curious. What do you think of the current "colon cleansing"
for your question; I get this one often.
I'm sure any gastroenterologist can tell you, it is physically
impossible to have "years" of build up of material
in the colon - as is sometimes claimed by those promoting
colon cleansing. The colon simply does not have the ability
to store chyme or stool for the enormous time periods claimed
by colon cleanser fanatics.
is true that at any point in time the colon will have material
in it, but this material (almost completely digested food
(chyme), and fecal matter) is always on the move - albeit
slowly. Bowel movements do not completely empty the colon,
and are not supposed to.
colon empties into the bowel. When the bowel needs to be emptied
we feel an urge to go to the bathroom. The bowel is emptied
in a bowel movement, but the contents of the colon are not
emptied along with it. The colon still has a digestive job
to do - it's the last chance to extract small amounts of water
and nutrients from the food we eat that were not already absorbed
in the small intestine.
can take fewer than 5 to 12 hours for what you put in your
mouth to come out the other end if things are moving too quickly.
High fat low fiber diets common in North America can take
24 to 48 + hours to make the complete journey from end to
end. The travel time of food through our digestive system
is appropriately referred to as "transit time".
Rapid transit is when food goes through our system too quickly,
and slow transit is when it takes too long. There can be serious
health issues with both rapid and slow transit. - Google "bowel
transit time" to learn more.
you have a bowel movement after breakfast, you aren't emptying
what you just ate - much of that is still in your stomach
- you are emptying yesterdays food.
is where the colon cleanser pushers start pedaling their,
ugh.. crap - for lack of better term. They claim that since
stuff is in your colon, it must be bad, it must have been
there for a long time, and you will feel better and your ailments
cured if you get it out.
claim that waste and "toxins" are stuck in your
colon and must be emptied is pure bunk.
common anecdotes from colon cleansing believers:
feel lighter/ lost weight" - Really? You mean when you
force out the contents of your colon and bowel you are lighter?
Wow - what a revelation - or so the cleanser people would
have you believe. You're lighter because you have removed
mass from your body - that's the beginning and end of it.
was a lot of strange looking stuff that came out" - No
kidding. Colon cleansing is not a natural bowel movement -
one cannot expect the stool to look normal when the bowel
is emptied unnaturally.
fact the appearance of stool is quite variable anyway - it
will change depending on what you eat. With low fiber and
fluid intake you can expect your stool to be harder. If you
have diarrhea - well, we all know what that's like.
an oil based product is used to relive constipation stool
will be oily. If you eat too much spinach/ lettuce at one
time stool may look a little green. Iron supplements can cause
stool to become very dark.
you consume a product that is meant to empty your colon quickly
or completely, you should expect your bowel movement to not
colon cleanser evangelists will ask you to believe that the
abnormal looking stool is "proof" that you needed
a cleansing. It's an emotional scam - it's only natural to
look at strange looking stool and wonder what is going on.
The answer isn't that this is "old stool"; the answer
is that stool consistency was altered from it's normal state
by a product or procedure. The cleanserites know that you
will feel grossed out or concerned about the strange looking
stuff that comes out after a "cleanse" and they
will be there to tell you all about how good you should feel
about ridding your body of what they claim are toxins and
we don't know much about the facts of normal bowel movements
and function of our digestive system, we might be vulnerable
to the suggestions of these common charlatans who use fear
and the promise of hope to sell you their ideas - and products.
Fear not, the Internet also has access to real facts for us
to learn, as well as what the charlatans post.
terms of losing fat with a colon cleanse, it's impossible.
Emptying the contents of the colon does not liberate fat from
fat cells elsewhere in the body. This is a huge leap of logic
that only a turd-brain colon cleaning pusher would make.
a Google search on "digestive
system". After learning the basic facts of human
digestion, the claims made by colonel colon cleanser will
be easy to "dump".
- Cris LaBossiere