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Hi all, I feel the need to cleanse my body. Contimplating colonics. Just feel like my body needs to be refreshed. Has any one tried this and what do you think? I need a clean start.-Jen

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Colonics are part of that very large group of "healthy practices" that are either completely unfounded or have actually been found to do way more damage than good.

Try yoga, refreshing and a good structural workout.

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What few real studies have been done for colon cleansing show no true benefit, and in some cases showed them to possibly cause or exacerbate existing colitis (inflammation of the colon).

If it was me I would probably do an extended period (5-7) days of moderate fiber whole vegetable fasting supplemented with CoQ-10 (since you can't get that from veggies only meat). Kale, Broccoli, Swiss Chard are all very high in fiber in the stems. I run them through a good blender with a small amount of fruit (organic apples and bananas, blueberries or some other berry), water, and unrefined organic coconut oil, and a heaping table spoon of coconut flour (lowers the glycemic index and is very high in fiber as well) and take a 16 oz glass for my meals. It would be moderately thick, pour-able but not super runny.

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I take chorella three times a day - it's a powerful, all natural cleanser. Also, saunas, dry brushing and rebounding work well. You can also add bulk to your diet to get things "moving." (sorry for that :))

I wouldn't do any invasive techniques myself, and I would also work with a qualified physician and homepathic doctor. Some of us are not in the place to handle the extra burden of detoxifying, and you want to be sure you are monitored through the process or it could make you feel worse. For instance, my homeopathic doctor discovered I had adrenal fatigue that had to be addressed before moving on to detoxification (this took 6 months to resolve). If I would have done step A before step B I would have furthered by adrenal fatigue, which would have made me more lethargic and even sicker following the detox. Hope that makes sense..

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In my upbringing colon cleanses were a basic way to deal with constipation. I'm not sure why they are perceived as hard on the body - it might be something about how they are done here. But it's just a saline solution. Use it, wait for a bowel movement, then eat very little and only gentle food such as soft rice with a little salt and butter or bananas. Limit your activity for that day as well. When I've had issues with constipation it was very helpful. Alternatively, I would agree with others who suggest a fiber supplement. It's certainly the better option for my life now which is much busier.

But that may not get you the "clean" you are looking for. When I was looking to feel clean I had a rough time because unlike other cleanses I've done I couldn't use a fast or a cleanse to get my body to a starting over place. What HAS worked is simplifying my diet to only the few things I know I can tolerate and making sure I was getting enough vitamins in my diet to offset the malabsorption/malnutrition thereby allowing my body/digestive system to relax.

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My natural medicine doctor was not big on colon cleansing either. He had me do detox by supplements, rebounding :-), and sweat.

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Not a wise idea despite the hype we see about it. It could be dangerous please pass on the cleanse.

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Some people have good success doing colonics but more people regain their health and energy by doing programs which balance and normalize intestinal function and strengthen the body. The most popular programs such as Dr. Hulda Clarks' and Andre Moritz's programs lead you through a process of parasite removal, Toxin removal, kidney support, liver support and gall bladder flushes. After reading about colonics and enemas it seems to me that it is not a good idea for celiacs to do these until the intestinal tract is strengthened as there are several bowel conditions which may be worsened by doing them.

Physicians also can test you for some toxins such as heavy metals and advise on how to remove them - one way is EDTA treatments and there are specialists who have clinics for this.

You might want to look at the various Forums at Curezone to see how other people deal with cleansing and what their experiences have been.

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Keep in mind that there are a lot of sites out there suggesting products or procedures that could do you serious harm. I wouldn't suggest that you simply follow instructions from a website. You really should find a qualified health practitioner to assist you, if you plan to do dramatic things to your body.

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