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How Clean is Your Colon?

    The Science of Colon Hydrotherapy

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    Disease begins in the colon. Over 50% of Americans have a clogged colon due to the unhealthy food we eat. We ingest harmful chemicals daily, creating a toxic environment within. Each time we eat and drink, we absorb them through the gastrointestinal tract. The creams, lotions and hair products we use contain toxins that are absorbed through the skin. Even as we breathe, we inhale a vast amount of fine particles of smog and other contaminants floating in the air. They assault our lungs with every breath. When your body does not process these poisons and release them quickly, they can wreak havoc on the GI tract and, in turn, affect the entire body.

    If you haven’t been eating organic, you are getting chemicals with every bite. Many fruits and vegetables, such as corn, wheat, soy and beet are genetically modified with RoundUp (GMO) and covered with pesticides and wax. Meanwhile, most of our meats contain added steroids, hormones and antibiotics. These poor agricultural standards often require the food produced to undergo treatment with radiation before hitting the store shelves.

    Hydration/Nourishment: As the colon is cleansed, it pushes waste through the system, clearing the way for good nutrient absorption and hydration.  A clean colon allows waste to pass easily. The colon is your hydrating organ. When clean, it allows water and some minerals to be absorbed through the bowel wall into the bloodstream creating an unobstructed path for essential fluids to filter into the body.

    Clarity: Poor diet and ineffective vitamin absorption can cause us to become distracted and lose our concentration.  The buildup of mucus and toxins in the colon can keep our body from getting what it needs to function well, even if we eat a consistently healthy diet.  Cleansing the colon with a detox diet can be the difference between feeling alert and not being able to focus.

    Exercise: Releasing the toxins from our body is rejuvenating because it refocuses the energy usually used for moving waste through our intestines to other parts of our body. People who have undergone colon detoxification say they have better blood circulation, more restful sleep, and a boost in energy.

    How Can You Improve Your Gut Microbiome?

    Colon Hydrotherapy is referred to as Colonics or Colon Irrigation. These are names for hydrotherapy which uses water for inner cleansing. Colon Hydrotherapy is clean and comfortable treatment. A soothing flow of purified warm water is instilled gently into the colon through a disposable colon cleansing nozzle (“size-of-a-pencil”). The small nozzle is easily self-inserted to cleanse (evacuate) the contents of your lower colon. Your dignity is always maintained. The system is designed to allow evacuation of the contents of the colon during the administration of colon hydrotherapy. Professional colon hydrotherapy devices have systems that ensure the pressure, temperature and flow of water are all safely regulated throughout the session. The water is purified with an ultra violet water purification system. The Angel of Water System is comfortable and may be operated in privacy for those who prefer solitude. There is no odor! Odor is whisked away thru the sewer drain pipe. Used as a non-laxative preparation for colonoscopy, general health maintenance or when medically indicated.

    • Eat a diverse range of foods: This can lead to a diverse microbiome, which is an indicator of good gut health. In particular, legumes, beans and fruit contain lots of fiber and can promote the growth of healthy Bifidobacteria.

    • Eat fermented foods: Fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir all contain healthy bacteria, mainly Lactobacilli, and can reduce the amount of disease-causing species in the gut.

    • Limit your intake of artificial sweeteners: Some evidence has shown that artificial sweeteners like aspartame increase blood sugar by stimulating the growth of unhealthy bacteria like Enterobacteriaceae in the gut microbiome.

    • Eat prebiotic foods: Prebiotics are a type of fiber that stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria. Prebiotic-rich foods include artichokes, bananas, asparagus, oats and apples.

    • Eat whole grains: Whole grains contain lots of fiber and beneficial carbs like beta-glucan, which are digested by gut bacteria to benefit weight, cancer risk, diabetes and other disorders.

    • Try a plant-based diet: Vegetarian diets may help reduce levels of disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli, as well as inflammation and cholesterol.

    • Eat foods rich in polyphenols: Polyphenols are plant compounds found in red wine, green tea, dark chocolate, olive oil and whole grains. They are broken down by the microbiome to stimulate healthy bacterial growth.

    • Take a probiotic supplement: Probiotics are live bacteria that can help restore the gut to a healthy state after dysbiosis. They do this by “reseeding” it with healthy microbes.

    • Take antibiotics only when necessary: Antibiotics kill many bad and good bacteria in the gut microbiome, possibly contributing to weight gain and antibiotic resistance. Thus, only take antibiotics when medically necessary.

    • Breastfeed for at least six months: Breastfeeding is very important for the development of the gut microbiome. Children who are breastfed for at least six months have more beneficial Bifidobacteria than those who are bottle- fed.

    The Bottom Line

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    • Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes.

    • The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health.

    • An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

    • To help support the growth of healthy microbes in your gut, eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fermented foods.

    Written by Ruairi Robertson, PhD on June 27, 2017 for Healthline I-ACT Quarterly Fall 2019