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10 Facts You Should Know About Colonics

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This nurse's equipment is more enema than colonic.

First things first, for those unaware, a colonic is a procedure intended to unclog the colon of debris. The process includes gently rinsing the colon with water by cramming a tube up the rectum and pumping purified water into the body and then reversing the flow to expel the water as well as the contents of the colon out the rectum, the process is repeated a few times. Those in favor of colonics tend to be of the trendy and the naturopathic variety. The lofty benefits touted by people who love colonics range from decreasing cancer risk to increasing fertility. Those skeptical of colonics' alleged substantial health benefits tend to think of it as a useless and potentially dangerous waste of time and money, claiming that your body cleanses itself just fine and you might just need some bacteria flushed out.

Here are 10 Facts about colonics:

  1. Colonics go by other names: Colon cleansing, colon irrigation, colon hydrotherapy.
  2. The inventor of Corn Flakes was a proponent of colonics. John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. is said to have made colonics popular in the early 20th century, before laxatives overtook the forced-pooping throne.
  3. Enemas and colonics are different treatments. An enema only cleanses the descending colon, but a colon cleanses the whole shebang from the rectum all the way to the ileocecal valve where the colon meets the small intestine.
  4. Colonics can flush out a lot of weight. But it's poop weight as well as mucous weight, and dead cell weight. It's common for humans to have built up waste in their colons from five to as much as 40 lbs. Weight loss from colonics is that fecal weight being flushed out, rather than fat loss.
  5. The risks of colonics are terrifying. They can be dehydrating, cause electrolyte imbalance, you can get an infection if the equipment used isn't sterile, there's a possibility that you'll absorb too much water, and there's a slight chance you'll suffer some bowel perforations. You should definitely do a ton of research, read some horror stories and talk to a physician before taking the plunge into getting your colon plunged.
  6. Colonics are popular with a number of celebrities. Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Usher and even the late Princess Diana are rumored to be or have been into colonics. Everyone knows that Gwyneth Paltrow is a big fan. She even sells expensive colonic kits on her lifestyle site.
  7. You can watch people get colonics on YouTube. Seriously some of these are fascinating and I highly suggest watching a few before making an appointment to have your colon cleansed.
  8. There might not be any legitimate benefits. Most colon cleanses aren't FDA approved (but some are). According to Time the “American Medical Association quashed any notion that the practice was worthwhile by condemning cleanses as not medically necessary in 1919.”
  9. The typical colon irrigation session lasts 45 minutes. That sounds like kind of a long time to have water pumped in and out of your butt by a therapist.
  10. You should take a probiotic supplement after a colonic, it will help get the healthy flora and fauna and whatnot back in there.

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