Colon Irrigation / Colon Hydrotherapy
The body cannot function properly and healthily without the elimination of food and waste.
The colon is part of a system of organs working together to remove toxins from the intestines, lymphatic system, skin and blood.
The other organs involved in this process are the lungs and kidneys.
The colon (large intestine, rectum, and anus) is the end portion of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract that extends from the mouth to the anus. It is a muscular tube approximately 5 to 5 ½ feet in length and has an average diameter of approximately 2 ½ inches.
The colon starts on the lower right side of the abdomen, where the small intestine empties the contents of digestion into the first portion of the colon. The ascending colon goes up from the cecum to the level of the liver; it then bends sharply to the left and crosses the abdomen as the transverse colon.
At the level of the spleen the descending colon goes down the left side of the abdomen to the pelvis, where it becomes the sigmoid region. The sigmoid colon empties into the rectum, from which waste material is ultimately eliminated from your body.
Muscular movements called peristalsis, which is initiated by the nerve supply to the colon, move along the contents of digestion.
The main functions of the colon are absorption of water and minerals, and the formation and elimination of faeces.
The colon contains nearly 60 varieties of micro flora or bacteria to aid digestion, promote vital nutrient production, to maintain pH (acid-base) balance, and to prevent proliferation of harmful bacteria. These bacteria provide important functions such as the synthesis of folic acid and valuable nutrients from foods, including vitamins ‘K’ and portions of the ‘B’ complex. Bacillus coli and acidophilus comprise the majority of healthy bacteria in the colon along with other disease producing bacteria in lesser numbers.
The process of digestion from ingestion of food to defecation, normally takes between 12 to 24 hours assuming that the colon is fully functional and non-toxic. Irregular or infrequent bowel movements can contribute to occasional constipation and bloating from gas.
A person with a healthy colon will have 2 to 3 bowel movements per day, shortly after each meal taken. Elimination should be complete and easy. The stool should be light brown in colour, long and large diameter. There should be no offensive odour and it should break apart with toilet flushing.