In the 24-48 hours prior to your Colon Hydrotherapy session, we suggest that you eat primarily seasonal and organic vegetables, fruits, and grains. Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water ex. 200lbs divided by 2= 100 ounces of daily water intake (filtered or distilled) will also assist in the process. On the day of your session, eat lightly, mainly vegetables, fruits, and juices. Unless you are on a medically supervised diet, limit water intake and do not eat in the 2 hours immediately prior to your appointment. Once you arrive at our office, we'll ask you to prepare for the session by emptying your bladder, undressing and wearing a gown.
Foods and beverages to avoid directly before your session:
Alcohol Caffeinated Tea & Coffee
Carbonated Drinks Chocolate
Fatty/Fried Food Flour Products
Ice Cream Processed Junk Food
Sugar Wheat Products
Also avoid eating gas-producing foods such as:
Brussel Sprouts Peppers
Cabbage Soy Products
Beneficial foods and beverages to eat directly before and after your session
Miso Soup Basamati Rice, Millet, Quinoa
Apricots Nuts-Almonds, Walnut
Chamomile or Peppermint Tea Seasonal Organic Vegetables
Fish & Poultry Seeds- Pumpkin, Sunflower
Green Leafy Vegetables Whole Grain- Amaranth, Brown
At the end of your session, the movements of the colon muscles and the resulting evacuation may leave you feeling empty and calm. It is usual to wait 2-3 days for your first bowel movement. During this period you might experience a heightened sensitivity to what you ingest. Drink your daily water intake and abstain from eating gas-producing foods, ones that cause allergic reactions, and all forms of sugar in the event of a candida albicans condition. It is also suggested that a probiotic product also be taken.
Drink water – HYDRATE! If the body is dehydrated, it may slow down colon response during a colonic. Since one of the functions of the colon is to absorb water, if you are particularly dehydrated, your body will hold onto water during a session in an attempt to absorb some of this precious nutrient. A portion of one’s daily water requirement can include fresh juices and herbal teas. Do not substitute coffee or soda. Caffeinated drinks have the opposite effect of water, and they actually can leech precious minerals out of the body.
The easiest way to determine your daily water requirement is to take your body weight in pounds, divide in half, and that is the number of ounces of water you should drink in one day. (example: a 150 lb. person, divide by 2 = 75 oz. water…that is 9 eight oz. glasses of water per day.)
If you are particularly constipated, you may want to take an aloe tablet the night before your session. This can help to prevent cramping or difficult eliminations due to hardened stool having trouble passing through the speculum. Some good ones are Smooth Move Tea (Traditional Medicinals brand) or Aloe Vera juice.
Move your body - Exercise stimulates intestinal circulation so get going! Schedule some exercise either the day of or day prior to having a colonic. But please, no intense abdominal work 24 hours prior to a session. Tight, overworked abdominal muscles work against the relaxation required for full strong peristaltic contractions of the colon. Swim, walk, ride a bicycle, run, dance, garden, play with your children, clean, or practice yoga or Pilates. Rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) is fabulous for toning the colon and other organs as well as for stimulation of the lymphatic system.
Please arrive on time and in a relaxed manner. The digestive system and colon in particular function optimally when it is relaxed. Laughing, breathing, exercising, listening to soothing music, and being in a supportive loving environment all help relax the nervous system. Of course, if it is your first session, it is very normal to be nervous. It is my intention to provide you the most comforting environment possible to alleviate any fear you may have regarding your session.
Most clients feel an immediate sense of lightness, joy, clarity, and lessening of pressure within their body. It is very common to leave a colonic session in a complete different mind space than what you came with. There is often a deeper capacity for the breathing, a flattening of the abdominal area combined with a feeling of much more space, and a deep sense of peace. Besides allowing the body to remove toxic wastes that have been burdening the system, a colonic can also relax the enteric and central nervous systems (unwinding stress patterns,) as well as hydrate the entire body. This powerful combination can have profound effects on an individual!
The most common occurrence after a colonic is a slight delay in bowel movements for a few days, followed by easier more frequent eliminations. This can be attributed to the rebalancing of the colon after massive amounts of waste have been eliminated, but also may suggest an overall weakness in the colon muscles. Colonics can help strengthen peristalsis, thus more colonics may be indicated to help strengthen the colon muscles.
Now this all sounds wonderful, but sometimes clients report that they don’t feel that different, or they end up having what is known as a “healing crisis” after their colonic. Every colonic experience is as unique as the people that are getting them. So many factors can affect a colon hydrotherapy session. It’s wise to go into the experience with a clear intention but without expectations…and see what happens.
