Colon Cleansing – FAQs
Acidophilus mainly resides in the small intestine. As a colon hydrotherapy session only flushes your large intestine (colon) then this is not really an issue. However, colon hydrotherapy does wash out both beneficial and non-beneficial bacteria from the colon. We always encourage a blend of oral probiotics that include probiotics that flourish in the large intestine, as well. Your therapist can offer guidance on effective probiotic brands as well as products you may use to perform probiotic rectal implants at home.
At any point in time we carry around 3-4 pounds of bacteria in our intestines. Most people are out of balance with their bacteria and aren’t doing much to change that. In the “olden” days we would have been getting beneficial bacteria from fermented foods, raw milk, and foods picked fresh from the garden without being heavily washed or radiated. These days it is rare to meet an individual who is getting bacteria into their system this way. So, we highly recommend to all of our clients…and you..to take Acidophilus, Bulgaricus and Bifidum orally on a daily basis whether or not you’re getting a colon hydrotherapy session.
- Chew your food till it is liquid,
- Drink half your body weight in ounces (e.g. 160lb person drinks 10 eight ounce glasses of water). For every cup of coffee or alcohol you drink, add another 8 oz. glass of water,
- Avoid pasta, pizza, cereals and gluten,
- ncrease vegetable and fruits,
- Choose chicken and fish over beef and pork (remember to chew till liquid).
- Start relaxing and letting go of the stress of the day. Try to arrive early so that you may sit down for 5-15 minutes prior to the session in the comfortable waiting area to listen to the water fountain and calm your nervous system. Know that you are coming in for a wonderful therapeutic experience and life is about to get better.
- Please do not wear perfumes/colognes, strong oils, scented lotions or smoke before coming in to the Tummy Temple.
- As you enter, take note of our Tummy Temple Rituals (at the top of the stairs). Take a moment to inhale/exhale slowly and completly at least three times to relax your nervous system. Ring the shrine bell. Spritz your face and body with our relaxing essential oil blend. Enter the Tummy Temple with ease.
- As you will be disrobing from the waist down, please wear something comfortable from the waste up.
- Long dresses ARE NOT recommended as they will need to be hiked up above the waist which may be uncomfortable and will lead to wrinkling.
- On rare occasions there may be significant leakage during a session. This is usually due to a poor seal between the rectum and the rectal speculum, most often attributed to weak or atrophied muscles. As this is something we cannot predict, we do have tan colored T-shirts that may be purchased for $5 if for any reason your shirt is soiled during the session.
HLC IntensiveHere are just a few of the noted benefits of taking probiotics:
- Reducing Inflammation (the Pharmax brand listed below has been proven, above most, to be significantly effective in this area)
- Increasing immune function and lowering infections
- Replenishing beneficial gut bacteria following use of antibiotics, alcohol, coffee, etc.
- Improving mineral absorption
- Increasing energy (it has been found that 20% of our energy comes from probiotics creating short chain fatty acids)
- Decreasing or eliminating some forms of IBS
- Manufacturing B vitamins
- Producing lactase
- Supporting healthy acid/alkaline (pH) balance
- Improving digestive tract function
Specifically, a colonic is used to accomplish the following:
- Cleanse the Colon: Toxic material is broken down so it 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 treatments. Once impacted material is removed, your colon can begin again to cooperate as it was intended to. In this very real sense a colonic is a rejuvenation treatment.
- It Exercises and strengthens the Colon Muscles: The build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning. The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristaltic (muscular contraction) activity by which the colon naturally moves material. Pressures used are under the pressure that a healthy colon would naturally use. Thus, colon hydrotherapy will ASSIST the colon to eliminate rather than TAKE OVER the responsibility of elimination.
- It Reshapes the Colon: When problem conditions exist in the colon they tend to alter its shape which in turn causes more problems. The gentle action of the water, coupled with the massage techniques of the colon hydrotherapist helps to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.
- It Stimulates Reflex Points: Every system and organ of the body is connected to the colon by reflex points. Colonics stimulate these points thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.
Facts about peristalsis
- Serotonin is linked with the initiation of peristalsis. The most serotonin is produced in the gut, and is the source of the biggest production in the body. Some antidepressants, such as Prozac cause gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, diarrhea and constipation in roughly 25 percent of people taking the drug. This is due to the drugs preventing the gut to use the serotonin (it is now being primarily produced in the brain), thus robbing the digestive system of the nuerotransmitter, causing digestive problems. (From: Patient Heal Thyself, page 34)
- that being said, sometimes in SMALL doses (high doses causes the opposite effect), Prozac is used to treat chronic constipation. (from: Patient Heal Thyself, page 35)