Recent studies, however, have revealed how truly detrimental the practice is.
In short, you cannot wash away the bad things without washing away the good things; but worse, there are no bad things to wash away.
Those toxins and pounds of festering, impacted fecal matter? With each "cleansing," you are flushing away beneficial bacteria and electrolytes.
Nearly 1,000 species of bacteria reside in the colon and aid in the final stages of digestion, including water absorption, and the fermentation of fibers and vitamin absorption, particularly vitamins K, B.
Perhaps surprising, passing gas from morning through the night is normal and healthy, the natural byproduct of your gut bacteria digesting your food.
Constipation is caused by many factors, such as poor diet, dehydration, lack of exercise, jet lag or diet change while traveling, pregnancy and certain medications.
Emergency rooms regularly see patients who have hurt themselves by cleansing.