Your body’s ability to eliminate toxins and wastes determines your entire state of health. Did you know that every cell and organ in your body is designed to bring in nutrition and fuel to survive, and eliminate waste when it’s done? A majority of this waste ends up in your colon. While discussing the body’s intestinal system is not generally a topic people feel comfortable sharing with others, it’s one that cannot be ignored if you want to remain healthy or restore lost health.
The simple truth is that the human body was not designed to handle an overwhelming assault of fried, processed, packaged, microwaved or genetically modified foods. It also can’t handle large amounts of meat, pasteurized and homogenized dairy products, white flour, refined sugar, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, pesticides, and a host of other indigestible products. All of these items can have a negative effect on your intestinal system and your health.
A healthy gastrointestinal system is absolutely critical for good health. Proper digestion is essential to release the nutrients contained within our foods so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream and nourish the body’s cells with life. Proper elimination of metabolic wastes is also essential to keep the system clean and free of morbid wastes. Any malfunction in the digestive process can ultimately lead to a cellular malfunction, which, given enough time, can lead to a complete system malfunction.
An estimated 20% of middle-age and older adults have one or more colon polyps. Up to one in five Australians has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS accounts for more than one of every ten medical visits. Some have stated that every Australian will develop some type of colon disease, polyp, tumour, or colon cancer in his or her lifetime.
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms for an extended period of time, you have reason to be concerned:
* Diarrhoea or constipation
* Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
* Stools that is smaller in width than usual
* Abdominal gas and discomfort
* Frequent gas pains
* A feeling that the bowel never completely empties
* Unexplained weight loss
* Constant tiredness
* Unexplained anaemia
A malfunctioning colon impacted with putrefying, fermenting wastes and inadequate healthy flora can become a breeding ground for unwanted microorganisms, such as parasites, viruses, fungus, flukes, and anaerobic bacteria.
What if you were to leave a pile of dirty dishes in the sink with food crumbs and debris lying around your house for an extended period of time? Your home would be invaded by cockroaches, ants, and other microscopic scavengers. Similar things take place in the human body when unwanted waste particles and debris are lying around for extended periods of time without being properly eliminated. It’s time we started putting the same kind of focus on internal cleanliness as we do on external cleanliness.
To compound the intestinal assault, harmful heavy metals and toxins consumed from your diet force the body into another serious protective reaction. The body then creates a mucus film that goes from the tongue straight throughout the intestines in order to stop toxins from making their way into the bloodstream. As more and more toxins come into the body, more mucus will be produced. Over time, this mucus film can become thicker and harder, and eventually wreak havoc within the intestines.
When digestion isn’t working properly, and food and wastes aren’t being eliminated, you run the risk of autointoxication (self-poisoning.) This condition can literally starve the cells in your body by blocking them from receiving their nutrition, eventually causing severe malnutrition. All the supplements in the world will do nothing for your body if the intestinal system is in a state of disarray. Constipation, irregular bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, nutritional deficiencies, and other intestinal related problems are in many cases the result of an intestinal system that has been overloaded and is heading for a complete breakdown.
At Taste 4 Health we believe that colon hydrotherapy is the most important first technique to cleansing the body.
What is Colon Hydrotherapy
Colon Hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation,) is not a new therapy. The first record mentioning colon cleansing is an Egyptian medical papyrus dated as early as 1500 B.C
Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus, who are recognized as the founding fathers of Western medicine, described, practised and prescribed the use of enemas for colon cleansing.
Both in Europe and in the USA, the popularity of colon cleansing treatments was remarkable in the early decades of the twentieth century, when colon irrigation equipment was commonly used by doctors practising in sanatoria (health spas) and hospitals. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the regular use of enemas was standard practice amongst most medical practitioners and they were implemented as common treatment in most hospitals.
With the rapid advancement of pharmaceutical approaches to treating various conditions, natural forms of healing; (including colon cleansing) had suffered a temporary setback. However, colon hydrotherapy is fast becoming, yet again, one of the most popular holistic treatments.
By going for colon hydrotherapy you will find yourself in good company: Hollywood legend Mae West, Princess Diana and John Lennon were amongst the therapy’s most famous adherents.
Anthony Robbins, one of the greatest personal development coaches of our time, uses colonics for himself, as a cleansing and health promotion therapy, and has become a great advocate of colonics as an important part of personal development and growth.
Indications for the colon hydrotherapy
There are several conditions and symptoms that could be modestly relieved via only one colon irrigation therapy, not to mention all the positive effects of regular colon hydrotherapy procedure.
