Do popular colon cleansers really promote a healthy colon? Probably not, according to gastrointestinal tract experts who explain that the gut lining is constantly forming new cells and rarely needs our assistance. Common side effects of colon cleansers include headaches, cramping, and diarrhea. Long-term use is linked to anemia and bowel rupture. In general, maintaining a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water is the most safe and successful approach to overall colon and digestive health.
- How many glasses of water do you drink a day?
- In your experience, what are the pros and cons of colon cleansers?
- For more information about digestive health, visit digestive.niddk.nih.gov