Do You Need To Clean Your Colon?

Think your colon needs cleansing? Chances
are, it doesn’t. And you’re probably doing more harm than good. Hey guys, Tara here for Dnews – and there’s
a small but persistent population of people out there who believe that regular colon cleansings
are good for your body. Whether it’s laxatives, enemas, or an actual colon irrigation – performed
by a medical practitioner. The idea, they say, is that “it cleans out
all of the toxins that build up on the walls of your colon over time” – preventing symptoms
like fatigue, bloating, and even depression or cancer. It’s true, there are instances where this
kind of procedure is warranted – for example, someone who’s about to undergo a colonoscopy.
But the vast majority of the people who did it, don’t actually need it – and over time,
they could be doing more harm than good. The truth is, your body already has mechanisms
built in, specifically designed to eliminate harmful substances. Your liver and kidneys
are two of those mechanisms. Plus, there just isn’t enough research yet
on most colon cleanses, to really recommend them to anyone who doesn’t have a specific
medical need. Not to mention the fact that they have been known to cause some very serious
side effects. Certain herbal cleanses, for example, have
been linked to liver toxicity and aplastic anemia, which is a rare disorder where your
body stops producing enough red blood cells. Other reports have specifically linked colonics
to things like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and in more serious cases – kidney problems, heart
failure, and life-threatening infections. Any scenario where you’re inducing diarrhea
– also carries the risk of disrupting your body’s electrolyte balance, leading to a
number of health problems. And that’s especially true for people with kidney disease or heart
problems – who ALREADY have trouble maintaining proper fluid balance. The same goes for pregnant and breastfeeding
women, people with GI problems – like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – and people
with connective tissue disorders or severe hemorrhoids, who run an increased risk of
bowel perforation. For the general population, though, who has
no known health issues – it’s just not a good idea to disrupt the natural balance of
bacteria in your gut. It’s like taking antibiotics for a common cold – yeah, you might get rid
of bad bacteria, but you’re also getting rid of good bacteria – which puts you at a
higher risk for future infections. Some people also like to claim that colon
irrigation is a good method for weight loss – which isn’t exactly true. A 2004 study
on colonics, found the average weight loss of patients to be around 2.6 lbs, or 1.2 kg.
Not really a huge difference. Not to mention that all you’re disposing of, is extra water
and stool. You’re not permanently getting rid of any fat, so all of that weight will
come back within a couple week’s time. Most doctors say that if you’re really interested
in cleaning out your colon, the best thing you can do is adjust your diet and make sure
to get plenty of exercise. Processed foods, meat, and sugar will only induce build-up,
but foods that are rich in fiber – like fruits and vegetables – will pretty much do all of
the work for you. I know there’s a big debate about this online,
so which side are you on? Are you a proponent of regular colon cleansing? And if so, what
are you experiences with it? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments
down below. And as always, thank you guys for watching!

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