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The Truth About Colon Cleansers

Back in the ancient Greece, well before colon cleansers such as tea enzymes or even colon irrigation are as popular as they are nowadays, the practice of natural colon cleansing were already in place. In fact, according to historical Egyptian medical records, enemas were practiced as early as 1500! It was believed that enema treatments then were carried out in a river from which water was injected into the rectum via a hollow reed. Yikes!

Colon cleansing only became popular in the United States in the 1920s-30s. As the health benefits proclaimed by such colon cleaners were not medically proven back then, its popularity weaned as time goes by. In recent years however, it seemed to have gained back its hay days.

At the point of this writing, it’s still largely subjective as there are simply too little medical evidence to prove its benefits though. People are still asking “Are colon cleansers safe?”. Proponents from the holistic alternative treatment industry however, will say otherwise. And if you do a search on the web, you’re also likely to find reviews of colon cleners from users who’ll swear by this treatment. More often than not, these users are also affiliates for the products who would earn a hefty commission from the sale of such colon cleasers. Hopefully, with the basic unbiased information here, you can decide – without all that noise – whether to take the leap of faith.

What Is Colon Cleansing?

When it comes to colon cleansing, there are basically 2 approaches. The first requires the physical intake of supplements. Some of these supplements are for oral consumption whereas some are to be inserted into the rectum for absorption. It’s believed that the ingredients will help the colon remove its toxins. Most of these products are widely available in drugstores, health supplements chains etc and usually include items such as laxatives, powders, enzymes, enemas, herbal teas and even antiparasitial pills.

The other method is professionally administered colon irrigation. At first glance, colon irrigations seems just like an enema treatment. The former however, uses more water and hence lesser of a smell and discomfort. The process usually starts with you lying on the bed. The therapist will then insert a tube that links to the colonic machine into your rectum. While the water is pumped up into your colon, a simple massage may be performed by the therapist to help loosen up the waste. This filthy water is then flushed out through another tube. This process may be be repeated and usually takes about an hour or so.

In the process, the therapist may use herbs, enzymes, probiotics (which contains positive bacteria) and even coffee in the fluid to enhance the cleansing. Different water pressures or temperatures may also be deployed, depending on one’s circumstance.

Why Colon Cleansing?

Well, advocates will tell you “you have to do it” because of autointoxication. Autointoxication is a traditional belief that the undigested food we eat causes mucus buildup in the colon. This mucus in turn results in toxins which gets absorbed into the body. These toxins is also believed to cause issues such as weight buildup, fatigue, lethargy, headaches and migraine.

They claim that regular colon cleansing helps mitigate the effects of such issues and enhance one’s health. Medical evidence, however is not conclusive when it come to its benefits. Even if colon cleansing does have any positive effects, it’s likely to do with its influence on the nervous system than anything else. According to medical research, our bowel responses will inadvertently impact our bodily nervous system. Since it’s has been scientifically proven that conditions such as constipation are largely mitigated with the aid of enemas, that could be the same proposition for colon cleansing as well.

Do You Need Colon Cleansing?

Well, that’s tough to say. If you’ve tried all ways to lose weight and colon cleansers advertisers have promised that their products will help you reduce your weight easily, wouldn’t you be tempted to say you need it? The truth is, there are already natural mechanisms in our bodies to ensure that our colon get cleansed. Here are the facts :

  1. Our liver helps remove toxins in our bodies
  2. There are natural micro organisms in the colon that actually neutralizes the toxics in our waste materials
  3. The colon’s mucus actually helps prevent undesirable stuff from infiltrating into our blood stream
  4. The colon rejunventates its cells once every 3 days. That also means that the risk of toxic buildup is very much mitigated.
  5. One’s bowel movements is differs from another person’s. Most people may experience a daily movement while some a few times a day or a week. So to say that you must remove your bowels every day is something that’s pretty judgemental.
  6. When a person remove his bowels more than his routine, that doesn’t mean he will lose weight. After all, the calories are already taken in by the body before it gets to the large intestines.

Risks of Colon Cleansers

A lot of the colon cleansers you see in the market are labeled “natural” or “herbal”. Why? That’s because there’s a perception that anything deemed natural or herbal is likely to be less harmful to the body. Well, that’s absolutely untrue! The lack of regulation in the natural colon cleansing industry has lessen the credibility of some of the claims (of safety, effectiveness etc) of the products we see nowadays. There’s also insufficient consensus among states whether professional certification of colonic therapists is required. This highly lucrative commission based industry has also resulted in many false reviews posted on the internet so caveat emptor!

That said, if you still plan to try colon cleansing, at least go to one which is certified. Risk of harmful side effects such as vomitting, cramps, dizziness, infection, bowel perforation etc is less likely when the procedure’s carried out by a trained professional. For example, in the UK, no serious side effects have been reported on procedures carried out by professionals who’ve done more than 5,600 colon irrigations a month.

Remember, as long as foreign substances are included in the colon irrigation process, there’s a possibility you’ll get a allergic response. Hence, it’s vital not to go through such processes for too many times as they can affect the ratio of your colon’s bacteria and affect your bowel movement balance. Patients who’ve just gone through bowel operation or with conditions such as crohn’s diseases, rectum/colon tumours, diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids, heart or kidney disease or diveritculitis and young kids should also avoid colonic irrigation.

So, What’s The Best Way To Enhance Your Colon Health?

It’s better to revert to the basics. Review your diet and watch what you eat or drink. Increase the amount of fibre intake such as cereals and whole grains, bran, fruit, vegetables and oatmeal. Drink more water and lesser alcholic drinks. Quit smoking and cut down on red meat. More importantly, get regular screening for colon cancer if you’re above age 50 or have a related family medical history.

Are you still confused whether you still need colon cleansers?

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