Colon cleansing is a sought after alternative method for removing wastes, that have been built up in the colon. These types of treatments often promise to have skin looking clearer and younger, as well as relieve embarrassing bouts of flatulation that is commonly associated with a colon that is overworked and overstressed.
There are many benefits to colon cleansing, especially if a person has chronic constipation, but there are also risks that must be taken into account. Let’s take a closer look at three (3) common types of colon cleanse methods.
Colonic Hydrotherapy is often referred to a “high powered enema”, and this is actually a very popular colon cleansing treatment. A tube (similar to a catheter) is inserted into the rectum, and water is injected into the system with the intent to flush out waste. While this is an effective cleanse, the risks involve the potential of contracting an infection. If the facility does not follow high sanitary standards, and the tools are not properly disinfected, the risk of infection increases. In addition, if the tube is not inserted correctly, damage to the colon walls can occur. Dehydration is also a potential possibility, as an electrolyte imbalance may occur, due to the large influx (and then removal) of water. According to some medical experts, if too much water is retained in the body, heart and lung conditions may occur. Nausea is also a potential side effect that many people have experienced, during and after this treatment.
Another negative point of this type of treatment is the cost, as it can be over $100 per treatment.
Standard enemas and over-the-counter laxatives can be very dangerous, because when they are used in excess, the body will quickly become dependent, and the ability to eliminate waste naturally will no longer be a possibility. Basically, he body will shut down its ability to function in a natural and effective manner.
Commercial colon cleansers can be dangerous, for the simple fact that the typical consumer is not aware of the ingredients used to make these types of pills. Many ingredients used, such as Cascara Sagrada, Senna, and especially Psyllium Husk can cause more intestinal damage and offer very little relief. Psyllium Husk, for instance, is often referred to as a “scrub brush” for the bowels, but this type of advertising is not accurate, and in many cases, constipation, along with painful cramping will increase, because this chemical is too harsh for the delicate human organs. In addition, some of these commercial-based products are not government regulated, which means that the ingredients that are used in some commercial colon cleaners can be extremely harmful. It is for this reason that it is advised to seek the counsel of a trained medical professional before engaging in this type treatment.
Minimizing the Risks of Colon Cleansers
Safety should be your number one concern, so it is encouraged that you be vigilant regarding your health. Know everything you can possible find out about procedures and facilities that are performing the treatment (qualified staff, cleanliness, etc.), as well as all the ingredients of any supplements that you consider taking.
Supplements, for instance, should only contain natural ingredients, such as berries and plant extracts. Once you are aware of exactly what each ingredient is, and what it will do to your body, you will be able to make an educated decision, and safely take a supplement without concern that it may cause damage to the entire digestive system, including your liver. For an extra measure of caution, it is advised that you consult with a health care professional to review ingredients and dosing options.
Pregnant women or women who are considering pregnancy should take extra precautions regarding colon cleansing, because you want to make doubly sure that you are doing the best for you and your baby.
To avoid dangerous health risks associated with the above mentioned colon cleanses, it is advised to avoid the costs and potential embarrassment and dangers associated these types of treatments. You should go the natural path: exercising on a daily basis and eating a balanced diet, which will be high in fresh fruits and dark leafy green vegetables.