This has been a long-term debate that never seems to come to any type of satisfactory conclusion. Some say yes, some say no…what do you believe? Cleansing kits are used primarily for two reasons, either as an addition to a weight loss program, or to give the body a break, allowing it to rejuvenate.
The average adult has more than 30 pounds of matter remaining in the colon when they die. In some cases, the numbers reported by medical examiners have been much higher. Quite obviously this is not a good thing, as all of this lingering waste is full of germs and bacteria. There is no question that it needs to be removed, but is a cleanse the healthiest way to do it?
The answer to this lays within the ingredients in the box. Many of the detox cleansing kits contain extremely powerful herbal laxatives. Of course the predictable result will occur….the toilet will become your new best friend for the next day or so. If you are looking for a quick fix then these kits will work. Not only will they get rid of matter that should not be there, but you will also lose some weight.
When the digestive system is cleansed, all of the friendly bacteria that is essential to our continued health gets flushed out as well. This makes the digestive tract work overtime trying to reproduce the proper balance of intestinal flora and digestive juices. Doing a cleanse once in a while will not harm the average person but they must be certain to replace the good elements that were taken away. One simple way to do this is by taking a Probiotics supplement. If they are not already a regular part of your wellness routine, you should begin to take them about a week before doing a colon cleanse, and for at least a week afterwards.
Since many of the cleanses that are on the market work quickly, they are difficult on the body in general terms. Common side effects include cramping, bloating, gas, and nausea. Perhaps the best way to be certain that you are cleaning out your system on a regular basis is to add more water soluble fiber into the diet.
Good sources of fiber include whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Fiber also keeps you feeling full longer so there will be weight loss over the long term. Drinking water gives bulk to the fiber and works to encourage emptying of the colon on a more gentle, yet still regular, basis. If you find that elimination is not occurring on a regular basis, it is a good idea to speak to a healthcare professional before cleansing to make sure that there are no underlying medical issues.