Colon Cleansing: How Long and What To Expect

by Raylen on October 8, 2007

If you’ve ever changed the oil in your car or seen it done, you may notice something about the oil. When you pour oil into your engine, it is clear translucent tan color. When it comes out of your engine during an oil change, it is not so pretty. It is dark, carbonized, and opaque.

What happens if you don’t change your oil every few thousand miles? A buildup develops in your engine and can reduce its efficiency. Eventually the engine will become so backed up it will begin to cause engine problems. Eventually your engine will seize up and refuse to run any longer.

This example is pretty close to what happens in your colon. People do not usually think that they need to clean it out every “few thousand miles,” but that is exactly what colon cleansing is. It helps your body rid the colon of built up toxins and waste.

Your colon is responsible for the transport of solid wastes from the body. While food is being transported through the colon, water is being absorbed for use by the body. If your colon slows down, toxins can actually find there way into your blood stream and cause a number of problems such as skin problems, nervous system disorders, obesity, and host of other problems in the various organ systems.

For simple colon cleansing there are two popular approaches:

  1. Taking laxatives and herbs orally
  2. Doing an enema

Each of these can be used individually or can work in tandem. If you’re doing a colon cleanse for the first time you should try to use one or the other to see how your body tolerates it.

For this blog post I will be focusing on oral laxatives and herbs because that seems to be the most popular approach.

I would also add fasting and doing the Master Cleanse to that list, but those are full body cleanses, and this post only deals with colon cleanses.

If you’ve never done a colon cleanse heed this warning

If you recall nothing else from this article then remember this –stay close to a toilet. When the people are draining the oil from your engine, they have an oil pan to catch the oil. Your oil pan is the toilet so make sure you are close to one. Before you even begin a colon cleanse it’s best to set aside some free day to gauge how your body reacts.

If you’re using oral products such as laxatives and herbs, don’t take them right before you go to work or before any vigorous activity. Take them when you have some down time during the day, and when you’ll have quick access to a bathroom. You might think I’m being overly dramatic about having a bathroom close by when doing a colon cleanse, but take my word for it – when you do a colon cleanse things really get stirred up inside you, and holding it is not an option!

How long does a colon cleanse take?

You’ll usually see an increase in bowel movements within hours of doing a colon cleanse, but to really to get the years of waste and hardened fecal material out of your colon and maze of intestines will take time. Remember you have 22 feet of large intestine, so it’s usually recommended you spend 1-2 months on your colon cleansing routine.

This sounds like a long time, but remember you’ll still be eating a normal diet while you’re cleansing you colon so things won’t happen as fast as they do with the Master Cleanse which can remove pounds of internal waste in just a few days.

What to expect when you do a colon cleanse

What comes out of your colon may not be like anything you have ever experienced, so do not be alarmed. It is natural, although the sight and smell of it may be anything other than natural.

If you can imagine food and waste, putrefying in your colon for years you can imagine it will not be pretty.

Once you ingest the colon cleanser (or do the enema) and the initial dumping of your bowel occurs, things may slow a little. You can expect that your body will continue to get rid of the waste that you have loosened up in your colon. This can take a couple of weeks.

You will slowly start to feel differently. At first, you could actually feel sick. This is because toxins that have been store are being released for the first time. This will pass as the toxins are excreted from the body.

Once you are cleaned out, your body will begin to heal itself. You will have more energy, you mood will lighten and you will feel more energized and renewed. You skin may clear up and pains that you have had for years will disappear. Miracles of people being relatively crippled and being healed after cleansing their body have occurred. This is because that the pain and joint swelling are often caused by an overload of toxins in the body.

Make sure you drink a lot of water

During this process, remember to drink a lot of water. You do not want to become dehydrated, as you will be going to the bathroom frequently. The water also helps flush the toxins out of your body and helps in the process of healing tissues that have been plagued with toxins.

Enjoy your colon cleanse you will be glad you did it. Just remember the advice –stay close to a bathroom.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

patricia salley March 24, 2014 at 6:55 am

I started the super colon cleanse yesterday, took 4 pills 7pm then took 4 pills 7am, how long will it take me to go to the bathroom and how often can I take it.

Anonymous March 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I had the gastric sleeve procedure, is it safe to do a cleanse since I do not eat or allowed to drink large amounts of anything?

