While the mention of colon cleansing may occasionally evoke odd looks or even a few giggles, the fact of the matter is, colon cleansing is not something to be taken lightly. Depending how it is executed, a colon cleanse can include a number of benefits and dangers. Whether an individual’s outcome is positive or negative depends largely on the type and quality of cleansing product they decide to use.
The Set Up
It’s important to understand the distinction between colon cleansing and more serious procedures, such as high colonics or colon hydrotherapy. Unlike a normal “at-home” colon cleanse, these techniques manually purge the bowels of waste matter using pressurized water or mild solvents, much like a high-power enema. These are typically recommended by doctors prior to a colonoscopy or similarly invasive procedure, and should only be performed by a trained medical expert.
A colon cleanse, on the other hand, can usually be conveniently performed from the privacy of your own home without the need for any additional help. In addition to being considerably less awkward and embarrassing, this approach is also much easier on the pocketbook and may even be more effective.
The Benefits of Colon Cleansing
Often, the most sought after benefit of colon cleansing is the removal of built-up toxins that may be trapped along with compacted food waste inside the lower digestive tract. On the surface, this can include everything from an improved waistline to clearer, healthier looking skin. Colon cleansing helps alleviate constipation and slow bowel transit time. Restoring this natural internal balance not only helps to relieve the gassy bloating and abdominal discomfort that is often associated with an over-stressed colon, it also makes it more difficult for harmful microorganisms to set up permanent colonies in the lower digestive tract.
Unfortunately, these benefits are often overshadowed by a handful of potentially risky side effects that are sometimes associated with colon cleansing.
The Risks of Colon Cleansing
Low cost herbal cleansing products may make convincing claims, but when it comes to real results, they usually do more harm than good. Because these products almost always contain some combination of Senna, Cascara Sagrada, or Psyllium Husk. The latter of these is simply an indigestible form of dietary fiber that acts sort of like a scrub brush inside the bowels. Unfortunately it isn’t especially effective, and can even make constipation even worse. The side effects associated with the herbs Senna and Cascara Sagrada are equally bad. These plants act as powerful stimulants inside the bowels and have been know to cause severe cramping. They are much too harsh for delicate intestinal tissues. In some cases it can even cause the colon to shed it’s internal lining which in turn leaves it increasingly susceptible to irritation and infection.
The Best Option
The easiest way to avoid these dangers and maximize the benefits of your cleanse is to start with a high-quality, oxygen-based cleansing product like Oxy-Powder®. These use pure oxygen to gently break up and remove unwanted waste and toxins, and do not contain any dangerous herbal ingredients.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM