Colon Hydrotherapy: Should You Get a Colonic?

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Colon hydrotherapy isn’t anything new. In fact, it’s been around since Ancient Greece. In the U.S., it’s existed for nearly a century. Enthusiasts believe that over time undigested meats and other low fiber foods can build up into a mucus-like consistency in your colon and this build up can spill over into your bloodstream. It’s a form of toxins in your body that can cause fatigue, headache, weight gain, and low energy.

But colon cleansing and colon hydrotherapy have hardly been studied, so very few of these claims are substantiated by science. Nonetheless, if you eat a lot of low fiber foods it’s worth considering a colonic. But of course, talk to your doctor first.

There are two methods of colon cleansing: having a colonic or using colon cleansing products like enemas, herbal teas, enzymes, and magnesium. Colon hydrotherapists perform colonics, also known as colon irrigation. While you lie on a table, a low pressure hose is inserted into your rectum and the water pushes buildup out of the colon. Then the hydrotherapist massages your stomach to push any remaining fluid out of the rectum.

Colon cleansing and colon hydrotherapy can have some side effects like cramping, bloating, nausea, and vomiting. If overdone and in rare cases it can increase your risk of dehydration, cause bowel perforations, and increase your risk of infection.

If you get a colonic, make sure you go to a trained professional that knows what they’re doing. And don’t overdo colon cleansing. But if you’re feeling bloated, tired, constipated, or foggy it may be something to consider. But in the long term, eating a high fiber diet loaded with plant-based proteins instead of meat is going to be better than any colonic ever could be for your body and mind.

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