Some of the most common conditions are:
- Frequent constipation or diarrhoea
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Headaches, earaches, sinus problems, allergies
- Bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease
- Poor appetite or food cravings
- Bloated stomach and wind
- Body odour
- Problems in trying to lose weight
- Backache, sciatic pain
- Mental or physical sluggishness
- Bladder infections, frequent urination
- Liver problems
- Acne, psoriasis and other skin complaints
Contraindications for the colon cleansing
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Severe Haemorrhoids
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Renal Insufficiency
- Ulcerative Colitis
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Colon Hydrotherapy so effective?
Colon Hydrotherapy cleanses the colon: Toxic materials are broken down and removed so they can no longer harm your body or inhibit assimilation and elimination. Even debris built up over a long period is gently but surely removed in the process of a series of irrigations. Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin again to function as it was meant to. Colon Hydrotherapy is a whole body rejuvenation treatment.
Colon Hydrotherapy exercises the Colon Muscles: The build-up of toxic debris weakens the colon muscles and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves the peristaltic activity (muscular contraction) by which the colon naturally moves material. This will help speed up the transit time of faecal material once the colon muscles have been toned, strengthened, and rejuvenated.
Colon cleanse reshapes the Colon: When conditions exist in the colon, they alter its shape and structure, which in turn cause more health problems. The gentle action of the water, coupled with the massage techniques and experience of the colon therapist, help eliminate pockets of waste and eventually narrowed, spastic constriction, finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state. Other manipulative and massage techniques can help to reshape the colon structure over time.
Colon Hydrotherapy hydrates the body: Our bodies are made up of 65-75% water and with the use of pure water in the colonic; our bodies are able to absorb much needed clean and pure water to hydrate the cells of the body. Read “Water Can Undermine Your Health” by Norman Walker, D.S., to get a full account of what water does within our bodies.
Is there anything I need to do to get ready for Colon Hydrotherapy?
Since your abdomen will be massaged it is a good idea to eat or drink lightly in the two hours immediately preceding a colonic.
What is involved in the colonic irrigation treatment?
As registered professional therapists, we are used to people feeling anxious, especially before a first treatment. Part of our job is to put you at ease and ensure you are comfortable having your treatment.
Your visit to Taste 4 Health will involve the taking of your case history followed by an explanation of the procedure. The colonic itself will take about 30-45 minutes during which time water will be gently introduced into the colon via the rectum whilst your therapist uses special massage techniques to stimulate the release of stored matter.
It is a closed system so there are no unpleasant odours or exposed bacterial waste. There is a viewing tube where you are able to see the waste product and this allows the practitioner to evaluate the faeces and make recommendations to you after the treatment is completed. Used in conjunction with a supervised nutritional program, this process allows for balance in the system to occur in a natural, safe and effective way. Our goal is to provide you a safe space for the process to emerge while practicing respect at all times. A series of sessions often yields remarkable results.
Does it hurt?
The colonic irrigation procedure itself does not cause pain. At the start of the procedure, you may experience a “strange” sensation of wanting to go to the toilet, but most people get used to this feeling in the first few minutes, and even find the colonic treatment “unexpectedly relaxing and uplifting”. The therapist may use massage to make your treatment comfortable and effective.
What can I expect afterwards?
Most likely, you’ll feel great. You will feel lighter and enjoy a sense of well-being. Any activity you would ordinarily do such as work or exercise is fine. For some, the Colon Hydrotherapy may trigger several subsequent bowel movements for the next few hours; but there usually is not any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort.
I have been told that, to be beneficial, one needs to “take a series” of Colon Hydrotherapy. What does that mean, and is it true?
Having colonics regularly for a while, such as weekly or several times a week is what is referred to as a “series.” We believe that to obtain results of lasting benefits, a series of colonics must be undertaken. Again, this can only be properly considered once an objective has been identified.
Will I lose weight?
You may lose some weight. Most people feel lighter after a colonic. Just bear in mind that you lose wastes only, not fat or cellulite. If you start eating less, increase your fibre intake, move or exercise more, chew better and drink more water, then you will achieve a permanent weight loss.
Are colonics dangerous in any way?
Being an essentially natural process, there is virtually no danger with colon cleansing. Side effects of colon hydrotherapy are very rare and mild. Our intent is to provide a safe and healthy service so that you do not have to worry. We have performed hundreds of different procedures (including colon hydrotherapy, massages and others). We have helped hundreds of people to improve their health. We value our clients very highly and are determined to provide them with the best services possible.
Do I have to leave my modesty at the door?
Colonic irrigation practitioners listed in the Register are committed to preserving clients’ modesty at all times. You will be fully covered, protected and warm during your treatment. Toilet and washing facilities are usually in the room or very close, for your exclusive use.
Can I have a colonic if I am having a period?
You can have a colonic during your period. Please make sure you have a spare tampon or pad that you can use immediately after the treatment.
