GUEST: Dr. Paula Walker discusses colon cleansing

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Colon cleansing products are touted for losing weight, treating acne, controlling acid reflux, increasing energy and a host of many other health problems.

Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University tells us more.

Colon cleansing is a form of hydrotherapy where water is used to flush the colon of stool and other toxins. There is no scientific data or research that shows colon cleansing has any benefits.

Some side effects of colon cleansing include cramping, bloating, dehydration, infection, bowel perforations or change in electrolytes.

It is important to consult a physician before attempting a colon cleanse.

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