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Colon Hydrotherapy: What is it? Benefits, Weight loss, & More
What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is the procedure of gently washing the colon to cleanse it from toxins that have accumulated from consuming processed foods, sugar, bad fats, and animal proteins. It’s believed that these foods form a buildup in the colon which produces harmful toxins which can then enter the body through blood circulation. This may lead to a variety of symptoms in some people such as low energy and fatigue, weight gain, or headaches and may also weaken the body’s immune system resulting in chronic disease.1
The colon hydrotherapy procedure is simple and takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete – a tube is inserted into the rectum through which water is pumped into the colon, flushing it out. Some hydrotherapy sessions will include the addition of additives to the water, such as enzymes, herbs, probiotics, or vitamins. After the colon has been flushed, the next step is a complete evacuation of the bowel, cleansing it of all fluids, toxins, and wastes.
After undergoing a colon cleanse, many people feel refreshed and more energetic. Some of the goals behind colon cleansing include boosting the immune system, weight loss, and improving mental clarity.2
Continue reading to find out about the benefits and side effects of colon hydrotherapy, as well as whether colon hydrotherapy can help with weight loss and if you can do colon hydrotherapy at home on your own.
Reported Colon Hydrotherapy Benefits
Colon hydrotherapy is reported to have several benefits for improving health:
Increased energy –
Many people find that colon hydrotherapy gives them an increase in energy. This may be the result of the body being able to refocus energy usually spent on the digestion of food.2
Improve mental clarity –
When colon hydrotherapy removes toxins and wastes from the body, it may help to improve mental clarity and concentration.
Improve digestion –
After cleansing, wastes may pass more easily through the colon, making the digestive system more efficient and effective.3
Improve absorption of essential nutrients –
After the colon has been cleansed, it may be easier for nutrients and vitamins to be absorbed into the body through the bloodstream.
Relieve constipation and promote regular bowel movements –
Colon hydrotherapy may prevent constipation and encourage regularity.4
Balance the body’s pH –
Diets that are high in animal protein and low in fiber may cause tissue in the colon to become inflamed, allowing bacteria, fungus, mold, and yeasts to enter the body through the blood stream. This may cause a pH imbalance in the body, which can exacerbate some chronic health conditions such as arthritis.5
Minimize the risk of colon cancer –
Cancerous growths and tumors in the colon and the rest of the gastrointestinal system may be the result of accumulated toxins. Colon hydrotherapy may reduce the risk of these cancers through regular flushing of the colon to eliminate waste and toxins.
Is Colon Hydrotherapy Weightloss Possible?
Colon hydrotherapy may help to improve the body’s metabolism and start the weight loss process. After a colon hydrotherapy treatment, you may lose anywhere from 2 to 6 pounds. This is the result of loss of fluids and fecal matter and is only temporary. Once you eat and replace the fluids lost, you can expect to gain back this weight.
Doing colon hydrotherapy alone won’t result in weight and fat loss but it can be used in combination with a healthy weight loss program. This includes cardio exercise, resistance training, reducing daily calories, taking your recommended supplements (such as multivitamins or HF Delta Prime) and eating a healthy diet.
Colon Hydrotherapy Side Effects
Colon hydrotherapy may have potential side effects for some people. This includes:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cramps, both mild and severe
- Bloated stomach
To reduce the above side effects, drink plenty of water both before and after colon hydrotherapy.
Side effects may increase if you have any of the following conditions:
- Have had recent bowel surgery
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Tumors in the colon or rectum
Consult with your doctor before doing colon hydrotherapy if any of the above conditions apply.
Is Colon Hydrotherapy Safe?
Although colon hydrotherapy is considered a safe health procedure, there are some safety concerns to consider:6
- Dehydration – removal of fluid and waste may cause dehydration which may lead to kidney failure.
- Mineral imbalance – flushing the colon too often may interfere with the balance of minerals and electrolytes in the body, such as potassium and sodium.
- Bowel perforation – although rare, colon hydrotherapy may cause a tear in the wall of the lower intestine. Symptoms include pain, nausea, and fever, and will require medical assistance.
If you have any concerns about colon cleansing, talk to your doctor about the risks and safety of the procedure.
Colon hydrotherapy is not recommended for children, women who are pregnant, or anyone with kidney problems.
Can You Do Colon Hydrotherapy At Home?
Although you can safely do colon hydrotherapy at home by purchasing a colon cleansing kit, it’s recommended by colon hydrotherapy therapists that you do your first colon cleansing with an experienced colon hydrotherapy practitioner, so you have a good understanding of what to expect.
Why do colon hydrotherapy at home? The benefits of doing a colon cleanse at home are that it’s more economical and can be done privately in your own home.
When doing colon hydrotherapy at home, it’s important to follow all instructions. Make sure that all the materials you’re using have been sanitized before use.
Colon Hydrotherapy Reviews
A quick search online shows multiple reviews for colon hydrotherapy by people who have done colon cleansing both at home and at a clinic or wellness center. Reviews are mixed. Many people claim they noticed benefits from the cleanse and would highly recommend colon hydrotherapy to anyone wanting to optimize their health. Other reviews are less positive, with people stating they didn’t feel that colon hydrotherapy was beneficial in their own personal experience.
Colon Hydrotherapy Cost
The cost of colon hydrotherapy will vary depending on where you go. The average cost per colon hydrotherapy session is anywhere from $100.00 to $200.00 per treatment. Many clinics and wellness centers will offer a package price that includes more than one colon hydrotherapy treatment.
Who Is Colon Hydrotherapy Right For?
Colon hydrotherapy may be an effective way to remove toxins and bacteria that have accumulated in the colon. Results of one study done on 1200 patients show that up to 80% of the participants had cleaner colons after colon hydrotherapy.7
Those people who may benefit the most from colon hydrotherapy are those who want to optimize their health. This includes anyone suffering from poor digestion, bloating and gas, headaches, constipation, and diarrhoea. Others who may benefit are people seeking help with food allergies and intolerances, insomnia, depression, and skin problems.8,9
How often should you do colon hydrotherapy? The answer will vary from one person to the next, depending on their reasons for doing a colon cleanse. It’s recommended that for optimum health, you do a colon cleanse once every six months. Other people will choose to do colon hydrotherapy more often, such once every month.
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- 3 Harrell, L. & Wang, Y. (2012). Standard Colonic Lavage Alters the Natural State of Mucosal-Associated Microbiota in the Human Colon. PLoS One. 7(2): e32545. Retrieved on June 25, 2019 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3289660
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- 6 National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. (2018). Adverse effects after medical, commercial, or self-administered colon cleansing procedures. NCCEH. Retrieved on June 25, 2019 from View Reference
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- 8 Taffinder, NJ. & Tan, E. (2004). Retrograde commercial colonic hydrotherapy. Colorectal Dis. 6(4): 258-60. Retrieved on June 25, 2019 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15206969
- 9 Bested, AC. & Logan, AC. (2013). Intestinal Microbiota, Probiotics Health: From Metchnikoffto Modern Advances: Part I– Autointoxication Revisited. Bested et al. Gut Pathogens. 5:5. Retrieved on June 25, 2019 from https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/10622994/3607857.pdf?sequence=1