What is the colon?
The colon, also called the large intestine, is a large, hollow, muscular tube-like organ approximately 5 – 6 feet long and 2 ½ inches in diameter. It forms the end portion of the digestive tract and moves waste by involuntary wave-like contractions called peristalsis. The colon’s primary functions are to absorb water and electrolytes, to synthesize valuable nutrients (such as vitamins B and K) and to prepare and store fecal waste prior to elimination. Beneficial flora in the colon can also help protect the body from infection and disease. It is said that 60-70% of the immune tissue of the body resides in the colon and intestines.
Why is colon health so important?
The colon, like the skin, kidneys and lungs, is a major organ of elimination of toxins and waste. If bowel movements are irregular, waste products and toxins can build up. These accumulated poisons are often re-absorbed into the blood stream where they may be carried to other tissues and organs of the body, compromising our health.
What results can I expect? Any side effects? (Weight loss? Fatigue? Can I drive?)
Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure or treatment for disease. It is an adjunctive therapy that can assist the body in the cleansing process. Most people can return to their daily activities right after receiving a session. If a client has certain health issues or is very toxic, it may be wise to allow more time to rest after a session. Although weight loss is not a primary goal of colonics, removing excess fecal material may allow the body to function better and thereby increase metabolic processes which may lead to weight loss.
Should I see/consult my doctor first?
If you have any medical problems, it is always recommended to speak with your doctor before pursuing any alternative medicines. No one needs a prescription to receive a colonic but we like to work hand in hand with your doctor to ensure the best care possible.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy, also known as Colonics, is the gentle infusion of water into the colon to cleanse it of accumulated waste material, gas, mucus, undigested foods and other toxins. It helps improve muscle tone, facilitating the natural peristaltic action necessary for efficient removal of waste and absorption of nutrients. Toxic waste buildup can be the root of a variety of different health concerns. A colonic is a more gentle way of elimination than an enema. This is due to a controlled, lower water pressure. It is safer to use than laxatives since no drugs are involved and there no potential harmful side effects. We use FDA registered equipment with disposable, sealed rectal nozzles.
What are some problems associated with colon toxicity?
Auto-intoxication is the process where the body poisons itself through its own toxic juices. Some possible signs of colon toxicity can include: bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, leaky gut syndrome, colitis, fatigue, depression, poor memory, a weakened immune system, skin problems, lower back pain, excess weight, halitosis, coated tongue, body odor, headaches, and menstrual problems.
Should I fast before or after the session?
There is no need for fasting before or after a session. We recommend eating lightly on the day of your session and staying away from carbs, fats, and dairy products. Plenty of water should be taken in the days prior to your colonic to help your body rehydrate. It is recommended to stop drinking 2-3 hours before the colonic, to prevent the need to urinate during the session.
Will a treatment completely empty the colon?
No. A mild cleanse will take 2-3 sessions, over the course of one week, depending on the client. Since we are constantly eating and drinking, the colon never becomes completely empty. The goal of colonics is to remove the fecal plaque and other toxins which have accumulated over time, not to try and completely empty the colon of normal, everyday waste.
How many sessions are needed?
This truly depends on the individual. For many people, a mild cleanse may be sufficient, while others may take more sessions to remove years of built-up toxins. The therapist will have the opportunity to assess your progress and offer suggestions for the future that accommodate your needs and objectives.