Diseases of the digestive system have reached an all-time high in the United States and are still on the rise. In 1985, 60--70 million Americans were affected by digestive disorders.2 Today, it's over 100 million. In fact, digestive diseases are among the leading causes of doctor visits, hospitalizations, and disability in the United States each year. These conditions span a wide spectrum of disorders that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, as well as obesity and other nutrition-related disorders. In 2004, more than 35 percent of all emergency and outpatient hospital visits--some 100 million, as already mentioned--were associated with a diagnosis of a digestive disease.3 The number two cancer among men and women combined is colorectal cancer, trailing only lung cancer. The incidence of diverticulosis has increased dramatically from just 10 percent of the adult population over the age of 45 who had this disease in 1952 to an astounding "Just about everyone who reaches age 90 has many diverticula" according to the latest home edition of the Merck Manual. 4 In other words, according to the latest medical studies, virtually all American adults will eventually have diverticulosis of the large intestine if they live long enough.
Colon cleansing with colon irrigation (high colonics). The first modern colonic machine was invented about 100 years ago. Today, colonic hygienists or colon hydrotherapists perform colon irrigations. Colon irrigations work somewhat like an enema but they involve much more water. While you lie on a table, a low-pressure pump or a gravity-based reservoir flushes several gallons of water through a small tube inserted into your rectum.
The bottom line is that it is unlikely the senna was responsible, and on top of that, I am not advocating anything close to the amount of senna consumed when drinking multiple cups of dieter's tea. In the colon corrective we're now talking about, senna, along with the aloe and cascara sagrada, are merely colon cleansing stimulants for proper colon function. No one has ever suffered a problem from them when used in that regard.
Colon cleanse proponents attribute a variety of health problems to poor colon health. They claim that eating unhealthy foods causes toxins and fat to stick to the walls of your intestines, causing weight gain and poor health. Eating foods with preservatives, additives, artificial dyes, sweeteners and fats causes your colon to build up toxins. The purpose of a colon cleanse is to sweep away these toxic chemicals and eliminate waste to help you lose weight.
Senna is widely accepted as a stool softener and a short-term treatment for constipation. Senna leaf is approved by the World Health Organization for use in occasional constipation. It is approved in the United States by the FDA and in European countries as an ingredient in over-the-counter and prescription laxative preparations. And it is approved by the German government for any condition in which alleviating constipation or softening stools is desirable. Senna may be recommended for people with hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or those undergoing surgery involving the abdomen, anus, or rectum. Senna may also be used to clear the bowel in order to improve the visibility of abdominal organs during an ultrasound procedure.
This step may not sound particularly appealing, but it can be extremely beneficial and very effective. Many colon therapists perform high colonics or irrigation procedures within their offices on a daily basis. Although the procedure can be quite uncomfortable and take a reasonable length of time, it does take a relatively simple course, so you can know what to expect. Firstly, the therapist will gently insert a tube into your rectum which is attached to a pump that pushes water into your large intestine. Once your colon has been completely saturated, the therapist will remove the initial tube and insert another, then massage your abdomen so that waste and water is expelled from your colon.
If you like the idea of "cleansing" your body, and of course, doing so safely, you need look no further than the produce and bulk food aisles of your local grocery store. Part of why so many people are plagued with a bloated, constipated feeling, the very feeling that leads them to consider colon cleansing, is a poor diet. Without proper nutrients, natural whole foods, and plenty of fiber and water, the digestive tract doesn't function optimally.
Now, add the apple juice, ginger juice and fresh lemon juice. Stir. Where do you think an apple a day keeps the doctor away came from? Well, maybe it is not specific to the colon but it did come from the idea that whole foods, such as the nutrition-rich apple, brings good health and a healthy colon definitely yields good health. In fact, a study shows that those who ate an apple a day had less visits to the doctor and fewer prescription medications. (1)
For many people with colon related issues, like irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease, gluten wreaks havoc on the digestive system. Even if you don’t have one of these conditions, gluten may still contribute to inflation in your gut and colon. If you don’t want to cut out all grains from your diet, there are some great gluten-free alternatives like quinoa that also contain fiber and colon-friendly nutrients.
First of all, there is no proof that the senna was responsible. It was merely an assumption made by the doctors. The argument was that it disrupted her electrolyte balance. And yes, in her particular case, it may have. If you use senna or cascara sagrada or aloe, not as an aid to proper bowel movements (as in a corrective formula), but in large amounts as a purgative to stop from absorbing calories (as in a dieter's tea), you will have diarrhea end up passing a lot of electrolytes -- but probably not enough to affect the heart unless some other factors are in play.
