Constipation

Problems Helped with Colon hydrotherapy

Colonics Help Constipation

What is Constipation?

Constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements per week.

It most commonly occurs when stool moves too slowly through the intestines and isn’t eliminated effectively from the rectum, which may cause the stool to become hard and dry.

You should be having at least one entire, complete bowel movement a day. If you are going less frequently, or if your bowel movements feel difficult and incomplete, you likely have constipation.

Constipation occurs when you are not fully and eliminating bowel movements. This event creates a backlog of waste in your body, further exacerbates the problem, and leads to more symptoms and impaired body function.

Constipation is common in our day and age, but it’s not healthy.

Unfortunately, constipation has been accepted as ‘normal’ and not a significant cause for concern. Remember that what is ‘normal’ is not necessarily healthy.

In a society where we eat foods that are not designed for human digestion, often don’t drink enough water, and are subject to higher levels of stress, it is no wonder that constipation is so widespread.

Constipation needs to be taken care of ASAP.

It may not seem like a big deal, but it can cause you to feel weighed down, sluggish and can decrease your day-to-day quality of life. Over the long-term, if not taken care of, constipation can have a cumulative effect, leading to more severe conditions and issues, including colema bags and surgery.

What are some symptoms of constipation?

  • The feeling of being full, even when you haven’t eaten for a while
  • Protruding belly
  • Difficult to pass bowel movements
  • Bowel movements feel incomplete
  • Bowel movements less than once a day
  • Lower energy levels
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Crabby mood, heavy emotions
  • Mental fog
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Bad breath
  • Body odor
  • Dull skin and/or breakouts
  • The feeling of pressure on the diaphragm
  • Lower back pain
  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Feeling blocked

Typical recommendations for treating constipation include eating more fiber, drinking more water. We agree that a healthy, whole foods diet and drinking enough water are important. However, sometimes these practices are not enough.

We often see clients doing everything right, hydrating, eating a healthy, whole foods diet, exercising, but still suffer with constipation…Why?

  1. The constipation is due to an issue unrelated to diet and hydration.  For example side effect of mediations, hormonal imbalance, thyroid issues, issues with nervous system function in the digestive tract, or commonly: stress and emotions
  2. The constipation is so escalated (there is so much build up in the colon), that trapped waste and gases literally block your colon and inhibit digestive movement

What can be done?

Laxatives are only a band-aid solution and can make the problem worse

Many people turn to laxatives as a solution. Laxatives can help stimulate bowel movement in the short term.  But they are just a temporary solution. With regular use, problems can arise, such as addiction, dependency, damage to the gut lining and digestive nerve endings, inhibition of your body’s natural ability to go to the washroom, and mal-nourishment.

Essentially, over the long term, laxatives can make the problem even worse.

Despite these side effects, many people continually turn to laxatives to get short-term relief from the discomfort of constipation. This can become a negative feedback loop / viscous cycle.

However, there is a solution that not only helps relieve constipation but actually can help improve your body’s natural digestive function.

Colonics or “colon hydrotherapy” has been used for thousands of years all over the world.

Because it’s not currently included in the curriculum of medical school, pharmacology school, or naturopathic college in North America, it is rarely professionally recommended.  Many people end up finding out about it via their own research, or word of mouth.

How do colonics work to help constipation?

  1. Natural stool softener
    A gentle flow of purified water is introduced directly into the colon.  The water helps to hydrate, soften, and loosen built-up waste, making it easier to pass
  2. Mobilizes your digestive muscles and nerve endings
    The water gently wakes up / activates your body’s natural digestive function. Peristaltic Wave is the name of the subconscious muscle action that moves waste through and out of the digestive system. With constipation, peristalsis is usually inhibited. Colonics stimulate peristalsis using therapeutic water, in a way that is gentle and supportive for your body. A major bonus is that the activation of peristalsis that happens during colonics can actually result in longer-lasting improved colon function.  It is almost like the colonic process can help to ‘jump start’ or re-activate your colon’s own natural function.

    This is why many people find that after their colonics, they end up going to the bathroom better on their own, long-term.

  3. Clears blockages and detoxes waste
    Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us have some built-up blockages of stool, gases, and other waste in our colon. If you are experiencing constipation, this indicates that the build-up is likely quite escalated.

    Some people even receive ultra-sound or x-ray results demonstrating that their colon is ‘impacted.’ This is the medical diagnosis for ‘full of waste.’

    In some cases large blockages of stool or packets of trapped gas create a barrier, preventing waste from freely moving out of the colon.  When you can clear those blockages, everything moves better.

    We have seen time and time again, colonics work gently and easily to help people clear blockages and impaction, even when nothing else would work.

    The combination of the hydrating and softening effect of the water, along of the activation of the colon’s natural movement, helps many people to finally ‘get things moving’ and release what is blocking them.

    Relieving your body from the burden of carrying around excess waste, not only helps improve our digestive function but frees up our energy in general, leaving you feeling lighter.

    *For people who have unsolvable bowel motility issues (nerves/muscles of the digestive system not functioning properly), or who are taking medications with a constipating side-effect, such as pain killers- colon hydrotherapy can provide a way to help empty the colon, without turning to harsh laxatives (which often will not work well in these cases anyway). Colonics can be a very supportive routine maintenance regime for anyone with a medically-non-functioning bowel, or anyone dealing with the constipating side-effects of medication.

