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.
My son has been on table food for about a week, he had not had a bowel movement until today and it was very solid and firm(like playdough), and he strained to get it out and it was not bigger than a silver dollar. What can I do to help him please…….I feel so bad.
His body is adjusting. Our doctor recommended apple juice. It's loaded with fiber.
Most of us are wary about consuming oral medicine, when it comes to colon cleansing. Although it is simply an inhibition on our part but medicines are often saddled with side effects. So what is the solution for this situation? Since the importance of colon cleansing cannot be ignored, the option of natural colon cleansing could be practiced. This method is devoid of side effects and it functions effectively for colon cleansing. Natural colon cleansing can be easily incorporated in our lifestyle through appropriate diets.
Water acts a medicine for colon cleansing as it helps in having trouble free bowel movements. A lot has been said about the quantity of water that should be consumed within a day. The adequate amount of water requirement varies from one person to another. The most effective method is to consume water according to half the weight of the person (in ounces).
Foods which are rich in fibers should be included in the diet as it acts as roughage and simplifies bowel movement. Oat bran, fruits and vegetables are examples of fiber containing food. Fat and sugar based foods are difficult to digest, and it should not be included in the daily diet as it might hinder the process of colon cleansing.
Herbs are well known for its colon cleansing properties. Herb helps in clear bowel movements and hence helps in cleansing the colon. Psyllium husk and Cascara is primarily contained in the natural colon cleansing pills. These pills facilitates in killing worms and stimulating the liver.
Many herbs also contain probiotics which increases the growth of helpful bacteria in the colon. Herbs do not dehydrate the body, but it is advisable to be on the safer side by having a lot of water and even teas which are specifically created for colon cleansing.
Some people also practice fasting as a method for colon cleansing. While fasting, a person only consumes fruits and its juices, and this type of fasting is mainly followed for two to three days at a stretch. Fasting helps in detoxifying the body. With the course of time our colon and rectum has large deposits of feces which have hardened gradually and its produces harmful toxins for the body.
And natural colon cleanses helps in extracting the hard feces from the intestines and colon and clear bowel movements can also be achieved. The harmful toxins are kept at bay and healthy body condition can be maintained.
When all the natural methods of colon cleansing will be followed meticulously then the results will be achieved and the pain experienced for maintaining this form of lifestyle is worth as due to it good health is maintained. It might require some time for the results to follow so patience is of utmost importance in the natural colon cleansing program.
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I am currently on a medication causing constipation and taking iron. My hemrroids are re-occuring and I have used preperation H but have received no relief. Please help!
Eat more fiber.
âDeath begins in the colonâ quote from Dr. Bernard Jensen
Constipation is more then a just an agonizing condition. Itâs downright hazardous to your health. Especially when occasional bouts of constipation become chronic. Left untreated, constipation can eventually lead to appendicitis, bad breath, body odor, depression, diverticulitis, fatigue, gas, headaches, hemorrhoids (piles), indigestion, insomnia, malabsorption syndrome, obesity and varicose veins. It may even be involved in the development of serious diseases such as colon cancer.
About 80 percent of all Americans suffer from constipation at some pint in their lives. More than 2.5 million Americans seek medical treatment for it every year. In fact, itâs the most common complaint patients have about their digestive system. Doctors regularly prescribe a host of medications that arenât always effective and can actually be harmful.
It is absolutely essential for the bowels to move daily and regularly. Why? Think of your colon as a holding tank for waste matter. This waste should be removed within eighteen to twenty-four hours. Any waste remaining for longer then this can produce harmful antigens and toxins from undigested food and bacteria â which can lead to chronic gas, bloating migraines, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
What Causes Constipation?
In most cases, constipation arises from dietary factors such as insufficient fiber and fluid intake and from the heavy consumption of sugars, meats and highly processed foods. Constipation can also be caused by certain supplements and medications such as iron, painkiller and certain antidepressants.
Physiological problems such as diabetes, kidney failure, metabolic disturbances, low thyroid or high calcium levels can also lead to constipation. Other physiological causes include muscular disorders, structural abnormalities, bowel diseases, accelerated aging and neurogenic disorders. It is also common during pregnancy. In older individuals, constipation is usually caused by dehydration, a common problem among the elderly.
