What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?

Holistic nutritionists often recommend colon hydrotherapy treatment, know as colonics, as a natural and gentle way of enhancing a compromised digestive system and treating problems with eliminating waste. The bowel harbors friendly bacteria that perform important functions like aiding in the manufacture of vitamins and breaking down foods so that they can be absorbed properly for optimum nutrition. Colon hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to clear the body of toxins and provide relief from a range of conditions.

How Colon Hydrotherapy Works

During colon hydrotherapy, filtered water is used to flush out toxic buildup in the bowel including fecal waste, intestinal parasites, harmful bacteria, mucus and gas. Water enters the body and fills the lumen of the colon, producing a gentle pressure against the colon wall. This action initiates peristalsis which, combined with the water, propels waste matter out of the body. The muscles of the bowel are “exercised,” resulting in the strengthening of the bowel as well as cleansing.

Maintaining a Healthy Bowel

Nutritionists may recommend colon hydrotherapy to promote a healthy bowel. When the bowel is working properly, helpful bacteria assist in producing vitamins such as biotin that breaks down proteins, carbohydrates and fats into amino acids, glucose and fatty acids so these nutrients can be absorbed into the body. Friendly bacteria in the bowel also supports Vitamin B12 production, which promotes red blood cells and neurotransmitters and Vitamin K production for normal blood clotting and healthy bones. These beneficial bacteria also produce lactic acid to ward off unwelcome microbes, white blood cells for immune response and serotonin which helps regulate sleep patterns and mood.

Effects of a Compromised Colon

An inefficient colon with an excess of toxic waste and a depletion of healthy bacteria may aggravate a wide range of conditions. Toxic buildup can lead to an improper transfer of essential nutrients into the body and the proper elimination of waste. Conditions affected by a compromised colon include:

  • Eczema
  • Diverticulosis
  • Food sensitivities
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gout
  • Hemorrhoids

Other conditions that may be helped by colon hydrotherapy include irritability, memory loss, yeast infections, lethargy, psoriasis and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Holistic nutritionists may recommend colon hydrotherapy to aid in treating these conditions.

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