I would love to cleanse my colon! However drinking only lemonade for ten days doesn’t seem to be a safe way to do things (I live in Arizona and trust me, when it is 120 outside you don’t want to be running on E). Is there a safe and effective method for colon cleansing that includes some food?
TY anyone in advance!
This is a great question and having done all sorts of cleanses, plus lived in AZ, I agree that fasting on lemon drink is the last thing you want to do.
There is a great website detailing some other easy ways to cleanse the colon at home including the high fiber diet, raw foods diet and homemade herbal cleansing. Here it is:
I myself use a great product from New Zealand once a year to complete my cleansing:
Best of luck to you!
I just wanted to know if a colon cleanse dose as a good job as a colon hydrotherapy? Does the hydrotherapy romove more stuff?
It depends on what you're trying to do it for. If you're just trying to clean out the bad stuff and help regularity, then colon cleanses are best, although the powders are usually easier so you aren't swallowing a dozen pills at a time. Colon cleanses are typically mostly fiber and herbs that encourage regularity, so they are very beneficial and safe.
If you are doing it for a colonoscopy or something where your colon needs to be REALLY clean, then hydrotherapy is the only option.
If you're wondering which is safer, that would be the colon cleanser. There are some things that should be in your colon (specifically probiotics) that an enema would wash out which could be detrimental to long-term regularity. In other words, an enema is only a short-term help and will make you more constipated if you use them too often. Fiber products would work with your body's chemistry to keep things moving normally. Good luck and I hope I helped!
I've been reading about these over the counter colon cleanse powders and pills that are supposed to make you feel healthier, but I'm worried about side effects, like having to use the bathroom constantly. Has anyone out there tried products like Bromalite or Cleanse RX?
Colonic irrigation (colon cleansing) went out with high button shoes and I can't imagine why anyone thinks it is a good thing to do.
There are dangers such as mechanical injury, introduction of pathogens, and loss of electrolytes.
To feel and be healthy, eat well balanced meals containing adequate fiber, exercise, get adequate sleep, avoid ingesting and inhaling toxic substances.
I've been hearing all the good things colon cleanse can do for you body ( getting rid of all the toxins and stuff). I was just wondering if anyone has a suggestion for the right colon cleanse to use. Maybe from personal experience or you might know of someone who has use it. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.
I've been happy with using bowtrol… To be honest it's the only one I've ever tried, but I see no reason to try anything else.
Read my story with it here
I just started a colon cleanse, but the whole point of it is that it absorbs everything in your intestines and then pushes it out.
But I don't want my birth control absorbed out! Can I still take it and it be effective? Or if I woke up at 3 am in the morning (I take my last dose of colon cleanse stuff at 10 pm, the next one at 7 am) and took the BC would it still be effective?
Probably not. Alot of people are warned about birth control pills interacting with antibiotics, or if they are having diarrhea or frequent loose stools. The reason for this is due to the fact that in order to be effective bacteria in your stomach must effectively break down parts of the hormones in the BC that have been recycled through your liver and must be re asborbed once again to reach the target hormone level (required to suppress ovulation). If the contents of the intestines are cleared prematurely, or there is a lack of bacteria (ie after taking an antibiotic) there is a risk of incomplete absorption of your BC.
Your suggestion theoretically would work, but I would be extra cautious. I would suggest either of two things:
a) Do not take your BC on the day you do your colon cleanse and take 2 pills the following day, then resume as normal.
b) Take your BC as normal, use backup contraception for 7 days after the colon cleanse (I would recommend using extra method of contraception for the remainder of your cycle).
It is ultimately up to you and how comfortable you are. There is always some slight risk regardless with birth control pills, but the number is quite low, mostly due to human error (such as missing pills).
Lastly, the colon is self cleansing and does not require products to cleanse the bowel or intestinal contents. Sometimes these products can lead to electrolyte disturbances such as hyponatremia, or hypokalemia. Obviously, this decision is up to you but you should be cautious when using them, and perhaps check with your doctor regarding its safety for you. Hope this helps.
Any ideas on good OTC colon cleanse products as well as OTC diuretics?
There are some reviews of a couple of the most popular colon cleansers over at http://www.top2reviews.com/dualactionvsultimatecleanse.php
For example Dr. Floras Colon cleanse. The product is very costly more so than what you can purchase at a health food store.
If it's the same brand, then where you buy it doesn't matter. There are natural cleanses you can do at home–green vegetables work better than anything else to clean your colon naturally.
Although colon therapy has existed in some form since antiquity (ancient Egyptians have been documented to use enemas), modern colon cleansing is a relatively new idea. Some may therefore wonder if cleansing is really necessary, when for thousands of years people lived perfectly well without it.
The fact is, a colon cleanse is unnecessary – if you eat a perfect diet. In previous centuries, there were no chemical pesticides and fertilizers, no processed foods, no refined carbohydrates or artificially saturated fats. People ate far less animal protein, and far more fiber. They maintained a diet that kept their colons healthy, and therefore had no need for intervention in the form of cleansing. Today, things are sadly very different.
Our bodies are designed to consume natural foods, and food is therefore most beneficial to us when it’s eaten in its purest (most natural) form. Every time we refine, filter, saturate, preserve, irradiate, pasteurize, sweeten, homogenize, or otherwise “improve” our food, we are actually destroying vital nutrition in our food. When we eat dead food, our body has no idea what to do with it. Unable to even recognize it as food, the colon views it as a contaminant and starts to produce mucous to trap it. But, with the constant buildup of more and more material, our body is unable to keep up; all that mucous and undigested food eventually just gets stuck.
