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How to Cleanse a Colon Fast

By Bonnie Singleton ; Updated July 27, 2017

There are many reasons to cleanse the colon. They include a desire to detox your system after a viral or bacterial illness; the opportunity to get a fresh start after a period of poor eating habits; or you might need to get cleansed prior to a medical examination. There are also many different methods of colon cleansing, but if you need it done fast, inexpensively, and without having to hire a colon irrigation practitioner or deal with messy equipment, how do you go about it? One way is what most hospitals and gastroenterologists now recommend prior to a colonoscopy. Read on for more information on how to cleanse a colon fast!

Start a clear liquid diet in the morning on your cleansing day. At 10 a.m. the morning of your cleansing day, take 4 Dulcolax tablets with an 8 ounce glass of any clear liquid and continue on the clear liquid diet.

Drink one full bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 2 p.m. Follow the Magnesium with followed by eight ounces of water or clear liquid and continue on the clear liquid diet.

Drink one full bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 7 pm. Follow again with eight ounces of water or clear liquid and continue on the clear liquid diet.

Eat normally the next day. However, use this as a chance to improve your eating habits. Consuming lots of pure water and fresh fruits and vegetables and avoiding saturated fats, transfats, and red meat will promote good colon health throughout the year.

Tips

For better results, go on a clear liquid diet for one full day before you start the cleansing medications.

You can buy Magnesium Citrate at most local drug stores.

Use moist towelettes and/or petroleum jelly as needed to minimize anal irritation.

Warnings

If you have any health problems at all, especially kidney or heart disease, or even if you are in perfect health, check with your primary care physician before engaging in a colon cleansing.

During any type of colon cleanse, you should stay well-hydrated, so drink plenty of pure water over a period of time (not all at once).

You may experience mild bloating or cramping, but that's due to the laxative.

You will also need to make sure you have no plans for that day, as you'll need to stay close to a bathroom.

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