Colon & Intestinal Health
The colon and bowels are probably among the worst cared for parts of the body by most Americans. Our dietary habits create a host of intestinal problems, including the presence of more than a hundred different kinds of worms and parasites, clogged and sluggish plumbing, and colon cancer and other serious intestinal diseases. Want more possibilities? Here’s the short list on what poor colon health can mean:
- Increased allergies and food sensitivities
- Increased risk of parasites
- Foul smelling flatulence and bad breath
- Constipation and slow bowels
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and colon diseases
- Increased risk of illness from bacteria and viruses
- Lack of energy, sluggishness, chronic fatigue
- More intense PMS pain and cramping
- Back pain
- Liver disease
Treatments for a Healthy Colon
Since the causes of poor colon health are fairly straightforward (mostly stemming from dietary habits), the cures are also fairly straightforward. The key is to eliminate or greatly reduce unhealthy foods from the diet, including: saturated fats, dairy products, excess starches and sugars, and red meat. Here are some of the keys to getting your colon back into shape:
- Enemas and Colonics: Colons are like massive honeycombs, with pockets that can harbor years old waste. In fact, several pounds of bacteria laden fecal matter can become attached to the walls of the colon, causing chronic fatigue, flatulence, bloating, skin disorders, breathing difficulties, arthritis, and constipation. Colonic cleanses help remove this waste and restore the youth to your intestines and bowels. Colonics can help eliminate some intestinal parasites, too. Flatulence often can be cured by hydro colon therapy and a good diet.
- Probiotics: The opposite of antibiotics, probiotics work to restore the healthy bacteria in your body, including your intestinal flora. Two of the most common probiotic flora are acidophilus and bifidophilus. It is essential to take probiotics after taking antibiotics, doing a colon cleanse, or chemotherapy, so as to regenerate the friendly fauna and flora that live in your colon and intestines and help you digest and absorb your food. Remember, antibiotic means anti (against) bio (life). Antibiotics kill everything in the bacterial realm, including the good bacteria in your body. Candida yeast infections are caused by a lack of healthy body flora.
- Fiber and raw foods: It is widely known that fiber from raw foods helps clean your intestines, especially raw or lightly cooked broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage (all in the cabbage family). Fiber from grains and seeds is also beneficial.
- The cholesterol connection: Too much cholesterol in the diet forms gallstones in the liver and gallbladder, leading to poor digestion and processing of fats and proteins. These poorly digested fats and proteins end up in the intestines and colon, mucking up the works.
One of the most widely used agents for enemas or colonics is coffee. Coffee stimulates the lining of the colon and causes it to excrete more proficiently. It also cleans up the bile ducts between the colon and the liver / gallbladder. Coffee gets the deep peristalsis (the natural movement through your entire digestive tract) going again.
After your enema or colonic cleansing is complete, you can reintroduce liquid chlorophyll, which is very healing, energizing, and soothing, back into your colon. Chlorophyll is molecularly the closest substance to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells, so you can imagine the regenerative and healing benefits it has.
Colon cleanse supplement programs are also widely available. Most of these are multiday programs that use herbs and supplements to help remove waste from the intestines. Some key ingredients used in these programs include: ground black walnut shell / husk, garlic extract, psyllium husk, bentonite clay (or liquid), pau d’arco, wormwood, yellow dock, citric acid from lemon or grapefruit, cayenne pepper, and slippery elm.
The best way to instantly lose five pounds is an enema, which you can do yourself in case you’re embarrassed by a technician putting a hose in your tailpipe. Colon work seems to be the most embarrassing and secretive thing for most people, but if you were initially embarrassed by the idea, once you’ve done it to yourself, hydro colon therapy done by a practitioner will be no problem for you. Hydro colon therapists are very gentle and professional in what they do.
Though colon therapy is great for most people, those with intestinal tumors, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or severe hemorrhoids should not do colon therapy because it may worsen these conditions.