There’s no way of avoiding just how weird colon hydrotherapy sounds. It does, after all, require insertion of a tube up your crack, bum, rear end, heinie, buttocks (or whatever fond term you prefer) and running water through it to flush out the waste. Isn’t all that stuff come out naturally anyway in the daily visits to the porcelain throne?
Well, yes. But, for many people, complete bowel evacuation is more dream than reality. Constipation is very common, so are disorders like IBS or Crohn’s. Fecal matter can get trapped and cause all sorts of toxic problems. Especially when our bodies are overloaded with the toxins they were never meant to handle in the first place.
The Goal Is Not to Empty the Colon
The first impression is that colon hydrotherapy is an enema on steroids. Although they’re similar, they aren’t the same. Hydrotherapy does use a large volume of water, but it’s actually gentle because it’s done over a period of about 60 minutes. An enema addresses only the rectum and a small part of the lower colon, but hydrotherapy cleanses the entire length of the colon.
Since cleanliness is the goal, why isn’t the colon emptied completely? Well, the large intestine is in constant operation. Food and bacteria enter on a constant basis. Although it’s possible that the colon would be emptied completely, it isn’t likely, and even if it is, food and bacteria will quickly move into it from the small intestine.
It may seem like a terribly embarrassing procedure, but trained therapists can put you at ease and make the entire experience a pleasure. Of course, that’s hard to believe until you experience it, so to give you some encouragement, here are 5 reasons to try it out:
1. Supports Healthy Skin
A healthy complexion may be the last benefit you’d expect from colon hydrotherapy but it actually makes perfect sense. People can suffer from acne because the normal lines of elimination are blocked. If toxins cannot be removed by the liver or kidneys, or expelled through the colon, then other methods are found — such as release through the skin. A toxic buildup in the colon can block thorough elimination, and blemishes are a common result.
2. Improves Nutrient Absorption
The colon’s primary function is to collect waste left from the digestive process, remove water, and expel it through the rectum. But that’s not all it does. Vitamins K and B7 (biotin) are produced by commensal bacteria in the colon. A toxic colon supports disease-producing bacteria, which drive out the beneficial commensal bacteria that produce vitamins K and B7. To assure production and absorption of these critical nutrients, a healthy clean colon is required, which you can get through hydrotherapy.
3. Helps You Resist Infection
The colon contains a large amount of lymph tissue, which helps produce antibodies against infectious organisms. It also contains a mucosal layer, which also protects against infections. A cleansed colon allows the lymph and mucosal layer to function at peak efficiency, leaving you more resistant to infectious diseases.
4. Stops the Wind From Blowing
One of the clearest signs of a colon in need of cleansing is bloating and flatulence. It often means that bad bacteria are overrunning the good ones. They produce gas, and a lot of it. Not only does flatulence make you miserable, but it can have that effect on those around you. Make no mistake about it, cleansing your colon can stop the wind from blowing.
5. You’ll Be Like a Celebrity
Given the behavior of many celebrities, let me say that this “reason” is a little bit tongue in cheek. But, there is no question colon hydrotherapy is a wellness therapy that many celebrities at all levels — movie stars down to commercial actors — take advantage of. Even Princess Diana, God rest her soul, credited colon hydrotherapy for its effects on her fatigue, migraines, and bulimia. Other celebrity fans include Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
There is no discounting its benefits, but there are a few caveats. First, it is a procedure that is performed by a trained professional in an appropriate environment. Given its nature, this is very comforting. It can also be relatively expensive.
Additionally, though it quickly becomes one of those “no big deal” sorts of things, it can feel slightly embarrassing to have assistance with colon cleansing, and some people may prefer to keep it to themselves rather than employ a hydrotherapy technician. In these cases, you can experience many of the same benefits in the comfort of your own home with an oxygen based colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder.
Have you tried colon hydrotherapy? What did you think? Please leave a comment below and share your experience with us!
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