Lynn Mohr, R.Ph. - Seville Location
Q: Why cleanse?
A: As early as 1500 BC, humans have been aware of the benefits of a body cleanse. Its popularity has risen dramatically in recent years which parallels the rise in environmental, agricultural and household toxins which we face everyday. In a perfect world, our body would digest the food we eat completely, absorb the nutrients and eliminate all waste through natural body processes. In reality, we eat processed food lacking in fiber and fruits and vegetables lacking in minerals due to poor soil conditions and contaminated with pesticides. This food is not properly digested, nutrients are not properly absorbed and toxins build up in the colon. A colon cleanse not only improves the functioning of the colon but also can improve the overall health of the entire body.
Q: Are there different kinds of cleanses?
A: There are a wide variety of cleansing programs and products used to cleanse specific organs such as the liver, kidneys, colon, skin and lungs and the blood and lymph systems. Some programs include fasting, the use of saunas and colon hydrotherapy. Drinking plenty of water, getting proper exercise and consuming a diet high in fiber from foods such as raw vegetables, fruit and whole grains are healthy lifestyle habits that can enhance the effects of any cleansing program.
Q: Where do I begin?
A: Springtime is the perfect time of year to set a weight loss goal and a colon cleanse may provide a jumpstart to your dieting efforts. By ridding the colon of toxins, the body can properly digest nutrients from the diet leading to increased energy and exercise endurance. A good colon cleanse product should contain fiber such as psyllium, a bulk forming fiber containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. Other sources of fiber such as apple pectin and citrus pectin may be included to form bulk. In addition, natural laxatives such as marshmallow, slippery elm and magnesium help rid the colon of build up. Another important ingredient is fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which help the healthy good bacteria in the intestine to grow and flourish. These healthy good bacteria are vital to a person's immune system and the absorption of food and nutrients. Potassium may also be included to help maintain electrolyte balance during the cleansing process. Some cleansing programs recommend taking other supplements such as probiotics, digestive enzymes and essential oil capsules along with the cleanse to optimize the effects.
Q: Can a cleansing product interfere with my prescription medications?
A: Yes, there are certain herbs in cleansing products that can interfere with prescription medications. It is important to check with your pharmacist before starting a cleanse. It is generally recommended that prescription medications be taken an hour before or two hours after a cleansing product. Your Ritzman pharmacist can assist in the decision to use a cleansing product and help choose the product that best suits your needs