Colon Cleansing – Necessary or Not?

November 3, 2013 Lifestyle

colon cleansingColon cleansing, colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation refer to the same procedure: cleansing of the colon with water. This procedure dates way back, but only lately it has been developed so that no discomfort or unpleasant smells are involved. The water is inserted through a tube into the rectum. It is performed by colon hydrotherapists using a special machine which flushes the water inside. The water is then released through bowel movement and the procedure could be repeated. Water could also be combined with herbs, probiotics or coffee.

How it could help

Proponents of colon cleansing consider that the colon accumulates toxins that it cannot eliminated naturally. These toxins can intoxicate the body and cause symptoms like lack of energy, headaches, fatigue, and more serious health problems: arthritis, asthma,and allergies.

Performing colon cleansing can promote the health of the gastrointestinal tract and improve overall health. It could also prevent colon cancer. People who have performed colon hydrotherapy report experiencing a boost of energy and a feeling of lightness, immediately afterwards.

The recommended number of sessions depends on each case, but it’s usually takes about three to start with. After a colon hydrotherapy session the patient should hydrate well, eat healthy foods like salads, soups and avoid dairy, spicy foods and sweets. After a colon cleansing session, a number of potential side effects can be experienced: dizziness, mineral imbalance, or infection Some practitioners recommend taking probiotics to help recover the good bacteria which are also lost, along with the waste, during the process.

What conventional health professionals say

Conventional health professionals consider colon hydrotherapy unnecessary and even dangerous. They only recommend it before certain surgical procedures. Otherwise, they think the body is able do do its own cleaning up. Some of the possible side effects that conventional health professionals see in colon cleansing are bowel perforation, change in the electrolytes – dangerous especially in case of kidney disease – risk of infection and dehydration.


As always, the truth is somewhere in between. Although it’s true that the body has its own defense and cleansing mechanisms, the low quality of food, stress, lack of movement can affect these mechanisms. So, it could be a good idea to help our body by performing a colon cleansing from time to time, as long as we don’t over do it and make sure that we don’t have any health issues that could get worse during the process.


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