  4. Consulting with your therapist
    The goal of the Colon Hydrotherapist is to help you to cleanse and rebalance using colonics, and also to support you in achieving and maintaining a healthier digestive function through lifestyle and nutrition coaching. Your Therapists will facilitate an intake consultation with you on your first visit, give you tips and guidance for aftercare and maintenance, and provide continued coaching and support as needed with your follow-up visits. Sometimes just a few adjustments to your lifestyle can make a big difference!

What about enemas?

Enemas can be a helpful tool, especially for clearing the rectum the lower 12 inches of the colon).  However, enemas only use a small amount of water, are nowhere near as thorough and efficient as colonics are for eliminating built-up waste, do not treat the entire length of the colon, and are nowhere near as beneficial for training and regulating the colon motility (peristaltic wave).  They can be very valuable as a homecare tool.  However, do not offer the same level of therapeutic benefit as colonics do for treating constipation.

How do we recommend using Colon Hydrotherapy for helping constipation?

  1. Clear the backlog. Your colon is roughly as long as you are tall.  It takes multiple sessions to clear the build-up that you likely have inside.  We recommend a minimum of  3 sessions, booked once a week. For more escalated cases of constipation, more sessions will likely be needed.
  2. Implement healthy lifestyle changes
  3. Maintain improved lifestyle, and help yourself to cleanse proactively and stay on track with intermittent maintenance colonics (or re-balance with a colonic, as needed)

12 Causes of Constipation The Are Often Overlooked

Most of the time, if we go to the doctor’s office or search online looking for solutions for constipation, we hear 3 things:

  1. drink more water
  2. get more exercise
  3. eat a healthy, high-fiber diet>

Yet for some of us, it seems we are doing everything right, but constipation still persists.

Then it is time to dig deeper and figure out the cause of our constipation, and what we can do to get back in balance. These are twelve causes of constipation, that are often overlooked:

  1. Emotions + Stress:
    Digestion is influenced by our psychological and emotional state. Increased stress and challenging emotions can cause tension in the intestinal tract, as well as interfere with digestive secretions. Finding ways to relax, feel good, and process your emotions in a healthy way, can support better digestion.
  2. Obstructions:
    Hardened fecal blockages can cause obstructions in the colon which prevent proper bowel movement. Nutrition, herbs, and colon hydrotherapy can assist with clearing this type of blockage.  However, hernias, extreme inflammation, fibroids, tumors, and strictures can also create bowel obstructions. If nutritional and lifestyle solutions do not help, and if you are experiencing ongoing pain, ask your doctor about an abdominal ultrasound and colonoscopy to help determine a diagnosis.
  3. Excessive Laxative Use:
    Over-use and abuse of laxatives- even herbal laxatives- can create dependency, and over time can prevent your bowel from functioning properly on its own.  Use laxatives only occasionally and with discretion.  And if you already have a habit, explore strategies for weaning yourself down and off of them.
  4. Hormonal Imbalance:
    An imbalance of hormones can cause constipation, especially during times of change such as after giving birth and menopause.  If you feel this may be an issue for you, talk to your naturopath or doctor about hormonal testing, and seek strategies to balance your hormones.
  5. Hypothyroidism:
    Reduced bowel motility and constipation are symptoms of hypothyroidism.  If you are experiencing constipation that is not being helped by nutrition, lifestyle, and colon hydrotherapy, talk to your doctor or naturopath about tests for your thyroid
  6. Burdened Liver:
    A burdened and under-functioning liver inhibits intestinal movement and can lead to constipation.  Supporting your liver with nutrition, herbs, and healthy lifestyle, and cleansing can help you go to the washroom better. Since backed up waste only adds to the liver’s burden, colon cleansing is a great place to start for liver health.
  7. Muslcle Weakness & Fatigue:
    Colon muscles can become weak or ‘lazy’ due to inactivity, general muscular atrophy in your body, and history of overeating or ‘stuffing yourself.’  Colon Hydrotherapy is known as the best way to improve the tone and function of colon muscles.
  8. Holding it In:
    Due to politeness, an embarrassment of using public toilets and/or procrastination, many people have the habit of holding in when they have to go poop. This not only causes a backlog of gases and wastes in the colon, it also inhibits the body’s natural signals and reflexes.
  9. Candida / Parasites:
    Fungal overgrowth (candida), and/or certain parasites can cause constipation in addition to a whole range of other symptoms.  If you think this could be your case, then look into parasite and candida testing, as well as candida and parasite cleansing protocols.
  10. Food Sensitivities:
    Even if you’re eating a healthy high-fiber diet, food sensitivities could be inhibiting your digestive health. Although dairy and gluten (wheat) are common culprits for many people, everyone has different trigger foods. Seek food sensitivity testing, or try the elimination diet to help determine which foods may be bothering you.
  11. Disruption of Routines:
    Our bodies love predictability, the familiar, and routine. Disruption to routines such as travel, new work schedule, new home, or new eating habits (even if they are healthier) can create bowel irregularity.
  12. Motility Issues:
    For unknown reasons, some people just do not have proper bowel motility.

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