Colon Cleanse

Colon cleanses should not be confused with colonics …. The ones I’m reviewing are psyllium husk-based colon cleansing products, typically taken over the course of 10 – 30 days.

The promise: Because of the Western diet, with all the pre-processed, overly refined, fiber-lacking foods, the guts of most Americans are a mess. Food does not get digested properly and waste sits in the colon for way too long. Not to get too graphic, but this old, undigested matter can turn toxic and poisonous, and it becomes difficult for the body to eliminate.

Enter psyllium husk, a bulking fiber made from the husks of the seed of the Plantago ovate plant. When psyllium husk comes in contact with the water in your gut, it expands, forming a gelatin-like mass. This makes the stool in your intestinal tract softer and better able to transport waste. According to believers, because a colon cleanse helps rid the body of unwanted waste, it leads to better energy, a clearer mind, more radiant skin, and a weight-loss jumpstart.

The basics: You’ll drink a psyllium husk-based colon-cleansing product, anywhere from 1 – 3 times a day, while eating a healthy, whole-foods diet. That means plenty of vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats along with whole grains and fruits. You’ll also need to drink 8 – 12 glasses of water to make sure the psyllium husk moves through the intestines easily and doesn’t create gas or bloating.

Does it work? Whether or not you actually need a colon cleanse is up for debate. If you’re eating properly, your colon should be doing the work it needs on its own. That being said, Americans are simply not getting enough fiber. According to the Institute of Medicine, women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day. The average American? Gets about 15 grams per day. Psyllium husk can help you reach your fiber goal. Also, since psyllium bulks up in the digestive tract, it can give you a feeling of being full, helping you to eat less.

Steve Sisskind, M.D.

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  2. Thank-you Dr.Steve – I possibly do not walk after my meals but I do enjoy a great variety of herbal teas to keep them interesting. Detox – 3 different, Fennel I love after meals, before really helps my digestion I continue on with Chamomile, Valerian also two added ‘nighttime’ drinks. My fibre intake is still a ‘work in progress’. Thank-you again I look forward to more of your advice and ways to use yourproducts.

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Loraine,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your experience with us! I am glad that you shared your own cleansing regimen with us. I hope it reaches and helps those of us with similar issues. Make it a healthy day!

  3. Loraine MacGinness

    Fibre is my problem ! I take Psyllium capsules 2 TDS with 2litre minimum and I continue to try and phathom out what to do ? I do eat lentil and beans especially kidney, nuts and fruit but cannot achieve a ‘healthy’ digestive tract. I enjoy reading all the other comments to aid my problem. Thank-you one & all.

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Lorraine,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Psyllium and water can bulk but may not stimulate your stomach to get going. Try walking around the block or in your home a few minutes after dinner or after a large meal. A warm drink soon after eating will also help make you feel less bloated. Let me know if it helps! Make it a healthy day!

  4. FYI : I have been taking psyllium on a regular basis for the last 6-months and it definitely works, although I have not had any success in losing weight. Levothyroxin 100mg is the only medication I have taken for the last 20-years for hypothyroid; my doctor says simply that my weight gain is due to the thyroid disease and to just accept it; I dare to differ! (I am 50-pounds overweight ) I eat healthy: fruits, vegetables, chicken or salmon – all in moderation, and exercise…and no weight loss! (salt and sugar are omitted from my diet)…..any suggestions?

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Doris,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! You seem to be doing everything right and I completely understand your frustration. Weight Loss is still possible even with a sick thyroid but your progress will be slow. I do recommend that you get a good amount of sleep in your already healthy diet and active lifestyle. This helps with lowering your Cortisol levels which can also impede your progress. Also, taking your medications regularly will help level off your problem hormones. Consider adding resistance training to your regular fitness routine to build muscle. Lastly, never give up! I know the journey may seem long and challenging but with a sick thyroid, you must maintain your healthy diet in order not to gain some, if not more, of the weight back. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

  5. I need to lose 50lbs with out a lot of expensive pills or food!

    • Dr. Steve Sisskind

      Hi Casey,

      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! We completely understand your concerns and are here to help. We always recommend making permanent healthy lifestyle changes to everyone. All of the suggestions we’ve given you are to help you become a healthier, happier person – not just see the number on your scale go down. We believe if we can help you adopt the proper eating, exercise and healthy lifestyle habits, that in the long run, supplementation may not be required. This is why we include information about these topics in our Fat Loss Fast Start Program, and in our follow up email communications. That said, if you have specific questions about your diet or exercise, let us know. We are here to help! Make it a healthy day!

      • Can you please send me info on the Fat Loss Fast Start Program

      • Dr. Steve Sisskind

        Hi Beverly,

        Thank you for writing in and for posting your concerns with us! Fat Loss Fast Start booklet contains weight loss tips and tricks as well as nutrition and exercise advice. The program goes into great detail on leading edge information on diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques that will help you stay fit, trim and healthy for a lifetime. The program comes free with every purchase of any RealDose Nutrition product. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!

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