Everything You Need to Know about Colonics

By LeafTV Contributor

Colonics are treatments that involve feeding water and other liquids through a tube and into a client's large intestine, which are then extracted in a very thorough colon cleansing technique. This procedure can help people with digestive issues, anyone starting a weight-loss diet or as a preventative measure against gastrointestinal disorders such as diverticulosis, leaky gut or chronic constipation.

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A colonic is a hydrotherapy treatment that cleans out the large intestine.

Identification

Colonics are given normally by a licensed colon hydrotherapist or vocational nurse in a clinic, and range in price depending on where you go. Colonics are a more thorough version of enemas, which were very widely used in the 1940s at home.

Misconceptions

For people who have less than two to three daily bowel movements, colonics may help reestablish healthy daily detoxification. It's not unusual to hear people report two to three bowel movements per week, which is a low number given how much most people eat each day. Toxicity in the bowel can result in weight gain.

Types

Colonics normally consist of filtered water. In some cases, other types of colonics are used, including coffee, aloe vera or probiotics. Coffee can help the liver secrete bile. Aloe vera provides healing for tissues of the large intestine. Probiotics are live cultures such as lactobacillus bifidus, which help establish friendly bacterial gut to improve digestion.

Significance

Colonics remove waste from the colon and might help aid in weight loss. Generally, people might lose a few pounds after each colonic treatment. Colonics might help improve absorption of nutrients from foods as the GI tract is cleansed.

Warning

If you're pregnant or have any serious medical issues, check with your doctor before getting a colonic. If you have a history of eating disorders or being underweight, also see your physician for advice. Be certain you receive colonics from a licensed colon hydrotherapist, nurse or vocational nurse.