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Colon Cleansing Products

Updated on August 18, 2009

There has been a huge resurgence in interest in colon cleansing products and procedures these days. With all of the concerns about health and de-toxing one thing is stressed over and over again, and that is that in order to really detox, the most important first step is to cleanse out your colon.

It has been estimated that most people on a standard American diet have anywhere from five to ten pounds of hardened waste matter lining their intestines.  This toxic material is very harmful to your body, and has been cited as being the cause of many of the modern diseases and ailments now facing man.

There are two main ways to cleanse your colon, by colon irrigation or by ingesting substances that cleanse your colon.

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With colon irrigation liquid is flushed in and out of your rectum, thus emptying your colon from impacted waste material. This is usually performed by a practitioner at a clinic, although there are some do it yourself kits, (enema kits) which can also be used for this.

More common and more readily available are the powder or liquid supplements you can buy at your local health food store or pharmacy which, when taken, force the colon cleansing.  Colon cleansing products that are taken by mouth are also broken down into several different types.

Laxatives stimulate colon and lower intestine activity, forcing you to have a bowel motion. These can be natural laxatives such as some herbal teas, or chemical laxatives. There are also colon cleansing programs available for purchase, which incorporate several different methods such as removing toxins and waste, killing parasites and then going on to cleanse liver, kidney and other organs.

Common ingredients used in colon cleansing products include Psyllium, Senna, Cascara sagrada. Psyllium is a very popular bulk-forming laxative that's not only common in colon cleaners but also in many diet pills. It absorbs water, swells and produces contractions in the bowl. 

Senna is a stimulant laxative which is also commonly found not only in colon cleansers but also diet teas and pills, and weight loss supplements. 

Cascara sagrada is a herbal stimulant laxative, similar to senna, which is also often found in colon cleansing products. 

There are, of course, other minerals and herbs included in the average package that you can buy, but these three often make up the base of the program.

There are some concerns that these three ingredients in particular can actually have harmful side-effects if used over a long period of time. Some people have reportedly been allergic to Psyullium, while both Senna and Cascara sagrada are said to cause liver damage, abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation.

Other colon cleansing products claim they create an environment that is not friendly to intestinal bacteria and other harmful organisms, thus detoxifying and flushing the intestinal tract. These products are typically made of herbs or other natural ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract, wormwood, male fern root, wormseed and cloves to name a few.

If you want to use a homemade colon cleansing recipe, you can find quite a few recipes available online.  Many use lemons as a base, or include some of the herbs and seed extracts mentioned in the paragraph above.

If used according to instructions, all of the available colon cleansing products seem fairly harmless when used in moderation.  You may need to experiment with a few different products to find what best suits. 


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