The benefits of colonics are numerous and can have a profound effect on one’s health. Even though colon hydrotherapy is still considered as an alternative practice, more and more doctors today are recognizing benefits of colonics.
John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., founder of the Kellogg cereal company, was one of the earliest proponents of colonic and many credit him for the popularity of colonics among conventional physicians in the early 1900s.
Kellogg frequently lectured on colon therapy and recommended colonics for many conditions, such as depression and arthritis.
Colonics declined in popularity over the decades as laxatives became the widely used, but has become popular again as a natural, medicine free way for detox and colon cleansing and to improve health and wellbeing.
Colonics, Colonic Irrigation, High Colonics, or Colon Hydrotherapy all refer to the gentle washing of the large intestine with warm filtered water to eliminate the buildup of toxins. The procedure is used to maintain digestive health and is particularly popular with people who have certain ongoing problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome or chronic constipation.
When the colon works properly, overall body systems tend to work properly. Waste material (such as impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucus, and parasites) that has remained in the colon for some time poses several problems.
This waste can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream, causing fatigue and foggy thinking. Impacted material also impairs the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and vitamins and inhibit muscular action, causing sluggish bowel movement.
How do I know if I need a Colonic?
Just about anyone can benefit from receiving a colonic. The food we eat today is pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, and chemical additives that are toxic to the human body. When toxins build up in the nervous system, we may feel depressed and annoyed. If they back up into the heart we feel weak; if they reach the stomach we feel bloated, and if they reach the lungs we have bad breath. We may look pale and wrinkled or develop rashes and discolorations of the skin. If the glands become infused with toxins we tend to look older than we are. We may also suffer fatigue, lethargy, and decreased or absent sex drive. Regular cleansing/detoxification of the colon assists in the efficient removal of this waste.
Symptoms of a Toxic Body
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Excess gas including burping
• Bloating feeling
• Foul breath
• Problems concentrating
• Mood swings
• Weight gain
• Skin Problems
Benefits of Colonics
If you wish to maintain good health or are suffering from poor health, colonics can be greatly beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many symptoms. Read below for some to the benefits of colonics.
1. Weight loss due elimination. An average person has around 10lbs of impacted fecal matter in the large intestines.
2. Increases abdominal muscle tone due to reducing intestinal residues and edema.
3. Expels Candida, tape-worm, round-worm, and other intestinal parasites.
4. Expels built up liver toxins and gall bladder stones.
5. Creates an increase in mental clarity and rejuvenation by removing toxic substances that cause inflammation and accelerate biological aging.
6. Relieves intestinal transit problems such as gas, constipation and diarrhea without resorting to prescription drugs.
7. Improves metabolism and absorption of vitamins and minerals.
8. Improves functions of the large intestines, lymph and nervous system because a relation exists between them in the GI tract.
9. Increased sensation of well being due to the elimination of mucus, alimentary remainders not digested, gases and toxic bacteria.
10. Relieves gynecological disorders such as cystitis and dysmenorrhea due to reduction of a prolapsed intestine
Colonics Weight Loss
Weight loss occurs from colonics for a variety of reasons. One obvious one is from the eradication of compacted fecal matter, mucus, and other waste from your colon walls. It is possible to lose up to 12 lbs. from one colonic session alone!
Some celebrities such as Kate Beckinsale, Ben Affleck, Demi Moore, Paris Hilton, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Madonna recognize the benefits of colonics keep up with regular appointments. Some even schedule a colonic right before a big event to drop a few pounds before hitting the red carpet. Courtney Love attributed her recent 40 pound weight loss to colon hydrotherapy and was praising the detoxification benefits of colonics in an article with AskMen.com.
Another reason why colonics spurs weight loss is because once the colonic ‘sludge’ has been removed, it catalyzes the detox of the small intestine, gall bladder, and liver. Your liver processes fat for energy in the human body. A toxic liver cannot properly assimulate fat and will store it instead.
If you’re wondering how your liver is affected by your large intestine, consider the following analogy. If you have a car accident blocking a freeway off ramp, it doesn’t just block the flow of traffic for those drivers exiting the freeway, but also backs up the freeway a few miles. The same goes for your body. The large intestine becomes clogged and blocks the small intestine, which in turns backs up the gall bladder and ultimately the liver.
Once the large intestine has been cleared, everything else that was ‘stuck’ in the small intestine moves down and is processed, enabling the emptying of the gall bladder and liver.
Dangers of Colonics
Colonics are generally safe and pose little risk to your health. Like anything else, it’s important that you consult your primary care provider before having a colonic.
People with certain conditions, such as diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, severe hemorrhoids, blood vessel disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease, severe anemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, recent colon surgery, and intestinal tumors should not have a colonic.
Pregnant women should not have a colonic as it may stimulate uterine contractions.
There are many at home colonic kits that you can try at home, but it is not recommended that you do it yourself. To ensure your safety and that you receive all the benefits of colonics, it is imperative that you see a reputable Colon Hydro Therapist to perform the colonic irrigation.
When choosing a colon hydro therapist it is important to make sure he or she is a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist uses an FDA approved closed system hydrotherapy machine, and disposable speculums and tubing.