Colon Hydrotherapy

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What is colon hydrotherapy?

An explanation of Colonhydrotherapy services provided by the doctors and staff of Fish Creek Naturopathic Medicince

Colon hydrotherapy (colonics) is an age-old old therapeutic treatment used to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If we look back, colon hydrotherapy has been around for thousands of years, in one form or another, as an aid for detoxifying or cleansing. Using techniques dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians, colon hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle & effective treatment used to cleanse toxic matter and tone the whole large intestine. The process works by introducing warm, filtered water into the colon to hydrate and loosen hard, impacted fecal matter. Using double purified water, disposable, sterile equipment and mild pressure we are able to stimulate a sluggish colon and rebuild the natural muscular contractions or “peristaltic squeeze” that should naturally occur in the body. Abdominal massage increases the effectiveness of the treatments. The total treatment requires just less than an hour at a minimum of 4 treatments over a few weeks. Unfortunately, a busy lifestyle and other imbalances can result in poor stimulation of the reflex to have a bowel movement and over time the bowel may lose its tone and shape, resulting in a number of ailments, most notably; poor bowel function. Colonics will then help with stimulating our colon’s muscles to work more efficiently, gets rid of lingering waste, hydrates the colon, increases cell integrity, reduces inflammation, and increases energy. Who wouldn’t want a remedy with these benefits?

Treatments are performed by certified therapists in a professional clinic setting. Your colon hydrotherapist understands the sensitive nature of the procedure and is trained to maintain a client’s dignity at all times. During the sessions, your therapist will take the time to discuss natural methods to improve digestion and elimination using nutrition and lifestyle.

Listed below are just a few conditions with which colon hydrotherapy may help.

  • Constipation
  • IBS
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas & Bloating
  • Improve digestion
  • General Health
  • Parasites and yeast
  • Acne and skin conditions
  • Removal of toxic matter
  • Chronic Fatigue

Lately, we are hearing more and more information about the importance of gut flora, more commonly known as microbiome. The wealth of new medical research is reinforcing the need to support gut health. We do this by improving digestion of macro nutrients and increasing the diversity of healthy gut bacteria.

Looked in the toilet lately? Your bowel movements can tell you a lot about your digestive health. Where do you measure up on the chart?

Bristol Stool Chart provided by Fish Creek Naturopathic Medicine Calgary

Type 1 is very dehydrated therefore spending the most amount of time in the colon.

Type 7 is spends the least amount of time in the colon and causes urgency
to get to the toilet.

Type 3 and 4 are ideal bowel movements. They glide out easily with no strain.

Prep-work for Colonics

Here are some general suggestions to consider pre, during, and post colonics. It is not mandatory, but new patients may choose to wait until their first visit to learn more about taking the proper supplements and their doses. Here are a few tips for getting started.

Starting 3 days before colonic:

  1. Daily-incorporate fiber into your diet by having an array of fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, and 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed, chia seed, or hemp hearts in a smoothie or mixed with fruit, nuts and alternative milk.
  2. If not already taking probiotics, start taking them once a day with food to start rebalancing the good bacteria in the gut. We carry and recommend the brand NFH Probio-SAP, which we sell here and you can pick up prior to your treatment or on your appointment day.
  3. Daily-drink a minimum of 2-3 L of water every day, particularly a few days before your colonic, to hydrate the colon if you aren’t already doing so. Sipping an 8-12 ounce glass of water every hour throughout the day is key rather than “chugging” water every few hours. Half your weight in ounces of water is a good place to start.
  4. Please avoid any red meat or white refined foods as these have no fiber and are hard to digest. These foods can interfere with how well the colon releases.
  5. If you can find bentonite clay (usually found at health food stores), it is a good idea to start with 1 tsp of the powder form dissolved in water for a minimum of 30 mins, or 1 Tbsp. of the liquid form at night on an empty stomach. This will help draw impurities into the colon that will later be released in your treatment. Bentonite clay needs lots of water to do its job so please, drink up!

