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New Health Colon Cleanser
Colon cleanse: The colon does not require "cleansing." The process of having a bowel movement takes care of that nicely. There is no buildup of toxins or other materials in the colon. Just eat a lot of fiber, drink plenty of liquids, and if constipated, consider an actual fiber supplement. See your gastroenterologist at age 50, or sooner if you're having problems. Those are the keys to good colon health. ...Read more
You don't: You don't need a colon cleanser! If your colon is damaged or sick, this needs to be treated. Otherwise, there is nothing to cleanse your colon from. I've been present at colonoscopies and believe me there are no deposits in the colon that colon cleanse sales people claim to remove with their products! ...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
Yes, 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 questioned. ...Read more
Best to get checked: 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
Don't do it!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" 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 significant unjustified risk. Don't use cleansers please unless prescribed. ...Read more
Need poop clean out?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
Stop! 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 cleansers please unless prescribed. ...Read more
Can garcinia combogia and a colon cleanser pill be taken at the same time? Also can these pills be taken twice a day and everyday?
Recommended dose: There is a lot of popular news on the internet on this combination for weight loss. I would not exceed any recommended doses for the Garcinia or colon cleanser. FYI...both of these are not FDA regulated and there are no trials published on their efficacy either. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Diarrhea would clean out the colon and help eliminate the solid stool. You should be careful to keep up with fluid losses to make sure you don't dehydrate. You should be able to continue to urinate every 6-8 hours and still have a moist not dry mouth. ...Read more
Underlying cause: This is because your are not treating the underlying cause of your constipation. Try increasing your fiber and water intake, you can try adding Miralax (polyethylene glycol) every morning as an alternative if you can't increase your fiber intake enough. If you are using any opiate medications this can contribute ro recurrent constipation. See your doc if fiber and trying over the counter stool softeners isn't working. ...Read more
Nothing significant: According to scientifically conducted trials, nothing significant. ...Read more
I took a colon cleanser for 21 days not realizing the label said "do not take for more than seven consecutive days" what should I do?
Is there any way to cleanse your liver? Not sure if that is the right terminology, but similar to how you would do a colon cleanser.
Both wrong: Liver metabolizes, detoxifies chemicals (good, bad, natural, synthetic, whatever) generally into nontoxic substances. Large capacity. Common toxins:excess alcohol, excess sugars, fats, etc. Caffeine seems minerals, helpful in chr. Liver disease. Silymarin, in milk thistle, not well absorbed by mouth, might work IV (not available). Colon cleanses don't detox-you poop, lose fluid, minerals, bacteria ...Read more
I had did a colon cleanser I bought from GNC store I been constipated I been losing weight yesterday I was 208 today I am 204 is that a good thing?
Not recommended: We don't recommend quickly losing large amounts of weight as that's usually water weight that's lost, leading to dehydration. "Colon cleansers" are often unmonitored laxatives which we don't recommend using regularly, or even occasionally. Check w/your doc to make sure you're otherwise healthy, including no hypothyroidism. Then increase fiber, fluids & exercise to more naturally get bowel going. ...Read more
Recently I purchased a colon cleanser and is from aerobic life and its called mag07. What can you tell me about it?? Have any doctors heard about it??
Nothing for now:
Blood in the stool is never "normal". However, colon cleansing can aggrevate hemorrhoids (swollen anal veins) and cause bleeding.
Warm baths with epsom salts and a cream like anusol will help.
However, if the bleeding persists, there may be a colon polyp or tumor that is bleeding. If so, please see a doctor for an exam.
All the best, peter wilk, md. ...Read more
What is the best colon cleanser on the market? I have a severe bLoating, & constipation. I need something targeting a total cleanse. Thank you!
Be careful: As products marketed as colon clenses have no proven benefit and are nothing other than laxatives. I don't know what products you are looking at but there is no way to "cleanse " the colon to rid you of your issues. If anything you will have only temporary relief. Consider discussion with your doctor or referral to a GI doctor ...Read more
My butt holes is raw because I had to take colon cleanser can you use maximum strength vagisil for this or is it just for the vagina? Thanks
Can use vagisil: Can use vagisil. (you never "have" to take a colon cleanser) ...Read more
Can I take vitamins or probiotics while doing a body/colon cleanser? And how long should I use cleanser for? Mine says no more then 30days
The road to health..: ...does NOT lead through your rectum. Colon cleansing can cause vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, jaundice & kidney failure. It was discredited a century ago. It may sound appealing but there is NO scientific evidence for it. Claims that toxins in your GI tract cause health problems eg arthritis, allergies, asthma are nonsense. Be skeptic, not a sucker. ...Read more
Avoid to be safe: There is no evidence as to safety here, so I would avoi it/both, until more inforamtion is available. ...Read more
What kind of doctor do I need to see about having a boweel movement everyday? Would recommend a colon cleanser?
Primary care doctor: Constipation is treated by primary care doctors. There are many ways to treat it. The main problem is that the time it takes for food one ate to go through the intestine and out the anus is too long of a time. One must make "intestinal transit" time more rapid. Water, fiber, exercise, and happiness will help do this. Laxatives and special meds from the primary or specialist doctors also help out. ...Read more
I have this colon cleanser called lbs 2 lower bowel stimulant I've you it before and it didn't really do anything does it really work?
Lbs2: Apparently it did not work for you. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more
Can I take a colon cleanser with CHF meds I know I would feel better and drop some stomach weight, if I could take colon cleaner, I'm on coreg, emdur, lisinipril, zocor, (simvastatin) warfarin, sotalol, and Lasix
Colin cleansing: Colin cleansing in general is an unnecessary procedure and is occasionally harmful. The body rids itself of stool and toxins, with no need to intervene. The best thing to do is to increase fiber in the diet. Even taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, can be helpful to have regular bowel movements. If you do, increase your fluid intake also. Good luck. ...Read more
It depends.: In reality, colon cleansers do not work for anyone, since they are unnecessary. The colon does a fine job of cleaning itself out, just in the process of having bowel movements. There is not an accumulation of toxins in the colon, so colon cleansers or unnecessary. If you are actually referring to the need for laxatives, send us another note or use HealthTap Prime. Hope that helps. ...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