Facts about a Deep Colon Cleanse


One of the most touted homeopathic procedures lately seems to be the deep colon cleanse.  There are staunch proponents on each side as to whether or not this type of a procedure is a necessary or even healthy one to perform.  If you are considering this cleanse for any reason, it is important to know both the pros and the cons of the process.

The colon is the last step of the digestive system.  It actually consists of three different parts of the body:  the large intestine, the rectum and the anus.  Tube shaped, an adult colon measures between 5 and 6 feet in length and approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter.  Rather than lain out straight, the colon begins on the right of the abdomen, travels upwards toward the liver, bends sharply to the left and again goes across the abdomen before pointing downwards on the left side of the abdomen to empty into the rectum.  Processed food matter, called chyme, traverses through the colon where most of the water and minerals are absorbed into the colon walls.  The result is the formation of feces, which is propelled through the colon by contractions of the strong muscular walls of the organ. 

Within the colon are numerous bacteria and microflora that help with the digestive process.  They also assist in transforming the nutrients and folic acid from the foods that will become a usable and beneficial form that is reabsorbed.  A normal colon that is performing optimally will eliminate feces two or three times per day.  When these movements do not take place, the colon can become “clogged”, and toxins that were destined to be eliminated from the body can be reabsorbed into the body. 

Benefits of a colon cleanse.

A poorly functioning colon is one that becomes sluggish and slow.  This can be the result of a diet high in fats, processed foods and refined sugars.  It can also be the result of an illness or caused from stress.  Those who are believe that a deep colon cleanse is beneficial declare that, when slow movements occur on a frequent basis, plaque can build up along the walls of the colon.  This not only makes the passageway smaller and leads to bouts of constipation but also adds weight to the individual and reintroduces toxins from undigested foods into the body.  These toxins lead to a number of diseases.  An effective colon cleanse takes between 2 to 4 weeks depending on the age of the individual; the younger the person, the less time it takes to cleanse.  Using psyllium husk, bentonite clay or flaxseeds, probiotics and large volumes of water, the colon cleanse is designed to remove the layers of compacted waste in the colon to improve its function and revitalize the individual.

Downside of a colon cleanse.

Many doctors maintain that colon cleanses are unnecessary and are often more harmful to the individual than beneficial.  The colon contains over 60 types of bacteria, both helpful and potentially harmful, as a natural habitat and elimination process.  Cleanses that last for several weeks are removing these bacteria that are essential for proper colon function.  If the balance of the harmful bacteria overwhelms the good, disease could develop.  In addition, dehydration is a very real possibility with cleanses, as is a rise in electrolytes.  Because the colon is designed to specifically eliminate waste and does not need help.

Deep colon cleanse preparations are abundantly available, or people can simply design their own using psyllium, flaxseeds, probiotics and water.  Before deciding to embark on this cleansing venture, it would be wise to consult with your physician to ensure that it is a safe procedure for you to perform.


 

 

 

 


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