Body cleansing products are all the rage right now in the diet industry because many people feel these products will help them lose weight. Celebrities, house moms, and even women at local churches are selling products that get you cleaned out, make you feel lighter, and get you on your way to looking and feeling great. But do they work and are they safe? Knowing the pros and cons of these cleansing products can help you decide if they are right for you.
What Are They?
Diet and colon cleansers are just that: they cleanse your body of food and toxins and totally clean you out. It’s basically like giving your body a restart to eat healthier foods. You can buy these in pill form (much like laxatives) or in drink form. Some of them go to work immediately, which can have you rushing to the bathroom, and some take a few hours. No matter the one you take, almost all of them tell you not to eat solid foods for a certain amount of time so that you can be sure your body is getting thoroughly cleansed.
Why Do People Use Them?
People use cleansers for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are ordered by a doctor before a person undergoes certain medical procedures, but sometimes people use them to clean themselves of toxins. For instance, some weight lifters like to cleanse themselves before shows or after they have eaten foods that are particularly greasy. They see this as ridding their bodies of toxins. Other times people use it to lose weight or to jump start a weight loss program. Once the body is totally free of old toxins it can start to heal itself if you feed it proper, nutritious food- or so the labels say. There is no real scientific evidence that this happens, though. Other times people just feel constipated and need a quick cleaning.
Do They Have Any Real Benefits?
While scientific studies have not been conclusive on the issue, many people tout the benefits of these cleansers. There is plenty of evidence to show that a good digestive tract can keep you healthy, though. Our bodies must rid themselves of toxins daily or we will start to feel tired and sluggish, and our metabolic process can slow. Our immune systems can also be weakened. To help with all of those factors it is best to make sure your digestive system is being thoroughly cleaned, and if your body isn’t doing it on its own, cleansers and laxatives can assist you in making it happen.
What Are The Problems?
This is not to say they are totally safe. If you over use the products you could deplete your body of needed nutrients. Sometimes food takes time to break down in your system, and while it’s doing that your body is getting nutrients from the food. If you use a cleanser too soon after eating you will rush the process and possibly deny your body of the nutrients it needs. You can also cause yourself to vomit, become dizzy, and even lose vision. The chemicals in these products aren’t always safe, and if you use them too often you could poison your body. Finally, there is the matter of how the body is cleansed: it makes you poop! If you have a busy schedule and can’t be on the toilet all day, you may want to avoid cleansers. Once they start working, you can’t really stop them.
After you have used one of these cleansing products, continue to boost your digestive health by eating right, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep at night, and exercising. All of these things keep your digestive tract clear daily and need to be done for your overall health, anyway. You may also take probiotic supplements on days you feel like your digestion isn’t where it needs to be. These natural supplements enhance your digestion, rather than break it down like cleansers can do.
Before you use any cleansing product you should consult a physician. You may not be able to take one because of a medical condition, or you may need to watch which ones you do take. Follow all instructions carefully because these products can have side effects. If you experience dizzy spells, shakiness, rectal bleeding, vomiting, or blurry vision after using this product, contact a doctor immediately. You should use these products safely if you want them to help you.
So have you used any products to cleanse your body? What exactly do you take? Do you see results from it?