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Natural Colon Detox
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
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
Colon cleansing: Is not necessary. It is a scam and can actually create problems. Eating a high fiber diet and drinking 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily is all you need and a whole lot cheaper and safer. Do not waste your money on colon cleansing or risk your health for that matter. ...Read more
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
I'm trying acia berry natural weight loss supplement with green tea extract colon cleanse, is it effective and how ?
Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. The best approach to weight loss is physical activity and good food/ portion choices. Some of the colon cleanses can be risky for your health. Natural, fresh organic juicing with protein powder & appropriate supplementation can be beneficial - but you need to be knowledgeable about it before hand. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Won't hurt: There have only been three documented studies on the benefit of chia seeds. None confirmed they detox the body. They are good for your health though. Chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is drinking warm lemon water daily a good detoxing method? What are some other natural ways to detox internally?
Could be.: Drinking warm water with lemon is a mild cleansing/detoxifying agent. There are many others that can be helpful in this area particularly eating green leafy vegetables. Don't over do it. Consider consulting with a nutritionist. ...Read more
Yes: "toxins" is a word that is overused. Pesticides, mercury, lead, antibiotics, etc can all be taken in in the diet and are difficult to remove. Best to not take them in. Then there are the imaginary toxins that companies scare you with so you will buy their expensive detox product -- these are fake. Dont buy it! eat healthy, stay hydrated. Avoid constipation and your body will do the rest. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm taking probiotics and prebiotics. Do enemas kill good bacteria in the intestines? (using water/chamomile/coffee for enema)
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
For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! if constipation however is new or has significantly worsened, or is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain then don't self-medicate but get checked. ...Read more