Much has been written about the importance of colon health and, for many individuals, finding ways to keep the colon health is believed to lead to anti-aging and reduce risks for disease. If you are concerned about your colon health, and how it impacts your overall physical health, it is important to become familiar with ways in which you can boost your health. While colon cleanses may be highly recommended, it is important to know what risks they pose as well.
Colon cleanses are typically enemas that are used to cleanse the colon and to clear out toxins from the body. While most uses of colon cleanses, or enemas, are done so with success, there are cases where the use of colon cleanses can lead to long term and short term health complications.
When the colon is unclean, there can be adverse health complications. For many individuals who have chronic disease, lack of energy, and overall lack of mental focus, the complications are typically associated with poor colon health or a build up of toxins in the body. To alleviate those toxins, a colon cleanse will typically provide immediate results. But, there can be health risks that develop in response to using colon cleanse at home.
While a colon cleanse can be done in a form of fasting, using herbal teas and water as a source of nutrition, this form of colon cleanse provides for the minimal amount of risks but can be associated with malnutrition. Enemas, therefore, are typically the alternate choice of colon cleanse as they are efficient and typically pose the least amount of nutritional complications. But, with enemas as a colon cleanse, health complications are far greater.
Non-sterilized equipment can pose a risk for infection when using a colon enema cleanse and, in addition, there is a risk for rupturing your intestinal wall while doing the enema cleanse. It is important, therefore, that you obtain medical instruction on the safest, and cleanest, way to perform the colon cleanse if this is the method by which you opt to eliminate toxins from your body.
While fasting poses some health risk, most individuals find the greatest risk comes from lack of nutrition for 24 to 48 hours. While this is a risk, it is often not as risky as using an enema colon cleanse and so the two types of cleanses should be considered. When a fast elimination of toxins is needed, then an enema may be the best choice but, if you can work the toxins slowly from your body, then using a fasting cleanse may be the best option for your health.
Sources: Complete Colon Cleanse, by Edward F. Group, pp. 113-156.