Constipation is no laughing matter. If you aren’t moving your bowels after every meal you eat, then you are, by definition, constipated. Your body has a reflex, known as the gastrocolic reflex, which stimulates movement in the colon when you start eating. The amount of food you eat and the temperature of your food and drinks affect the strength of this reflex. With high fat meals and cold drinks the reflex is stronger, producing a bowel movement more quickly. Caffeine and fructose may also speed up this reflex to the point of being uncomfortable. This is where Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) starts for many people.
Psyllium seeds and husks are rich in soluble fiber and have long been used to ease constipation and digestive system upset. As the University of Maryland Medical Center says, "Many well designed studies have shown that psyllium relieves constipation. When combined with water, it swells and produces more bulk, which stimulates the intestines to contract and helps speed the passage of stool through the digestive tract. Psyllium is widely used as a laxative in Asia, Europe, and North America."26 Studies show that in addition to increasing stool weight, supplementing with psyllium seed husk produces stools that are slick and gelatinous. Psyllium is unique in contrast with other viscous fibers. It is resistant to fermentation, whereas other soluble fibers tend to ferment in the colon. That's a significant advantage. Researchers also observed that psyllium seed gel provides lubrication that facilitates the propulsion of colon contents and produces a stool that is bulkier and moister than are stools produced when using comparable amounts of other bowel-regulating fiber sources. The bottom line is that studies have shown that an unfermented gel component of psyllium seed husk promotes laxation as a lubricant in humans.27
There are several foods that are recommended time and time again by nutritionists for those who wish to follow a colon cleanse diet. The first component is usually quite heavy on raw fruits and vegetables. A raw juice diet is thought by many to be one of the best ways to take in as many nutrients as possible. This gives you all the nutrition of the vegetables and fruits, but without pulp and fibers that take time to digest. This gives the colon time to process everything that is being put into it. This can be a good colon cleanse diet as well for anyone who wants to fast, but needs to have some nutrition still.
Senna Leaf (20% Extract) 285 mg Cascara Sagrada Bark (10% Extract) 300 mg Psyllium Husk Powder 300 mg Flaxseed Powder 100 mg Aloe Vera Gel (Powder / 200:1 Concentrate) (leaf) 50 mg Licorice Root (10% extract) 50 mg Medium Chain Triglycerides Oil 14 mg Other ingredients: Gelatin (bovine), rice powder, vegetable magnesium stearate, and silicon dioxide.
I have been getting about 2 colonics each month for almost 8 years. It started when I had to go to the ER because I hadn’t gone number 2 in 3 weeks. Loooong story short, after following all the doctor’s instructions I still couldn’t go. The doctor said that the next step was surgery. That’s when I got desperate. I was in Las Vegas and went to the same place as the earlier reader (where they give you home made soup at the end). They saved my butt (literally)! I am so grateful that colonics exist for people who can’t go regularly, especially when bowel surgery is a real option. A few tips before getting a colonic would be to avoid anything that gives you gas, take a good probiotic supplement, drink a lot of water, and don’t eat 2 hours prior. While you’re getting the colonic: RELAX and BREATHE, let go of the physical and emotional waste, and remember that what comes out is better out of your body than in. Enjoy!
The colon cleanse program is not all roses and sunshine; you may experience some gas and bloating. But think about it for a moment. If you were to start a car that had been sitting idle in the garage for years, you wouldn't expect it to start right up. You might have to crank it over several times. It might blow some smoke and backfire several times, maybe even shoot some flames out the tail pipe -- but then settle down and begin to purr.
A colonic is a type of enema that injects large amounts of water, under controlled pressure, through the rectum and high into the colon for cleansing purposes. Some treatments add ingredients to the water, such as peroxide, herbs, or coffee, to bolster the cleansing action. Think of the colonic as a powered enema--it still only captures loose fecal matter, but goes higher into the colon and is more thorough.