There has been a lot of buzz going on lately about colon cleansing and the benefits derived from it. Whether it's because an increase in the production of unhealthy processed foods is causing more digestive problems or a general upsurge in knowledge of the colon's importance, more and more people are starting to wonder whether or not they should get their colon cleansed. The question you may be asking yourself is, "Is it really necessary - or is this just some kind of marketing gimmick?"

Short answer(s):
No. It is not necessary.

Scam? Sometimes.

Beneficial? Maybe.

Let me explain. The ideal way that you want to cleanse your colon is through natural means. This means eating lots of foods rich in fiber (these foods act as a natural colon cleansing agent), exercising regularly and keeping your body hydrated.

Doing these three very simple things more often than not will be more than enough to keep your colon working efficiently. It's only when you have been a sedentary, junk-food eating slob for months (or perhaps even years?) on end that you may want to consider some outside help.

However, doctors still aren't quite in agreement on the benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy (a.k.a. colon irrigation) as a way of cleansing your colon. Which, by the way, is just a fancy way of saying 'flushing the colon out with warm water via a plastic tube'. Some doctors say it is not necessary at all and could possibly even be harmful while others say it may have its benefits if administered safely by an experienced professional.

The other method of colon cleansing is by purchasing colon cleansing products like supplements which contain natural ingredients from nature to aid your colon in its own natural process of cleaning itself; such as fiber supplements or digestive enzyme supplements. All of which can usually be consumed from actual foods (healthy foods), but the supplements are more concentrated and therefore have a larger impact.

And then there are the down right scams by people marketing a product they claim cleanses your colon, but is really nothing more than a placebo with maybe a diluted laxative thrown in for good measure. These have cropped up in the past few years because of the growing popularity of colon cleansing. So be wary of this fact and do your research if you do decide to purchase colon health products.

There's no doubt that treating your colon bad can result in many health problems such as Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hemorrhoids (among just a few). But taking initiative in changing unhealthy eating habits and exercising is more than enough (and the ideal way) to cleanse your colon.... naturally!

But just like liposuction, people like their shortcuts. I'm not saying there is anything unethical about it (maybe just kind of lazy), if that is the route you wish to take that is your prerogative. But whatever you do, you should realize that your colon health is very important (perhaps the most underrated organ). An unhealthy colon can actually be linked to many illnesses, so you would be wise to look after it if you care to make your time on this planet last.