What Is a Colon Cleanse?
What Products Are Used for a Colon Cleanse?
Colon cleanses often require people to use:
- Herbal teas
- Colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy (performed by a medical professional)
What Are Side Effects and Risks of Colon Cleanse?
There is no scientific evidence that colon cleanses prevent illness or improve health, and in fact, they can be harmful.
Side effects of colon cleanses include:
Serious risks of colon cleanses include:
- Bowel perforation
- Depletion of probiotics
- Depletion of electrolytes such as sodium and potassium
- Kidney damage
- Changes to the gut microbiome
The only time a person should cleanse the colon is to prepare for a colonoscopy. In this case, a doctor will recommend how to prepare for the procedure.