Topic: Do you believe in Colon Cleaning?
June 16, 2019 / By Christel Question:
I heard you could clean it out just by drinking a bunch of water for a day or two. is that right? what do you recommend?
Aurora | 3 days ago
As a virologist, if asked if colon cleansing in *necessary*, I would say no, and explain to you how your body cleanses itself of toxins. The body is fascinating; every single millisecond it is working in a complete cycle to fight illness (many of which we are unaware we have been affected by, because our immune system works so efficiently), process nutrition, detoxify our blood, air and cells, and work in unison --from brain to toenails-- so that everything keeps running smoothly and we remain a complete, healthy human being. The level of intricacy when it comes to our natural functions (breathing, restorative sleep, processing food, elimination, etc.) is astounding. So as a *virologist* I would have to say that it is medically pointless for many healthy people.
However, my NON-professional opinion differs slightly, just for myself (I am not the picture of perfect health, btw, which is why I use the colon cleanse system).
I first tried colonics in high school. I have issues with digestion (gastroparesis) which aggravates my IBS. This first began when I was 16, and I collapsed at school in extreme pain. I was vomiting, but the pain in my abdomen was so bad that I didn't care that I was ill in front of everyone. They took me to the hospital in an ambulance, and we saw from the scans and X-rays that I was severely backed up. I grew up dealing with fluctuations in elimination habits, which grew worse after damage was done to the lining of my bowels when I was 13 (and subsequent surgeries to repair the damage). I hadn't thought anything of the fact that I was no longer regular, and it had gotten so bad that everything just quit working. They had to clean me out there, and the nurse recommended that after I was feeling better, to begin colonics. I was amazed at how well it worked.
Occasionally I have had to resort to enemas, which are not as bad as everyone says (especially when the medicine I take causes all elimination to stop completely, and because I cannot take fiber or strong laxatives, due to the gastroparesis; this is a quick and easy way to keep things in balance). Usually, however, I utilise the fasting and diet route. There is a whole regimen of teas, fruit juices (and lots of water, which btw, is very hard to get water intoxication from, unless you are forcing yourself to drink ridiculously nauseating amounts of water) and certain foods (which I eat prior to, and after, the fast) that I use on a monthly basis. This has helped me keep everything clear.
I also want to point out that I do not use any specific colon cleanse product, so I cannot promote or warn against any of them. I advise, if looking into it, to do what I do: Research it fully, learn everything you can about it (including what goes into all of the various products, and WHY those ingredients are there), and then make all of your own stuff. You will know what you're putting into your body, you will be able to make sure it is all done with sterile equipment/ingredients that only YOU have ever touched, and everything you consume will be hand-picked and washed/brewed/mixed by YOU. There will be no wondering what ingredient has what effect, and no chance of ingesting anything you do not need.
Finally, one last thing to remember: I do this because of a specific medical condition that causes food to remain undigested. I have images in my medical files that prove that some people (i.e. myself, and others with this condition) DO have issues with "build-up". If you are healthy, there is little chance you need to begin a colon cleanse system. In my case, I have chosen colonics rather than choose to have uncomfortable procedures done (or take medicine that --at the moment-- I don't need).
**Always consult your doctor before starting a colon cleanse regimen!!**
Your family doctor (whomever you see for earaches, coughs, a sprained ankle, etc.) will be able to send you in for X-rays/scans of your bowels (which is no different from an X-ray or scan of your arm, foot or stomach; no unpleasantness involved). This will show for certain if you even *need* to start this process. Some doctors are avidly against the whole thing, regardless of your medical history, and would prefer to prescribe a laxative. I also know many doctors, however (my own gastroenterologist being one of them, and he's not some oddball quack), who utilise colonics themselves. He explained, when I mentioned colonics, that many people who have issues with frequent constipation (due to medications, IBS, or just that being their "normal" elimination habits, despite diet) ALSO will have some build-up. He himself uses a specific product, but has said that what I make myself is obviously working, so all is well. You, on the other hand, might find that you have no need whatsoever of a colon cleanse system.
I cannot recommend anything in particular for *you*, because (1) I do not know if you even *need* to undergo colon cleansing, and (2) if you do, I have no idea what would be best for you, personally. I would hate to recommend something and have it make you feel worse, or have it be pointless and a waste of your time. In regards to water, you should already be drinking "a bunch of" it in order to remain hydrated (check this calculator out to see if you are drinking enough water: http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwat... however water alone, especially MORE than your body needs, will not clean out anything backed up in there.
Whatever you decide, I wish you the best!
It's built upon an ancient Egyptian belief that the colon is the source of all ailments. In modern times, we know this isn't true.
Unfortunately some have tried to gain from spreading such a hoax by comin up with stuff like colon detox and colonic irrigation.
Colon detox doesn't hurt but it doesn't do good either. Colonic irrigation can cause serious complications such as colonic perforation and water intoxication (overhydration).
Water is not enough to get to the toxins built up in the colon wall. Triphala helps to break it away, also Bentonite clay does it as well. A good colon cleanse will make you feel years YEARS younger, you will lose unwanted excess fat and toxins will also be rid of. Read a bit of information in a book called Better Bowel Health by Bernard Jensen for more answers to this topic.
When Elvis died he had 50 lbs of "toxins" in his colon, he could have looked a lot better and not died so young had someone told him that ALL pain pills constipate and cause worse problems in the end. No pun intended.
Forget the pills and myths. Eat plenty of fiber (fruits and vegetables) and drink plenty of water. Our bodies are designed to cleanse itself with a balanced diet. Eating fiber allows proper digestive and bowel movement. Drinking water aids the fiber to help pass along what we have consumed. Water is also the biggest factor involved for "detoxifying" our body. Many people believe we mush detox our system. This is a myth. The liver automatically does that when it is supplied with enough water. A well balanced diet goes a long wat to proper health.
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Your colon is clean. Your body has evolved over millions of years and knows how to clean itself. Colon cleansing products are a scam.
"No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing. The bowel itself is not dirty and barring drugs or disease, cleans itself naturally without need for assistance. 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.
Colon cleansing is not necessary as the body naturally removes waste material. Colon cleansing may disrupt the balance between bacteria and natural chemicals in the bowel, and may interfere with the colon's ability to shed dead cells. Other rare but serious complications include gastrointestinal perforation from improper insertion, and amoebic infection from poorly sterilised equipment. Some colon cleansing regimes disrupt fluid and electrolyte balance which may lead to dehydration and salt depletion, whilst repeated or excessive cleansing programs can lead to anemia and malnutrition."