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Colonic Irrigation

Colon Cleanse Benefits and Information

Colonic Irrigation is a term used to describe the cleansing and detoxifying of the colon through gentle infusions of purified water at a controlled temperature and controlled pressure.

Colonic therapy is an alternate therapy recommended for the removal of toxic and mucus build-up in the colon and assists in recovering natural balance of good and bad bacteria and the adequate absorption and production of enzymes and vitamins.

This article takes no sides in this matter, but merely tries to lay a solid foundation to making an informed decision.

The colon, which is the name given to the large intestine, is the main organ responsible for ridding the body of toxic waste. It absorbs water and some vitamins from the digested food on its route out of your body.

The question arises why is there a need for colonic irrigation or cleansing, after all surely our bodies are designed to function properly? There are two schools of thought in this regard.

Opinions on the virtues of whether colonic cleansing is actually necessary, are varied, from staunch resistance from some quarters of the medical fraternity, to avid supporters from the schools of natural medicine.

Supporters of colonic irrigation maintain that this detoxifying of the colon helps reduce food intolerance, improve skin appearance, reduce cellulite, improve energy, reduce weight, and enhance immune function.

Much of the medical fratenity take a different view. Although doctors may recommend colon cleansing in preparation for a medical examination of the colon, most don't recommend colonic cleansing for better health or to prevent disease.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. Your colon absorbs water and sodium to maintain your body's fluid and electrolyte balance. Some colon-cleansing programs disrupt this balance, causing dehydration and salt depletion. Long-term or excessive cleansing programs can lead to problems such as anemia, malnutrition and heart failure.
  2. Your colon doesn't require enemas or special diets or pills to eliminate waste material and bacteria. It does this naturally on its own. If constipation is your concern, you can help prevent constipation without colon irrigation. Drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in fiber. Supporters of colon detox claim that a toxic colon is a major factor in the development of food intolerance, malnutrition, and chronic ill health. When the colon is not functioning properly because of diet, stress, drugs, chemicals, parasites, and other substances, it tries to protect itself by producing more mucus. This additional mucus can bind with the sludge from refined foods, such as white flour products, and build up on the wall of the bowel, narrowing the lumen, and reducing absorption of vital nutrients. This layer of gluey, hardened faeces can weigh several pounds and is a ideal place for harmful organisms and bacteria to breed. Do not think because you have regular bowel movements, or even diarrhea, that you have escaped this problem. The stool can pass daily through a dirty colon and leave the accumulated residue on the walls behind. This is why people prefer to do a colonic irrigation than just a laxative. The water washes the muck away.

So to cleanse or not to cleanse, that is the question? For this writer, the solution seems to be the proof is in the pudding. Colonic irrigation is not for everyone, as the results of a cleanse are quite graphic. The less you see the better. But, if this isn't a problem give it a try and go have a colon check at the same time and kill two birds with one stone. 

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