The colon cleanse may be uncharted territory for many readers, but Healthy Girlfriend wants you to consider the fact that cleaning out your bowels cannot only heal many diseases, but also goes a long way toward warding off illness and keeping you in great health. If you want to take a detox to the next level, you'll want to read on.
When most people hear "colon cleanse", they imagine that the old-fashioned enema is something akin to torture. Nothing could be farther from the truth, at least in our opinion. For starters, there are different ways to approach colon cleansing and enemas are only one of the options. First, we want to give you a little history on the colon cleanse and then we'll get into the details of how you can do bowel detoxing at home for very little cost.
It all started with the Ancient Egyptians, or at least that's when it first appeared in historical literature. This advanced culture believed that when food decomposed in the bowels, toxins formed.These toxins were the cause of all manner of disease and if one did not regularly irrigate the colon to remove waste, illness would surely follow.
The ancient Greeks also practiced the colon cleanse to keep the internals clean. Fast forward to the French King Louis XIV who popularized the enema during his reign in the 17th century. Parisians were known to do enemas several times a day to keep themselves in good health.
Later in Europe, during the 1800's, the practice of the colon cleanse was a common recommendation in the conventional medical literature. European doctors such as Max Gerson brought the practice to America in the early part of the 20th century. In fact, the coffee enema was listed as a treatment for pain and constipation in the Merck Manual, a reference book for physicians, in 1917.The Merck Manual is still widely used by doctors and pharmacists, but the coffee enema disappeared from it in 1972.
Also in 1917, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg who founded the Battle Creek Sanitarium, published an article in the Journal of American Medicine where he stated that he used a colon cleanse on some 40,000 patients. All but 20 of these folks had been cured through the use of enemas along with a cleaner diet and exercise. The doctor had to perform surgery on only 20 of those people.
Dr. Max Gerson, who was German but came to the United States in 1938 made the coffee enema famous (along with juicing and raw foods) as a cure for tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases. Though many people, including Dr. Albert Schweitzer, were healed from serious illness, Max Gerson was vilified by the conventional medical establishment who were more interested in promoting the pharmaceutical industry. After all, coffee enemas, fresh fruit and vegetables don't reap any profit for investors, and so after the 1930's the practice of colon cleansing fell by the wayside among conventional medical practitioners. Only naturopathic doctors and other natural health adherents have kept the remedy alive all these years.
OK, so if you read our detox page, you know we live in a toxic world. Not to stress out about it, but everyday we are exposed to food preservatives, pesticides, cell phone radiation, carpet vapors, pollution, toxic cosmetics, jet fuel, chlorine and fluoride. If you listen to the news or engage with negative people, that contributes to toxic thinking which affects our health as well.
Doing a regular colon cleanse can do wonders for your body. If you have anything that M.D's have labeled "irritable bowel," "colitis," "Crohn's" etc, flushing out your bowels goes hand in hand with removing allergenic foods. Of course, Healthy Girlfriend doesn't promise cures, as we aren't in the sick-care system, but as we've stated elsewhere on this site, in order for your body to heal and maintain optimal health, you must detox. Colon cleansing helps rid your body of the waste that accumulates in the tissues. It's even worse if you're constipated. Who knows how many years of junk you're carrying around if you don't cleanse. People who do enemas and colon hydrotherapy for the first few times are known to have released years-old crusted fecal matter, parasites, medication, and other poisons that have been stored in the colon for a long time. One lovely woman we knew who was a former hair stylist could smell perm solution being released from her body!
Doing regular colon cleansing can result in the following benefits:
Many of these benefits, especially pain relief and liver detox, is correlated with the use of the coffee enema only. It is up to you if you'd like to use plain, distilled water, spring water, or dilluted coffee.
Of course, if you don't want to do a home colon cleanse, you can also visit a colon hydrotherapist. Colon hydrotherapy, also called colonic irrigation, is said to go deeper into the intestines than an enema can. For more information on colonics you can visit the Hippocrates Institute's page on that topic.
Dr. Max Gerson believed that adding diluted coffee to the enema water was essential to the healing experienced by so many of his patients. Before modern times, no one really understood why irrigating the colon with coffee was so effective. Today we know that the kahweol and cafestol palmitate in coffee dilate bile ducts in the liver and cause it to release detoxifying enzymes which neutralize free radicals in the bloodstream. Theophylline and theobromine, other important components of coffee, dilate blood vessels, reduces inflammation, and assists with the removal of toxins dumped into the small intestine.
Water alone will clean out the colon and help with constipation, but diluted coffee helps the body release toxins such as prescription and recreational drugs, and disease-producing, toxic free radicals. Coffee also delivers a dose of antioxidants and minerals into the bloodstream through the colon wall. Happily, coffee taken rectally does not cause a caffeine rush, anxiety, or irritate the stomach like drinking it does.
If you don't want to include the coffee component (although we suggest you do) simply leave it out and instead heat distilled/spring water to body temperature before using. So here's how to do the coffee enema:
Enemas are a relaxing way to colon cleanse. Most people, including Healthy Girlfriend, feel a sense of well-being and calm following an enema. Those who were in pain before report a big reduction afterwards. After all, coffee enemas were a standard pain-relief procedure for European soldiers who had been injured in battle during World War One.
Next time you do a dietary detox, try colon cleansing. Many naturopathic practitioners strongly suggest having colonic irrigation or doing enemas to relieve the toxic burden and make your cleanse easier. Healthy Girlfriend suggests it, too. The sicker you are, the more you need to practice the art of the colon cleanse.