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Colon Cleansers

You can find endless raves—including some from celebs—about the weight-loss and detox benefits of flushing your colon with water in an enema-like procedure.

However, waste material and toxins don’t build up over time; the colon does a perfectly good job of cleaning itself out on its own, says Roshini Raj, MD, in her new book "What the Yuck?!."

There’s little evidence of health benefits, and they may cause unpleasant side effects like tummy pain and diarrhea. Plus, you’ll be looking at about $55 to $95 per treatment to get your colon cleansed by a professional. Home enema kits run about $50.

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