Pros and Cons of Colon Cleansing


Written by Darlene Zagata in Diseases
Viewed by 105 readers since 07-29-2009

Colon cleansing dates back to ancient times but it regained popularity several years ago. Although some medical professionals claim that colon cleansing is not necessary, many people swear by it for improved health and overall well being. There are two general methods of colon cleansing which involves using products such as laxatives or herbal teas while the other involves visiting a practitioner.

The idea behind colon cleansing is that mucus builds up in the colon which produces toxins contributing to many health conditions. Colon cleansing is believed to remove impurities that have built up in the body. Many people report feeling calm and energized following a colon cleansing. People often begin to eat healthier after going through a colon cleansing. It is believed that build up toxins can cause a host of health problems and colon cleansing can boost the effectiveness of the immune system by removing those toxins. Colon cleansing thereby improves health and well being, however there are some do’s and don’ts of colon cleansing.

As with any procedure there are potential risks so it is important to be aware of possible side effects. Some of the side effects that may occur with colon cleansing include dizziness, nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting among others. It is also possible that certain products such as herbs could interact with prescription medications so it is best to consult your physician before beginning a colon cleansing if you are taking prescribed medications.

Do’s of Colon Cleansing

Do choose a method of colon cleansing that is right for you. Remember natural is best.

Do drink plenty of water. Water helps to flush out the system and keeps you hydrated. Dehydration may be a possible risk during a colon cleanse so it is best to keep up your fluid intake.

Do exercise. Moderate exercise can help cleanse the colon naturally by improving digestion and elimination.

Do focus more on natural colon cleansing by eating a balanced diet that consists of plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Do eat foods that are high in fiber that aid the elimination process naturally and help to cleanse the colon.

Do let a friend or family member know of your colon cleanse. Perhaps they’ll want to join you. It’s a good safety measure to have someone else involved and it also helps you get through the cleanse without reverting back to an unhealthy habit like reaching for some chocolate or a cigarette.

Do limit caffeine and sugar intake. It is best to avoid them during a cleanse.

Dont’s of Colon Cleansing

Don’t decide to do a colon cleansing when your schedule is full. Make sure you have the time to do your cleansing without previous commitments or disturbances.

Don’t use herbal products if you are taking prescription medications. Consult your physician first.

Don’t engage in colon cleansing if you have any digestive ailment or health condition.

Don’t smoke or drink alcohol during your colon cleanse.

Don’t revert back to an unhealthy way of eating once you have completed your colon cleansing. Strive to maintain a healthy, balanced nutritious diet on a daily basis. By doing so, you will be cleansing your colon naturally.


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