Swuampa33 February 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I took a home cleanse I heard about. It’s 1/3 cup lemon juice,2/3cup olive oil and an organic apple yesterday. Just wondering what to expect? I have had a lot of discomfort recently an am hoping this will clear me out. Lookin for any input.

Hay November 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I took a colon cleanse pill yesterday and today and I have not started pooping, except fr normal once a day morning poop. When should I start really pooping?

Waynecat August 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I do my colon cleanse twice a year, and I use the prep information that my doctor gave me for my colonoscopy a few years back. It is extremely effective, and the discomfort is only for about 12-18 hours (in my experience). Definitely do it on a day off from work. :-)

Also, be sure to pump fluids throughout the day as you will be excreting a lot of fluids.

Buy:
Two 32 oz. Gatorade (no dark colors, such as fruit punch)
Small package of Dulcolax tables (Bisacodyl 5 mg)
MiraLAX 238 gm
10 oz. bottle of Magnesium Citrate

Try to limit day to water, black coffee or tea. Sugar is ok. No dark sodas (cola, etc.).
You can have Chicken broth, bouillon, etc., but no solid food. Clear Jell-O is ok. I also have some light yogurt during the day to help with the replacement of the healthy bacteria of the colon.

11:00am – Take 4 Dulcolax tablets with water and pump fluids. Mix the 64 oz. of Gatorade and the 238 gm of MiraLAX and chill in fridge.

1:00pm- Begin drinking the Gatorade/MiraLAX solution at a rate of 8 oz. every 15-20 minutes until all 64 oz. are gone.

7:00pm – Begin drinking the Magnesium Citrate until gone.

I usually find that I can start eating some light foods later in evening- applesauce, yogurt, even chunk chicken or tuna. Would not recommend eating any corn, nuts, seeds, or fruits and vegetables for about 24 hours.

Jana August 9, 2013 at 2:12 am

I took a colon cleanse yesterday. You will literally poop like a soft serve machine, really loose long stools. The first stool will be a rather large turd. If you were constipated it will be fatter than normal but soft like toothpaste. The second and later stools may be geyser-like diarrhea followed by the colon’s “emptying” phase where what is stuck on the walls is released. The catch is they come often and randomly so stay close to a toilet!!! Drink water to keep the cleanse moving. To optimize the cleanse’s effect squat on the toilet. Everything will come out faster and it will cut back on toilet trips. Happy pooping!

Machli S July 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I started my colon cleanse today and my stomach kills me so much! In how many hours will it stop? Meaning, when will the colon cleanser stop for today? I took the colon cleanser 3 1/2 hours ago! And it started my stomach hurting me everytime I’m using the bathroom now since 1:45!

Red June 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

Great post! I agree with the last part. I pratice to drink a glass of plain water right before I sleep and after I wake up (before brush my teeth). I remember to read an article that state it is very good to practice it as it will help you to cleanse your colon during your sleep and flush it after wake up from long sleep. Thanks

Antoine Lockhart April 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Colon cleansing is as important as the need to take in foods that are essential to our health. However, one of the approaches in cleansing that I personally don’t like is taking in laxatives as they make me feel really weak.

Crisshawn February 9, 2012 at 6:46 am

Ive eaten corn starch for about two years and ive had multiple doctor visits. One of the reasons why i crave the corn starch is because i have an iron deficiency, causing me to take iron pills. Due to my large intake of cornstarch, i have also created a block in my intestines, which you know has effected my absorption to nutrients. Would you recommend i take the master cleanse diet?

Jill November 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

After a very throughout colon cleanse… how long should it be before I expect my next normal bowel movement?

Would it be my usual “every 2-3 days”… or (since I’m entirely cleaned out)… take much longer to have that first “after done cleaning” movement?

Thanks.

Larry J November 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm

THis is my first cleanse and first day. I have consumed about 40 oz of the drink since this morning and now 4PM. How long does it normally take for the first bowel movement?
THanks

renee February 15, 2008 at 10:08 am

What ingredients should I look for in a colon cleansing product?

Ciradah October 8, 2007 at 11:58 pm

I have some health challenges that I need to be mindful when doing a cleanse. For example, is this a safe process for those of us with diabetes, hypertension and GERD (acid in lemons?), to mention a few?

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