A Clean Colon
The colon, also known as the large intestine, plays a vital role in well-being as a major organ of elimination. Waste sits in the colon where it begins to dry out until it is ready for removal. Over time sediment can accumulate on the lining of the colon. This debris can lead to the reabsorption of toxins, leading to gastrointestinal problems, irritability, fatigue and allergic reactions. Making efforts to keep the colon as clean and debris-free as possible through the promotion of regular bowel movements with a high-fiber diet, good drinking water habits and exercise, and regular colon irrigation, you can potentially address and prevent many common health problems.
The benefits of colon hydrotherapy include treating many minor problems which may be aggravated by excess toxins in the body, such as acne, mood swings and low energy levels. It may also be used as a form of preventative medicine for colon cancer. By effectively detoxing the large intestine, colon cleansing can also help slow the effects of the aging process.
How Colon Irrigation Works
Colon hydrotherapy requires the help of a professional and special equipment. What happens during a session? You simply lie on a treatment table (usually clothed in a gown and covered with a sheet), which is positioned below the source of water flow. A disposable speculum is gently inserted into the rectum. Then temperature and pressure controlled water flows into the rectum, hydrating and cleansing the colon. This steady stream of water then flows out of a disposable evacuation tube, along with feces and mucous. The actual colon hydrotherapy experience is relaxing and relieving. There is no pain involved, only a simple flow of water in and accumulated waste, out.
How Safe Is Colon Cleansing?
Colon irrigation is an ideal therapy for maintaining health and preventing disease. To be safe make sure you seek treatment from a colon hydrotherapist who has certification and training from an I-ACT approved school. The actual procedure is not dangerous but using an inexperienced hydrotherapist is not recommended. Although extremely rare, side effects include minor abrasions to the colon or a loss of electrolytes (try drinking a green herbal drink after a treatment for hydration and nutrient replenishment).
Also, you should talk to your doctor before having a treatment if you suffer from any serious health conditions or if you have recently had a major medical procedure. Pregnant women, people with anemia, lupus, an aneurysm, carcinoma, lupus, diverticulitis, liver problems and Crohn’s disease may be advised against colon irrigation.
Natural and incredibly cleansing, the benefits of colon hydrotherapy are well worth the cost. Many people say they feel lighter and more energetic after treatments. While beneficial, especially as a form of preventative medicine, talk to your doctor and your hydrotherapist about any medical conditions that you may have to determine if cleansing is right for you.
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