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Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

4 Signs You May Need To Try A Colon Cleanse

Experiencing constipation, feeling fatigued, dealing with recurrent digestive problems, or having skin issues like acne or eczema might indicate a need for a colon cleanse. These signs suggest your body could benefit from the process of detoxification that a colon cleanse provides, potentially improving your overall health and vitality.


Have you been feeling bloated lately? Have you been experiencing constipation or irregular bowel movements? If so, it might be time to consider a colon cleanse. While it might sound like an intimidating process, a colon cleanse can help improve your overall digestive wellness, alleviating some of those uncomfortable symptoms while also supporting your health on every level.

Hippocrates, often referred to as the father of modern medicine, believed that all diseases begin in the gut. The gut is often referred to as the "second brain" of the body due to its significant impact on our entire well-being. It’s not only the place where the food we eat is broken down and nutrients are absorbed into the body, the gut also plays a crucial role in regulating our immune system and maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria. When our gut is not functioning correctly, it can contribute to a variety of health problems, including digestive issues, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and even mental health disorders. Therefore, it is essential to prioritize the health of our gut through proper nutrition, hydration, herbalism, and healthy lifestyle habits to ensure optimal vitality.


Here are four signs that you might benefit from trying a colon cleanse:


1. You're constipated


If you find yourself struggling to have a bowel movement, you might be constipated. Constipation is a common digestive problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It's usually defined as having fewer than three bowel movements a week or having difficulty passing stools. From a functional medicine perspective, bowel movements should take place daily to ensure optimal elimination and vibrant health. 

Constipation can cause discomfort and bloating, but it can even lead to more serious health problems and hemorrhoids. If you suffer from constipation, waste and toxins backed up in the colon can be reabsorbed into your system. This means they have to get back in line to be processed by your liver again, increasing your body’s toxin burden.

Exposure to a high toxic load can promote oxidative stress, inflammation, and hormonal imbalances and can deplete key vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants required for detoxification pathways. [1] [2]



2. You're feeling tired and sluggish


If you're feeling tired and sluggish, it could be a sign that your body is overloaded with toxins. 

When your body’s toxic burden is beyond what it can naturally eliminate, you might struggle with low energy, brain fog and feel like you’ve lost your “zest for life”. 

When waste builds up in your colon, it can lead to a higher toxic burden due to a decrease in your body’s elimination processes. This may also contribute to systemic inflammation, which may be linked to fatigue and a general feeling of malaise. 

3. You're experiencing digestive issues


If you're experiencing digestive issues like gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, or stomach pain, it could be a sign that your digestive system is out of balance and needs some extra support. It’s important to note that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should always seek advice from a healthcare practitioner to rule out any associated health conditions. 

A colon cleanse can help to restore this balance. It can remove built-up waste and support a more diverse, healthy microbiome of good bacteria. Your gut microbiome is a collection of trillions of microorganisms that live within your digestive tract. Functional medicine recognizes that imbalances in the gut microbiota, such as the overgrowth of harmful bacteria or a lack of diversity in beneficial bacteria, can contribute to a variety of health problems, including digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, weight gain, and mental health concerns. [3] [4]

When your gut microbiome is in good shape, it not only promotes the health of your gastrointestinal tract but can also support immunity, mood, healthy inflammatory responses, easier weight loss, heart health, and more!



4. You want to improve your skin health


If you're experiencing skin problems like acne, eczema, or psoriasis, it could be a sign that your digestive health may need some extra support. 

Our skin is actually the largest organ in our body, and it plays a crucial role in protecting us from the external environment. It acts as a barrier, keeping harmful substances out of our bodies and preventing excessive water loss. The skin also regulates our body temperature and is involved in the production of Vitamin D. Overall, the skin is a vital and multifunctional organ essential for our overall health and well-being. [5]




How to choose the right colon cleanse


The NutriRise Rapid Colon Cleanse is a great choice for anyone looking to reap the benefits of a natural colon cleanse.

This fast-acting formula contains natural ingredients like senna leaf and cascara sagrada, which are known for their ability to promote bowel movements and relieve constipation. This makes it an effective solution for anyone struggling with constipation, irregularity, or sluggishness. 

The addition of probiotics and prebiotics in the formula also helps to support healthy gut bacteria and improve overall digestion. Learn more about the difference between probiotics vs. prebiotics here.

Additionally, the NutriRise Rapid Colon Cleanse is made with natural ingredients and is free of harsh chemicals or artificial additives, making it a safe and gentle option if you’re looking to naturally cleanse your colon.



What does the scientific research say about the ingredients in NutriRise Rapid Colon Cleanse?


  • Senna & Licorice: A randomized controlled trial examined the effects of a natural colon cleanse supplement containing Senna and Licorice in participants with chronic constipation and found that bowel movement frequency significantly improved compared to the group taking a placebo. [6]


  • Psyllium Husk & Flaxseed: Psyllium husk and flaxseed are both rich in soluble fiber, providing powerful cleansing benefits and constipation relief. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials found that soluble fiber intake was significantly associated with increased bowel movement frequency and decreased constipation symptoms. [7]

    Increased fiber intake has also been associated with other health benefits, such as a reduced risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and heart disease! Go fiber! [8] [9]


  • Probiotics: A systematic review of clinical research studies found that all of the evaluated research concluded that probiotic supplementation could improve bowel movement frequency and digestive health and reduce the time it took for the food waste to pass through the intestinal tract. [10]

    Scientific research also shows that probiotics can offer an array of other health benefits beyond gut health, like elevated immunity and improved skin health. [11] [12] [13]


  • Aloe Vera: A study found that patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) experienced decreased discomfort and flatulence after taking Aloe Vera juice twice daily for 8 weeks. [14]




How often should you do an herbal colon cleanse?


This should depend on your lifestyle and your doctor's recommendations. However, most people like to cleanse their digestive tract around every 4 to 6 months, though that depends on your personal preference and general state of health.

Remember that you should NOT repeat a colon cleansing program for at least 6 to 8 weeks.



Final thoughts


Overall, if you're experiencing any of these four signs, it may be time to cleanse your colon. The NutriRise 15-Day Colon Cleanse is a great option that contains natural ingredients to help support digestion and colon health, boost energy levels, improve skin health, and promote healthy weight loss/weight management. 


If you’re interested in learning more, head on over to our Beginners Guide To Colon Cleanse & Detox Supplements.


Note: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended for use as medical advice. Always consult your health care provider before starting any dietary supplement.

Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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