cleanse to get that job done.

    Another approach that is very healthful is colon hydrotherapy. Check with your local health food store to see if they have a referral list, or check your yellow pages.

  • bu11sh1t

    Having a clean colon can reduce belly mass and will help your digestive system. I have not had a colonoscopy, but a few months ago i was having trouble with bowel movements and was advised by my doctor to take a different approach. he told me about psyllium husks powder and described it as a ‘colon flush.’ Boy was he right. You can tell after the first few times you take it. (I wont go into detail… lol) I have been taking it for about 2 months and i have lost 15 pounds nor do i have any more trouble with bowel movements. I also tend to have less headaches, but im not sure if thats liked to the psyllium husks.

    Its avaliable at any health food store for about $8 a jar… and it is way worth it. you mix it in a 8oz glass of water… it isnt the greatest tasting, but it sure does get the job done

  • soisitok

    Hi Pink, I think the best colon cleanse is through Colonic Irrigation, or a series of enemas at home. Remember, you want to do a colon cleanse, not a full body cleanse.

  • Gamefreak88

    A friend of mine drank a couple ounces of freshly squeezed beet juice. Apparently you’re only supposed to drink 2-3 ounces, as higher levels can cause death. But after a day or two of her side hurting, she felt much better than before.

  • HenryF

    There are numerous benefits you can acquire from colon cleansing.
    1. Constipation prevention. Colon cleansing improves the function of your colon which results to a good bowel movement.
    2. Weight loss. You will experience a very significant loss of weight after colon cleansing because your colon had gotten rid of the waste materials that had been residing in your intestines for a long time.
    3. White blood cell production. Your blood is also cleansed while you are on the process of colon cleansing.
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  • Ananda

    cleaning the colon might flush away the good and bad bacteria in the stomach, and i heard that once u do it , u have to do it from time to time. It is better to exercise, or follow a healthy diet,or take a medical laxative suitable ,ask a doctor ofcourse. Fasting is good on a healthy diet that which suits u, ask a specialist 4 this.

  • Skeezix

    Gary Y nailed it. Best answer, He is right on with his response. Pay no attention to the thumbs down given to him here. This place is populated by believers of snake oil and various sundry quackery.

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