Colon Cleanser -How and Why
It is not a new concept - colon cleansers.
Once upon a time it was spring tonic. You got the
tonic even if you didn't want it. The taste was less than
desirable and the effect was quick and confining. You
didn't dare stray too far from a bathroom.
Like all preventive folk medicine this practice lost
favor. Modern science told the enlightened that it was
not necessary. Some doctors even went so far as to say
that a colon cleanser was dangerous.
Many years ago I knew a very nice lady. She was old
world and went only to the local "doctor" (not a medical
doctor) and was pretty darn healthy to my eyes. However,
one week she did not show up for work and I did not see her for
two weeks. She had gone in for her monthly colon
irrigation and cleansing. The staff set her up in the
bathroom potty stall and went about their business.
Regretfully they forgot about her. She was found a couple
of hours later, lying on the floor with the irrigation hose
still stuck up her bottom. She recovered nicely after a
brief stay in the hospital to treat her head injury. She was
also treated for dehydration.
For years polite society did not discuss bathroom issues any
more than women problems. The older colon cleanse
generation eventually died off. The practice also died
off as did leeches and maggots for cleaning out infection.
Everything old becomes new. Doctors are now relooking
at leeches and maggots and they are definitely in favor of a
good old fashioned colon cleanse.
Of course, the doctors cannot agree on how or when a colon
cleanse should be done. In the USA, the most popular
product is psyllium. You can find this natural product
at every drug store and grocery store in town. The most common
problem with taking psyllium is that it requires a lot of
fluid, hopefully water, to work effectively.
People suffering from constipation often turn to psyllium
products. Sometimes, they find their problem has
increased. When you take psyllium, you must, absolutely
must drink a full large glass of water with the capsules.
It is the action of the water and the psyllium that moves the
bowel. Not enough water and you just increase the
blockage. Since it is often the lack of water that caused
the constipation in the first place, you have no so called
These same people then turn to laxatives. Sorry but
laxatives are habit forming. They stimulate the bowel to
move but used on a consistent basis they stop the normal muscle
movement of the bowel. Let's say that every time you
wanted to move your left arm someone moved it for you. It
would not take very long before you could no longer move the
arm on your own.
There was a young person at our drug rehab facility that
used a fleet enema every day. She did not have the
physical ability to have a bowel movement without
assistance. She administered it to herself. Needless to
say she was anorexic, still felt fat and still had a drug
There is a time and place for a laxative. But the time
should be infrequent. If you are hooked on laxatives, see
your doctor. It won't be an easy quick road back to normal
healthy bowel movements but it is possible.
Colon cleansers are necessary and done properly are
healthful to your body.
You might feel that a colon cleanser is not necessary for
you. You have a regular bowel movement, your diet is high
in natural raw vegetables and you consume several glasses of
pure water every day. You get plenty of exercise and you feel
great. Why are you reading this article?
My grandmother would have insisted you take a spring tonic
anyway. Just as she did spring house cleaning getting
into all the corners and cupboards that normally don't get
cleaned, she knew that the large intestine had little pockets
of very old toxic material. Getting rid of toxic waste in your
body can only be a good thing.
A good colon cleanse can help everything from acne to
allergies to your ability to fight off the flu. A clean
healthy colon supports the entire body. You don't get
much clean air from a dirty stopped up air filter and you don't
get the proper absorption of nutrients from your food from a
dirty clogged intestine.