The Crap That Is Colon Cleansing

I think it's time to cleanse the world of colon cleansing.

Colon cleansing is where people go on special liquid diets or take special liquid or herbal supplements to "cleanse" the colon of any "toxins" that supposedly have accumulated in there.

First, the word "toxin" is always a red flag. Usually, "toxin" is pseudoscientific doublespeak that people use to get you to buy their product. The next time people tell you their product will get rid of toxins, ask them "Which toxins?" They usually can't tell you.

In fact, colon cleansing is based on the outdated 19th century theory of autointoxication....the belief that waste collects in the colon over time and stagnates there. Well, research as early as the 1920's showed that this isn't true. Doctors who regularly perform colonoscopies and literally look into hundreds of colons per year will tell you that stool does not collect in the colon at all.

There's also no evidence that stool is toxic to the body. If stool was toxic, then people who suffer from constipation would also suffer from more disease....but they don't.

If you take a close look at the ingredients of these "colon cleansing" products, you'll find that they're either simply a random collection of different types of fiber...

and/or a random collection of herbs...

...and there's no evidence that any of these herbs do anything for you, let alone "cleanse" your colon.

In fact, you have to be careful with some of the herbal colon cleansers, because they may contain powerful laxatives, such as senna leaves. While laxatives can occasionally relieve constipation, frequent use may have harmful effects, including dehydration and vitamin/mineral deficiencies.

Despite all the claims of the people who want you to take a colon bath, there's no need to cleanse your colon. It does just fine on its own.

For a healthy colon, what matters is what you put in your mouth. Make sure your diet is adequate in natural fiber from whole fruits and vegetables. Also, drink enough water....mild dehydration may result in constipation.

Basically, the only crap that needs to get cleaned up here is the crap surrounding colon cleansers.  If you ever use any these products, you're flushing your money right down the toilet...literally!

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I’ve tried to eat fiber, drink lots of water but to no avail. What would you say about sea salt water cleanse?

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