Colon cleanser vs. laxative vs. fiber

@coffeebreak (17827)
United States
April 3, 2010 10:40am CST
I have been hearing so much about these colon cleansers and helping to loose weight. But my first question is... what's the difference between a colon cleanser and laxative as far as what they do? I asked a sales person in a vitamin place this question and she said a long medically terminology answer. I thought about what she said and put it together in common person terms and then said to her "so the colon cleanser HELPS you go and the laxative MAKES you go". She looked at me with a bit of shock and then quietly said. "Yeah, that's about it". So..why pay high price for the cleanser, when elax is cheaper and they do the same thing? Second question..What's the difference in "jobs" from colon cleanser, laxative and fiber supplements or even just good quantities of applesause every day? They all do the same thing. So is it just a money maker or the makers of the colon cleanser companies and they don't want you to know the down and dirty facts...or do they really each have a specific "job" or function or purpose that they do?
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4 responses
• United States
4 Apr 10
Millions of hours on the toilet. Seriously, I have taken laxatives before, they work well for colon cleansing, but man did I feel wiped out afterwards. I felt empty, which was not a bad feeling, but I also felt tired. It was great that my body was cleaned out, but I wanted to sleep after my bowels went through that.
• United States
9 Apr 10
No different than when you are ill and your body purges everything it's tired out.
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• United States
9 Apr 10
Not any different.
@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
3 Apr 10
I think its better to have fiber diet. I have a friend who is a doctor and she always recommend fiber diet cause it will make you healthier. They are more natural too and its also important to have other vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Root crops are full of fiber and also some fruits like pineapple. They are really good for the health. I also eat a lot of papaya fruits when there are times that I think that my GI tract needs cleansing and it really helps.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
4 Apr 10
If natural works, why do anything else? Usually it is cheaper too! But sometimes nature doesn't take its course and needs help. I was just wondering how to deal with all the hoopla on health these days and what works well
• United States
9 Apr 10
I don't know much of the differances. But I do take a lax if I have to because I do get sick if I skip a day or two in combination with a heavy meal tucked in there.....even though when I was a kid once a week was a miracle sorry TMI. Having kids really changes the chemistry in ones body but I was recommended taking flax seed meal wich has helped quite a bit! It's natural and cheap! Though I think my body is somewhat used to it so it doesn't always work but it does have alot of the Omega3's I normally don't really have in my diet. Or if you are in need also take mental note of what processes quickly thru you like apple sauce. For me it's cooked carrots & or my home made chicken soup. Eitherway I'm on the bandwagon about not using any OTC cleansers or meds (unless necessary) when organic foods & a change in diet can do the same thing.
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
6 Apr 10
i have never heard of these things but they sound better. i am on medical pills i have lost 2 lbs with them i want to lose total 10 lbs with them then i will start running