How do you go about giving yourself a colon cleanse?

This is gross but ever since I’ve heard that the average person has about 5 lbs. of impacted fecal matter lining their colon I’ve always wanted to do a colon cleanse. Any suggestions?


  • akaMaryn

    The notion that your colon needs cleansing is a triumph of marketing. There have been clinical studies, but none produced results backing the claims of colon cleansing products.

    What the studies did show:
    –Fecal material does not collect, impacted on the colon walls.

    –Fecal material in the colon is not toxic and cannot poison. (Or constipated people would be found dead on the street. "Look, Jerry, there’s another one. Poor bastard didn’t eat enough fiber.")

    –Removing fecal material earlier than it might otherwise have exited the body does not improve health in any way.

    Colon cleansing is quackery, designed to sell you a product you don’t need.

    There is no legitimate reason to cleanse your colon unless you’re getting a colonoscopy. (And the various colon cleansing products marketed on TV and in magazines are not what gastroenterologists want patients to use.)

    Flushing everything out of the colon is not the secret to weight loss or better health. It results in weight loss not because it’s healthy but because poop and future poop weighs something. You’ll feel better because you *believe* you’ve done something healthy, not because you *have* done something healthy.

    More beneficial than a colon cleansing is consistently eating whole grains, plenty of fruit and vegetables, and drinking enough to be properly hydrated all the time. Spend your health care dollars and time on something that’s actually beneficial.

  • virginia

    All you need to do is eat enough fiber and go to the bathroom every day. don’t get sucked into all that hype. they are just trying to sell you a bottle of pills for over $88!

  • Stephan

    The one that works the best for me is this stuff called bowtrol colon cleanse. Although to be honest I haven’t used any other products so I can’t really compare them to others. I can only tell you about my experience using this one.

    I’ve been using it about 3 times a year (once a quarter) and it really helps clean up my system. I think of it like a neti pot for my system (btw – if you suffer from allergies I also HIGHLY recommend using neti pot).

    From what I’ve learned and experienced, doing the colon cleansing helps get rid of the toxins that build up in your body. It’s kinda like hitting the reset button on your digestive system. 🙂

    The colon cleansings really helps puts a spring back in my step.

    Anyway, I got the stuff I use through mail order. I put the site below if you wanna take a look.

  • soisitok

    Three words, enema, enema, and enema.

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