As the popularity of colon hydrotherapy continues to rise, so too does the awareness surrounding colon health and its role as the root cause to preventing many diseases and health issues. However, colonics are expensive, inconvenient, sometimes awkward and intense, which redirects our attention to none other than the age-old, at-home apropos colon cleanser and the enema benefits, which include affordability, accessibility and of course, privacy.
The enema is a pillar of many alternative health regimens and is often administered prior to certain medical examinations and procedures. It was first mentioned in medical literature in Ancient Egypt in 1550 BCE. It evolved to become a clyster syringe in the 17th century and then to encompass an enema bulb syringe, bocks and bags in the 19th century. Today it is a handy device for both medical and lifestyle reasons.
An enema is a procedure involving the injection of liquid (mostly water) into the rectum in order to expel wastes and gas. This involves using an elevated bag of water and a tube to fill your colon with water, enough to stimulate contraction of your colon walls. The treatment forces your colon to expel waste. Meanwhile, the water reconstitutes dry matter and helps it to more easily eliminate from the body.
Nothing gives your colon a good cleaning quite like a practitioner-assisted colonic, which has the ability to release waste from as far as your cecum at the beginning of your colon, where your small intestines releases matter into the large intestines. However, an enema comes in close second.
In addition to its medical utility, the enema is perhaps your most valuable tool in getting rid of waste that is caught up in your body and stimulating otherwise stalled bowel movements.
Enemas are often able to dispel material in the bottom area of the colon – the descending portion, from just under your left rib cage downwards toward your anus. Repeated regularly, enemas can help to encourage digestive health and keep you regular, especially when you experience constipation and dry, painful bowel movements. Better yet, enemas provide you with colon cleansing benefits in the comfort of your own home. They are also less intense, rarely uncomfortable and easy to do.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to reaping enema benefits:
- Purchase an enema bag. This Cara Fountain Syringe enema kit is perfect for regular use. It costs only $12.31. Prior to administering the enema, read all instructions in the enema kit package so you understand how to put together the enema bag and tubes.
- Make sure it is done first thing in the morning, after a natural bowel movement if possible. You should have nothing in you stomach or should be hours away from your last meal, otherwise the process will be uncomfortable and not as effective.
- Assemble a couple of large, old towels, one quart of filtered water at room temperature and coconut oil for lubrication.
- Find a place in your largest bathroom or near the bathroom where you can hang the enema bag about 2-3 feet above the floor and where you can comfortably lie on the ground. It is important to be near a toilet in case you have to eliminate immediately.
- Fold towels on the bathroom floor, with the enema bag hanging above your feet. Lubricate your anus and the first few centimeters of the insertion tip on the enema tube with the coconut oil.
- Pour water into the enema bag and seal the bag before hanging it up. Let the water pour out of the tube and once it comes out steadily, clamp the tube tightly so the water no longer flows. It is important there are no air pockets in the tube.
- Lie on your back or on your left side on the towel. Draw your knees to your chest and insert the nozzle about 3 inches into the anus. Stop if you feel resistance.
- Once comfortable, release the clamp to allow the flow of water. Keep your hand on the clamp so you can control the speed of the water as it enters your body. Let the water slowly enter and try to relax your anus and midsection. Breathe deeply and pay attention to your body’s reaction. If you begin to feel cramping, slow or completely stop the water flow.
- After your have taken as much water as you can hold, try to sit with it for as long as possible – 2-3 minutes – and then remove the nozzle and sit on the toilet to release.
- Repeat as many times as necessary for the next 30-45 minutes, or until you are satisfied with the results.
- Afterwards, take a probiotic to replenish your colon with healthy bacteria. Avoid repeating an enema too often, or else your body could become too dependent on it to have a bowel movement. Enema benefits are incredible, but going overboard can put your health at risk. Talk with your doctor for more support in your use of enemas to improve your digestive health.
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