The news and tabloids have been full of claims about the health benefits we can obtain from colon cleansing. Movie stars have talked about how they have “felt incredibly wonderful” after detoxification from a colon cleanse they have had at spas all over the world. But does this alternative medical therapy actually do what it proclaims? And could it possibly be more harmful than helpful?
Colon cleansing, also known as colon therapy, has been proclaimed to improve general health by removing feces and nonspecific toxins from the intestinal tract thereby increasing energy and boosting the immune system. Colon therapy practitioners state that toxins from your gastrointestinal tract can cause several health problems – fatigue, headache, arthritis, allergies and asthma, as well as numerous other conditions. They state that colon therapy may lessen or improve these conditions by ridding the body of “bad” toxins. They proclaim it may even help reduce the risk of colon cancer. There are two methods to achieve colon cleansing – through colonic irrigation (known as colon hydrotherapy) or through the ingestion of oral cleansing agents.
Most medical doctors do not recommend colon cleansing for detoxification. There is no scientific evidence available to support benefits of the process. Physicians believe that our bodies do not need colon cleansing because our digestive system and bowel eliminate waste material and bacteria naturally. And, yes, colon cleansing can be harmful. It may cause the following side effects:
- Bowel perforations
- Risk of infection
- Interaction with other medications you are taking
- Allergic reaction
- Rise in electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have heart or kidney disease
- Nausea, vomiting and cramps
In addition people with the following conditions should not have a colon cleanse because it may cause ischemia, perforation or exacerbation of the condition:
- Crohns disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Recent bowel surgery
- Rectal or intestinal tumors
There are other ways to achieve the same outcome as a colon cleanse that are much safer for our bodies. The number one way is to add more fiber to your diet. Fiber is found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Also drinking plenty of fluids every day and getting regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight can help. If you are considering a colon cleanse, make sure you consult your physician before undergoing any type of colon therapy.
For more information on colon cleansing see http://www.webmd.com/balance/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary
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