What is a colon cleanse?
A colon cleanse includes a variety of alternative medical treatments that aim to flush out toxins from the intestine.
What is auto-intoxication and how does it relate to colon cleansing?
According to naturopaths, these colonic toxins build up as a result of infrequent bowel movements and/or the consumption of unhealthy processed foods. The naturopathic experts believe that the stool in people with chronic constipation gets rotted and stick to the walls of the colon. These rotten feces become the host for harmful bacteria and parasites, and when they get absorbed into the blood, sickness and disease ensues. This theory that putrefaction of stools induces disease was termed as auto-intoxication by the ancient Egyptian physicians.
Moreover, in the ancient days, it was thought that break down of proteins in the colon by certain bacteria generates toxic amines that trigger auto-intoxication. However, an article published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology revealed that consumption of lactic acid-producing bacteria can reverse this toxic process.  These bacteria can modify the microflora of the colon that prevents the protein degradation and hence minimizes the autointoxication.
The intuition that constipation is the root of all diseases is also acknowledged by experts of this era.  Given the fact that decayed feces contain certain cancer-causing agents, called carcinogens and sluggish bowel movements enhance the duration of contact between carcinogens in the stools and the gut wall,  the naturopathic specialists deem colon cleansing as being necessary.
In addition, as the toxins from the stool leash into the circulation, a variety of illnesses may follow, including but not limited to chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, body aches, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety, and migraine headaches.  (more…)