Colon Cleanse: Yay Or Nay?

Apr 19, 2016

For the last decade, colon cleanses have been the latest trend to treat everything from constipation to cancer prevention, yet many people are wondering about the benefits and risks involved. Like most things, colonic cleansing has both pros and cons so before you decide to try it, here are some things you should know.

  • What Is A Colonic?

    Colon cleansing has many names, including colon therapy, colonic hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation, and high colonic. Colonic irrigation therapy, sometimes referred to as colonic hydrotherapy, is similar to an enema but very different. With a colonic, water is forced up into the colon via a hose inserted into the rectum to fill the larger intestine, pushing out any fecal matter or debris that is held within. Once inside the colon, the fluids – along with waste – are then released like a normal bowel movement, and then the process may be repeated. While the process sounds uncomfortable, it is pain free for most people (some medical conditions could make it painful) and done in such a manner as to be hardly felt at all.

  • The Benefits

    According to experts, due to unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, most people are carrying around several pounds of toxic build-up in our large intestine. Colonics work to remove this bacteria and debris from the colon while relieving stomach and lower back pain due to chronic constipation. It can also help to promote weight loss (improved elimination and nutrient absorption) and create a sensation of lightness and well-being. By washing the colon clean, the body may be able to better regenerate healthy bacteria that are needed to aid in food digestion and metabolism.

  • The Risks

    While colon cleansing can keep the body healthy by flushing out toxins as waste, it does have several drawbacks. It can increase your risk of dehydration and disrupt the digestive function in the body causing loose bowel. If you’re planning to do a colon cleanse, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Experts advise caution in using colonics as an aid in weight loss as it may create an electrolyte imbalance that can cause serious health problems including kidney disease, brain swelling, and heart disease. To prevent sudden changes in the electrolytes levels in the body, make sure you keep yourself hydrated when doing a colon cleanse and eat balanced meals.

As with any medical procedure, it is a good idea to check with a doctor, who will assess your health before giving you the go ahead for a procedure as invasive as colon hydrotherapy.

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