The enzymatic whole body cleanse is an over-the-counter colon cleansing system that purports to offer relief from such problems as low energy levels, weight gain, fatigue, skin problems and headaches, just to name a few. The colon cleansing trend, popular among proponents of alternative health remedies, can be traced back to ancient Greece. The idea behind these regimens is to improve health by flushing dangerous toxins out of the body through the colon. According to marketers of enzymatic cleansing kits, the sources of these toxins include processed food, pollution, hormones used in the livestock industry and pesticides.
Most kits contain three elements: a fiber supplement pill, a laxative and a flowering herb called milk thistle in gel capsule form. Milk thistle has an active ingredient called silymarin that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Directions on how to administer each element are included in the kit. These regimens are to be followed for 14 days. On days 1 through 7, the consumer is directed to take three laxative tablets, eight fiber supplement pills, and one milk thistle gel capsule. Each element is to be taken with 8 oz. of water. On days 8 through 14, the consumer is directed to continue taking eight fiber pills per day but only two laxative tablets, and to increase the milk thistle tablet to two per day, one in the morning and one at night.
Some of the marketing claims related to these enzymatic whole body cleansing products state that these regimens boost the immune system, decrease colon cancer risks and help restore a sense of mental well-being. Because these kits are not regulated by the federal government, such claims are not substantiated, and the products are not monitored in the same manner as prescription medications.
The need to take extra steps to cleanse the body of toxins has come under question. The body’s natural ability to deal with toxins without outside interference is impressive. The colon contains natural bacteria that deal with toxins in food waste, and the colon is also able to prevent impurities from re-entering the body. The liver has natural abilities to deal with and neutralize toxins as well.
Milk thistle can have side effects for some individuals, including diarrhea and bloating. Other side effects of enzymatic whole body cleansing regimens may include cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Consumers who have used enzymatic whole body cleanses have complained of a marked increase in flatulence. Most report that any weight that is lost during a cleansing period is water weight and, therefore, only temporary. Since the fiber pills are generally quite large, some consumers find them extremely difficult to swallow.
It is important to discuss enzymatic whole body cleansing kits with a physician before adopting such a regimen. Certain medical conditions, such as colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, or heart or kidney disease, can be complicated by using these products. There may also be the possibility of dangerous interaction with other medications. Long-term use of body cleansing products can lead to dehydration and can be dangerous.