*Warning* not for the faint of heart and does contain descriptions of body processes.
The desired end result of colon cleansing is better digestive health. The ways to get to better digestive health are many.
So - I ask you to consider what are factors and items to look at in the whole process of digestion - not just the colon.
Some questions to ask yourself:
How much water do I drink and how does it leave my body(sweat,pee,poop)?
Does your in = out or is your body holding on to it somewhere (edema, feeling puffy)?
How often do I eat and how often do I poop in relationship to eating?
Does what I eat make me feel better or worse?
Am I getting the nutrition I need out of the food I am eating?
For instance: I drink about 6-10 cups of water on a regular day and sweat a little when I exercise and my pee seems a little concentrated. But sometimes I notice my ankles are particularly puffy and if I think about it I had a particularly salty meal and maybe 5-7 cups of water.
I tend to eat 3-5 times a day and poop at least twice. However if I don't get enough water or haven't eaten enough veg I might only poop once and have a hard time with it. Or since I don't have a gallbladder anymore- if I eat a high fat meal then I have urgent stools shortly after my meal.
When I eat a piece of fruit and a little cheese or veg with some lean protein like steak I have energy and can think clearly
but if I have a sandwich - even with gf bread my belly doesn't feel good and I am sleepy.
When I eat less processed food I have more energy and if I eat more processed foods
I feel kind of sluggish and tend to get sick or just not "feel like myself".
To have some hard data about what nutrition you are getting from your food your doctor can check for levels of various nutrients in your system - like iron and vitamin D.
When I feel like my gut is kind of wonky I increase my fiber intake, eat more soothing foods, drink teas that help with digestion such as peppermint or ginger or kombucha, make sure I am getting enough water and walk more to stimulate blood flow and peristalsis.I also increase my probiotics by either taking a quality supplement or eating more whole fat plain yoghurt or kefir.
Some of my colleagues do support for seasonal cleanses so their clients can get through the shifts in activity and foods that are available and considered appropriate for the season and weather.
Think about it, answer truthfully and then make an action plan to increase your quality of life and work with someone you trust to help you figure out the parts that don't make sense for you. I tend to work with people that are passionate about their particular specialty whether it is nutrition or colonics or cleansing or visceral manipulation bodywork.
"Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness."
- Alfred Bernhard Nobel