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The importance of cleansing your colon

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Writer

If you are experiencing most of these symptoms - allergies, gas, bloating, bad breath, constipation, poor appetite, lower back pains, muscle pains, depression, headaches, joint pain, irritability, memory lapse, weight problems and foul body odour, you might be the perfect candidate to do a colon cleanse. Flair met up with Debby Donaldson, a certified colon therapist and owner of Inside Out Colon Care for more than 17 years, to find out the importance and benefits of doing colon therapy.

Having a healthy colon is the way to go. Donaldson noted colon cleansing is a modality that helps to rejuvenate, rehydrate and resuscitate the colon - it involves removing faeces and non-specific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract.

According to Donaldson, colon cleansing improves health by removing toxins from the gastrointestinal tract which can cause a variety of health problems, like the ones mentioned earlier. This treatment promotes healthy intestinal bacteria, boosts the energy and enhances immune system.

Donaldson also mentioned that along with proper diet and a healthy lifestyle, the cleaning of the colon helps the other organs that do not have an outlet of their own to empty waste. This therapy can help to prevent cancer and other lifestyle diseases.

Types of Colon Therapy

There are different methods that can be used for colon cleansing.

Oral Laxative: these are medicines taken by mouth to encourage bowel movement to relieve constipation. There are several different types of oral laxatives and they work in different ways. Since directions for use are different for each type, it is important to know which one you are taking. The two main types are bulk-formers and hyperosmotics.

Enema: Limited to one foot of colon, is the insertion of a liquid into the rectum or colon by way of the anus. There are different types of enema - therapeutic enema which is an enema that cleans out the colon or rectum, relieves constipation, or treats diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease. And the diagnostic enema, which is an enema that helps diagnose certain conditions of the colon or rectum, including abdominal pain, bleeding symptoms, and ulcerative colitis.

Colon irrigation: Cleanses six feet of colon from the rectum and helps to reduce build-up pressure due to fermentation and putrefaction. This is similar to the enema but involves much more water. While you lie on a table or bed, a low-pressure pump or a gravity-based reservoir flushes several gallons of water through a small tube inserted into your rectum. After the water is in the colon, the therapist may massage your abdomen. Then the water is released like a regular bowel movement; the process flushes out the fluids and waste. The therapist may repeat the process, and a session may last up to an hour.

To complete the therapy, the therapist may use a variety of water pressures and temperatures and may or may not combine water with enzymes, herbs, coffee, or probiotics - supplements containing beneficial bacteria.

Is Colonic Irrigation Safe?

According to Donaldson, colonic irrigation is a much safer and natural way to do a colon cleanse. "The facility used is an approved medical device that uses a very gentle flow of warm, filtered water to cleanse the colon. No drugs, chemicals or irritants are used, just pure water. The machine is sterilised after treatments, and the equipment used is sterile, single use and disposable. There is no risk of infection or cross-contamination. Prior to treatment you will have a consultation with a naturopathic provider who will check that colon hydrotherapy is a suitable treatment for you," she concluded.

The importance of Colon Cleansing

Donaldson explained that since the colon is one of the body's defenses against diseases; every cell, tissue and organ is nourished through the intestinal tract; the colon should be flushed every now and then. If the intestine is dirty so are the cells, tissues and organs of the body, which exposes the body to all kinds of sickness and diseases.

Many of us are not aware that we encounter toxins and chemicals every day through the foods we eat; air we breathe and even the water we drink and if left untreated, can poison the heart causing individuals to become weak and restless, it can poison the blood and can cause the joints to become stiff.

The benefits of colon cleansing include but are not limited to the fact that it helps to reduce toxins from the cells, tissues and organs; reduces the incidence of colon cancer and other degenerative conditions and helps the body to deal with any foreign mosses.

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

Fatigue and easy weakness

Experiencing diarrhoea, constipation - inconsistency in bathroom visits and change in bowel habits

Experience blood when do bathroom visits or rectal bleeding

Experience abdominal discomfort - cramps, gas and pain.

Always feel like you want to go to the bathroom

Weakness or fatigue

Unexplained weight loss

Constipation is just one of the problems that can arise from an impacted colon. Colon hydrotherapy is recommending where the discomfort of an impacted colon is making your life miserable.

So get your free consultation with a short visit to Colon Therapist Debby Donaldson, owner and manager at Inside Out Colon Care Centre at 16 Cargill Avenue, Kingston 10, call (876) 831-5461 or 885-6164 or email coloncareja98@gmail.com

cathy.risden@gleanerjm.com