Colon Cleansing: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Senior Couple Gardening Together There are two ways to undergo colon cleansing today: through powdered or liquid supplements, and through colon irrigation. Treatment by powdered or liquid supplements involves taking medication through the mouth or the rectum. These would induce bowel movement and, as a result, cleanse the body. Laxatives, enzymes, and herbal teas are also in this category. Colon irrigation, on the other hand, is done by professionals and involves the use of equipment. It typically involves pumping gallons of water into your rectum and flushing its contents back out.

Colon cleansing is claimed to rid the body of harmful toxins that could be absorbed back into your body as they build up through time. Practitioners believe that these toxins also cause weight gain and loss of energy. The alleged benefits of colon cleansing include a strengthened immune system, reduced risk of colon cancer, and psychological effects such as a better outlook in life.

Doctors are not too keen on colon cleansing, however. While it is recommended as preparation for some medical procedures like childbirth and some surgeries, making a habit out of it puts you at unnecessary risk for many other conditions. Interfering with the colon’s natural balance of chemicals and bacteria may actually cause harm as it disrupts functions such as absorbing nutrients and maintaining the body’s fluid and electrolyte balance. The fluids pumped in may strip the colon of mucus membranes that filter out harmful substances. Infection is also a risk, as some forms of treatment introduce potentially unsanitary equipment into the body. Additionally, any damage done to the colon’s wall can kill you.

Other possible side effects include:

– Dehydration
– Anemia
– Heart failure
– Malnutrition

Quite simply, the colon is more than capable of taking care of itself and is best left alone. It is capable of detoxifying food wastes to ensure no harmful toxins are reabsorbed into the body. To debunk the myth of toxins building up over time, you should know that the colon sheds old cells every three days, cleansing the body of any waste residue. And finally, colon cleansing does not result in weight loss as calories are absorbed before they even reach the large intestine.

Despite this, it definitely is important to keep your colon healthy, and doctors recommend taking measures to encourage the body’s natural digestive processes. This means eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet as this kind of healthy eating addresses constipation and reduces the risk for colon cancer. And keep this in mind: starting at age 50, regular colon screening must be undergone to catch colon cancer early. Colon cancer is a very common disease. Of course, regular exercise and not smoking also helps not only your colon’s health, but your overall health.