Colonics and Colon Hydrotherapy
Colonics and Colon Hydrotherapy
With the popularity of cleanses and juicing to achieve gut health, it’s no surprise that the next fad is another type of cleanse – albeit, this one is less likely to be publicized and announced to the world. However, this treatment has been the secret antidote for many celebrities pre – awards shows as well as professional athletes who must weigh in prior to competition (boxers, wrestlers, MMA fighters). Introducing: the colon cleanse aka colon hydrotherapy.
By definition, Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle rinsing of the colon with warm water, to remove encrusted fecal matter, gas and mucus. It involves the safe, gentle infusion of water into the colon via the rectum. No chemicals or drugs are involved and the entire therapy is purported to be both relaxing and effective.
Let’s take a look at the list of celebrities who partake on this type of cleanse: Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Britney Spears and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few. According to Madonna in interviews, she has claimed that, in conjunction with a good exercise and diet, colon cleansing has helped keep her in shape. So obviously just because stars are doing it doesn’t mean we should jump on the bandwagon.
Recently I had the chance to work with Angela Johnson of Radiant Waters, which is based in Corvallis, Oregon and specializes in colon hydrotherapy (http://angeladotjohnson.wixsite.com/radiantwaters) . I must admit during my first visit and consultation, I was a nervous wreck and didn’t really know what to expect during and after the treatment. There is a huge stigma attached to colonics and even the topic of how regular a person is. It is difficult in our society to speak about these topics, even though it is so important to get accurate information that will best help keep us healthy.
According to Angela, our long intestines stretch 5 to 6 feet long, with some Americans carrying an excess of 15-20 pounds of fecal matter in the body. This is described by Angela as “the tire effect” which is basically a roll like a tire around the transverse. This build-up of toxins in the body can lead to all sorts of health issues since the body is not properly eliminating. This is where colon hydrotherapy can be beneficial to otherwise healthy individuals.
Let’s take a look at the benefits and disadvantages of colonics:
5 Advantages of colon cleansing
· Improves Digestion and Prevents Constipation
· Increases Energy and Concentration
· Encourages Whole Body Detox
· Jumpstarts Weight Loss
· Supports Overall Colon Health
From the opinion of someone who has never had this done before, when I finally did, I felt wonderful – light and airy. While this topic is taboo and not politically correct for a lot of people, the truth of the matter is that this is about our health and we need to educate ourselves and not be embarrassed to ask questions. Healthy living is not only about maintaining the outside, but it is also about what is going on inside of our bodies as well.
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**Check with your doctor prior to beginning treatments to ensure you are a proper candidate