Colon Cleansing Programs - Is Colon Cleansing Safe?

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Here's a question that comes up a lot: is colon cleansing safe? Many people think it couldn't possibly be. This seems even more unlikely if you've ever read about all the weird stuff that people talk about, concerning their bowel movements, on alternative health forums.

Truthfully though, for most people colon cleansing is safe. There are some things you need to watch out for, particularly the overuse of certain herbs. But for most folks who are curious about how they'll feel after experiencing a colon cleanse, it should be fine to do. Just make sure you follow the right kind of diet and guidelines for doing a cleanse.

One thing I think it is always important to mention is that you shouldn't always assume that herbs and alternative therapies are safe. So if you have any particular concerns, talking to your doctor is a good idea. I strongly recommend this if you are taking any kind of medications on a regular basis. A pharmacist can probably tell you about any drug interactions too. In fact, a pharmacist will definitely be more informed about that anyway.

There are two herbs that are commonly included in colon cleansing products and recipes. These are senna and cascara sagrada. Senna is a strong laxative. Many people use it to help with constipation and you can find it in your local drugstore aisle. It is only meant to be used occasionally however and colon cleanses that last one to three months definitely can't be considered occasional use.

The other herb is cascara sagrada. This is just another common laxative. Like senna, cascara sagrada is only meant for short-term use, no more than seven days. The problem with both of these types of laxatives (and quite a few others) is that your colon can get used to relying on them. Then you develop a dependency and are always constipated if you aren't using the herb. This is exactly what you don't want! The colon cleanse is supposed to help any constipation problems, not make them worse.

Fortunately, there are other colon cleanses that you can do that don't contain these ingredients. Psyllium husks are perfectly safe to use for most people. You can easily make up your own psyllium and bentonite shake for a simple colon cleanse you can do at home.

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Jenni L Kerala has 1 articles online

It is very simple to make a homemade colon cleanse for yourself. Just follow the psyllium & bentonite shake colon cleanse recipe on my site. You probably already have everything you need in your kitchen or you can take a quick trip to the supermarket to pick up some fresh ingredients.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31