Gastrointestinal System - Cleansing

Practice Guidance Toolkit

Description and Key Nutrition Issues


The beneficial and adverse effects of some herbal products and detoxification diets have been documented in limited human studies and some animal studies. There is a lack of clinical evidence to prove their effectiveness for promoting weight loss (1), maintaining bowel health, and for preventing colon cancer. A healthy, balanced diet of whole foods is recommended.
Some bowel cleansing practices, such as colonic irrigation, have been traditionally used for medical procedures rather than
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Last Updated: 2015-02-10