Is There Any Merit in Colon Cleansing?

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Question: from Eric

Detoxifying the colon seems to have become one of the most popular therapies recommended by natural health practitioners. What is your opinion or research-based conclusion regarding the merits of cleansing the colon?

If you have concluded that cleansing the colon has merit, does your organization plan to provide a colon cleansing product? I think that if you do, yours would be better than any product currently on the market.

Comment: from Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

A few years ago we spent some time researching this subject because I thought that it might be a good idea to produce such a product as there were so many questionable ones on the market. However, after further investigations and discussions with Prof. Dr. A Munem we decided that we would not be doing out customers any favours if we produced such a product. It would be putting them to unnecessary expense. There are no doubt occasions in which colon cleansing is warranted and indeed desirable, but not for the general population. And it should only be done by a qualified professional and followed with a double dose of Total Balance for a month.

Joanna expands further on this below.

Answer: from Joanna (Medical Nutritionist for Xtend-Life)

There is a lot of hype over specific colon cleansing practices and products in order to rid the body of waste products and Toxins. Many of these are expensive and contain limited and potentially harmful ingredients. To be honest Eric, if you have a decent overall diet and optimum wellbeing supplement regime, there should be no need for specific colon cleansing.

The body functions well under good dietary practices, adequate fluid intake and good supplement practice. It has a more effective ability to rid itself of Toxins, better than any practice or supplement.

Colon cleansing practices or products should really only be necessary as a temporary measure for people that are unable to gain proper nutrition naturally, or who have a disease of the nature that has or is interfering with these normal body processes. And I must emphasise that even in these circumstances it is only a temporary aid.

In one of our previous news articles we gave this further information:

“An article in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Volume 163, 2003) shows that frequent bowel cleansing can cause severe loss of potassium that can lead to irregular heartbeats and even death in elderly people. Younger people usually do not develop low potassium levels because their Kidneys are strong enough to compensate by retaining potassium, but older people often have weakened Kidneys that cannot retain potassium.

Other recent research shows that regular use of Laxatives and colon cleansers can harm you by blocking the absorption of nutrients from your colon into your bloodstream and causing you to lose necessary Minerals. They can also deprive you of good bacteria that grow in your colon, and the healthful short chain Fatty Acids they produce. If you suffer from frequent Constipation, try removing all refined carbohydrates from your diet (foods made with flour, white rice or milled corn), and drinking more fluid. If that does not relieve the problem, check with your doctor.”

Beginning to rely on Laxatives or colon cleansing products is taking away your body’s natural function, and potentially weakens your body’s system and ability to continue this normal practice once you take away these products, potentially leaving you needing them for life. This is not good practice.

With good nutritional practice, plenty of pure fluid intake, moderate exercise and good daily nutritional supplementation your colon should be well nourished and have no need for these unnecessary practices.

Warren also commented in the same news article above: “…One of the prime objectives when Dr Munem designed our Total Balance product was to ensure that all the nutrients needed for a healthy digestive system were present.” Total Balance does indeed contain many nutrients for digestive health, to help strengthen and soothe, to help correct imbalances. Together with our Omega 3 DHAs, which are also helpful for digestive balance, this should be the only supplementation you need for this purpose, along with the suggested good dietary practices.”


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