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How does a colonic work?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You may hear that celebrities get "colonics" because they seem like some sort of miracle weight-loss cure. Here's how they work: You get a tube pushed up into your lower intestines (via your back end). You're infused with a solution and you roll around to wash out your colon, then the fluid gets sucked out (you're given coffee, to help you go to the bathroom quickly).

The purpose is to cleanse out the toxins and re-boot your intestines. You'll produce a lot of waste after a colonic, but the main waste here is a waste of money. Your colon only absorbs water so there's no weight-loss benefit for colonics. In fact, you can get the same colon-cleansing and toxin-eliminating effect with a 24-hour fast.
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