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Does oatmeal cleanse colon?

Does oatmeal cleanse colon?

High in fiber: Eating oatmeal will add a lot of fiber to your diet which in turn will keep your bowels more regular. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?

Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?

Not necessary: The colon is a place where water and some nutrients are absorbed by one's body. Diarrhea occurs if one does not absorb the normal amount of water and nutrients from his poop (stool). If one has bowel problems, he can see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist. Colonic cleaning or irrigation is not natural, and can be dangerous if the person's chemical balance is distorted. ...Read more

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Can a colon cleanse using super colon cleanse cause diverticulitis. Ive been doing a cleanse and dr confirmed diverticulitis

Can a colon cleanse using super colon cleanse cause diverticulitis.  Ive been doing a cleanse and dr confirmed diverticulitis

I am not aware: of any medical evidence that relates colon cleanse to acute diverticulitis. There is evidence that chronic laxative use can lead to colon motility problems, however. ...Read more

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Is the parsley kidney cleanse a hoax?

Is the parsley kidney cleanse a hoax?

Of course: You already knew that. I think somebody made this up for fun. You don't need to clean your kidneys. I happen to like parsley -- it's often my favorite thing on the plate. Other people can't stand it, or just look at it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Has anyone used acai berry and cleansing colon diet and bled?

Has anyone used acai berry and cleansing colon diet and bled?

Please don't: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed colon "cleansers" with a clear "no" answer. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! there are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk, as you've experienced. ...Read more

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Do colon cleansings work?

Do colon cleansings work?

No: There is no need for and no benefit of doing colon cleansings. Your colon cleanses itself by having bowel movements. There is no buildup of toxins anywhere in the colon. Colon cleansings are unnecessary and can be unhealthy. Stick with a high-fiber diet for good colon health! Good luck. ...Read more

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Will apple cider vinegar cleanse my colon?

No: Your colon cleans itself. There is no such thing as "toxic bowel settlement" or any of the other stuff that you've been told is sitting in your colon and making you sick. If you buy into these lies, you will never feel well again. If you were to believe everything you read about apple cider vinegar (it supposedly cures everything), you'd be reading uncritically. I suspect you already know this. ...Read more

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What is a colonic juice cleanse?

Juice cleanses: Colonic juice cleanses are an attempt to rid the body of "toxins" by drinking juices and other things. Juice cleanses have never been shown to provide any benefit and can cause harm. They are not recommended. For optimal colon health, eat a varied diet that has lots of fiber and fluids. Just don't do cleanses! Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Colon cleanse for colonoscopy now green bile?

Normal: After using colon cleanse, all of the stool is out of you and the only thing left is the green bile that is constantly made by the liver. ...Read more

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Can a colon cleanser detoxify my body naturally?

Can a colon cleanser detoxify my body naturally?

Be careful: There is no evidence that a 'colon cleanse' improves digestive health. In fact, some colon cleanse techniques can cause dehydration and other problems requiring hospitalization. Companies that sell these products may use misleading advertising to suggest that the colon collects toxic residue or build-up. A balanced diet, fiber, and keeping hydrated are better ways to maintain digestive health. ...Read more

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Will a colon cleanse release toxins from my body?

Will a colon cleanse release toxins from my body?

Yes and No: It can help release toxins, but please realize that your body naturally wants to get toxins out. When you have enough fiber in your diet, the toxins will bind and be eliminated. Make sure your liver has what it needs to detox appropriately. I do not believe colon cleanses are necessary. You can get bloating, cramping.. Don't force a detox. Support the body and it will detox on its own! ...Read more

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I purchased tea for colon cleanse is that safe?

Likely just laxative: Most of these teas contain senna (cascara), which is a natural stimulant laxative. It is fine to use once in a while for occasional constipation, but chronic use can cause your colon to become dependent on the chemical to move at all. There really isn't anything in there "cleansing" your colon. Just making you have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Does colonic irrigation reduce the risk of colon cancer by removing toxins?

Not a proven fact: This is not proven and in fact it can be very dangerous due to risk of perforation and also risk of sipping out normal bacteria and causing superinfection with c diff. Just increase fiber intake to 30-40 gm a day and that will keep things moving and help with keeping all toxin levels under control. ...Read more

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Is colon cleanse necessary? I have good bowel function, i eliminate nearly once daily. Which colon cleanse regimen is suitable?

Colon ; health: Absolutely not. I know of no physician that would recommend such a process. I would advise to to not do this. ...Read more

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Will a colon cleanse laxative get rid of any pinworms?

Will a colon cleanse laxative get rid of any pinworms?

Some: By virtue of the fact that a colon cleanse "washes" out the colon, some pinworms in the colon lumen will be washed out. But worms can adhere to and invade the colon wall, so this is not adequate treatment. You need an anti-helminthic drug (active against worms) to cure this infection. ...Read more

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Colon cleanse as a good as a colon hydrotherapy?

Colon cleanse  as a good as a colon hydrotherapy?

Neither: There is no need for either. If constipated buy some MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or mag citrate. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more