Day of Colonic:

  1. Please do not have anything to drink 2 hours before your colonic.
  2. Your last meal should be at least 2 hours before your colonic. Keep meals light so they are quick and easy to digest. (eg. soups, salads, vegetables, fruit, smoothies). Your colonic will be more comfortable if you avoid a heavy carbohydrate/protein meal.
  3. Rest and Relax – try to reduce stress as much as possible. Give yourself time to get to your appointment as stress plays a huge role in interfering with the body’s ability to digest and eliminate properly. You will have a much more effective experience if you take deep abdominal breaths and relax the body and mind as much as possible.
  4. Please avoid intense workouts such as HOT yoga or boot camp as sweating the day of your colonic may dehydrate you.

Post Colonic:

  1. Keep your meals light for the rest of the day (eg. soups, salads, vegetables, fruit, smoothies, fish).
  2. Take probiotics in the morning with food, and at night on an empty stomach to replenish the good gut bacteria.
  3. Add liquid chlorophyll to your water (2 tbsp. twice a day) to assist in regenerating new cell growth along colon lining. This product can be purchased at any health food store.
  4. Keep well hydrated and incorporate daily fiber to maintain digestive health. Aim for at least 2 L of water and a minimum of 30 grams of fiber per day.

Days in between colonic:

  1. Eat a whole foods diet and drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example, a 150lb woman should be consuming 75 ounces (or 2.2 liters) of water per day. This will vary depending on your activity level. During your sessions, the colon hydrotherapist will guide you more thoroughly with tailored recommendations.
  2. Do abdominal massage- this will be taught to you in your first session. You can use this at home while lying in bed prior to falling asleep or prior to getting out of bed in the morning, also while sitting on the toilet if you’re having problems eliminating.
  3. Try dry skin brushing, infrared saunas, massage, Epson salt baths or juicing. All are excellent ways of detoxifying the body.

After your colonics are completed:

  1. Continue with eating a whole foods diet that is high in fiber and drinking lots of water. Hopefully, this will kick start a lifestyle change now that your colon is clean and healthy.
  2. Take probiotics. It is very important to replenish the colon with healthy bacteria after your series of colonics are done. Eating fermented food is also good for colon health.
  3. Don’t forget about maintenance. It is important to continue to keep the colon clean and moving. As a comparison, think about why you go to the dentist twice a year for promoting long term dental health. Most of us don’t have problems very often, yet we know we need to go twice a year for maintenance. Similarly, for colon hydrotherapy, most patients should try to come in the spring and fall (minimum 4 sessions/season) for maintenance. In addition, these are the most natural seasons for cleansing and detoxifying the body.

**Once you have finished your colonic sessions you will continue on at home with the recommendations we’ve given you. If you feel like you need more or you’ve “fall off the wagon” with your eating or lifestyle then please don’t hesitate to call and book in for a few colonics to help get you back on track.

The following is a list of recommended healthy fiber foods and their fiber content. Please aim for a minimum of 30 grams per day, every day for healthy bowel function, but especially 3 days before your colonic if you aren’t already doing so.

Sourced from http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/063008p28.shtm

Fiber Foods

Portion

Amount of Fiber

NUTS

 

 

Almonds

    1 ounce

        4 g

Brazil nuts

    1 ounce

        2 g

Flaxseeds

    1 ounce

        8 g

Pistachio nuts

    1 ounce

        3 g

Pumpkin seeds

    ½ cup

        3 g

Sesame seeds

    ¼ cup

        4 g

Sunflower seeds

    ¼ cup

        3 g

Walnuts

    1 ounce

        2 g

LEGUMES

 

 

Aduki beans, cooked

    1 cup

      17 g

Black beans, cooked

    1 cup

      15 g

Garbanzo beans, cooked

    1 cup

      12 g

Kidney beans, 

    1 cup

      16 g

Lima beans, cooked

    1 cup

      14 g

Mung beans, cooked

    1 cup

      15 g

White beans, cooked

    1 cup

      19 g

Lentils, cooked

    1 cup

      16 g

VEGETABLES

 

 

