My clients tend to intuitively know that their colon health is important, but often don’t know the extent to which it is. Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “All disease begins in the gut”. That’s no exaggeration! (Gut, colon, large intestine; these words are all interchangeable.) I think we tend to overlook the health of our gastrointestinal system, even though it contains 10x more health-determining bacteria than the rest of our body; protecting us from infection, supporting our metabolism, and determining our digestion and elimination.
So how is it that your colon is the center of your health? You may have heard the colon being referred to as the “second brain”. This is because the enteric nervous system is located in our gastrointestinal tract. This system is the biggest collection of neurons found in the body outside of the brain. It’s also known for its ability to operate independently from the rest of our body.
Not only is our colon health just as important as our brain health, it’s also where 70% of our immune system is housed and, where up to 95% of the body’s serotonin is produced. That sums of most of your health and happiness in a nutshell!
And you all know what I’m talking about when I say that your poop matters. Starting your day with a successful BM means the quality of your day is significantly better! And when your morning bathroom trip results in a whole lotta nothing, something; but not enough, or an unpleasant poop sesh of any kind leaves you with a crappier day both mentally and physically. Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and any other digestive issues are embarrassing, uncomfortable and often leave us feeling and looking our worst.
For all of these reasons and more, I strongly urge everyone to take care of their colon. This means paying attention to what you put into your body as it is constantly reacting to everything that goes into it. And what your body doesn’t recognize or can’t handle, (due to quality, quantity, speed, stress, etc) often does not leave. So do your best to stick to real, fresh, nutrient-dense foods.
In terms of the output: clean your colon. If you don’t shower, your body will be dirty and smell. If you don’t clean your house, dust bunnies and dirt will collect everywhere...quickly. You’re constantly filling, if not trashing your colon. It’s much filthier than the outside of your body or inside your home. And once you try a colonic, it’ll become really obvious that there is an absurd volume you’re carrying around. It is believed that our colons can store up to 40 lbs of waste at a time, which explains a lot about our complaints and symptoms.
Think about how many years your colon has been taking a beating. It’s no surprise that colonics have been around since about 1500BC. The ancient Egyptians were big on fasting and colon cleansing. And that was long before processed and GMO foods. Colonics are the deepest, gentlest, and most effective way to clean your colon and they’re an incredible tool to add to your healthy lifestyle as needed or desired. Colonics travel to the deepest part of your colon (about 5 feet deep) and use the flow of gravity fed water to hydrate and flush out the waste and gas in its path. Most people find it even easier to reset into healthier habits post-colonic if they’ve gotten off track.
For those of you who don’t know much about colonics and are understandably scared, there’s really nothing to worry about. Colonics are an ancient and gentle practice that isn’t scary or harmful and is safe to use at your discretion. Some clients choose to come multiple times in a week, others weekly, others monthly or annually, depending on their bodies. We work with people to decide what’s best for them, but ultimately we suggest listening to your body to decide.