Because doctors identify several diseases that are caused by an incorrect functioning of the digestive system, especially of the large intestine (colon), there is more and more talk about doing a regular bowel cleaning.

But many advertisements and reviews of intestinal cleansing remedies tend to exaggerate the benefits of an intestinal cleanse. It is true that intestinal cleansing is the latest fashion in health but credible information is still scarce. In fact intestinal cleansing offers some health benefits, but this article serves to differentiate the myths from the facts.

Bowel Cleansing – Benefits A colon cleansing serves to remove hard stools and other impurities from the large intestine that are retained (clinging) to the walls of the intestines for a long time, sometimes months, through the insertion of water through the rectum (colon hydrotherapy) or through medicines, which can be chemical (laxatives) or natural (plant extracts) taken orally.

Hydrotherapy of the colon involves inserting a liquid, usually warm water sterilized by boiling, into the anus to soften the stool and clean the intestines of all their contents. It is usually used before tests or in extreme cases of constipation because it is not a very pleasant thing to do at home.

There are clinics that do it but in this case the price is not very pleasant and it is not something you feel comfortable doing in front of other people, even health professionals.

Laxatives, on the other hand, are easier to use at home because they promote a strong evacuation that also cleans the intestines of their impurities, but have the inconvenience of causing side effects such as severe diarrhoea and stomach pains and, if used against constipation, cause habituation.

Natural supplements do the same thing as laxatives, but although they are slower to take effect they are virtually free of side effects. They also have the advantage that they can be taken in reduced doses to eliminate constipation without creating habituation. Intestinal Cleansing – myths

But then let’s eliminate some myths about intestinal cleansing:

Intestinal Cleansing 1 – There is the myth that the colon requires periodic cleaning to stay healthy. It is not true. If you do not suffer from constipation (you evacuate every day or at least four times a week) and the feces have a normal consistency (neither hard nor too liquid) then you probably do not need any intestinal cleansing.

In normal situations the bowel can clean itself and eliminate toxins without outside help. In addition, a healthy intestine has thousands of benign bacteria that help to break down fibres and eliminate toxins naturally.

2- If an adequate intestinal cleaning is not done, a plate of impurities clinging to the walls of the colon forms, which prevents the correct absorption of food. Once again it is wrong, for the same reasons pointed out in the previous point. If your intestines function normally there is no reason to be afraid of this. This only happens to people trapped in the intestines, who rarely evacuate hard stool.

3- The stool evacuation movements should be daily. Not necessarily. You can try to get your bowels used to evacuating every day at the same time, this creates a habit that becomes regular but there is no such obligation. And even if you evacuate as a rule every day, but because of some food you stay a few days without doing anything, you have nothing to worry about as long as they return to normal.

4- Another myth is that an intestinal cleaning makes you lose weight. Intestinal cleaning only makes you lose weight to those who have digestive or intestinal problems (because it gives a better absorption of food). If you have a healthy digestive system the intestinal cleaning will not make you lose any weight.

But if you do suffer from any of the symptoms such as constipation, lots of gas, constant colic, unexplained diarrhoea or a general malaise accompanied by a lack of appetite then intestinal cleansing can be beneficial.