Are You Confused About… (Shhh) Colon Cleanses?

Are You Confused About… (Shhh) Colon Cleanses?

Are You Confused About…

(Shhh) Colon Cleanses?

by Michelle M Pearson

This month we are getting clear on a wide variety of wellness topics as we work our way through the series: "Are You Confused About…"

Coming up, we will have articles on Foundational Nutrition, Vitamin D, the B Vitamin family, some awesome new bio-tech research, and other related topics all month long.

(Got questions or confusing information along these lines? Ask in the comment section below and we will try to get it covered for you this month!)

If you missed the previous blog, we encourage you to go back and pick that up so you can get in on the foundation level of the series. Also, we announced as a BIG bonus that we are having TWO online webinars this month! And even bigger is that right now, for a very limited time, all the resources this month, including the online webinars are open to you free! You do have to register, so be sure to check out the last blog article for all the details! You will want to get registered ASAP! (First Come, First Served, everyone else registered in advance will get it by recording.)

Today's topic is one many have questions about and most avoid! Here are a couple of questions from the comments last week to get things moving (*wink*):

"How do herbal colon cleanses strip the gut in an unhealthy way? I guess because they are natural herbs, I thought they were safe. I have used them off and on over the past few years."

Most herbal cleanses are designed to strip away the buildup in the colon, to force elimination at a higher than normal rate, and to quickly enable to user to drop several pounds of body weight – note, that although it is from the mid-section as the GI tract empties, this weight is not body fat. The "natural" herbs are often harsh and cause cramping, diarrhea, and other unpleasant side effects. Plus, they completely neglect the 2-phase cleansing of the liver in the process.

Another reason not to use herbal colon cleanses is their effect on the seratonin levels of the body. This integral hormone helps you sleep and wake properly, contributes to emotional stability and peace, as well as affecting the immune system. And, while a healthy gut is imperative for a healthy immune system, the herbal cleanses do not use an approach that works well with the body's design and function.

A much more effective way to approach this is to re-introduce good flora into the gut system, along with L-glutamine to heal any damaged tissue. A strong healthy flora is the best way to clean out the gut and does not require replenishing the flora afterwards. Staying on a high-quality probiotic all the time eliminates the need to do the herbal cleanses.

"As for cleansing the colon, years ago some people were doing coffee enemas. Is this harmful? I prefer taking my coffee the normal way….but just curious."

Coffee enemas are useful under some circumstances to release toxins in the liver and kidneys, especially in patients with serious health concerns. In researching the topic, I found that organic fully-leaded cooled coffee enemas were actually used as part of conventional medicine up until the 1960's and included in medical treatment manuals even into the 1970's!

The mechanism at work in a coffee enema rather than drinking it orally, is connected with the way the caffeine enters the bloodstream. Taken rectally, it stimulates the lower bowels, which cause the liver to naturally cleanse. As with any treatment of this nature, it can be used inappropriately without proper guidance from a health-care practitioner. In Arkansas, as well as other states, it is not permitted for a colon hydrotherapist to administer a coffee enema directly to the patient.  Patients must administer their own should they choose to use this therapy.

"About the colon and probiotics, after taking antibiotics from a doctor, do people need to take more than one probiotic per day to build up the good flora again?

That depends on the health of the patient and the type of probiotic taken. Many people think that consuming yogurt will suffice or an old fashioned acidophilus capsule would be enough. In today's mealplace, one's exposure to untold numbers of bacteria, virus, microbes, etc can easily overwhelm even a healthy gut. Using a high powered quality multi-strain probiotic is a must – in all countries, not just when traveling abroad or out of your local areas. 

After antibiotic use, an increased dose is warranted and the level would depend on the strength and duration of the round of antibiotic used. For example, IV antibiotics can be altogether more destructive to gut flora that a 5-day round for a minor infection. When in doubt, again, consult with a well-versed physician, like Dr. Ray, if you do not have one already. Easy questions like that can be answered quickly with a proper history and good patient-physician relationship.

"How long does it take to rebuild good flora after taking antibiotics? Should a person currently taking antibiotics continue to take the probiotic? Also, I would think the medication given for a colonoscopy test would take away good flora as well? If so, would building back up be the same as after taking antibiotics?"

See answer above, but to add in a bit for the last part, we generally suggest a patient stop the probiotics during antibiotic use and resume immediately afterward. There are of course exceptions to this on a case by case basis, as some patients have such adverse reactions to multiple medical procedures that continued probiotic use is imperative. Another wise thing is to request from your MD to be allowed to continue probiotic use during hospital stays to help the immune system fight off and prevent the common staph and strep infections.

That's a wrap for today! As a reminder, we have coming up tonight a webinar on the B-vitamins family – why, what, how, and more! And then, next Monday! A live webinar and videos about some extraordinary new research about essential fats and oxygen and how it can be ignited by a new a breakthrough new supplement that boosts your body's natural communication – called redox signaling! BE HERE for that!But you have to register for The Joshua Groups to be invited!

(Sneak preview on that: When I recently tested this revolutionary new product, I doubled daily and weekly my training mileage in preparation for our Mt Kilimanjaro climb in just 8 days! Double miles in just eight days, now I am at nearly three times the miles in just three weeks. Did TEN miles yesterday. And still going stronger than I ever have at nearly 49 years old. Tune in all month for testimonies from our clients who are also benefiting in BIG ways!)

Know someone who is struggling with some health problems?

Of course you do!

Seriously, now is the time to share this with them.

Believe. Choose. Activate. Achieve. (Repeat.)

The Right Wellness Coaches Matter!Michelle Pearson is a dynamic wellness coach, speaker, author, and the Founder & President of Picture of Health Inc. (http://thepictureofhealth.com). On a personal health journey for the past 18 years, Michelle’s mission is to educate, activate, challenge and equip others to live a full, satisfying life through the use of state-of-the-art educational resources to produce significant and lasting health breakthroughs.

Dr. Ray Pearson is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and a Pharmacist, with over 40 years in healthcare.  Dr. Ray has post-graduate training and certification in numerous advanced wellness therapies and Chiropractic techniques.

Dr. Pearson and wife, Michelle, have more than 1000 hours of continuing education in advanced nutrition and wellness topics. Both are dynamic wellness coaches, speakers, authors and founders of http://thepictureofhealth.com. Together, their mission is to educate, activate, challenge and equip others to live a full, satisfying life through the use of state-of-the-art educational resources to produce significant and lasting health breakthroughs.

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4 Comments

  1. I always learn so much here. Thank you so much for all this wonderful information on gut health and the colon! How much L glutamine would be needed taken with probiotics to promote healing?

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  2. Thanks!  I take L glutamine 3 times per day 20 minutes before each meal…..when I remember.  :/  I guess because I don't take it along with all my other supplements, I easily forget it.  Also, I only take one Primal Defense probiotic per day at the same time as my other supplements first thing in the morning.  Should I take it more than once per day?

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  3. I agree with Debra Cole I too learn so much and thank you for the information.  This is great; I am learning that a life time of lasting health takes a life time of healthy choices.  I think the information on coffee enemas is very interesting. 

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  4. Good info to know. I wondered about doing colon cleanses at one time, but never actually did. I'm glad I didn't now.

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