The colon, or large intestine, has several important functions in the body. It absorbs water and several nutrients; it continues the digestive process; it houses a large population of healthy, nutrient-producing bacteria (probiotics); it balances pH (acid/alkaline) levels; it suppresses harmful microbes such as yeast; and it also plays a critical role in the evacuation of toxic wastes.
If the colon becomes blocked with wastes, then the toxins, dead cells and pathologic microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites) accumulate to produce a toxic burden within the colon that is absorbed into the body. This toxic burden interferes with nutrient absorption and healing functions, plus a toxic colon can also contribute to many chronic illnesses.
At Natural Horizons, we offer colon hydrotherapy, or colonics, in the Fairfax, VA, Washington, DC and Baltimore areas to cleanse or detoxify the colon. Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of reducing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs or laxatives. Utilizing this established therapy to remove waste and toxins from the body helps heal your body and restores it to optimal health.
If accumulated wastes in the colon are not completely eliminated, then they block the normal flow of waste from leaving the body, interfere with the absorption of nutrients and produce toxins that are absorbed into the rest of the body. Colon hydrotherapy is an extremely effective technique that introduces clean water into the colon through the anus, and washes away the accumulated wastes and deposits from the opening and interior walls of the colon. The result is a toxin-free, normally functioning large intestine that fosters the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).
The colon must be cleansed regularly due to normal retention of fecal toxins and debris which, if retained in the colon, can escape into the blood and burden the liver, lymphatic system, kidneys and most other organ systems.
During a colon cleanse, also known as a colonic or colon hydrotherapy, filtered water is introduced into the rectum. The water and loosened fecal matter and debris are excreted and the colon can now heal. Several colon-cleansing sessions will clean the entire five feet of colon.
Once the colon is free to effectively eliminate waste, houses a healthy probiotic population, regains a healthy mucosal lining, and the patient commits to healthy nutrition, the foundations for good colon health — and better overall health — are present.
Having a colonic positively affects every aspect of your life, from work and sports activities to your weight. You’ll feel better and experience:
- Increased energy
- Clearer thinking
- Better nutrient absorption
- Improved body weight control
- Strengthened immune system
- Better hormone balance
- Relief from various problems, such as constipation, leaky bowel syndrome, digestive distress, gas and bloating, eating disorders, spastic colon and many more
The following factors are critical to maintaining overall colon health:
- A high-fiber, whole-food diet that includes vegetables, fruits and grains to protect, nourish and cleanse the colon
- A high level of friendly bacteria or probiotics
- A healthy mucosal lining inside the gut to defend against toxins and bacteria
- Regular waste elimination
- Adequate muscle tone in the gut walls to push wastes out of the body
- An intact, well-functioning autonomic nervous system to regulate and oversee the gut function
Virtually everyone interested in optimizing his or her health benefits from regular colon cleansings. These are particularly helpful for people who regularly consume meat, processed foods and/or toxic substances. Colon hydrotherapy is also highly recommended for anyone suffering from a disease or chronic health condition.