You may probably find quite a few colon cleansing products in the market, from whole food superstores to small independent health food or supplement shops. There are many consumers out there who have tried or are thinking to try out colon cleansing products because they believe that colon cleansing really works.
The question is, do we really need colon cleansing at all?
Fact: Our bodies are designed to cleanse all the toxins with the help of our livers and kidneys. *Cleansing was popular in the early 1900s until the American Medical Association condemned the practice in 1919. But it has been recently become popular again. Colon irrigation can be dangerous and not as safe as what the public would think it is. It is like using enema but on steroids. In fact, when all the water (can be up to 16 gallons) can cause cramps, nausea, vomiting, or worse. There are also extreme cases of perforation of the rectum or colon and infections that lead to abscesses and severe systemic infection.
We have to understand that colon cleansing supplements are meant to cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can cause dehydration which can cause changes in minerals and electrolytes in our bodies. And if someone who has chronic conditions, such as heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, or low immunity, diarrhea can worsen the conditions. The worse case scenario would be causing kidney failure or liver failure.
It is true that many people who have tried colon cleansing did not have any adverse effects. Yet, it does not mean that it is for everybody. It is getting more popular for the general public to think about living a healthier lifestyle through holistic approaches and non-invasive approaches. There are ways to help maintain a good health by simply practising yoga, exercise, jogging, walking, mindful eating, mindful talking, or even just to have a glass of wine. Living with moderation is always the key to health. We can naturally detoxify our systems by eating balanced diets consist of more vegetables and less meat and doing simple exercise.
*J. Family Pract. 60:454, 2011
matty Hui, C.HT., C.M.T., MSAOM, D.D.
Matty Hui (a.k.a Lingfei) holds her B.S. degree in Holistic Science and M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Furthermore, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D studies in Eastern and Western Medicine research.
K. Steinborn, C.Ht.
Karrie is a Pranic Healer, a Hypnotherapist, and an ordained minister. She also uses her own life experience to help guide the others through the process of growth and change regardless if it is using hypnosis or energy work.
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