When it comes to the digestive system, there’s no shortage of treatments guaranteed to keep it operating at peak efficiency. The trouble is a lot of these colon-cleansing products and procedures may do more harm than good.
It’s easy to read ads for some of these products and get concerned. After all, they’re written to elicit just such a response. Don’t buy the hype. Many say that you should have a bowel movement daily, for example, and that’s not the case. Others tout the benefit of cleaning out the colon, without mentioning that some bacteria is a necessary permanent resident, or that irrigation can also remove vital nutrients.
If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, you should also avoid colonic irrigation (sometimes called “high colonics”). While a smooth, regular digestive process is desirable so that hemorrhoids can heal up quicker, this is not the route to follow. The process of colonic irrigation puts a lot of stress and strain on the rectal area, which can inflame and irritate existing hemorrhoids, and perhaps even cause new ones.
It’s also important to note that for some people, getting a colonic irrigation (sometimes called a “high colonic”) or colon cleansing can be hazardous to their health. If you have any of these digestive disorders:
- diverticular disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- abdominal hernia
- gastrointestinal cancer
- recent colon surgery
- intestinal tumors
then you should steer clear of colon cleaners and colonic irrigation. The same goes if you suffer from blood vessel disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease or severe anemia.
Here’s the best way to ensure a clean, healthy colon:
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and foods with whole grains
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat plenty of high fiber foods, including fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
- Get plenty of exercise.
Still thinking about colonic irrigation or cleansing, or concerned about your colon health? Then make an appointment to see your doctor, who can talk with you about what’s going on and make some recommendations that’ll ease your mind without creating new problems in the form of hemorrhoids.