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Doctor insights on: Constipation After Colon Cleanse

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Can you please tell me, should a colon cleanse cure constipation?

Can you please tell me, should a colon cleanse cure constipation?

It may clear: The current episode but if you don't diagnose or treat the reason for the constipation, you may be missing the diagnosis of a potentially serious problem. See a GI doctor or a colon and rectal surgeon for proper management and eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids without caffeine or alcohol. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Please answer me. Is a colon cleanse safe for someone with chronic constipation?

Please answer me. Is a colon cleanse safe for someone with chronic constipation?

It may clear: The current episode but if you don't diagnose or treat the reason for the constipation, you may be missing the diagnosis of a potentially serious problem. See a GI doctor or a colon and rectal surgeon for proper management and eat healthy and drink plenty of fluids without caffeine or alcohol. ...Read more

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When I take colon cleanse to use the bathroom I'm good but when I stop I'm constipation?

When I take colon cleanse to use the bathroom I'm good but when I stop I'm constipation?

Use sparingly: The problem with many cleanses is that they can work in the same way as laxatives. Unfortunately, your body begins to depend on their use, for bowel movements. As a result, constipation is common, when you stop. A good approach might be to cut down on the cleanses while you increase your intake of fruits, and vegetables and fiber. Drink lots of, water. Adding so, e movement would also, help. ...Read more

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Past 4 months I have constant constipation with brown/yellowish spots on stool that last to 3-4 wks without aid of colon cleanse. Anemic. What is this?

Past 4 months I have constant constipation with brown/yellowish spots on stool that last to 3-4 wks without aid of colon cleanse. Anemic. What is this?

Not anemia: Constipation is almost always secondary to your dietary intake. Look at all the foods that you have been eating. Eliminate those foods known to cause it-I.e. The grains: rice, barley, oats; also milk and bananas. It should clear in just a few days time. ...Read more

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When is it recommended to use a colon cleanse?

When is it recommended to use a colon cleanse?

Colonoscopy: Only in preparation for colonoscopy or prior to surgery on colon. There is no health benefit from "colon cleanse" procedures. ...Read more

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How do I stay motivated during a colon cleanse?

How do I stay motivated during a colon cleanse?

Not recommended: Why are you in need of colon cleansing at your age if you are constipated there are medications you can take or diet modification you can undergo. If its for weight loss a little hard work will help. ...Read more

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What can I expect starting a natural colon cleanse?

What can I expect starting a natural colon cleanse?

Depends: Depends on what you mean by "natural colon cleanse." technically, the colon is cleansing itself all the time, as long as we eat enough fiber to give our stool bulk and insure that toxins are bound and carried out. Some people take various products for colon cleanses. Many of these contain senna or other laxative. I discourage these products unless you are constipated. ...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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Are colonoscopy preps essentially the same thing as a colon cleanse?

No: Colon preps are carefully studied to get the colon clean enough that the endoscopist can carefully examine the lining of your colon and not miss a polyp or tumor. Colon cleanse does not get that kind of study and may or may not work. If your colon does not get clean enough for a thorough then you need to do it again...Neither you nor your endoscopist will be happy about that. ...Read more

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Orginal colon cleanse works for to lose weight..

Orginal colon cleanse works for to lose weight..

Not recommended, but: I'M ALL FOR IT IF by "cleanse" you mean adopting a healthy lifestyle with routine exercise, cutting out tobacco, reducing alcohol & sugary drinks, minimizing highly processed foods & fats, & adding in lean proteins, whole fruits, vegetables, & nuts. DON'T DO IT IF instead you mean taking some fad diet, enema, colonic, or purgative to lose weight or supposedly rid your body of unspecified "toxins." ...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

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Can any doc tell me what's the best colon cleanse?

Depends: If you were looking just to clean out your colon a cheap treatment would be magnesium citrate which is available over-the-counter at any Wal-Mart or drug store. Usually 2 bottles of magnesium citrate will clean you out. If you were looking for a complete cleanse you can try GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol) which is a prescription. The better question is why are you doing the colon cleanse? ...Read more

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What works better a colon cleanse or colon hydrotherapy?

Don't waste your $: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to colonics. 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. Don't "cleanse". ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a colon cleanse (via oral route) if I have Crohn's?

Is it safe to take a colon cleanse (via oral route) if I have Crohn's?

It is not safe: To do anything to your gi tract without your gi specialist's approval, if you have significant Crohn's disease. ...Read more

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Could you need to use a colon cleanse for the green coffee bean to work?

Could you need to use a colon cleanse for the green coffee bean to work?

What? Don't cleanse: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't use colonics please unless prescribed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do a colon cleanse even though I'm not having a colonoscopy?

Is it safe to do a colon cleanse even though I'm not having a colonoscopy?

If free, enjoy it..: If it is free and you enjoy it.........go ahead. It has no medical benefit. ...Read more

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Is a product call purer Colon cleanse is it safe to us if you want to diet?

Is a product call purer Colon cleanse is it safe to us if you want to diet?

