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Obesity and Weight Management

Weight loss



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


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