Colonics: More Dangerous Than You Might Think

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For such an uncomfortable (and sort of gross) procedure, colonics have a fierce following. Some swear by its supposed ability to remove “toxins” from the body, making you feel “lighter” and less bloated, while others claim a regular, um, cleansing helps with everything from digestive issues to fatigue to acne. Still, call us squeamish, but there’s something about hosing out our insides that we’re not super into.
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Luckily for us, Dr. Richard Liebowitz tackled this question recently over on Everyday Health. He says that while there are a lot of theories on the possible benefits of colonics, almost none of them are backed by any scientific evidence. Even worse, the list of potential side effects is a long one — and includes infection, perforation of the rectum, and severe electrolyte imbalance. Click through to Everyday Health to learn more. (Everyday Health)
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