With people of any age, depression and stress can also be a trigger for constipation. Studies show that stress or emotional upset play a role in constipation by affecting the autonomic nervous system. These nerves control the natural contraction of the colon (peristalsis), and stress can trigger spasms or inhibit their normal functioning. Traveling can also cause bowel problems for many.
The first line of defense against constipation should be a diet rich in high-fiber foods. Fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and legumes are all excellent choices. Adequate water intake is also essential, especially with a diet high in fiber.
Second, itâs important to avoid constipating and mucous-forming foods such as processed, simple carbohydrates, rich dairy products, heavy meats and oversized meals. Instead, eat smaller, well-balanced, fiber-rich portions. You may also want to add 400 mg of magnesium in the morning and evening because this helps relax the intestinal walls and establish normal paristalsis.
In a discussion, Dr. Xiu spoke with Dr. William Wong, a classical naturopath for over 25 years about current laxatives and the difference between those and natural remedies. Wong cautions against various laxatives on the market: âon-going studies confirm that the chemicals in these products may cause abdominal problems and non are considered safe for long-term use.â
Both agree that there is one product that stands out which employs an ancient Tibetan formula that has been found to have notable properties. The ingredients comprise of Chinese Rhubarb Root, Terminahia Chebulic Fruit, Inula and Tibetan Mineral Complex which was developed more then three hundred years ago to combat the relieve of digestive and bowel function disorders problems due to their diet of heavy meats and dairy products (much like our North American diet) that has shown considerable promise.
Chinese Rhubarb Root know as Rheum Palmatum L. Var. Tanguticum has traditionally been used to promote healthy bowel movements, release metabolic toxins, control parasites and remove excess heat from the body. Modern clinical trials demonstrate that rhubarb is a highly effective laxative that works by lubricating the colon and encouraging peristalsis â without causing diarrhea. Other studies show that Chinese rhubarb also works to balance cholesterol levels and promote healthy blood circulation.
Terminahia Chebulic Fruit has been used throughout China for centuries for the relief of diarrhea, cramping and excess coughing. Modern research demonstrates that the fruit works by mildly relaxing the muscles, including those in the intestines. Chebulic has also been shown to have strong antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
Inula know as Vladimiria Souliei (Franch) Ling Root is traditionally used to improve digestion, relieve stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Scientific studies indicate that the root may have its effect through its natural anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tibetan Mineral Complex from the Mirabilite Crystal mineral beds in Tibet is naturally rich in calcium carbonate, sodium carbonate, magnesium carbonate, iron oxide and 72 essential trace minerals. The mineral complex is traditionally used to release body toxins, excess heat and accumulated body fluids. Modern research shows that this special mineral complex can neutralize stomach acid and also sooth and calm the central nervous system.
Eat a diet rich in high-fiber foods, drink plenty of fluids and choose a product this is all natural formula that will help promote normal healthy bowel function, balance the entire digestive system and help with the detoxification of your body.
Rulin Xiu, PhD
One of my relatives has got an extrem constipation. First she used 5 laxative pills and they did not help. Then we went to doctor together and doctor told her to use some new laxative pills and some liquid and tablets that she must put in the a**!! Sorry!! But she even used 4-5 of them and she drank so much water, and ate fruits and juicy stuff!! She has terrible pain and after 4 days she still has not sh****!! And I just worry. I dont know what is the solution since no pills and medicine has helped her.
I agree with the person above. A blockage could be occuring that is stuck in the intestines (small or large). This I would take a visit to the ER for. Also, your large intestine wraps around from the middle of your body by your anus to the left cavity, then heads up along your left side and then over to the right just below your stomach then south again on the right cavity to connect to your small intestine. The FIRST curve your large intestine makes to go north is crucial with pain. Reason being is you WILL have serious pain and possible bleeding if your stool builds up to that first curve. If she has been constipated to this point it's possible this is occuring. I would go to the ER in your scenario, I really would.