The Truth About Colon Cleansing (🆗 or 🚫?) and gentle, natural alternatives. And Just A Thought.

May 30, 2024

 Image of the human colon

If you've ever tentatively tapped these words 'colonic irrigation near me' you are like many people who contact Supercharged Food about the topic of a trying a colon cleanse.

Lee says: "These days, it seems like everyone is talking about cleanses and detoxes to "reset" their digestive system. One of the most popular—and controversial—practices is colon cleansing, which ranges from taking laxatives and supplements to undergoing colonic irrigation procedures. As a nutritionist, I've had many clients ask me about colon cleansing and whether it's safe and effective. I have, though, treated a few people who had mild adverse effects from an colonic irrigation."

Here's my honest take:

The Claims Behind Colon Cleansing
Proponents of colon cleansing claim that it can help flush out toxins, improve nutrient absorption, boost energy levels, and treat issues like bloating and constipation. Colon hydrotherapy spas advertise colonic irrigation as a way to cleanse the colon of built-up fecal matter. However, I have found little to no scientific evidence backing up these claims. 

Potential Risks and Side Effects
While colon cleansing and enemas are generally considered low-risk for most healthy adults when used short-term, they can cause side effects like cramping, nausea, dehydration, and an imbalance of electrolytes. Colonic irrigation, which involves flushing the colon with water, poses more serious potential risks such as perforation of the bowel, infection, and depletion of the gut's beneficial bacteria.

The Verdict?

Not Necessary for Most
For the vast majority of people with a healthy gastrointestinal system, colon cleansing provides no proven benefits and carries avoidable risks. Our bodies are designed to eliminate waste material effectively on their own. Unnecessary and overly aggressive colon cleansing can disrupt the gut's finely tuned processes.

Safer, Gentler, More Natural Ways to Clean Your Gut
If you're struggling with chronic constipation, bloating, 'heaviness' or other stubborn gut issues, there are safer, more effective approaches backed by science:

  • Increase your fibre intake gradually from fruits, veggies, beans, and whole grains
  • Gentle gut cleansing Love Your Gut diatomaceous earth
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, mostly water.
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  • Get regular exercise, which helps promote healthy digestion
  • Take a daily probiotic supplement to boost beneficial gut bacteria
  • Try herbs and spices like ginger, fennel, and peppermint for natural anti-inflammatory effects
  • In severe cases, your doctor may recommend trying a brief course of gentle over-the-counter laxatives

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The Bottom (get it?) Line
While the idea of giving your body a "fresh start" is appealing, most colon cleansing regimens—especially colon hydrotherapy—come with risks that outweigh any potential benefits for the average healthy person. Focus instead on lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and smart supplementation for safe, effective ways to optimise your digestion and overall gut health.

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Just A Thought
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With love,

The Supercharge Your Gut team




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