Colon Hygiene is the science of colon health
and the prevention of colon disease.
What the colon is
The colon is a tube-shaped organ extending from the cecum to the rectal canal, approximately 5 5 ½ feet in length. The walls of the colon have two thin layers of muscular tissue which contract and propel the contents of the digestive tract slowly along from the cecum to rectum. The inner lining of the colon is made of epithelium mucus tissue and is equipped with sensitive nerves and glands to aid in the final stages of digestion and assimilation of food.
What the colon does
The colon has three primary functions: digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of body waste. It receives its material as a semi-solid chime from the small intestine which is moved through the large intestine by peristaltic action. Natural enzymes continue to digest material, and, if all is well, important minerals are absorbed.
What happens when it doesn't?
The two primary problems that result from poor colon hygiene are colon stasis, or lack of movement of the material through the colon, and putrefaction of the colon contents with the growth of abnormal bacteria. Colon stasis develops as a result of too little fiber and too much processed food. The putrefaction and abnormal bacteria are the result of poor protein assimilation and too much refined carbohydrates in the diet.
What to do about it?
Talk with your Nutritionist about the value of colon hygiene in your health care program. Your trained Nutritionist has a variety of means by which to evaluate your particular needs, from nutritional consultation to exercise. They will be able to determine the best balance for you in a colon hygiene program.
A Colon Hygiene program may include
Diet Analysis & Correction
Diet analysis will aid in determining the source of many colon problems. In many patients for example, it is important to identify stress foods, as well as to balance fiber intake and to increase consumption of raw foods, especially vegetables. An examination of beverage intake and food combinations may prove useful.
Oral cleansing refers to any program for cleansing the digestive system which is ingested orally rather than inserted interrectally. Herbal bowel and blood cleansers, bulking agents, and raw juices are all considered to be oral cleansers.
Colon Irrigation Therapy
Colon Irrigation Therapy is the scientific insertion and removal of water to the colon, or large intestines, for therapeutic, cleansing, and corrective purposes. In many cases it will clean fecal plaquing from colon walls, as well as stimulating and massaging colon tissues. A series of Colon Irrigation Therapies may increase your colon's tone and function while removing excessive mucus, abnormal bacteria, or intestinal parasites.