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Bulk colon cleanse is one of the most well-known methods of bowel detoxification. But is it the most effective?
Photo above: Honeycrisp apples - a much more pleasurable, healthy way to do 'bulk colon cleanse!'
Bulk colon cleanse products are intestinal detox products generally taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Typically, a powder consisting primarily of ground psyllium seed husks, is mixed into a glass of water and quickly chugged down. This is because it solidifies into a gelatinous mass within about 20 seconds.
You don't want to have it in your throat when it does that!
The basic concept is that this gel-like material will 'sweep clean' your colon walls and push undigested waste, toxins, mucus and parasites out. Taking your daily psyllium husk drink, you will be 'clean inside' after 21 days or so.
Laxative herbs are often taken to stimulate peristalsis (the wave like movements of the intestine that moves digested food along. Cascara Sagrada and Aloes are examples of laxative herbs.
Other herbs taken on such a program have anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. Olive leaf extract, garlic extract and wormseed are examples.
There are two options for taking the herbs:
One is to take the herbs half hour before taking the bulking agent (psyllium husk drink). This would 'prepare the way,' stimulating peristalsis, making life difficult for any undesirable life forms and moving waste along to be eliminated.
Frequently, the herbs are taken just after the gel drink. Since the gel has already formed, it sweeps debris before it and the herbs have a better shot at helping to get rid of parasites that hide along the lining of the gut.
Anyway, that's what they say.
Graphic photos of the convoluted, slimy matter resulting from the use of many popular brands of bulk colon cleanse products, such as Colonix and Bowtrol make a snake pit look warm and fuzzy by comparison.
You often find pictures of people holding these monstrosities up on the end of a stick, for all the world to see - like a trophy fisherman showing off the biggest catch of the day!
The pictures accompany INCREDULOUS testimonials from people who look like they just found the Holy Grail.
We want to be just like the people in the testimonials; losing weight, feeling lighter, healthier, more alert, happier. Especially, happier because that HORRID material is now OUT of their bodies!
The stuff in those photos looks that way because...
1 - The mass of gel ends up taking on the curves and convolutions of the bowel as water is extracted from it in the transverse and descending colon in preparation for evacuation.
2 - Herbs such as aloes are dark brown, almost black. So the gel is dark.
That comprises a LOT of what you see come out of you when you do a bulk colon cleanse.
What you're seeing come out is what you put in!
When I did the the RIGHT kind of intestinal detoxification, strings of mucus and decomposed parasites did come out.
If you do enough truly EFFECTIVE cleansing, hardened, striated old fecal matter that's been there for who knows how long, most likely WILL present itself.
I am trying to help you know the difference between seeing the results of taking the colon cleanser, and seeing actual 'garbage' and parasites.
Supposedly, bulk cleanse is like 'weight-lifting for the colon,' providing 'resistance' in the form of a gel-like mass for the involuntary muscles of the digestive tract.
High vegetable-fiber foods such as organic apples, celery and carrots are just as effective for that purpose.
Laxative herbs such as peppermint, thyme oil, aloes and senna can 'wake up' the colon, encouraging faster elimination.
Antihelmintic herbs (that repel worms) such as wormseed, have been traditionally used to get rid of parasites.
Anti-bacterial herbs such as garlic extract and olive leaf extract can kill fungal forms and bacteria.
Think about this logically...
You drink a gel that slips and slides through your digestive tract, eventually coming out the far end looking like a Gumby monster from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'
It is smooth and rubbery.
Why would this slippery material 'sweep' the walls of the colon clean?
Do you know how tenacious a tapeworm, pinworm or other parasite is? They hang onto the wall of the intestine like a pit bull dog gripping a rag.
Psyllium gel and powdered herbs are a joke to them.
Making constipation worse tops the list!
For someone whose digestive tract is very full and clogged, the solidified gel can actually worsen that situation! In this case, even adding the herbs does not help move things along.
I have had clients of mine complain about having had that experience. They felt bloated, with pain, constipation and headache.
**One of my clients came in for a Rolfing session in such a state. It took a half hour of deep abdominal massage to help her feel better than she did when she walked in. I personally have had similar experiences with bulk cleanses.**
Herbal laxatives can irritate, overstimulate and damage nerves that trigger peristalsis, eventually DESENSITIZING them!
Desensitizing nerves means that the colon nerves don't respond when stimulated by bulk moving through the colon. The nerves don't trigger peristalsis as easily - in effect this worsens the situation.
Remember: Repeated use of stimulant herbs for colon cleansing renders your bowel even LESS able to do its job...
Yup, MORE constipation!
One of the recommendations against commercial laxatives is that they IRRITATE and damage nerves, resulting in more constipation and dependence on laxatives.
Herbal laxatives are still LAXATIVES. Over use of senna, for example, can have a similar effect of irritating, damaging and de-sensitizing nerves responsible for triggering peristalsis.
Herbs like peppermint, olive leaf extract, thyme and cloves typically used with bulk colon cleanse are meant to kill bad bacteria and parasites...
but also KILL PROBIOTICS!
Probiotics are, after all, ALSO bacteria. These beneficial bacteria are essential for proper digestion and assimilation of protein and minerals among other nutrients. Probiotics also destroy harmful microorganisms. They balance the pH not only in our gut, but in the whole body.
This means that when taking laxative, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic herbs, beneficial flora in the gut are destroyed. This sets us up for a worsening situation - poorer digestion and elimination.
When doing bulk colon cleansing with herbs, it is imperative to replenish the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
If you still feel a need to do a bulk colon cleanse, limit your use to no more than a week every month and a half. If that isn't doing the job, it is time to look elsewhere to a solution to your constipation, extended belly or whatever brought you to the idea of intestinal detoxification...
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