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I bought a colon cleanser at the whole foods store I go to, just to give it a whirl.  I feel like everytime I go numero 2, theres so much left in me still, ( sorry, tmi). So i'm hoping this will help flush everything out of me.

anyone ever try a colon cleanse in pill form.

btw..I bought "Super Cleanse" by Nature's Secret
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okay, i just have to say I am so interested in this!! Have always wanted to do that! Please keep posting and let us know if your stomach gets flatter, waist gets smaller or you lose weight. Also if you feel more refreshed and energetic, which I have heard sometimes happens. Some also say their skin clears up-- maybe because toxins are flushed out?? Can't wait to hear how it goes!
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i tried this thing called "fat flush" on the grounds it said it helps you lose four dress sizes or something yada yada..um. not so much. in tiny print at the bottom it said "mild laxative" thats the only reason i think those make stomachs appear flatter. they dehydrate you. is this that the same sort of thing? my reasons were the same actually haha...ive found the hydroxycut im taking now however is helping that aswell...or it could be the 10+ glasses of water im drinking...looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!
hahah thats funny you bring that up jess..i tried that too! Flush the Fat i think it was called...I got it at Walmart for $20 i think. and it didn't do a thing for me, It actually made me constipated?!?! yeah, i dont know...

Im on day 2 of my cleanse and oddly enough I didn't even go once yesterday..which kind of scared me a bit but we'll see what today brings, I'll keep ya posted, because...im sure you are so interested in my colon cleansing adventure haha.
Colon cleansing is not a good idea, and it won't help you lose weight.  I've collected some information that might help you understand why this is so.

Here's a simple explanation of how the human digestive tract works

From Wisegeek.com

Here's what the colon does

From Metropedia

Here's a quote from the above article:

"If the muscles of the colon do not contract in the right way, then the contents inside the colon do not move correctly, or move too quickly or too slowly, then overly watery stools or overly hard stools can result. When this happens, it causes abdominal pain, cramps, constipation, diarrhea, and a sense of incomplete stool movement."

My comment:  In other words, if there is fecal matter still in the colon, you'll have really bad symptoms.  It can't just stay there without you knowing it.  It does not "build up."  If someone were to have 10 pounds of fecal matter in their colon, that person would be in AGONY!  There is no way it could be ignored.

Here's what the experts say:

The Mayo Clinic

Quackwatch

Health A to Z

Unfortunately, most of the information on the internet about colon health, is published by the people selling colon cleanses.  That makes it hard to get accurate information.  I've tried to do that for you and hope it helps.

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well this is just great..

you think you are doing something good for your insides and of course, theres something contradictory saying its actually harmful. CRAP!

I also just heard on the news that women who consume grapefruits ( at least one per week) increase their risk of breast cancer by 30%!

what the heck. I"m tellin ya, how is it possible to be healthy these days, or to think you are doing right by your body, when there are so many publications saying negative things about tons of so called healthy foods or remedies?
I don't know about these studies they publicize.  I think sometimes they are small studies that are not statistically significant.  I'd look at the number of people they tested, and how they tested them.  Also, I'd look at who is paying for the study, because results can be slanted to someone's advantage.
Thank you Claire!!!  I was wondering about colon cleansers months ago and asked my Mom... she was going to ask our homeopathic doctor but I think she forgot.  I thought what you said was right all along, but thought what do I know... thank you so much for roving me right!
I think no matter what you do, one can find a study both supporting and denouncing it. It is SO confusing sometimes...I read something the other day saying that Papaya is a great toxin flusher and is great for your system. Then the same day I read something saying that Papaya is not good to eat if you are trying to lose weight..Its fruit for chrissakes!!!

Let us know how it goes lissy! lol
I'm right up there with Clairelaine... if you want to justify a research claim... really look at the studies that they have done.  Who paid for it, how many people were studied etc.  If a drug company ultimately paid for it... take a guess what the outcome will be. 

If doing this much research isn't interesting to you... then stick to well founded reliable websites like the Mayo Clinic and they will do the research for you. 

Colon cleansing-- even if it states it's all natural-- is not the natural way to a healthy colon. sorry
i should not have posted anything about this...

bc i was so into it now i'm getting all this negative feedback!

CRRRRAP.
thinlissy, think of it as positive feedback.  Whether or not you do this is entirely up to you.  I'm sorry you're upset.
i'm grateful for the responses as I was not aware that colon cleansing was not seen postive for your overall health. Its a real eye opener because everything i've read online boasts the benefits and I guess I was just being an info snob and not researching the potential harmful consequences, probably more so because I didn't believe there were any!
I would think that a gastroenterologist would be your best bet to get this question answered. Lots of people are going to have opinions that they may think are fact. But a tummy doctor would be able to give you an educated, for sure answer! I would at least want to know that it's not harmful to my health if I were going to do this. But, that's just my opinion. = )
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Thinlissy,

A lot of people will say that colon cleansing is just a bunch of crap and that it doesn't work. Take it from someone like me who performs a colon cleanse every 6 months, each time I perform a cleanse, I get amazing results 100% of the time.

