According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American society is increasingly characterized by the promotion of an increased intake of unhealthy foods and a lack of physical activity. This environment has led to a growing obesity problem. Colon cleansing is growing in popularity as a means to shed unwanted pounds.
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Do You Need a Cleanse?
An annual cleansing is recommended by some in the medical profession. The intake of processed foods causes your body to become sluggish and inhibits proper function. Some common symptoms of an unhealthy colon are excess weight gain, constipation and bloating, gas and intestinal discomfort, fatigue, poor digestion and feeling weighed down after eating.
While 85 percent of cleanses are completely useless, there are many quality products. Key considerations are the quality of ingredients, possible side effects and price. Customer testimonials also figure into the criteria for selecting the top cleanses.
The most effective colon cleansers will contain a high level of probiotics. These are "good" bacteria that help promote good health, boost your body's immune system and aid in healthy digestion. Cleansers will also contain a natural laxative, such as senna or cascara sagrada. Fiber is a key ingredient for any colon cleanse. Some cleanses may even contain herbs that deactivate toxins and inhibit "bad" bacterial growth.
In addition to increasing colon health and inducing weight loss, cleansers will rid your body of toxins and wastes, increasing your metabolism. You may also experience the added benefits of increased energy, healthier bowel movements, less gas and a flatter stomach.
Costs for colon cleansers range from simple shipping and handling charges for a newly released product to several hundred dollars for an internal cleansing kit.
Considerations and Warnings
While you will lose weight with a quality colon cleanse, it will do little to address the fat percentage in your body. The small increase in metabolism you experience will not burn fat cells. There have been reports of allergic reactions to psyllium, a common ingredient in herbal cleansers. Possible reactions include skin irritations, labored breathing and anaphylaxis. Two other common ingredients, Cascara and Senna, have the possible side effects of causing severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting and brownish urine.