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Colonic Hydrotherapy

The colon and large intestine The colon, or large intestine, is the body's sewerage and recycling plant. It is responsible for many functions in the body, the main ones being the elimination of faecal waste products, the excretion of toxins, the absorption of water and electrolytes, and the manufacture of various vitamins by 'friendly' bacteria in the colon.

In order for the colon to function efficiently, it must be kept relatively clean and free from encrusted deposits. It must also have normal tone (elasticity) and motility (ability to propel its contents) to enable waste products to be evacuated regularly.

Bacteria in the colon are responsible for detoxifying many 'waste' products produced during digestion and they need a healthy environment in which to thrive.

The colon is designed to be a self-cleansing organ, but modern day eating habits, as well as stress and other factors, inhibit this essential function.

High consumption of fruit and other foods in modern diets inhibits the functions of the colon This is particularly prevalent in Western society where a high consumption of meat, dairy products, wheat, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco are the norm, and consumption of water, fruit, vegetables, unrefined grains and other high fibre foods is often minimal.

The high levels of stress which we endure on a daily basis also tend to have a dramatic effect on our digestive systems. Stress often slows down the passage of food, increasing its chances of fermentation, and inhibiting the evacuation of waste, often leading to bloating and discomfort.

Why cleanse the colon?

When the capacity of the colon to evacuate or detoxify is overwhelmed, toxins are reabsorbed into the body where they place a burden on the liver, lungs, kidneys and skin. There are many possible effects of the resultant auto-toxaemia, from headaches to serious acute illness.

As well as the direct symptomatic effects, toxaemia places a large burden on the immune system, thus increasing susceptibility to any illness or disease process. The incidence of serious pathologies of the colon has been steadily increasing this century, primarily due to changes in dietary habits, it therefore makes sense to preventatively treat and regularly cleanse the colon, and to modify dietary habits with long term health benefits in mind.

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