A “healing crisis” can be a bit of a disturbing experience if you’re not prepared. So let me address it. In the day or two after a colonic, one can experience aches, pains, fever, headache, nausea, gas, fatigue, anger, frustration, skin flare-ups, etc. This is attributed to the stirring up of toxins and is usually a transient experience. If this happens be as gentle on yourself as possible. Rest, drink plenty of water, take Epsom salt baths and allow your body to flush out the toxins and heal itself. Follow the food guidelines below, and consider the reaction you just had as a possible indication that you’re body needs further cleansing.
Suggestions for at home:
1) Take probiotic supplements – This is a perfect time to support and replenish your body with healthy friendly bacteria (“flora”.) A colonic will wash away both toxic and healthy bacteria that reside in the gut. In most people, the delicate balance of intestinal flora is very unbalanced, with the scale tipping on the side of unhealthy, highly toxic bacteria strains. The body will begin developing its bacterial ecosystem immediately after a session, so it is wise to be proactive and take probiotics and prebiotics. Taking probiotics after a session may also lessen “healing crisis” symptoms. Please consult with me at the time of your session if you need a good probiotc. I have many different brands on stock. (Consider wisely where you get your probiotics. These supplements are very fragile, usually need refrigeration, and have extreme conscious shipping and handling needs.)
2) Drink lemon water – Squeeze ½ - 1 whole lemon in 8 oz. water. Drink as much of this water as you like in the days following a colonic. Lemon water alkalizes the body, assists detoxification, and actually boosts metabolism.
3) Epsom salt baths – Add 1-2 cups Epsom salts to your hot bath water, soak at least 20 minutes. This can be a very detoxifying experience. Make sure you take your bath in the evening so you can relax immediately after. This bath is best done about 1 hour before bedtime. (If you’ve never tried this, here’s an interesting experience. Don’t drain your bathwater. Leave it in the tub for about ½ hr with the door shut. When you go into your bathroom after about ½ hour, you can actually smell the toxins that have been pulled from your body into the saltwater.)
4) Castor Oil Packs - Buy any cold-pressed castor oil and take a piece of flannel. Soak the flannel with a generous amount of castor oil and place over the abdomen. Place a piece of plastic wrap and then a hot water bottle or heating pad over top. This can be done every other day for a week, for 35-45 minutes at a time. This is an Edgar Cayce remedy that has been used for hundreds of years. It is used to stimulate the liver, improve digestion, increase lymphatic circulation and reduce inflammation. It also helps break up fecal material in the large intestines and promotes peristalsis. Try it, it is truly amazing!!
5) Take time to rest, relax, meditate, massage your abdomen and breathe. Consider a walk in nature, swimming in natural water if possible, reading books on healthy living, starting a food journal…and begin contemplating whether a detoxifying internal cleansing program may be in your future.
6) Aloe Vera capsules - As mentioned above, it may take a day or two to resume regular bowel movements. This is nothing to be overly concerned about. If it's been 3-4 days, take an Aloe Vera capsule daily. This should get your body moving the next morning. As a side note, I'm not an advocate of taking any kind of laxatives on a regular basis (more than 30 days) (this includes herbal supplements and teas). I've seen quite a bit of damage done to digestive systems from frequent use. They are meant as short term fixes, not long term solutions. If you have any concerns about laxative use, please have a conversation with me about it.
FOLLOW THESE DIETARY SUGGESTIONS
Beneficial foods to eat directly after your session:
§ Fruits and fresh fruit juices, preferably organic
§ Fresh vegetable juices, green smoothies
§ Chamomile, peppermint, and ginger teas
§ Fish and free-range poultry
§ Green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, mustard greens)
§ Colorful vegetables and fruits (raspberries, blackberries, orange/red peppers, yams)
§ Miso soup, organic vegetable soups, bean soups
§ Nuts and seeds (soaked)
§ Sweet potato, winter squash
§ Seasonal organic vegetables
§ Whole grains (brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth)
§ Raw foods
§ Purified and distilled water
§ Kefir, coconut water
§ Foods that are more alkaline
Foods to be AVOIDED directly after your session:
§ Coffee and tea with caffeine
§ Carbonated drinks
§ Dairy Products
§ Fatty and fried foods
§ White flour products
§ Ice cream
§ Processed and junk foods
§ Refined sugar
§ Foods that are acidic