Probably & No Value: The vehicle we drive for a lifetime constantly performs very selective absorption & cleaning, body wide 24/7 via a huge number of mechanisms. Many laxative agents are on the market, some of which can be helpful for constipation or colon examinations, but colon cleanse products are zero value for dieting, just laxative concoctions sold to those looking for easy/magic. Rec: my answers for wt loss. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I would like to try the green coffee bean extract, but do I need a colon cleanse for it to work?

What do you suggest if I would like to try the green coffee bean extract, but do I need a colon cleanse for it to work?

Myths and Fraud: First. Green Coffee Bean is not in any way a product that will lead you to real or lasting weight loss. In fact it may be proven to be a completely fraudulent product soon. Save your money. Second you do not need, ever, a colon cleanse. In fact I do not know of any physician that would recommend such. Your colon is already designed to be a waste eliminator or 'cleanser' for your body. ...Read more

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What happens if, while on a colon cleanse, you become pregnant?

Mke sure you are ok: Colon cleaning is very risky as it can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, and is not medically recommended
but if get pregnant after doing the cleaning of your colon, you should consult your doctor to make sure you are ok. ...Read more

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I had a colon cleanse and there was lots of yellow and mucus? Wnhat is this?

I had a colon cleanse and there was lots of yellow and mucus? Wnhat is this?

Dangerous: Colonic cleansing especially hydrotherapy can be quite harmful. Excessive colon cleansing may actually harm the bowel’s ability to function properly by weakening the colon muscles, thus making them less efficient. Certain medications used can cause kidney damage. There are reports of colonic perforation after hydrotherapy. Furthermore there is no proven benefit in any of this. ...Read more

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What is a colon cleanse?

You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that you need a fancy laxative or bizarre enema, ignore that person. Please be careful. If you buy into the idea of needing to do weird things to "cleanse" yourself, you'll never feel well again. Find an evidence-based holist instead. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can remove my bad colon cleanse?

How can remove my bad colon cleanse?

Can you clarify?: "Colon cleanses" are scams that target good, ordinary people and give them the idea that they need to remove "toxic bowel settlement" or something equally imaginary. If you had a bad experience after one of these, and still feel sick, a visit to a mainstream physician is in order. You'd do yourself a favor to find an evidence-based holistic practitioner in your community as wel. ...Read more

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How will a colon cleanse help the body?

How will a colon cleanse help the body?

It doesn't.: The idea of colon cleansing is based on a misunderstanding of anatomy & physiology. Your colon is actually outside of you. You actually surround a space through which foods pass & excrement is produced. The body takes care of its own cleansing if you have a proper diet & fluid intake. Colonic treatment is outlawed in certain states because in the wrong hands has led to bowel perforation & death. ...Read more

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What are the best colon cleanse products?

Good hi fiber: diet, 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily; more if you do strenuous activity. Do NOT waste your money on colon cleansers as they are not needed and potentially harmful in the short and long term. ...Read more

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What does a colon cleanse do to my system?

Nothing: It is not necessary nor recommended. It is just a money maker for those selling it and has no scientific evidence for benefit. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and your colon will work exactly as it was intended. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a colon cleanse in 2013?

100 or more: Colon cleansing is a waste of time at any age. ...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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Drink while I am on colon cleanse?

Bad Medicine: Amazing. Here is your question as a physician see's it. I want to live healthy and I am undergoing a colon cleanse to get rid of toxins and such. But, I have to drink.

I think that drinking alcohol is going to counter balance any thing you are attempting to do with a cleanse.

If you cannot go for even one day without drinking perhaps we should start there and not with a colon cleanse. ...Read more

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Can I take colon cleanse with food?

No: That defeats the purpose. The colon cleanse is supposed to cleanse the colon. If you eat while on the cleanse, you're undoing what the cleanse is doing. You stop eating before starting the cleanse. You resume eating and drinking after the colon test or whatever other reason for the cleanse. ...Read more

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Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Don't waste health: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. 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. Don't "cleanse" ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a colon cleanse?

See details: People give themselves various laxatives and enemas in the erroneous belief that it serves some useful purpose. ...Read more

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At what age is it a good idea to get a colon cleanse?

Never: Good diet and fluid intake are all that your colon needs to stay healthy. Avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol. Get colonoscopy after 50 yrs old. Artificial cleansing techniques such as enemas or laxatives are useless biologically in a healthy person, and may be quite dangerous. ...Read more

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Can getting a colon cleanse help you lose weight and is it healthy?

Lose=yes healthy=no: Your colon may hold a few pounds of waste (stool) normally, although severely constipated people may hold more. Evacuating the colon will thus drop some pounds, but they come back as soon as you eat and make more waste, so very temporary. "colon cleansing" is frowned upon, unnecessary and likely often harmful to your body so don't do it! ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon cleanse products and metamucil?

What is the difference between colon cleanse products and metamucil?

Fiber!: Metamucil is basically a kind of fiber. Other colon 'cleanse' products work by pulling fluid out of the colon, and this fluid brings other stool with it. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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