Simply, it seems to improve your health. Most people feel markedly better
with regular colon cleansing as a part of their lives. However, there is a
great deal of debate about the colon cleanse. What follows are three theories as
to why so many people find that they feel better, and even seem to heal faster,
as a result of taking regular enemas or having colon hydrotherapy.1. Regular colon cleansing reduces the disease-causing microbial load
When a colon is in a state of dysbiosis
-- the condition of having microbial imbalances or parasites -- regular colon cleansing can dramatically improve the situation. As I see in my work with gastrointestinal health panels
, parasites are all too common. Blastocystis hominis
, and Clostridium difficile
ruin people's lives. The colon cleanse assists the body to eliminate these and other microbes and their waste products. To determine if your body is struggling with a parasitic overload, use a gastrointestinal health panel
2. Regular colon cleansing lightens the "external" toxic load.
We are constantly assaulted by toxic substances in our environments. Disinfectants to deodorizers, fragrances to fossil fuels, and pesticides to paints are all full of harmful chemicals. Our bodies have evolved with a very sophisticated
detoxification system, but over the years all of us are dramatically affected
by this onslaught of toxins. Well-placed enemas and colonics may play a
crucial role in good health because when we cleanse the colon (which is a key
player in our detoxification system), the load of toxins imposed upon the body is diminished. When toxins penetrate the colon wall, they are carried into our bloodstream and lymph system, increasing our body's vulnerability to different diseases.
With fewer toxins to purge, the
body as a whole is under less stress and can devote more of its energy to
healing and maintaining health.
3. Colon cleansing offers more room.
When the volume of the colon is regularly reduced with a colon cleanse, the overall
pressure within the pelvic area is reduced.
Just think about how your stomach
feels when you have eaten more than you should have. If you've ever had a gut
full of stool (and most of us have) you know that the effect is anything but
pleasant. What a relief it can be to decrease the fullness of one's abdomen.
The benefits of emptying one's colon go beyond an increased sense of lightness
and well-being. Taking pressure off neighboring organs and enhancing blood flow
to the entire abdominal/pelvic region reduces strain
to the hip joints and the
Colon cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States.
Many scientific studies have shown that there is an increased risk of colon
cancer in people who are chronically constipated.
The connection between
bowel disease and constipation seems to be related to the fact that
constipation dramatically reduces what is called the bowel transit time
, or the
time that it takes food to go from the mouth, through the digestive system, and
out as stool (a "bowel movement").
On one side of the
professional spectrum there is the guidance of the National Institute of Health, which reports
that the "normal" range of bowel movements in a week ranges from
3 to 21. Among most natural health practitioners, it is felt that
the optimal bowel transit time is between 8 and 18 hours
Like all mucous membranes, the interior surface of
the colon is absorptive. Stool can contain many carcinogenic materials that
when remain in contact with the colon wall promote cancer of the colon. A
regular colon cleanse can limit the amount of time cancer-causing stool is in contact
with the colon wall.
REGULAR COLON CLEANSE vs. LAXATIVES:
Which is the gentler approach toward health?
It's not surprising that laxatives and stool softeners have become a
multi-billion-dollar industry. We live fast-paced, stressful lives and it's
easy to promote and capitalize on the convenience of taking pills rather than
doing an enema or having a colonic. However, laxatives act on the central
nervous system as well as the colonic musculature and can easily create a
in the body. Overuse of some laxatives has caused damage
to the nerves, muscles, and tissues of the small intestines and colon.
contrast, regular enemas or colonics gently and effectively cleanse the colon.
A PENNY SAVED
My grandmother knew the most economical way to do just
about everything. Like many who lived and thrived through the depression, she
never spent a dime she didn't need to. She wasn't much for medicine: "A big
waste of money!" she'd say. But grandma always had an enema bag in her
bathroom closet and if she wasn't "feeling up to snuff," you know
that bag got some use. I think, for
Grandma, the fact that she could give enemas to herself and not spend another
dime was as appealing to her as the therapeutic effects.
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the colon cleanse to optimize your health, the Optimal Health Network
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