One of the most common questions that people ask as they consider a colon cleanse is “How long does it take to see results?” This is a good question to ask.
Most people want to see results fairly quickly, but in the case of colon health and digestive wellness, quicker isn’t always better.
For example, we’ve known for quite a while now that when things move too quickly through the digestive system, problems emerge. For one thing, it takes time for food to be properly digested and for the body to receive all the nutrients it can from foods and drinks. Secondly, when things move through the intestines and colon too quickly, not only is nutrition compromised, but a range of problematic symptoms can result, including diarrhea, nausea, irregular heartbeat, weakness, and more.1
Since dietary fiber is actually a component of food–coming from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains–it should move through the body in a timely manner, but not too fast, nor too slowly.
Some cleanses promise results in as little as two to three days. At first, this may sound promising; our lives are fast-paced and most people want something that delivers results “yesterday.” However, chances are that such fast-acting products are either incomplete in terms of what they’re supposed to do, or harsh, with ingredients that cause cramping and diarrhea.
In reality, a good colon cleanse is one that works with the body, not one that forces any unnatural processes. This is why a proper blend of dietary fiber can work so well for cleansing purposes. Our bodies are actually designed to work well with a daily intake of dietary fiber and then to take some time moving it through the digestive tract, where it can do all its good work.2 In terms of healthy digestion, from the time something enters your mouth to the time that its remains exit your body could be anywhere between 2 to 5 days.3 Dietary fiber is no different.
So, it can take a few days for people to literally see the results of a good cleanse in the toilet bowl. There should be little to no straining and bowel movements should become quick,complete, and easy. For those who need it,a gentle laxative may be used to helps luggish colons. In this case, you want something that gives you the ability to adjust potency. This is one reason why a laxative tea is a good idea: You can moderate its strength by how long you steep the tea bag. Of course, look for a laxative tea that is all-natural with herbal ingredients you know and trust.
In general, if someone is getting a sufficient amount of dietary fiber and water each day, results should be both seen and felt within a few days. Adding a laxative tea can speed up the process but isn’t something that everyone may need.
Disclaimer: The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider regarding amedical condition.