Can I have a colonic if I am pregnant?
We would not recommend colonics at any time during pregnancy.
How soon after the childbirth can I have a colonic? Can I have it while I am nursing?
You can have a colonic 10-12 weeks after a regular childbirth, unless you had complications or a caesarean. You need to decide for yourself whether your body has recovered enough from the shock of the childbirth. Make sure your stitches have healed fully, talk to your doctor or nurse if in doubt. You can have a colonic while you are nursing.
If I get too many, will the colon stop functioning on its own? Are colonics habit-forming?
The colonic is a tool intended to be used to create a clean and healthy colon. Our fulfillment comes from assisting you in healing your colon, not in making you dependent upon colonics. Actually, one of its better features is that a colonic irrigation can be used to tone the colon muscle so the colon doesn’t perform so sluggishly.
Will a colonic make me constipated or give me diarrhoea?
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. Sometimes if the colon is weak and sluggish, there may be no bowel movement for several days following a colonic. This is not due to the colonic, but rather to the weakness of the muscles in the colon, and should be interpreted as an indication that the colon requires strengthening and healing. Infrequent diarrhoea or loose bowels may be experienced. This could be due to the extra water introduced into the colon or to the stirring up of toxic waste.
I’ve heard that I shouldn’t get colonics because it upsets the electrolyte balance. Is this true?
Electrolytes are minerals in the body (mainly sodium and potassium salts) that maintain the proper electrical charge and pH balance (acid and alkalinity balance) in the various organs and tissues of the body. The stomach, for example, should maintain an acidic pH, while the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) should be alkaline (basic) in order for proper digestion to occur. If this balance is disrupted, then digestion will be impaired.
The pH electrical balance in the colon is very near neutral, ideally being slightly acidic. A strong acid or alkaline environment is not necessary because digestion does not take place in the colon. Rather, a major function of the colon is to reabsorb the fluid and electrolytes from the unformed stool that is moving into the colon from the small intestine. After the fluid and electrolytes are reabsorbed and stool is formed, the colon moves the stool into the rectum and out of the body. The majority of the material released during a colonic is formed stool that has already had the fluid and electrolytes removed from it, so the amount lost is very minimal and easily replaced by the body from the food and fluid we ingest.
Some people say that colonics wash out the intestinal flora and valuable nutrients. Is this so?
The truth is that the washing out of putrefied material in the large intestine, which is only partially reached in any colon irrigation, increases the good intestinal flora. Good bacteria can only breed in a clean environment that has been washed free of putrefaction and its accompanying harmful bacteria. That is why the intestines of a newborn baby immediately begin to grow good intestinal flora. Each time you clean out the putrefying “garbage” and make a better environment for the flora, they start to multiply immediately in their natural media.
With this in mind, it is a good idea to supplement with good intestinal bacteria after a colon cleanse or series of colonics so that colonization can take place in a healthier medium, i.e. the intestinal mucosa. Prevention is much easier by assisting your colon in maintaining healthy bacteria rather than waiting until bad bacteria have changed the environment of the colon to an unhealthy state.
What effect does Colon Hydrotherapy have on our immune systems?
The removal of stagnant waste material and hardened, impacted toxic residue could rejuvenate the immune tissue that resides in the intestines. Recent European studies show that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but an important adjunctive therapy in the overall health care of the patient.
What will I feel like after the treatment?
After a colonic, you should be able to continue with your daily plans, drive, go back to work etc. Some people feel energized straight away, some feel tired “in a nice way” – in the same way as one feels tired after a good workout, some feel lighter, some feel very hungry, some don’t feel like eating for hours afterwards. Some may feel quite tired as the detoxification process kicks in deeper, and in these instances we recommend coming for a repeat colonic without delay.
What will be okay to eat after getting a colonic?
What we suggest is that you eat a moderate amount of whatever seems gentle and nourishing to you. Just as it doesn’t make sense to get your car washed and then immediately drive it through mud, eating a meal known to cause trouble in your abdomen directly after getting a colonic isn’t an intelligent choice. Green leafy salads, vegetable soups, vegetable broth, fruit and fruit juices, and vegetable juices are the best choice.
How will I know when the colon is empty?
It will probably never be empty, as it is 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 ought not to be an empty colon, but rather a well-functioning colon.
Maximizing the effects of my colonic
A little bit of homework in the days prior to your first treatment can really enhance the results!! After all you’ve been storing up all that toxic waste in your colon over the years and if you are coming along for a series of colonic irrigation, it would feel great to clear out as much of it as possible right?
So before we begin, congratulations on making a wise decision to invest in your health! There really is nothing else in life worth investing in other than your health and health begins in the gut. So let’s make the most of your investment in colon hydrotherapy and prepare you for a good clean out.
