Most people have questions when it comes to their health and what's right for them. Colon Hydrotherapy and Intestinal Health are the two most common areas that our client's ask us about. Read below to learn more about each of the processes and what some common questions are.
What are we working with in Colon Hydrotherapy?
The Digestive tract is over 26 feet long, from mouth to anus, the last four to six feet being the colon or large intestine. The colon is as long as you are tall. The colon is a hollow, tube-like organ made up of muscle structure that moves digested food along by a wavelike motion known as peristaltic action. It works the digested food, called chyme, through the first two sections of the colon allowing the last 10% of the food absorption. (The rest of the absorption happens in the small intestine.) The colon moves the completed fecal matter into place in the descending and sigmoid colon, ready for releasing.
The colon is the living area for a host of bacteria that produce a slightly acid environment essential for the proper processing of fecal matter. The colon also absorbs water, nutrients, proteins and cell salts back into the blood stream. Nutrients such as K and some B vitamins are absorbed in the colon.
The equipment that is used is critical to the outcome and safety of the colon hydrotherapy session.
Is the device FDA approved?
There are two types of systems; OPEN or CLOSED. You may choose the CLOSED system, this means all waste is confined and a colon hydrotherapist is performing the procedure. You may also use the OPEN systems. This system is more commonly used by those who want to control their sessions and the therapist is there to assist if needed.
Why should I be concerned about my colon?
The colon has been referred to as the sewer system of the body. It’s the place where we store the waste material that most of us would rather not think about. Most of us don’t until our health becomes poor, we feel constipated, or have diarrhea. The body may benefit from releasing congestion in the bowel. There is a saying that death begins in the colon. It is the first place to start cleaning in returning back to full health. Most of us have the great habit of cleaning our teeth every day and yet the colon collects way more waste then the mouth and would love a good bathing.
How can I cleanse my colon?
A combination of diet, exercise, herbs, essential oils and colon hydrotherapy are options that may safely cleanse and relieve bowel discomfort
The colon is a reflex organ, meaning there are electrical connections to all other parts and systems of the body. When waste matter accumulates the body may respond by slowing down. This may cause constipation and sluggish bowel movements which may affect other systems of the body.
What signs show inefficient elimination?
Individuals who suffer from inefficient elimination may feel sluggish and bloated. Some signs may be; coated tongue, fetid breath, shallow complexion, abnormal body odor, dark circles under the eyes, cold hands and feet, brittle nails and hair, sagging posture (pot belly), tension, fatigue, allergies, indigestion, chronic headaches, irritability, nervousness, nausea, depression, asthma, and backaches. If matter stays in the colon for more than 24 hours, it is now toxic to your body. It is like eating food that has been left out for a long time. Any of these toxins that are absorbed by the body are moved up to the liver and can create more issues from there.
Will laxatives or enemas accomplish the same results?
To cleanse out the lower part of the colon, enemas can be useful. If you have not had a bowel movement within 24 hours, we highly recommend the use of enemas. Laxatives can be an irritant to the body and should only be used under the supervision of your licensed healthcare provider. Many laxatives stimulate long muscles in the colon and if used to much will cause the short circular muscles to loose tone, creating a dependence on the laxative. Colon hydrotherapy has been used to restore the toning of the colon.
What makes a colonic so special?
In a 45-60 minute session approximately 13 gallons of water is used to gently soften and release matter in the colon.
What will colonics do to the colon?
Specifically, a colonic is used to accomplish the following:
- It May Cleanse the Colon: Matter is softened and released and may improve assimilation and elimination. Matter built up over a long period can be gently released through a series of treatments. Once impacted material is released, your colon may return to more healthful patterns. In this sense colon hydrotherapy is a rejuvenation treatment.
- It May Exercise the Colon Muscles: The build up of matter weakens the colon and may impair it’s optimal functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon may improve peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the colon naturally moves material.
- It May Reshape the Colon: When problem conditions exist in the colon, it may alter the shape which in turn causes more problems. The gentle action of the water, coupled with the techniques of the colon therapist helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions. This may enable the colon to resume the natural state.
- It Stimulates Reflex Points: According to Eastern philosophies every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. Colon hydrotherapy may stimulate these points, possibly affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.
How many sessions are recommended?
If you have never had a colonic before, or if it has been a long time since you last had one, you will receive the most benefits by doing a series of 5-10 sessions. Depending on your individual situation and health goals, you may want more or less sessions. The ideal goal is to cleanse the whole length of the colon. This is never achieved in a single session. The condition of your health, colon, your diet and water intake etc… all influence the number of sessions you may want.
Can Colon Hydrotherapy improve the bacteria balance in my body?
Water introduced into the colon may cause bacteria to die off. Additionally, you may reintroduce healthy, helpful bacteria into the colon by means of supplementation available at the center.
Is Colon Hydrotherapy painful?