All of these foods contain high amounts of fiber, calcium, and vitamin D, which are great at keeping your digestive system working properly and preventing constipation. But if you’re not used to a diet rich in fiber or calcium, introducing lots of these types of foods at once can lead to gastrointestinal distress in the form of diarrhea, bloating, or constipation. If you’re planning on a dietary colon cleanse, add more of these foods to your diet little by little over time instead of all at once.
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I do my Colinics is 3 sessions. I’m actually going for my last session this morning. Thus far, I’ve lost 3 lbs but also feel so much cleaner. I don’t feel bloated like I used to anymore which is awesome. While doing this, I’ve learned a lot about changing my eating habits. Each session I go to, the nurse always informs me of the what and what not to eat. My first session felt like I was giving birth again along with all the cramping. I literally asked for a epidural 😝. But the 2nd session was much better. I had a technique that eliminated the cramping by doing a mid sit up. By doing this it pretty much shot everything out lol. More came out in the 2nd session than the 1st. Can’t wait to see what the 3rd session will bring. Would I recommend this to anyone? YES.
I just experienced my first colonic.. Let’s just say my experience was almost as you described except towards the end.. I started cramping and had the extreme urge to push.. I had to request for the technician to stop the process. . And ran like holy hell bathroom. . During my purge. . I prayed to porcelain gods to see me thru. And vowed never again to do this.. 10 flushes later and gum.. I vacated the bathroom to hear the hysterical laughter of my friends. . Apparently I prayed very loud. After another 5 minutes I started to feel better. Enduring an hour train ride home (why did I pick a center in Washington heights.) Upon reaching home, I called the center to book another appointment! ! I definitely am going back.. And yes I feel 10 pounds lighter!
I recommend a summer and winter liver and blood cleaning and a fall and spring intestinal cleansing combined with a heavy metal detox. Alternating these cleansing programs promotes optimal wellness and vitality throughout the entire body, plus offsets disease and signs of aging. If it helps get you in the mood, think of these as seasonal cleanses: summer, spring, winter, and fall.
It also uses more neurotransmitters to digest and process this junk food, leading to an imbalance in your “feel good” hormones, if not a deficiency. When you are under stress, these hormones are signaled by the brain to “speed up” and this chemical surge causes everything from anxiety, insomnia, trouble swallowing, and the “butterflies” in your stomach, to diarrhea, cramping, and neurotransmitter deficiencies.
Another significant factor to remember when embarking on any sort of colon cleanse diet is the importance of easing in and out of it, particularly if you are sticking to one of the stricter raw diets or are fasting. If you start eating normally right away after fasting for a few days, your body will go into shock and the colon will be even more stressed trying to cope with the overload of food. That is why it’s highly recommended to start off with adding in light soups, rice, or vegetables at the end of a Colon Cleansing diet.
Flax seed and oats top the list of foods highest in both soluble and insoluble fibre. One tablespoon of ground flax seed contains four to six grams of fibre. Other foods high in soluble fibre include beans, peas, rice, barley, citrus, strawberry and apples. Foods high in insoluble fibre include whole wheat, rye, brown rice, barley, cabbage, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, turnips, cauliflower and apple (with skin).
3. Everhart JE, editor. "The burden of digestive diseases in the United States." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008; NIH Publication No. 09-6443. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/about-niddk/strategic-plans-reports/Documents/burden-digestive-diseases/BurdenDD_US_Bookmarks_Jan2009.pdf
There is a hole in the chair/bed where the speculum and water come from. It is this same hole where all of the waste goes down. There is a view-tube beside you so that you can see everything that passes out of you. What surprised me was that after the initial “movement” (which was pretty standard) there was not that much that actually came out of me. No giant clumps the size of an orange, mostly just the clean water coming out exactly as it came in. After awhile, this made me anxious. Why wasn’t anything happening? Then, I had another smaller movement, but that was it for the length of the procedure. If anything else came out, it wasn’t visible. I had the expectation that something major would be removed and there would be a lot of movement over the course of the treatment. In retrospect, I think that having that expectation was detrimental. It caused me unnecessary anxiety during the process.
If you want to get more scientific, broccoli and similar vegetables contain a compound known as indole glucosinolates. The stomach digests the compound and converts it into indolocarbazole (ICZ). In turn, ICZ activates the stomach’s hydrocarbon receptors (AHR). The AHR resides in your intestines and regulates gut barrier function and removes environmental contaminants.
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