Why Cleanse the Colon?
The prime functions of the colon are:
- the elimination of body waste
- detoxification of the body
- manufacture of vitamins by 'friendly' gut bacteria
These functions are all to a greater or lesser extent compromised in people eating typical Western diets. When the capacity of the colon to evacuate or detoxify is overwhelmed, toxins are reabsorbed into the body where they place a burden on your other organs of elimination - the liver, lungs, kidneys and skin.
There are many possible effects of the resultant auto-toxaemia, from headaches to serious acute illness. Aside from the direct symptomatic effects, toxaemia places a large burden on your immune system, thus increasing your susceptibility to any illness or disease process. The incidence of colon cancer, and other serious pathologies of the colon, has been steadily increasing this century, primarily due to changes in food production and dietary habits. It therefore makes sense to preventatively treat and cleanse the colon regularly and to modify dietary habits with long term health benefits in mind.
Who can benefit from Colonics?
Anyone with a history of consuming a 'Western' diet, or one containing many refined or processed foods, can benefit from colon cleansing and colon hydrotherapy. The importance of the direct relationship between colon health and general health cannot be over-emphasised.