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What Are the Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy?

1) Colon hydrotherapy detoxifies your body.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death. The American Cancer Society suggests that the increase in bowel cancer is due to pesticides/herbicides sprayed on crops, hormones/antibiotics fed to animals, carcinogenic agents in the air we breathe and the water we drink. The longer waste stays in our colon, the more we are exposed to these substances. Periodic cleansing of the colon wall could minimize exposure of certain carcinogens. When fecal waste material accumulates over a long period of time, it breaks down and becomes toxic. Toxins are excreted through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Two of the main functions of the colon are to absorb water and remove waste and toxins. Just think, if our colon is clogged up with putrefying waste, we are reabsorbing dirty water and toxins back into our system! Enemas only reach the lower portion of the colon, whereas colon hydrotherapy reaches the entire large intestine which is 5-6 feet in length.

2) Colon hydrotherapy hydrates your body.

Our bodies are made up of approximately 75 percent water, and our brains are approximately 85 percent water. A general rule of thumb is to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water daily. Example: If you weigh 100 pounds, you should be drinking 50 ounces of water daily. Room-temperature water is better absorbed. Filtered water is best. Most of us do not drink enough water.

3) Colon hydrotherapy helps your colon work more efficiently.

The colon is a muscular tube that relies on peristalsis (muscular contraction) to move waste through the colon to expel it. A colonic irrigation will “exercise and tone” the colon. Think of a session as a forty-five-minute workout for your colon.  Ideally, we should have at least two bowel movements per day. If not, we are constipated. Bowel movements should be soft, not hard. Colon hydrotherapy only uses filtered water. Laxatives are chemical irritants that can become habit forming.

4) Colon hydrotherapy can be used as an alternative prep prior to a colonoscopy instead of drinking the liquid prep solution.

Two sessions are required the day before and day of the procedure. If you have constipation issues, three sessions would be required.

What is a colon hydrotherapy session like?

First, you will fill out a health history form, which the therapist will review and screen for contraindications. Next, you will change into a gown and lie on a comfortable table covered with a sheet. Soft music plays in the background, and lights are dimmed. Essential oils and lotion are used to create a spa-like experience. Warm cloths are applied to the feet and lower legs. Reflex points on the feet and lower legs are stimulated and massaged to help your colon release. I am not a massage therapist or reflexologist, but I know which reflex points to stimulate. Filtered water flows into the colon. Waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis (wavelike muscular contraction.) That process is repeated a few times during a session. Everything is contained in tubing, so there is no mess or odor. The waste goes directly into the sewer system.

How many sessions should I have?

Everyone is individual, but you may want to consider having three sessions in a three-week period for optimal results if you have never had a colonic. After that many people choose to have a colonic monthly or every other month. Twelve is the maximum number of colonics you should have in a twelve-month period.

How should I prepare for a colonic?

Drink lots of room-temperature water the day before and day of session. Avoid gas-producing foods and liquids. Don’t eat two hours prior to session.

Equipment is FDA-approved and uses disposable tubing. Backflow prevention safety is built into the tubing and equipment. A three-step filtration system is used for both the hot and cold water supply. Equipment is disinfected with a germicidal solution after each use.

For more information go to: | Lorri Lorentz, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, certified through the International Association of Colon Therapists. She was also a Registered Nurse for thirty-five years.

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