It rarely is. Occasionally, there is some mild discomfort the first few sessions. The colon therapist is skilled at putting you at ease and minimizing discomfort. Most people actually enjoy the colonic and are especially pleased with the unaccustomed sensation of feeling lighter, clean and clearer afterward. During the colonic, colon muscles will contract and expel liquid, gas and waste into the rectum. This may feel like cramping or pressure and are usually brief and easily tolerated.
Is it embarrassing to have a colonic?
No. You will maintain your personal dignity. You will be in a private room with only your therapist, who appreciates the sensitivity of the colonic procedure and will help you feel at ease. After the gentle insertion of a small tube into the rectum, you are completely covered. Sterile single use rubber tubing carries clean water in and waste out of through the system.
What should I do before a session?
It may be more comfortable to refrain from eating or drinking for two hours before your scheduled appointment, for best results, consume a diet of vegetables and grains. Light meals 24 hours before the session is beneficial. We want your body to focus in elimination not assimilation.
After a session, how might I expect to feel?
Most people remark on how clean & light they feel. “Like I just took a bath on the inside!”
Increased energy and feelings of well-being are the common responses. Occasionally people feel like they have had a workout and want to go home and rest.
How much time is required for a Colon Hydrotherapy session?
The first session may take longer than the follow up sessions because you will need to sign a consent and a alternative and complementary bill of rights. The actual time for the procedure is between forty-five minutes to an hour. After the first session, you will know what to expect and become more relaxed.
What effects will Colon Hydrotherapy have on my skin, allergies, etc…?
Our clients report that Colon Hydrotherapy has relieved and improved acne, allergies and asthma. They also tell us about increased energy and how calm they feel. Colon hydrotherapy is NOT A CURE, but a valuable procedure utilized for a wide variety of health symptoms. It may be recommended by your licensed physician. By re-toning and improving elimination, the bowel can become more efficient and timely with waste elimination and nutrient absorption, both of which are essential to good health. Colon Hydrotherapy can be the first step towards normalizing the bowel so that friendly bacteria can return to keep the colon safe from putrefaction and any further autointoxication.
Will it be okay to eat after having a colonic?
We suggest that you eat at your normal meal time, and consume a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you. Just as it doesn’t make sense to have your car cleaned and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after a colonic isn’t an advised choice. Salads, vegetable soups or broths, fruit, or juices work well for most.
Will one colonic completely empty the colon?
No, many of us have a considerable amount of impacted feces in our colon. This is hardened, rubbery or wallpaper-like material. Softening occurs through a series of treatments. The first few colonics will soften some of the stagnant waste in the colon. Subsequent colonics will remove matter. How many you may wish to have will depend upon your personal objectives.
Will a colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhea?
The most frequent post-colonic experience is to have a slight delay in bowel movements and then a resumption of a somewhat larger, easier to move stool. It also can depend on what you are eating. If you do not have bulk in the colon to stimulate the release, it may take longer for a bowel movement. The amount of bulk you take in everyday should be the amount of bulk you release. The nutrients pulled out of our food do not hold much weight. Sometimes if the colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a colonic.However this may not be due to the colonic, but rather to the weakness of the colon, and should be interpreted as an indication that the colon requires strengthening and healing. Very infrequently diarrhea or loose bowels may be experienced. If this should occur, it is usually of very short duration. If it continues please see your licensed healthcare provider.
How will I know when the colon is empty?
It will never be completely empty, as it’s an organ in continuous use. As more of the old impacted material is released you will actually feel the water enter higher regions of the colon without any sense of obstruction. The objective should not be an empty colon, but rather a clean and well-functioning colon.
We use state-of-the-art colon hydrotherapy equipment that’s manufactured through compliance with strict FDA guidelines that dictate rigorous accountability. The FDA registered equipment features temperature controlled water mixing and back flow prevention valves, pressure and temperature sensors, and a built in chemical sanitizing unit and/or water purification unit. Disposable single-use rectal tubes are employed.
Contraindications for Colon Hydrotherapy:
We will NOT perform colon hydrotherapy if you have ANY contraindications. At our discretion we may require a PRESCRIPTION from your licensed physician.
If they contraindication has subsided or been eliminated, colon therapy may be indicated with a PRESCRIPTION from YOUR licensed physician.
- Severe cardiac disease; e.g. uncontrolled hypertension
- Congestive heart failure of organic valve disease
- Take Blood Thinners medication
- Severe anemia
- GI hemorrhage/perforation
- Severe Hemorrhoids
- Severe ulcerative colitis
- Advanced Crohn’s disease
- Abortion (less than 6 months)
- Miscarriage (less than 4 months post-op)
- Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
- Abdominal hernia / inguinal hernia
- Recent colon or sedum surgery (at least the 3 months post surgery)
- Recent abdominal surgery (at least the 3 months post surgery)
- Recent Colonoscopy (at least the 10 days post Colonoscopy)
- Renal insufficiency
- Advanced Crohn’s
- Tumor in the Rectum or Large Intestine
- Ulcerative colitis (active or bleeding)
- History of seizures
- Kidney Dialysis
- Advanced ileitis
- Pregnancy 1st and 3rd trimesters
More on Elimination
What are the signs of good elimination?