Acorn squash, cooked

    1 cup

        9 g

Broccoli, cooked

    1 cup

        5 g

Brussel sprouts, cooked

    1 cup

        6 g

Carrots, cooked

    1 cup

        5 g

Cauliflower, cooked

    1 cup

        5 g

Collard greens, cooked

    1 cup

        5 g

Peas, green, frozen

    1 cup

      14 g

Peas, split, cooked

    1 cup

      16 g

Red cabbage, cooked

    1 cup

        4 g

Popcorn, air-popped

    1 cup

        4 g

Potato, red, flesh, and skin

    1 med

        3 g

Spinach, cooked

    1 cup

        4 g

Sweet potato, cooked

    1 cup

        3 g

Swiss chard, cooked

    1 cup

        4 g

Zucchini, cooked

    1 cup

        3 g

FRUIT

 

 

Apple

    1 med

        4 g

Avocado, raw

    ½ fruit

        9 g

Banana

    1 med

        3 g

Blackberries

    1 cup

        8 g

Blueberries

    1 cup

        4 g

Figs, dried

    ½ cup

        8 g

Orange

    1 med

        4 g

Prunes, dried

    ½ cup

        6 g

Raspberries

    1 cup

        8 g

Strawberries

    1 cup

        3 g

GRAINS

 

 

Brown rice, cooked

    1 cup

        6 g

Buckwheat groats

    1 cup

        6 g

Oats bran, raw

    1 ounce

      12 g

Quinoa, cooked

    1 cup

        5 g

Wild rice, cooked

    1 cup

      3 g

FAQS

  1. What is colon hydrotherapy?

    Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle, safe and effective way of removing toxic wastes from the colon (large intestine). The process works by introducing warm, filtered water into the colon to hydrate and loosen hard, impacted fecal matter. This results in the evacuation of these wastes through your colon’s natural peristalsis movements.

  2. How does it work?

    The speculum is placed in the rectum and attached to a 2 way hose of incoming water and outgoing waste matter. It is a pattern of ‘fill and release’ the water and waste repeated throughout the session.

  3. How long is the session?

    The treatment will be approximately 40 minutes long, but plan to be here for 1 hour. After the treatment, you will need to use the bathroom to flush out any remaining fecal matter still in the colon. The goal is to have fecal matter leave the body, so this is a very important part of your total session.

  4. Why Do I need it?

    Believe it or not, nearly everyone would benefit from colon hydrotherapy. Whether you suffer from indigestion or constipation or just want to increase the effect of a cleanse. If you suffer from bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation, or are just feeling run down, colon hydrotherapy may help you feel lighter and rejuvenated.

  5. Does it hurt?

    No, you may feel a pressure or pinching sensation with the insertion of the speculum, but once it is in, there should be no pain. You will feel slight pressure or cramping during your colonic while the colon muscles are being stimulated to contract.  Sometimes patients feel similar sensations to a bout of diarrhea due to the increased peristalsis.

  6. Can I return to my normal activities for the rest of the day, such as work or exercise?

    Patients typically feel great after their session. There is a slight chance you may feel a little dizzy or lightheaded but it dissipates within about 5-10 minutes. You will be able to carry on your regular day of work or whatever else you have planned for the day without worrying about ‘accidents’.

  7. Is there someone in the room with me?

    Yes, the colon hydrotherapist is in the treatment room working with you throughout the treatment.  This gives the advantage of connecting with how you are feeling and providing time for in-depth discussions of healthy food choices and ways to improve your digestion and nutrition.

  8. How many treatments do I need?

    This depends completely on the health and needs of each individual patient, but on average, it is approximately 4-10 sessions. Some choose to due a series of treatments once or twice a year and then visit on occasion when something feels a little off.

  9. What is the cost?

    Each session is $96, with the exception of your first visit. All our colonics are “Doctor Supervised” which means that all new patients will have an initial Naturopathic intake for 15-30 minutes prior to their treatment. This is to ensure that the doctor understands the health history of the patient in addition to possible diet recommendations that may be beneficial during the treatment. It is $225.00 for that initial one-time visit including the colonhydrotherapy. Please count on 1.5 hours for your first visit.

  10. What should I do to prepare?

    Please check out “Prep-Work for Colonics” to see the steps we recommend.

Resources

Books:

"Dr Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care" by Dr. Bernard Jensen

"Always look after number two" by Galina Imrie

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