What is a Colonic?
Colon hydrotherapy (also called a colonic) is the introduction of warm temperature controlled water to the large intestine via the rectum for the purpose of removing waste, stimulating peristalsis, and hydrating the colon.
During a colonic, the gentle and effective introduction of water breaks down waste so that it can be quickly flushed out of your body. A colonic is incredibly effective in removing waste and is often used by people who experience constipation. Whether you suffer from chronic constipation or occasional irregularity, colonics are the most thorough and gentle way to rid the colon of excess waste. Colonics can be used as a safer alternative to laxatives for constipation relief and in preparation for a colonoscopy as well as for best pre/post-op results.
Peristalsis is the muscular contraction throughout your digestive tract to move the food you eat from one place to another. Peristalsis occurs when you swallow your food and the muscles lining your esophagus transport that food to your stomach. The same muscular contractions happen throughout your large intestine to move waste out of your body. Most people will experience less than optimal peristalsis in their large intestine at sometime in their life. When antibiotics disrupt gut bacteria levels or we have to take painkillers after a sports injury, it compromises our ability to move waste through our bodies in a transit time that is optimal for health. A colonic not only tones the colon, it can retrain chronic sluggish bowel. In this way, stimulating your peristalsis serves as exercise for your colon.
Hydrating the Colon
Hydration of the colon is extremely important. When we fail to hydrate our bodies, the colon is dehydrated as well as the waste inside. Dehydrated waste is difficult to move through the bowel and pass through the rectum. A colonic rehydrates stagnant waste, breaking it apart and flushing it out in addition to hydrating the colon itself. A hydrated colon is an effective colon. Eighty percent of all constipation cases are the result of dehydration.