Updated: Jan 29, 2018
The cleansing of the lower bottom bowel is a great way to jump-start better health and better habits.
Did you know that water is absorbed through the large intestine? Drinking half your weight in water is imperative for good health long term. Nutrients are also absorbed through the large intestine. And precious microflora exist here too; the good bacteria that fight the proliferation of bad bacteria.
The intestines are a key part of the body’s digestive tract and are responsible for absorbing nutrients from the foods you eat. Although the small intestine is better known for its role in nutrition, the large intestine is also responsible for key nutrients, including water, salts, and electrolytes that allow the body to function well.
The large intestine has two main functions: storage of undigested food matter and absorption. Two of the most important substances the colon absorbs are water and electrolytes. Water is essential for the body, not just for the functioning of cells but also to maintain blood pressure. The electrolytes that the colon absorbs, such as sodium and potassium, are also involved in regulating blood pressure. These electrolytes are also important for cellular function, especially the cells within muscle fibers and nerves. As a result, the absorption of water and electrolytes is an important function of the large intestine.
The large intestine also absorbs nutrients that are created by the bacteria that reside there. When you consume fiber, a form of carbohydrate that otherwise cannot be absorbed, bacteria break down the fiber into substances called short-chain fatty acids, which are then used by the large intestine as an energy source, the University of Virginia reports. These bacteria also make vitamins, such as vitamins B1, B2, B12 and K; the colon is then responsible for absorbing these vitamins so that they can be used by the body.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle rinsing of the colon with warm water, to remove encrusted fecal matter, gas and mucus. This allows vital nutrients to be absorbed more easily and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and healthier. Colonics can also help re-tone & reshape the colon.
Colon hydrotherapy involves the safe, gentle infusion of water into the colon via the rectum. No chemicals or drugs are involved and the entire therapy is both relaxing and effective. A healthy well-functioning bowel is essential for the maintenance of optimal health. This vital organ remains the most neglected in the human body. When the blood stream is overloaded with toxic waste, the body will function at a lower level.
Can a colonic detox your body ?
Because of the modern diets full of animal proteins, processed food, fat and sugar, and stress, with constant pressure and lack of exercise, the colon becomes the repository of accumulated waste and toxins which disable the body’s purification system. The toxic material ends ends up re-entering our blood stream and getting deposited in our cells. As a result of this auto-intoxication we feel and act far below our potential and can become susceptible to disease.
Does it hurt?
For the vast majority of individuals who receive colonics, the procedure is free from pain. A minor amount of discomfort can be felt during the insertion of the colonic nozzle, but this only lasts for a few seconds. During the treatment, you may feel some cramping as smooth muscle is activated and very infrequently clients feel slightly nauseous.
Is it Safe?
Colon hydrotherapy is very safe when performed by a qualified therapist. We only use FDA approved medical devices for the procedure and all of the equipment used is sterilized or disposable and the water goes through an advanced filtration process prior to entering the colon. Our therapists are I-ACT trained and registered and meet the highest professional and ethical standards. You are in very safe hands.
How can it help?
The benefits of colonics can include increased energy, improved circulation, clearer skin & eyes, mental clarity, weight normalizing, better digestions, relief from bloating and heaviness. By removing the waste material from the colon, the process of detoxification is given a boost and the harmful bacteria that is produced by encrusted fecal matter is removed from the body. Colon hydrotherapy helps your immune system to help itself, by giving it a chance to breathe and allow the lymph system to effectively cleanse your body. Colon hydrotherapy can assist the body with healing a variety of conditions: constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel, bloating, excessive gas, indigestion, allergies, candida overgrowth, skin problems, brittle nails and hair, abnormal body odor, unpleasant breath, backache, stiffness, arthritis, fatique, insomnia, poor concentration and headaches.
What about “friendly bacteria” being lost?
Healthy intestinal flora are present throughout the small and large intestines and colon hydrotherapy helps to improve their habitat, facilitating their reproduction and multiplication.
Is it embarrassing?
No. Your dignity is always maintained with proper draping in a private room.
How many treatments do I need?
Every person is different and changes in our lives create different stresses, so there is no standard number of treatments that are recommended. It depends on your personal health objectives. Even though a person feels relief even after an initial session, it is necessary to take additional colonics to sufficiently cleanse the colon. We suggest you book a single treatment initially and discuss with your therapist during the consultation what their recommendations are. In our experience we have found that a course of 3 treatments over an initial 2-3 week timeframe produces the best results with regular maintenance thereafter.
How should I prepare for the colonic?
We recommend that you refrain from eating at least two hours prior to your appointment and ensure that you are well hydrated. If possible, a diet of vegetables and grains 2-3 days in advance rather than heavy foods will help prepare your colon for the treatment. Do not drink alcohol 24 hours in advance.
What happens during a colonic?
The procedure starts with the client lying on a comfortable therapy table. The therapist gently inserts a small disposable speculum into the rectum. (We only use completely sterile, disposable tools during the procedure.) The therapy begins with a gentle flow of filtered water using light pressure to allow the colon to be cleaned. The fecal matter and toxins are released into the colon. The therapist monitors the water pressure to ensure a relaxing and healing treatment experience. There is no odor and it is like a gentle colon massage.
After some time the colon therapist will advise you to go into a private bathroom to release.
Will one colonic completely empty the colon?
Typically, one colonic will not completely empty the colon. Many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon. These are hardened, rubbery or wallpaper like material. Substantial work must be done to remove it. Moreover, there is a learning process that occurs when having a colonic. As you become more aware of what is going on in your abdomen, and as your body learns how to allow the cleansing experience, you are better able to enter into that process, and therefore more material is released. One colonic will move some of the stagnant waste in the colon. The second and subsequent colonics will remove more. How many you wish to have will depend on your personal objectives.
How will I feel afterwards?
Colonics have a “relieving” effect. There may well be a feeling of lightness and internal cleanliness. People are often energized following a colonic. Many clients have reported clearer skin. Once the colon has been thoroughly cleansed then diet, exercise and other health programs will become many times more effective. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids, avoid raw vegetables, reduce consumption of meats for a couple of days. Steamed vegetables, fruit and soups are recommended.
Will I have regular bowel movements after a colonic?
The most common post-colonic experience is to have a light delay in bowel movements and then the resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool. Sometimes if the colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a colonic. However, this is not due to the colonic, but because of the weakness of the colon. Rarely is diarrhea or loose bowels experienced. This may be due to the extra water introduced into the colon. If it should occur, it is usually of very short duration.
Credits; Universty of Virginia, Hippocratic Institute