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What Is It?

Colon hydrotherapy, or colonics, is a centuries-old therapy using filtered water to flush accumulated fecal waste, harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites, gas and mucus from the colon. It is a safe and gentle yet powerful way to cleanse the body, and to make all body systems and organs more efficient.

The colon, or large intestine, is the end portion of the human digestive tract (food carrying passageway extending from the mouth to the anus). The colon is approximately 5 feet long and 2 inches in diameter. Its major function is to eliminate waste and conserve water.

What It Does:

Colon hydrotherapy is a holistic method used to remove waste material, especially that which has remained in the colon for some time (i.e. impacted feces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous, parasites, worms, etc.) pose several problems. Firstly, this material is quite toxic (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter and circulate in the bloodstream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Secondly, impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and bacteria-produced vitamins. Finally, a build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation, which are the result of these disorders.

Toxic Build Up:

By relieving the body of toxic build-up, colon hydrotherapy can dramatically improve bowel function. Whereas accumulated fecal matter promotes the growth of undesirable bacteria and their toxic by-products, a clean colon allows beneficial bacteria to proliferate. These beneficial bacteria manufacture important vitamins, including biotin, which is essential for the proper breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats; cobalamin (vitamin B12), which promotes red blood cell formation and assists in the production of neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit nerve impulses); and vitamin K, a key factor in normal blood-clotting and in the development of healthy bone structure. Beneficial bacteria also produces lactic acid, which creates an antagonistic environment for other types of unwelcome bacteria.

Toxic build-up in the colon not only upsets the balance of intestinal bacteria, it promotes mucus formation as a protective mechanism to “disable” toxic organisms. Waste and mucus become encrusted and adhere to the colon wall, preventing the proper transfer of vitamins and minerals into the body, and of waste and debris out of the body. A congested colon can have adverse effects on other systems of elimination and detoxification, such as the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and skin, as these attempt to cope with toxic excess. What results is a loss of energy and vitality which create symptoms that can ultimately degenerate into illness.

As the water enters the body and fills the space within the colon, it applies a gentle pressure against the muscles of the colon wall, provoking a contraction-like action called peristalsis. Peristalsis is the mechanism by which waste matter is propelled throughout the colon and ultimately excreted. Impacted fecal matter inhibits peristalsis, weakening the muscle tissue and distorting the size and shape of the colon. In certain areas, waste matter will accumulate and stretch the colon wall, creating “pouches” which may become enlarged as they continue to trap waste. In other areas, the colon will spasm as the
muscles strain in an attempt to contract, creating a narrowing of the colon which restricts the passage of fecal waste. As the weight of accumulating waste increases, the colon droops and becomes displaced, resulting in what is called a prolapse.

Before and After Treatment:

What you can do prior to your treatment for the best possible results is to consume water and fibre as part of a healthy diet. This will encourage release of fecal matter during your colon hydrotherapy treatment.

Prior to your treatment you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire which will inform your Colon Therapist about your current health status and any concerns you may have. Your Colon Therapist welcomes your questions, and will ensure that any question is answered to your satisfaction.

When you arrive at Vital Link Wellness Centre, your Colon Therapist will explain how the passive gravity colonic method works, and every step of the process will be covered in detail. Your personal dignity will be taken into consideration the entire time, you will be in a private room alone with only your therapist and except for the brief moments that allow for the insertion of the proctoscope, you will be completely covered.

Throughout your session, your Colon Therapist takes care to ensure that you feel relaxed and comfortable. An entire colonic session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, during which time your Colon Therapist and you will have the opportunity to discuss matters related to your eating habits, digestion, and overall health. You will be given pertinent feedback based on your Colon Therapist’s observations, and you will gain useful information for maintaining or improving your health. After your session, you are likely to feel light and refreshed and have a greater sense of well-being.

Colonics Benefits These Conditions:

Constipation
Diarrhea
Gas
Bloating
Indigestion
Yeast infections (candida)
Intestinal parasites
Hemorrhoids
Leaky gut syndrome
Irritable bowel

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