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How can I clean my colon?

How can I clean my colon?

Not necessary: The desire to clean the colon relates to ancient medical theories about internal toxicity derived from the colon. The colon, thank you, is fully capable of taking care of itself and needs no cleansing. You can pay a great deal of money to alternate practitioners for colon cleansing but this is money badly spent. If you think you have medical problems, see your family doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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How to clean colon naturally?

FIber and Water: The best way to do so is to increase your fiber and water intake. As a normal adult, a person needs between 25-35 gr of fiber a day with plenty water. THat should be enough to clean your colon naturally and have regular and soft bowel movements.

I hope this help.

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What can I do to clean out my colon?

What can I do to clean out my colon?

Fiber and water: By far the best is fiber and water. There are other salt solutions that pull water through the bowels but that is temporary. High fiber and water can be a lifestyle. ...Read more

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Is there is any procedure I can do at home to clean the colon?

Is there is any procedure I can do at home to clean the colon?

OTC laxatives: If needing to clear the poop out of the colon, the most popular way is just to use otc laxatives that are available in any store. One should talk to one's doctor about such needs, because in some people, there can be a serious disorder blocking the poop in the intestines. ...Read more

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Can you do this cleanse and not have a procedure done just for the purpose if cleaning out you colon?

Can you do this cleanse and not have a procedure done just for the purpose if cleaning out you colon?

Why?: 1 time 4 a procedure every 5 years is enough 4 anyone. U can buy mag so4 oyc & sleep by the toilet, and u will b clean. However in doing so u loose electrolytes & if don every week this can cause serious 2 fatal consequences. Stick 2 just doing it b 4 a procedure! High fiber & proper hydration will help things move along, no laxatives! ...Read more

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I am on a nerve blocker and therefore the gentle colon cleaning products don't work for. What product would work?

I am on a nerve blocker and therefore the gentle colon cleaning products don't work for. What product would work?

MIRALAX (polyethylene glycol): Softeners plus laxatives may help you-the softener keeps your stools soft while the laxative helps to push it along and out. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (or it's generic) has been a godsend to many and should help you-- if not, please see your doc as something else may be going on! ...Read more

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How to determine when your colon/intestines are clean?

How to determine when your colon/intestines are clean?

Bowel Purge: The absence of solid fecal matter as well as light yellow or clear liquid output from the bowels would suggest clean or cleared intestines. Many agents are used to purge the bowel prior to colonoscopy and the endoscopist looks for the aforementioned to determine the quality of the bowel preparation.
Bear in mind that by definition, the bowel is not “clean” as it is full of normal bacterial flora. ...Read more

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How is one to know if their intestines/colon are clean?

How is one to know if their intestines/colon are clean?

They never are: They is no medical reason to colon cleanse. It is medically unsound and potentially dangerous. The colon is never clean. Fecal material is 75% bacteria. ...Read more

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How can they clean your colon before colon surgery?

How can they clean your colon before colon surgery?

Bowel Prep: There are several medications and preps that can be prescribed to clean the colon or prep the colon before surgery. Some surgeon's do not prep the colon before surgery as there is some evidence of no benefit to this practice. ...Read more

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A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?

A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?

No need: You don't need to detoxify your body. Your body is designed to get rid of toxins. Companies that sell you detoxifying products are only after your money. ...Read more

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I have to clean out my bowel. How will I know when my colon is completely empty?

Clear yellow: Your bowel movements will be liquid and usually a light yellow or greenish color. After using the toilet, if you were to drop a penny into the water you could see it through the diarrhea. ...Read more

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Were I to go on a super strict high fiber diet for the next few weeks, will that clean out my colon?

Constipation?: If you are constipated and that's why you feel like you need to "clean out" your colon then yes a high fiber diet will help. ...Read more

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How to clean colon? Will stool remain in colon? I have mild constipation.

How to clean colon? Will stool remain in colon? I have mild constipation.

Healthy eating: 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. Eat healthy instead. ...Read more

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Why does my wife need chemo? My wife was operated on for colon cancer it went well they removed 12 lymphnodes 4 of them had traces of cancer we just had a petscan and it came back clean no organs affected. Why would my wife need chemo if scan was clean.?

Why does my wife need chemo? My wife was operated on for colon cancer it went well they removed 12 lymphnodes 4 of them had traces of cancer we just had a petscan and it came back clean no organs affected. Why would my wife need chemo if scan was clean.?

PET: Pet scans usually can only see tumor measuring about the size of a small raisin (1 cm). A tumor this size already contains about 1 billion cancer cells. When multiple lymph nodes are invovled there is a very high chance that there are tiny clusters of cells in other lymph nodes, surrounding tissues, or organs. Chemotherapy or other treatments are often given after surgery to hopefully kill these remaining bad cells. We know that this increases the chances of beating the disease based on randomized trials in which brave people who had colon cancer in their lymph nodes and normal scans after the operation agreed to get chemotherapy or not based on the flip of a coin. Those who got the chemotherapy lived longer and had relapses less often and later in life. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would drinking a lot of cranberry juice clean up your colon?

Hi docs, would drinking a lot of cranberry juice clean up your colon?

"Clean Up": Would not expect it to clean colon although excess cranberry juice can cause loose stools/ diarrhea. Recent studies show that cranberry ingestion can increase Bifidobacteria in GI tract & help to maintain other healthy bacteria. ...Read more

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How much MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) should I take to clean out colon quickly?

How much MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) should I take to clean out colon quickly?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): The answer depends on why you were taking the Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you're taking it as part of a colonoscopy prep, you should follow the instructions given for the procedure. Be sure to take all of the laxative, even if your stool appears clear. If taking it for constipation, the dosage is 17 g once a day. Do not take a second dose. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I had clean colonoscooy 10 years ago, no family history of colon cancer, no issues, iscologuard ok?

If I had clean colonoscooy 10 years ago, no family history of colon cancer, no issues, iscologuard ok?

Maybe one day: There are large studies underway right now to answer that question. The US Preventative Services Task Force has not yet decided on whether the fecal DNA test is enough on its own to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more

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Mom had colon cancer 10 years ago. I had a colonoscopy in 2006 and it was clean. When should I have another one? I'll be 35 in may.

Mom had colon cancer 10 years ago. I had a colonoscopy in 2006 and it was clean. When should I have another one? I'll be 35 in may.

Speak to family doc: I recommend speaking to your family doctor to discuss your case and based on your history have a health exchange of your options. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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