According to the US Health Service, more than 90% of Americans have a clogged colon. This staggering statistic is a clear demonstration that colon cleansing should be an urgent priority for every single American. Our colons are design to eliminate waste, and if they get clogged, all that waste builds up inside our bodies. Imagine what a clogged toilet would look like if you continued to defecate in it. Disgusting? Of course – and that’s what’s happening inside you when your colon is clogged!
A colon cleanse is the modern, natural solution to a modern, unnatural problem. But it’s not the whole solution. Poor diet leads to many more problems than just a clogged colon: all of your internal organs are stressed. Although colon cleansing can make you feel lighter and more energetic immediately, and may have other effects as well, it is no substitute for healthy food and exercise. On the other hand, diet and exercise are not enough to clear your colon once the problem has started. And with the difficulty of sticking 100% to natural foods, regular colon cleansing provides needed maintenance for those times when we slip a bit.
I am taking a 15 day colon cleanse and I'm on about day 5 I think? Well not much to report and the stuff I read online shows these hideous pictures of big slime blobs coming out of people. I haven't had that, should I or what shoudl happen? I'm taking a product by Natures secret it used to be called Dr's something I don't know but on the front it reads, "15-Day Weight Loss Cleanse & Flush", is this a good product?
just a feeling of healthier you really, you May lose a few pounds, healthier skin and general better well being
Ten years ago I remember how much I feared the idea of doing a colon cleanse. So much so that I easily put up with the uncomfortable experiences of IBS. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) I still refused to do a colon cleanse. I thought I was eating healthy, yet I still had terrible IBS. I finally did my first of several colon cleanse and am very thankful that I did. If you are on the fence about doing your first colon cleanse here are just a few of the questions I get from people new to the idea of colon cleansing. Hopefully, these answers will help you decide if a colon cleanse is right for you.
1. How do I know I should do a colon cleanse?
If you are an adult eating the typical American diet you are in need of a colon cleanse. The more meat, processed foods, fried foods, cheese and dairy, sugar, sodas, alcohol, roasted peanuts and coffee you consume the more you are in need of a colon cleanse. If your diet is mainly raw fruits, vegetables, brown rice, lean fish and salads the less likely you are in need of a regular colon cleanse. It is my opinion that a vast majority of Americans over the age of twenty are in need of regular colon cleanses. Some of the obvious indicators that your body needs a colon cleanse are:
* Loss of energy
* Lack of mental focus and poor memory.
* Unexplained headaches
* Bad breath and foul smelling stools
* Skin problems. Acne, rashes etc.
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Weight gain
* Protruding belly
* Strong cravings for sugar or salt.
2. Will I have to be in the bathroom every 15 minutes?
This is a very good question. Since every body is different it is not possible to give an absolute answer. There is a somewhat easy solution for people with this question. Start the first day with half the dose and see how your body responds. Another option is to start in the middle of the day and only do half of the daily dose the first day. Listen to your body. If that is too much cut back on dosage until you are getting results that are manageable. It is also a good idea to start on a Saturday to get an idea if the cleanse is going to interfere with your work. The whole idea of the cleanse is to rid your colon of excess waste and toxins so your goal should be to have three to four bowel movements a day during your cleanse. It also depends on what your are eating during the time of your cleanse. Large amounts of alcohol, coffee or sweets could aggravate your system even more while using the herbal components of the cleanse.
3. What should I eat while on the colon cleanse?
You do not have to starve yourself. One of the ideas of a cleanse is to give the digestive tract time to heal or mend. The less energy the body spends on digestion the more energy it allocates to healing cells and organs. So stay away from high fat content foods, greasy foods, processed and chemical laden foods, high sugar or salt content foods, large amounts of coffee, cheese and dairy, and alcohol. It is a good idea to replenish your system by feeding it good healthy nutrient dense greens or fresh vegetable juices. Eat more fruits and vegetables, brown rice is excellent for fiber and green salads. Use the colon cleanse as an excuse to start some good habits. Eat an apple for a snack versus a candy bar. You should try to avoid red meat. Substitute a smaller amount of fish or lean chicken or turkey (hormone and chemical free if possible.)
4. What can I expect from my first colon cleanse?
What most people say is that they feel lighter. They may lose only two or three actual pounds, but it was toxic sludge that they eliminated from their system. People say they have more energy, have fewer colds, their memory has improved, less gas, skin and hair is improved, bad breath is eliminated, less facial breakouts and they just feel much more alive and less irritable. Some people report losing more than 5-10 pounds during a typical two week colon cleanse, but on the average most people lose two to five pounds. Most people come away from a colon cleanse saying: “Wow! That was really worth the effort!”
5. How often do I need to cleanse.
Most cleansing specialists say you should do a colon cleanse four times a year or with each changing season. In today’s busy world that is sometimes difficult to do. I applaud clients who are able to do two or three cleanses every twelve months. Although you will experience real results from your first colon cleanse the average person has a ways to go. Remember, the average adult has years of impacted fecal matter clogging your intestinal walls. It comes away a layer at a time. It took years to accumulate and will not go away overnight. You will feel better after each cleanse you do as long as your diet cooperates with your colon cleansing routine. An occasional diet let down is normal, so don’t be hard on yourself!
6. Are there any exercises I can do to help with my colon cleanse?
This is a good question. Any exercise that gets the blood flowing helps to start moving impurities out of the body. Exercises that stimulate the lymph system such as jogging or jumping on a trampoline are especially good. Stretching and any yoga exercises are also good. There is one set of exercises I recommend. They are called the Five Tibetans and are a series of twenty-one Hatha Yoga movements blended into five exercises. They open up pathways in the body and seem to rejuvenate and help heal the body. A complete description of the exercises is listed on my website.