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Obesity and Weight Management

Weight loss

08/14/2006

Question:

I have read that cleansing your colon with herbal treatments can help you to lose weight. Is this true and is it safe?

Answer:

Cleansing your colon with herbal treatments or any other method will get rid of a little extra waste that would eventually be excreted anyway and may appear to give you a weight loss. Cleansing also stimulates water loss, and a pint of water weighs a pound.

But this type of weight loss is not the weight you want to lose, so colon cleansing is not a recommended method of true loss of weight from calories. Colon cleansing by any means can be unsafe, too, because it can upset your electrolyte balance.

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Response by:

Sharron   Coplin, MS, RD, LD Sharron Coplin, MS, RD, LD
Former Lecturer
Food & Nutrition
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University