Stool Color: The stool should be light brown. Temporary discoloration will occur with foods like beets or taking chlorophyll, not to be alarmed.
Consistency and Length: Stool should be the length of a banana (1ft) and be soft. Many people produce small, hard, pellet like fecal matter. This is not sufficient. When eliminating take a mental inventory of what you ate 24 hours ago and ask yourself is this about the amount of food I consumed? What we take from our food are the amino acids, minerals, basically nutrients that are microscopic.
Frequency: At minimum people should be having one bowel movement a day. Thirty minutes after meals is common because digestion starts in the mouth and peristalsis (natural wavelike movement of the colon) is triggered so food may move down the alimentary canal and out the rectum. Keep in mind you are eliminating what you ate roughly three meals ago, not what you just consumed. Sitting on the toilet to regulate or trigger movement is useful but never sit longer than 5minutes if nothing is happening to not encourage hemorrhoids.
Gas and Odor: Gas is the natural by-product of digestion but an abundance of gas is not normal and balancing your flora with probiotics is essential. Once people eliminate after colonics a common comment is that their stool has a "foul" smell. Bacteria that putrefy the fecal matter in the intestines is churned up and expelled causing a stronger odor that regular elimination. Cleansing your colon is as necessary as bringing out the garbage in your house.
Sink or Float: A healthy stool should leave the body easily and gently submerge. If there is not enough daily fiber in the diet the stool will plummet to the bottom of the toilet. If the stool floats it may mean too much fiber or too much undigested fat! Now we can start thinking about liver cleanses.
How do I achieve 2 to 3 bowel movements a day?
Peristalsis/Hydration: One needs peristaltic action to move food through the digestive system. This natural wavelike motion of the large intestine works to move food through within a 24 hour period. Hydration is the number one way to stimulate peristalsis. Drinking plenty of water is key. Using herbal supplements that are natural to jump start a sluggish colon may be necessary. But know the difference.
- Laxatives act on the nerve endings of the colon and after time will cause a dependency to move food through the colon. Examples of herbal laxatives are senna, cascara sagrada or purgative herbs and of course pharmaceutical laxatives sold over the counter.
- Stool softeners act to hydrate and keep water in the colon to soften stool.
- Colon cleansers are what people should use to move fecal matter through without forming a dependency, irritating the colon and eliminate food in a manner that allows the food to digest in the small intestine. Products like get regular tea and colon cleansing programs found at health food stores will work.
Laxatives not only cause dependences, they irritate the colon causing one to eliminate without taking the time to digest and get the nutrients one needs from their food leading to malabsorption and malnutrition.
Bulk: the colon needs bulk in order for it to move 2 to 3 times a day. Fiber! Fiber should be 50% soluble and 50% insoluble. Flax based fiber is best for it is naturally 50/50. It is important to avoid fibers that are predominately soluble. A good example of a 100% soluble fiber is psyllium. Psyllium absorbs 40 times its weight in water. When you take psyllium it can absorb most of the free water in the colon, which leaves the colon dehydrated which in turn reduces peristalsis. This is why so many people become clogged and constipated when they use a psyllium based fiber supplement. So make sure when taking psyllium you are drinking plenty of water. A flax fiber, which is balanced 50/50 (soluble/insoluble) gives the user many benefits. It absorbs toxins and creates proper bulk in the colon without dehydrating it! Flax is also rich in omega 3 fatty acids which help as an anti-oxidant and assist with cellular membrane structure.
Lubrication: is critical. There are many good oils, flax, borage, and fish which are effective in lubricating the lining of our colon for a smooth and gentle elimination. These oils are also supplying the body with essential fatty acids, omega 3 and lipase the enzyme secreted by the pancreas to assist the break down of fats.
How does the body eliminate toxins?
Toxins enter the blood stream from the intestines and are carried to the liver. The liver filters colon toxins and sends them to the kidneys, lungs and skin for elimination.
How can I achieve maximum digestion?
- Food Combining
- Read The Body Ecology Diet.
- Eat small portions the size of your fist.
- Repeatedly chew your food. You should on average chew your food for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Set your utensils down between mouthfuls
- Colonics which cleanse the large intestines to promote whole body detoxification.
- Drinking plenty of water. Individuals should drink half their body weight in ounces.
- Digestive enzymes will promote better digestion in the small intestines.
- Probiotics. Balancing the flora of the intestines with good and bad bacteria will help with gas, bloating, digestion and elimination.
- Foods that affect digestion...Avoid mucus forming food that harden the intestinal walls like dairy. White flour products in bakery goods, pizzas, breads, will stick to the intestinal walls like glue; decreasing elimination time.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only are these foods easily digestible but they give the body the organic sodium needed to help the buffering system of the pancreas, allowing the food in the small intestines to become alkaline.
- Lubricating the colon with flax oil and b vitamins.
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