Can you lose weight?
Even though colon hydrotherapy benefits are various and even though it’s a treatment meant to clean out your colon, some people pursue colonics in an effort to lose weight. Is that even possible? Yes and no. Confused? Let’s get deeper into this topic together.
As you probably already know, colonic hydrotherapy is a procedure that involves allowing a slow flow of water into the rectum. The water induces contractions in the colon and through these contractions matter inside the colon gets out of the body. That’s why colonics are performed for people with constipation or those who are looking to lose weight. But this shouldn’t be your only weight loss strategy because your therapist won’t and can’t eliminate fat, just colon waste.
How can you know if you have colon waste? Have you ever had a snack on the go, smoked, ate fast food, drank a lot of pop, ate a big meal before going to bed, neglected exercise or sleep, drank a lot of coffee or strong tea? No. Then you probably won’t benefit a lot from colonics. But if you did and if this accumulation occurs over the years, it might happen that the diet won’t be effective and the sport will deplete the body, not giving you the chance to lose weight.
What will happen?
You will lose stool and water. The amount of weight loss varies from person to person. An average bowel movement releases about one pound of stool from your intestinal tract – colon therapy will make you lose at least that amount of weight and more due to losing the stool in your intestinal tract which is not yet ready for expulsion.
Apart from the stool, you might lose some excess water from your intestinal tract. Cleansing the colon can instantly make you feel lighter, and it also ensures better digestion and absorption of nutrients. When your body absorbs a good amount of nutrients, you may feel less hungry.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t rely on colon cleansing alone – eat healthily, keep yourself hydrated, get proper sleep and exercise.
How to make the treatment more effective?
There are certain foods that can make colon hydrotherapy more effective. One of them is Triphala, an Ayurvedic formulation consisting of three fruits. Triphala is a natural laxative that has been used since ancient times to treat constipation. You can find the Triphala powder in any pharmacy. Add a tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it in the morning.
You can also try drinking lemon and honey or Senna. Senna is a colon stimulator that you can prepare as tea. Just take six senna leaves and crush them, boil some water and let it all cool down.
Foods and plants that also showed as effective are Aloe Vera, fiber-rich food, ginger, apple juice, and a papaya mint smoothie. If you want to prepare this smoothie, you’ll need ½ papaya, mint leaves, and a pinch of black salt. Cut half a papaya info cubes and throw it in the blender. Add a few mint leaves and a little black salt.
Are there some dos and don’ts before a colon hydrotherapy treatment?
Yes! You should drink a lot of water and start your day with a detox drink. You should eat more veggies and fruits, get good sleep and exercise.
Avoid foods that are high in fat content, and do not get a colon to cleanse without consulting your doctor first. It’s advisable to refrain from eating or drinking anything two hours prior to your treatment because we want to avoid feelings of nausea and ensure that you’ll have maximum comfort during the session.
After colon hydrotherapy, you’ll probably feel rebalanced, rejuvenated and re-energized. Try to drink plenty of fluids. You’ll probably enjoy a healthy vegetable soup with the next couple of hours but avoid eating raw vegetables straight after the session. Also, you should reduce meat consumption, coffee, and sugar intake.