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Three good reasons to have a treatment:

(1) Constipation

Constipation is a very good reason to consider the benefits of colon therapy.

In my experience, constipation occurs in most people for two reasons:

Physiological:   meaning there is some actual physical cause, such as adhesions from bowel surgery or nerve damage from a variety of causes. Prescription medications can fall into this category as well.

Lifestyle:  meaning there is something you’re doing or not doing that is causing the issue.

The main causes are:

Lack of fiber:   Most people do not even come close to the RDA of 25gm fiber/day, which in my opinion is too low. I think 35-40gm fiber/day is a much more advantageous number to strive for. Of course, everyone is different, and that may be too much for a few individuals. If you are eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods, it should be quite easy to attain this goal.

Dehydration:  If you do not have kidney problems, a good rule of thumb is to take your body weight, divide it in half and that is the number of ounces of water you should consume a day. You should also consider adding 1/8 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt or Celtic salt to each pint of pure water you drink.
Keep in mind only water is water. Coffee, tea, juice, milk, soda, sports drinks etc. are not water. Anything that contains caffeine, sugar or alcohol acts as a diuretic and actually makes you lose water. Alcohol is especially dehydrating.

Lack of good bacteria:   There are a myriad of reasons why one would be lacking in intestinal flora. Antibiotics, medications, highly refined foods to mention a few. Just eliminating processed foods and sugar isn’t enough to restore optimum levels of your good bacteria. A high quality probiotic supplement plus eating a variety of traditionally eaten fermented foods such as, miso, kim chi, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, homemade yogurt or kefir, kombucha tea, is essential.

Here is a link to a wonderful article by Dr. Joseph Mercola that explains why good bacteria/probiotics are so vitally important to our overall health: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/18/probiotics-the-case-for-healthy-bowels.aspx
I can’t recommend this website highly enough! You will learn so many things about your health, especially your intestinal tract.

Lack of exercise:   Being sedentary does have an effect on how well your bowels move. The more active you are, the better it is for every part of your body, including your intestines.

Stress:   Your intestines are especially responsive to stress or change. Have you ever become constipated after a long trip or a move?
There really is a mind-body connection. The secret to improving your mood is also in your gut; the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression, and aggression, is found in your intestines, not in your brain!
Here is yet another great article by Dr. Mercola that explains the brain-gut connection:

(2) Detoxification

If you want to achieve or maintain vibrant health, you must be proactive about cleansing the toxins from your body.

We are virtually assaulted daily by synthetic chemicals that our bodies were never designed to deal with…and we do not deal with them very well.
We mostly store them in various cells and tissues…. most of us for a lifetime.

That is why colon therapy is so integral when doing any kind of a cleanse.

Whenever you mobilize toxins, they are excreted through our 4 channels of elimination, which are the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. The liver is the main organ of detoxification and must dump it’s toxins out through the intestinal tract. If the toxins are not eliminated in a timely fashion, they will be reabsorbed and have to be dealt with by the other organs of elimination (increasing their burden) or re-stored somewhere else in the body again.

Facilitating elimination through the large intestine while detoxifying just makes sense.

(3) Maintenance

I personally feel that doing some type of cleanse every season is a good rule of thumb, even if it’s just a week of clean eating, followed by a colonic.

Seasonal cleansing kind of keeps you on track. You feel so good after a cleanse that you really want to eat healthy foods and take care of yourself. Then usually after about three months, old habits kick in and we start to stray in to the world of comfort and convenience.

. . . and more

You don’t always need to cleanse prior to a treatment.
If you have recently taken antibiotics or other medications…
If you have intestinal upset…
If you have a bad reaction to something you ate…
All are good reasons to consider a treatment.

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*Of course if you are having serious symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as acute pain, blood in stools , black tarry stool, stool that looks like coffee grinds, fever or nausea and vomiting you should see a physician not a colon therapist.


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