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Colonics: Releasing Toxins From the Body

May 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By Jennifer Hruz
Our digestive system plays a key role in keeping us healthy. It comprises several organs that break down food and absorb the vitamins and other nutrients that our body needs. As part of our digestive system, the colon also works to eliminate the waste and toxins we take in every day. If our colon is not functioning properly, we may have a buildup of toxicity that can be wreaking havoc on the body. Colonics are a great way to detox the entire body, correct proper muscle tone of the large intestine and reverse ailments.

How Colonics Work

The large intestine can accumulate waste, gas and toxins. When the colon is not eliminated properly, waste backs up and solidifies throughout the organ. This results in toxins getting reabsorbed into the bloodstream and attacking other vulnerable areas of the body.

Colon hydrotherapy gently cleanses the large intestine using lightly pressurized water inserted into the colon in order to soften old, impacted waste. The waste is then released through a closed-system machine that funnels it directly into the plumbing system.

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy

When toxins have accumulated in the body, it can be a burden on virtually every organ and system. Colon hydrotherapy can offer numerous benefits, such as kick-starting a weight-loss program; making the digestive system more effective; maintaining regularity and preventing constipation; balancing the gut microbiome; increasing energy; improving mood, skin health and skin conditions; increasing the body’s absorption of vitamins and nutrients; improving concentration; increasing fertility; maintaining pH balance in the bloodstream; and improving whole-body well-being.

Colon Hydrotherapy and Healthy Gut Bacteria

Colonics can aid in re-balancing gut flora. By flushing out bad bacteria, the body is more easily able to reestablish a good, healthy environment for the gut.

What To Expect at the First Colonic

The session takes approximately an hour. The client undresses from the waist down and is covered by a towel. A disposable speculum is inserted into the rectum, just a few inches. Then, purified, body-temperature water gently fills the abdomen and is released with the collected waste directly into the plumbing system. This process takes about 30 to 40 minutes. After that, in most places, the client is able to use a private bathroom connected to the colonics suite to release any remaining waste.

It is recommended that one avoids caffeine and dairy for 24 hours, and refrains from eating two to three hours before a session. Colon hydrotherapy is not painful, though one may feel a slight pressure from the breakdown of gas in the intestines. Most people feel amazing when their session is complete, but it is possible to experience general detox symptoms such as headache and fatigue.

In advanced clinics, one may be able to add an enema or fecal implant to a session, which will deepen the detox. Advanced clinics may offer a variety of options to improve energy, circulation, relaxation, sleep, hormone balance and more.

Jennifer Hruz is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse prescriber. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, from Alverno College in 2016. She worked as a nurse practitioner at an integrative medical clinic before starting her own practice, VIVA Wellness, 12625 W. Burleigh Rd., Brookfield. For more information, call 262-777-8482 or visit