Does colon cleanse assist in weight loss?

If it does assist in weight loss, how?

6 comments

  • ClickMaster

    Only very temporarily. The colon is the large bowel where the feces are formed into stools after the nutrients have been extracted in the small bowel. Therefor, cleaning out your colon will not effect your nutrition or prevent nutrients such as fats and carbs from entering your blood. And, what is cleaned out will be replaced very quickly…after only a few meals. So, although you may lose a few pounds temporarily, cleanses will do nothing to promote long term fat loss or a stable ideal body weight.

    Good luck and good health!!

    Edit FYI
    "Detox" is short for detoxification and detoxification is a natural process involving your liver and kidneys and there is nothing you can do to effect it. It is impossible to detoxify a human once the toxin is in the blood with the possible exception of kidney dialysis, kelation therapy, and other expensive medical modalities. Currently "detox" is a faddist word, relatively meaningless, and is used to express that which the users cannot otherwise express because of ignorance of because the expression would be patently false.

    Detox diets, cleanses, and supplements don’t work. There is no diet which will cause your body to get rid of toxins, heavy metals, poisonous by-products from smoking, drugs, etc. And cleanses for the purpose of weight loss don’t work because they can only eliminate water and small amounts of waste which the body will replace very quickly.

    Check out these reliable references. Listen to experts, not a random bunch of strangers of unknown credibility in this and other forums. Here’s what the experts have to say about cleanses.

    Article excerpt: "Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm"
    Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_114876.html

    Article excerpt: "Although the reports show little evidence of any benefit, many studies reported side effects. These include cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure."
    Ref: http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110801/colon-cleansing-may-be-risky-study-finds

    Article excerpt: "The main concerns with colon cleansing are that it can: Increase your risk of dehydration, lead to bowel, perforations, increase the risk of infection, cause a rise in your electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have kidney disease or heart disease."
    Ref: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cleansing/AN00065

    Article excerpt: "fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss… the list goes on."
    Ref: http://maddieruud.hubpages.com/hub/Master-Cleanse-Lemonade-Diet

    Article excerpt:"Colon cleansing is a dubious and almost always useless procedure"
    Ref: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

    Article excerpt: "The human body can defend itself very
    well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you ’re generally healthy, stick to giving your body what it needs to maintain its own detox system— a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. Don’ waste your money…follow a healthy, balanced lifestyle instead."
    Ref: http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/HumanResources/Wellness_Newsletters/Aug%2008.pdf

    Article excerpt: "A day on a detox diet program probably won’t hurt you, but there’s little point in following these restrictive diets – and they can do far more harm than good, says Michelle May, MD,"
    Ref: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=64306

    Article excerpt: "Detox diets are a waste of time and money, say scientists"
    Ref: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article784402.ece

    Your body cleanses itself naturally. And cleanses, purges, emetics, enemas, alternative and homeopathic colon cleanses etc. cannot remove fat from your body or make your body lose fat and/or toxins. If fat is your problem, you’re eventually going to realize that nothing works except a proper diet for life or surgery. The best diet for all normal adults hasn’t changed. It is still a varied, balanced, nutritious, and properly apportioned diet of high quality foods.

    Detoxification is a fad and a fantasy only. If you have reason to believe you’re toxic, consult with your doctor. Don’t waste your time paying attention to advertising hype, naturopathic gurus, homeopathic charlatans, etc. The road to good health is paved with science. If you or someone you love gets deathly ill, you will take them to a place where medical science is practiced. So, where is the sense in abandoning medical science in favor of baseless and unscientific methods of quacks and charlatans.

  • Randimus

    Yes, it gets out toxins and other stuff that seem to not want to leave, sorta like in-laws.

  • I mean in a rough sense it does..

    It gets rid of any built up material in your colon.. so that translates to weight loss..

    It really won’t be much though unless you’ve been eating like crap for 40 years.

  • David Charles

    HI Susan,

    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.

    See the resource also..

    So what does help? A change in your eating habits, both portion control and what foods you select, plus frequent light exercise. I always get a good jump-start by weighing or measuring everything I eat and counting daily calories for two weeks, trying to stay between 1200 and 1500, and going for walks.

  • EddySays

    Yes and no.
    You will lose weight with a colon cleanse whether you are attempting weight loss or just trying to "cleanse". The average adult has eight meals in their digestive system. Five more than they should. By going on a deficit diet like this you can lose up to 10 pounds just by not eating. But it is only the weight of the food in your digestive system. Plus the weight of the lost glycogen stores, excess sodium and associated water. This can add up to 15-20 lbs depending on your size.
    There is no build up of bad plaque, toxins, or sludge in a normal, reasonably healthy system.
    If this was the case we would have people dying left and right from malnutrition since their small intestines couldn’t absorb nutrients.
    The majority of the water from food and what we drink is reabsorbed through the colon, if our colons were clogged we would all be walking around looking like sponges or have continual diarrhea.
    Detoxing is ridding the system – liver, kidneys, and intestines of toxins both internal and environmental. Our liver and kidneys aren’t clogged with toxins. Otherwise we would be dead. The liver does in fact get layered with fat if we become overweight.
    We "cleanse and detox" naturally 24 hours a day through respiration, sweat, liver, and kidneys.
    We can help by eating a healthy diet with minimal added sugar and salt. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, beans, peas, and brown rice keep a system as healthy as it can be.
    Minimal alcohol, caffeine, soda.
    Read food labels. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t put it in your body.
    A healthy high fiber diet works every time.
    Increases the speed and efficiency of the digestive system and helps the body rid itself of both internal and environmental toxins.
    Cleanses actually flush out the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the digestive system.
    Search "gut flora" to learn about the beneficial bacteria we need in our colon.
    We have more beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems than all the cells in our bodies!
    The digestive system is one of the largest contributors to our immune system.
    They don’t tell you about the gas, cramping, and bloating you will experience when you start eating again and the body has to rebuild this bacteria population.
    Spend your money in the produce department.
    Good luck.

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