How can I do a cheap colon cleanse?

I want to do a colon cleanse, but the stuff on the market is way out of my budget. If I just do some psyllium capsules and some pro-biotics (like acidophilus), will that work just as well as the expensive stuff like Evercleanse?

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  • Gary Y

    Forget the colon cleanse. Your colon is clean. Detox is an alt med scam and can be dangerous.

    TV show, "What’s Good For You" recently tested detox products.

    Results:

    Weight loss. One member of the detox group dropped out on day four as she was experiencing dizziness, headaches and nausea. In this time she lost almost 3kgs. The two other members of the detox group lasted the week — and lost 2.5kg and 4kg each. Our expert, Associate Professor Katherine Samaras of the Garvan Institute, believes the weight loss will be put straight back on. Plus the diet may have also altered the detoxers’ metabolisms making it more difficult for them to lose weight in the future.

    Blood tests. The blood tests showed decreased liver function in all members of the detox group. Their livers were shocked by the strict diet and weren’t functioning very well. The blood tests also showed an increase in triglycerides (the bad blood fats that predict our risk to heart disease) and a decrease in the protective cholesterol.

    Conclusion
    Within our group of six people the liquid detox diet did not help the body eliminate toxins. In fact, the diet did them more harm than good! The body is fantastically designed to eliminate by-products without needing any assistance at all. If you have overindulged Professor Samaras recommends a light healthy diet for one or two days to let your body recover.
    http://health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=826277

    From Skepdic.com:
    It’s an irrational concept, yet an intriguing idea, that modern life so fills us with poisons from polluted air and food additives that we need to be periodically "cleaned out" ("detoxified"). Never mind that natural chemicals in our foods are thousands of times more potent than additives, or that most Americans are healthier, live longer, and can choose from the most healthful food supply ever available. — Frances M. Berg, M.S.

    Real detoxification of foreign substances takes place in the liver, which modifies their chemical structure so they can be excreted by the kidneys which filter them from the blood into the urine. –Stephen Barrett, M.D.

    "Toxin" is classic pseudoscience terminology. –Ben Goldacre, M.D.

    "…these detox programs amount to a large quantity of excrement, both literally and figuratively.” –Peter Pressman, M.D.
    http://www.skepdic.com/detox.html

  • Vena Cava

    I once ate nothing but apples for one day. I thought that was a good cleanse except I would add some prunes to that. Prunes always do the trick

  • ♥I'm Me♥

    Speak to a Doctor!!!!!! They are actually, doing commercials about if you have suffered organ damage from one of those colon cleansing products!!!!!!! That stuff would be like Drano to your system. Except everything else along the way, it would destroy everything it comes in contact with..like frigion acid. Get some advice from your Dr. High Fiber foods and high fiber stuff is sold as well. NEVER jump on the bandwagon on these miracle medicines and cures when they come out-less than a year later, You could end up being one of the people calling an attorney!!!!!!!

  • Lili T

    Speaking from personal experience, you can go to the health food store and ask for colon cleanse that come in capsules and those go for a reasonable price, and should run you no more than about $20.00 or less and it works very well. good luck.

  • William T

    Well, colon cleansing is a complete scam with absolutely no health benefits and a number of risks, including nerve damage and death if used for a long period of time. So, given that it has no benefits, a high cost, and a number of dangerous side effects I suggest you don’t do it at all.

    From Wiki:
    No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing.[3] The bowel itself is not dirty and barring drugs or disease, cleans itself naturally without need for assistance.[4] 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.[5]

  • well, if you are convinced you need to do it, a single bottle of Magnesium Citrate (in the green glass bottles at most drug stores) will do the trick for about a buck.

    See, that’s what they used to give folks before a colonoscopy – and if they are giving someone a colonoscopy, you can’t look at the walls of the intestine if they are covered with poop – and that stuff will get every bit out. As far as laxatives go, I would call it downright violent, though certainly effective.

    Then I would spend the rest of your money on a decent probiotic.

    But really, I would just go with the probiotic. Your intestinal tract really does do a good job of sloughing everything off. You don’t have 5 pounds of undigested red meat in your intestines. William and Gary are right about this though…
    There really isn’t any need to clean your colon.

  • Rabid Snail

    Eat at White Castle 🙂 It’ll clean you right out 🙂

    I agree you’re full of crap, but I dont think you need a colon cleanse.

    ~Luvs

  • Ad_feels_free

    Drink 8-12 glasses
    of water mixed with lime juice
    and 1/10 of a teaspoon of cayenne
    pepper. Don’t eat or drink anything but
    that for about 3[or more] days.

    It’s very hard to follow
    but it will have you feeling better
    & very cleansed
    C:

  • Michelle J

    Check with your Physician before doing anything. This is just my opinion about my favorite 3.

    1. The cheapest and easiest for me is Psyllium Fiber capsules, I purchase any generic brand that’s on sale.

    2. Two tablespoons ground flax w/honey. I grind it in a coffee grinder, & add honey. If I don’t add honey the flax sticks to my teeth like glue.

    3. I drink one small bottle of magnesium citrate.

    Again, check with your Doctor before doing anything and beware of any allergies issues.

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