Saturday, January 10, 2009

Colon Problems

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One might think of a colon cleanse as a switch from using regular toilet paper to pre-moistened wipes, however the process is much more involved than that. Some popular methods of colon cleansing include colonics (also known as colonic hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation) and taking colon-cleansing supplements. In colonics, cool or warm water is flushed into the rectum through one tube and drained through another tube several seconds to a few minutes later. This procedure is usually repeated several times in one session, often with minerals added to the water. Supplement use involves taking supplements that purportedly cause the colon to shed hardened mucous from its walls and leave the body through numerous bowel movements. Sometimes colon cleansing is also accompanied by a detoxification diet that might include drinking large amounts of water and liquids while avoiding solid foods, or eating only large quantities of raw vegetables, fruits, supplements, or herbal laxatives.

Many claims have been made about the benefits of colon cleaning and detox dieting, such as removal of toxins or hardened fecal matter that may be trapped in the walls of the colon. Loss of toxins and fecal matter is in turn is then supposed to lead to a reduced risk of cancer or weight loss. Although in anecdotal reports some people claim to feel "lighter" or better after a detox diet, there is no scientific evidence that shows these procedures to be effective in removing toxins from the body or providing health benefits. In fact, a healthy human body is naturally well equipped to remove toxins on a daily basis, thanks to the hard work of the liver and kidneys.

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I keep seeing my friends with gastric problems taking antacids, Rolaids and products like those. For me, I prefer regular old Arm and Hammer Baking Soda. A tablespoon of baking soda straightens me out. If I take too much I can get diarrhea, so I have to drink lots of water to replace the fluids. Baking soda costs a tiny fraction of antacid products and simply work better for me. I'm thinking that my intestinal problems are lower in my intestinal tract and not up in my stomach, and antacids are probably for indigestion(a stomach problem).

I'm not a doctor and in no way am I suggesting that you ignore a medical problem, I'm just sharing what works for me.

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