The reason why colon cleansing has such a bad rep is because the market is over-saturated by colon cleansing products that cannot perform as well as they should. So be careful when you buy the product, most of them contain harmful ingredients.

I myself have tried 6 different colon cleansers, and only 1 out of the 6 worked the best for me. If you Google Colon Cleansing Reviews you should see some of the top cleansers out in the market.
First off, your colon serves a purpose so cleansing it artificially isn't necessarily a good thing.  Your colon is the last stop on the digestive highway and is used to absorb potassium (very necessary for your body), water and sodium chloride while getting rid of anything your body can't digest.  Artificially "cleansing" it interrupts the absorption process and prevents you from getting the potassium and other things from your foods. 

Second, here's what Dr. Mehmet Oz (Oprah's friend, doc and my new hero) says about colon cleansing in his book, "YOU on a Diet":

You may hear celebrities get colonics because they seem like some sort of miracle weight-loss cure. ... The purpose is to cleanse out the toxins and "reboot" your intestines.  You'll produce a lot of waste after a colonic, but the main waste here is of money.  Your colon only absorbs water, so there's no weight-loss benefit from colonics.  In fact, you can get the same colon-cleansing and toxin-eliminating effect with a twenty-four hour fast.

Thinlissy, I'd be curious about what constitutes "great results" for you.   Do you mean you've lost a pound or two?  If so, since you're just losing water weight and waste, not fat, I can't really see the benefit.  If you feel better after a colonic then I guess that's another thing altogether but I suspect you mainly get a psychological "feel good" out of it, rather than any medical benefit.  Ultimately every six months isn't going to hurt you but to me anything more is like douching -- it interrupts the natural secretions in your vagina and is very bad for you but people think they need it to be "fresh" (Sorry any guys reading).  

I think OP would do better to just increase the fiber in her diet and allow her system to work the way it was designed. 
The only time you really need your colon cleansed is if you have fecal impaction- and if that isn't a painful sunofab*tch.  Though colonics do clean you out by first giving you an enema, then shoving a vaccume type hose up your bum and sucking out any poo sitting in there (and it looks wicked gross while it's happening.)   Some people believe it's a good thing to start a diet with, by cleansing the system first, basically the same premise as having a short fast before a new diet.

For colon cleansing, I'm afraid the only way to have a product that actually delivers would mean taking someting that has to go in your bum, rather in your mouth.  Usually oral cleansing things are expensive versions of laxatives, or oils that would clean you out by giving you gawd awful diarrhea anyways.

If you think it feels odd after 'evacuating' your colon, maybe you should see a GI doc, and if it seems like a health problem they could make you have some lovely barrium for some GI pictures... and that will clean you right out!

I say if you really feel the need/want to do it, go ahead.  If you are worried, ask your DR. Though my Dr has actually told me to do it a couple of times for certain reasons.... but I opted to take some oil pills instead of using enemas (that idea does ot appeal to me at all.)


As you can see this is a TMI post..... but heck if I care! lol
Original Post by jayblaze:

Thinlissy,

A lot of people will say that colon cleansing is just a bunch of crap and that it doesn't work. Take it from someone like me who performs a colon cleanse every 6 months, each time I perform a cleanse, I get amazing results 100% of the time.

The reason why colon cleansing has such a bad rep is because the market is over-saturated by colon cleansing products that cannot perform as well as they should. So be careful when you buy the product, most of them contain harmful ingredients.

I myself have tried 6 different colon cleansers, and only 1 out of the 6 worked the best for me. If you Google Colon Cleansing Reviews you should see some of the top cleansers out in the market.

I hope everyone notes that this 'member' has only been here 1 day and made 1 post. He's obviously a colon cleanse seller who's trying to talk up the products, or some other sock puppet made by someone who doesn't want others to know who's really saying what he's saying. Ignore him.


And to you, 'jayblaze,' shame on you, you greedy scum. Rot in hell.

Original Post by thinlissy:

well this is just great..

you think you are doing something good for your insides and of course, theres something contradictory saying its actually harmful. CRAP!

I also just heard on the news that women who consume grapefruits ( at least one per week) increase their risk of breast cancer by 30%!


just bought 3 big grapefruits. i WILL eat them...

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Your colon is full of good bacteria or "normal flora". These help you digest food and they fight off bad bacteria. If you flush these out with laxatives or irrigation (enemas), it can be extremely difficult to restore balance. This can make you very sick for a very long time.

No matter what advertisements may say, there are no products that can selectively remove pathogenic bacteria. They all take the good stuff, too. Doctors cannot give you a magic pill to replace your natural bacteria after you evict them.

Please pass the grapefruit.  :)

PLEASE TELL ME HOW THIS WORKS!!!! I have the same problem as you!! Ugh, what a terrible feeling am I right?! 

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