When you participate in a colon cleansing program, the goal is to get rid of all of the accumulated toxins in your digestive system...not to add more toxins to it! A popular ingredient in herbal colon cleansers is senna, a stimulant laxative that has shown to be toxic to animal muscle tissue.
When senna is highly concentrated in the bloodstream or organs due to over-consumption, the body can develop a slew of health problems. Common conditions and diseases caused by senna overuse include:
- Blood diseases
- Decreased enzyme production
- Liver failure
- Nervous system impairment
- Musculoskeletal tissue damage
- Decreased energy
- Severe diarrhea
- Unhealthy weight loss
- Diaper rash and blisters in children
- Death of colorectal tissue, which can lead to colorectal cancer
If you're looking to purchase laxatives, colon cleansers, weight-loss supplements, or herbal teas, read the labels and make sure that senna isn't one of them!
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