The Inner Cleansing: Getting to know your Colon

Like the pink (or brown) elephant in the room (too far??), colon health is one subject most people feel uncomfortable discussing. But it is arguably the first body region we should be looking at when we think of taking better care of our health.

There is much debate in the medical field as to whether or not cleaning your colon is beneficial or detrimental to your health. Some doctors state that it is best to let your body do its own work. But for those like American Dr. J.H. Kellogg, who administered colonics to his patients in the 1900s, he touted the benefits of colon hydrotherapy as a means to clean the internal body naturally, while eating a high fibre diet and many fresh vegetables.

Kellogg reported in the 1917 Journal of the American Medical Association that he used colon hydrotherapy on about 40,000 of his patients and that in all but 20 cases he used no surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease.

"We are literally poisoning ourselves into illness when the bowel evacuation is deficient," said Kellogg in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1917.

The colon may be the most overlooked function of the body because it naturally eliminates on its own. However, after years of building up impacted waste along the colon's wall, the toxins may get reabsorbed. If this happens, like Kellogg believed, it affects the body's tissues and the cells become capable of triggering a variety of illnesses.

In 1908 Russian Scientist, Elie Metchnikoff received a Nobel Prize for his research on immunity. He studied how diseases occur due to the build-up of toxins in the body, finding that intestinal toxins actually shorten a person's life. Mechnikov also developed a theory that aging is caused by toxic bacteria in the gut and that lactic acid (like probiotics) could prolong life.

Most people have one bowel movement a day and think they are regular.

However, it is widely accepted that people are supposed to have a bowel movement after every meal, and it’s supposed to come out easily all in one piece. The poor quality of our food, dependency on medications and our toxic environment take a toll on our system. Because of this "incomplete elimination", most people have a build-up of impacted waste in their colon. Their digestive system is sluggish and they experience regular constipation.

In the 50 years I’ve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s health problems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.
- Dr. Bernard Jensen, DC, PhD

Elimination is a key part to health. Getting rid of the bad bacteria in your gut is the first step. You can add all the probiotics you want, but if you still have an abundance of bad bacteria it just competes for resources with the good bacteria.

This is one major reason why colon cleanses and colon hydrotherapy is so efficient at quickly levelling the playing field.

Other benefits include, less constipation, clear thinking, increased energy, better absorption of nutrients, clearer skin and, of course, a clean colon.

Below are 5 tips on improving your colon health that you can start right now:

  1. Exercise at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. 
  2. Maintain a healthy weight
  3. Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  4. Limit your consumption of sugar and refined grains
  5. Limit alcohol (no more than 2 drinks a day for men, 1 for women)
  6. Quit smoking
  7. Consider a colon hydrotherapy or a natural detox to help your body rid itself of toxins while also giving your body a chance to rest, repair and regroup