We want to share with you the most important do’s and don’ts of how to prepare for a great colonic!
So for at least 3 days prior to your colonic irrigation and if you can’t manage this then do try to follow it at least the day before your colonic.
1. DO drink MORE water
Drink 2-3 litres of water each day or 6 to 8 cups of herbal teas e.g. Peppermint, Fennel, Chamomile or try hot water with lemon / grated ginger / fresh mint leaves / cinnamon sticks.
Making sure you are fully hydrated in the days prior to the colonic will really enhance your treatment.
2. DO Eat Lots of Vegetables
Do try including green vegetables or salad leaves.
Green vegetables may include:
Spinach, Kale, broccoli, celery, fennel, rocket, peas, asparagus, watercress, chicory, cucumber, lettuce, bok choy etc
Vegetables should represent 80% of your meal. If you find this a little bit too hard at the beginning then at aim for at least 50%.
We recommend eating a combination of raw vegetables e.g. salad and some lightly cooked vegetables e.g. steamed.
This will help to ease digestion and prevent bloating if you are not used to eating raw vegetables.
3. DO Chew your food.
Put your fork, spoon or chopsticks down between each mouthful and chew 20-30 times.
This may sound like a lot but that is only because most people are used to shovelling food down the backs of their throats.
Putting your eating utensils down will make you aware of your chewing or lack of chewing.
Chewing your food will prevent undigested food and gas pockets in your colon.
4. DO Drink Vegetable Juices
Liver Cleanser by Rae Allen
If you have your own juicer or a juice bar near you then drink 1 litre of fresh vegetable juice.
If you are not used to vegetables juices you may include apples or pears to add a little sweetness.
Here are some suggestions
Carrot, Celery, Beetroot, Lemon, Parsley
Fennel, Celery, Cucumer, Lemon, Lime
Apple, Pear, Kale, Cucumber, zucchini
5. DON’T Drink Alcohol
Now alcohol might be fun for a party but a hangover, no matter how mild may lead to an ineffective colonic.
That means even a single glass of wine with your meal is best avoided in the day(s) prior to your treatment.
6. DON’T Drink Fizzy Drinks
Photo by Dick Rochester
These cans of fizzy gas are turning you into a big balloon as large gas pockets form in your bowel that waste is getting trapped behind.
If you don’t arrive full of gas your colonic irrigation will be a whole lot more comfortable and means that we can focus on clearing out waste and not just gas. So avoid fizzy drinks such as
Coca Cola / Pepsi
You will be doing your bones a favour as fizzy drinks leach calcium from your bones.
7. DON’T Drink Coffee
Photo by Cliff
Avoid caffeine, particularly Coffee. Coffee might smell great but will only dehydrate you before a colonic.
DO drink herbal teas like chamomile tea, peppermint tea. One of our favourites is Rooibos tea. Rooibis hydratinos (redbush) tea on the other hand makes a great alternative to tea and coffee, is hydrating as well as being naturally caffeine and tannins.
8. DON’T Smoke
No smoking by Caroline
Avoid cigarettes. I’m sure you already know they are bad for your lungs. You probably don’t realise that they are also very dehydrating, so whether or not you plan to stop lighting up for good, if at all possible please try to avoid smoking in the days prior to your colonic.
9. DON’T Eat Gas Forming Foods
Some foods are likely to turn you into a real wind bag and you’ve probably had a few embarrassing moments out in public already.
The good thing is colonic irrigation can help clear out a lot of wind and trapped gas.
The main gas forming culprits are wheat, pulses and brassica vegetables. Here are a few tips on how to keep these gassy foods under control so your colonic hydrotherapy treatment will be far more effective.
Reduce your consumption of wheat bread. If you find this difficult choose flat wholemeal pitta bread instead.
If you love pasta, try Spelt pasta or eat it in smaller quantities, no more than 30% of your plate.
Beans and Lentils are best eaten only if you have sprouted them as they are easier to digest and less likely to cause gas.
Vegetables from the brassica family e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and leeks, are best eaten in small portions and make sure you chew them thoroughly so that your enzymes break them down.
10. DON’T Eat Fast Food
No fast food by Jon Harley
Avoid any microwaved meals, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, white flours, chocolate, sweets, biscuits, cakes and pastries and fast food restaurants.
Processed foods get stuck inside the gut and have no nutritional value.
11. Don’t Take Laxatives
One of the purposes of colonic irrigation is to exercise the bowel to restore natural bowel regularity.
Laxatives irritate the digestive system to give you diarrhoea and do nothing to resolve the problem.
This includes avoiding herbal laxatives such as Senna that do not fix the problem but instead lead to long term constipation.
If you are coming for a series of treatments we can work to resolve the problem.