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Reasons for Colon Cleansing

Mar 3, 2008
Colon cleansing, also known as bowel detoxification, is the process of removing excess waste from the colon. The colon is another name for the large intestine which is the last portion of the digestive tract for digested food waste to travel through on its way to be expelled through the anus.

In adults the large intestine is usually around two and a half inches in diameter and five feet in length.

Bowel Detoxification Methods

The cleansing procedure consists of both invasive procedures through the anus and oral supplements or foods. Many so-called natural products on the market for colon cleansing are simply repackaged laxatives or are labeled as herbal remedies to soften bowel movements and increase their frequency.

The good ones normally have a high fiber content. Some new developments have introduced agents that oxidize the stagnant waste in the colon to flush it out, and they seem very effective.

Kits are available that have cleansing regimens lasting from a day to several months. However, the more expensive and invasive colon cleansing method, and often what is thought of when hearing the term, is called a colonic.

The process is basically an enema; water is shot up into the large intestine via insertion of a tube into the anus. The tube then vacuums the waste debris into a container for disposal.

Benefits of Bowel Detoxification

Colon cleansing is generally a safe method of removing toxins from the body to maintain a healthy digestive system. It can also help prevent constipation, promote weight loss, and relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) discomfort.

IBS is a disorder of the colon resulting in cramping, bloating, and diarrhea. It is common, estimated to be a part of one in five American adult lives.

There are also claims that colonics can relieve bloating. This explanation has potential truth since one of the primary roles of the large intestine is to reabsorb water and sodium from waste before it is expelled. If cleansing removes the waste from the bowel before the reabsorption process can occur there will be less water retention and thus less bloating.

Medically Accepted Colonic Practices

Colon cleansing is often recommended by doctors prior to medical procedures or examinations of the colon. The most often used form is an enema. An enema is performed using a fountain syringe or an enema bag and nozzle to propel water or cleansing liquid into the colon through the anus.

Medical cleansing liquids are usually either sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or mild hand soap in water. The injection is held for a set time and then released into a collection vessel for disposal. The procedure is either done in a medical facility with the aid of a nurse or at home by the patient using a kit.

For the most part, the medical community does not endorse regular colonics or bowel detoxification, citing potential harms to the body's natural balance. But thousands of people have reported success and improvement of their lives due to colon cleansing.
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