“Modern lifestyles put tremendous toxic strain on our vital organs and glands. The stomach is perpetually stuffed with denatured foods taken in incompatible combinations, the liver is swollen and strained with the effort of breaking down massive intakes of animal protein and fat as well as drugs and poisons, the pancreas balloons to abnormal size owing to the constant demand for digestive enzymes to process enzymeless foods, and the colon gets lined with layer upon layer of glue-like crud that poisons the bloodstream.” [Daniel Reid – The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity]
That pretty much sums it up. We live in an age where 80% of the food we eat is processed, refined, chemical-ridden, or entirely denatured. Our bodies cannot digest or utilize most of this “food” we feed it, and as a result our society is riddled with disease. Heart disease, depression, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, cancer……the list from poor diet and lifestyle is endless. Yet most of us are quite content to ignore the warning signs, only to rely on prescription drugs to “fix” our health problems when it’s far too late. We spend more time on our cars, (with regular oil changes and services), than we do on our own bodies.
Colonic irrigation is still largely unknown; however its popularity is surging thanks to the recent proliferation of detox resorts and specialized clinics. Colonic hydrotherapy has been around since the age of the Pharaohs and the Ancient Greeks, yet modern medicine is quick to label it an “antiquated” procedure. Ironically, colonic irrigation is more essential for good health in our day and age, than any other time in history. It is of course, rather personal and sometimes embarrassing. Most of us would rather not talk about it, much less make an appointment to do it, and then actually go through with it. Having been through the colonic hydrotherapy process, as well as a frequent user of coffee colonics, I am a firm believer. My hope is that I can pass along enough information to get others enthused and educated. It could save your life!
The colon makes up part of the large intestine, and its job is to complete the digestive process by absorbing the remaining water and electrolytes from indigestible food matter, process foods that were not digested in the small intestine, and eliminate waste from the body.
Most of us eat industrialized foods, incompatible food combinations, or foods containing more chemicals than nutrients, making the digestive/elimination process extremely taxing on the body. As a result, modern man’s colon resembles a blocked drain rather than the well-functioning waste disposal system that it is designed to be. The body has a hard time keeping up with digestion and assimilation when such foods are consumed. The colon responds by producing mucus to facilitate the elimination process, and this is where the problem occurs. Normally the body would eliminate this waste before it can enter the bloodstream, however due to the frequency that most people eat badly, the body has a difficult time catching up, resulting in the mucus-impacted waste to become embedded in the folds of the colon, where it can remain for an entire lifetime! Switching to a high-fibre diet alone will not remove it, as fibrous bulk simply gets “stuck” behind this muck in the intestinal passage, resulting in further blockage and discomfort. And forget laxatives …they simply do not shift the deeply impacted feces, are habit forming, and weaken the bowels over time with use – with a colostomy being an almost certain unhappy ending.
Colonic irrigation can be performed at a specialized clinic and takes about 1 hour. Approximately 25 litres of water are introduced into the colon, washing out any impacted waste. Some clinics offer a self-operating water flow system, while others are operated by a qualified practitioner who gently massages your stomach, answering any questions you may have during the procedure. These should be done at least twice a year. Alternatively, you may opt to do it at home. Coffee colemas are becoming increasingly popular, and are easily self-administered in the comfort of your own bathroom. Unlike colonic hydrotherapy, 1-2 litres of water and 1litre of coffee are all that is needed, making it an excellent regular maintenance program – once monthly is more than sufficient.
My readers out there may be a bit dubious about all of this, but unless we have existed exclusively on organic fruits and vegetables, obeyed the laws of food combinations since birth, and have never allowed a piece of junk food to pass our lips, we could all benefit from regular colonic irrigation.
If not removed, the impacted feces in the colon can eventually result in myriad diseases and ailments, such as acne (the toxins need to be eliminated somehow, and if not through the bowel, then the through the skin); depression; chronic fatigue; bloating & gas; constipation; diverticulosis; diabetes; high blood pressure; and even colon cancer. Blocked colons have even been linked to infertility, with many couples able to conceive literally weeks after the female has undergone colonic hydrotherapy. The reason behind this is that a clogged colon will “press” onto the uterus, making conception impossible. Amazing, and yet entirely logical!
Once the colon has been swept free of toxic debris, a good look at diet and lifestyle is essential. Raw, organic foods are imperative, as are correct food combinations. It’s impossible for the body to digest protein and carbohydrates at the same time. If you are really serious about good colon health, separate your animal proteins and carbohydrates and ensure that you eat lots of raw vegetables with your meals to assist the body with digestion. Red meat is a fine example of this. The body will struggle to digest a steak sandwich, but a steak together with a fresh, raw salad is another story entirely. The enzymes in the raw vegetables will ensure efficient digestion and assimilation of the steak, allowing you to feel good after your meal, as opposed to feeling tired and bloated. Fruits such as papaya and pineapple contain enzymes which help keep the digestive tract clean, and are a must-have for good colon health. Lots of leafy, green vegetables, and high fibre foods are also essential, as is drinking plenty of water.
“All physicians know that the unobstructed circulation of fresh blood and vital-energy are the most important factors in health. But if the bowels are blocked, then blood and energy stagnate.” [Daniel Reid – The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity]
For a more thorough, in-depth look at this process from the grassroots level, I highly recommend the following book:
The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity – by Daniel Reid.
Daniel has studied Chinese medicine and nutrition based on Nature’s Way for years. This tangible, comprehensive, yet easy-to- read book has become my blueprint for living a healthy life. I cannot recommend it highly enough. In the book he lauds the benefits of colonic irrigation in such a precise way, that you may feel compelled to order your colema pack the minute you put the book down. It’s thanks to Daniel and this incredible book that I am able to accept and appreciate the benefits of colonic irrigation, good nutrition, and the tools for leading a long and healthy life.
Thank you for reading and best of health to you !