The Colon
The small and large intestines-with the help of enzymes from the liver and pancreas change food into a form that the body can use for energy. The final part of the digestive tract, the colon; is about five feet long and has an average diameter of 2 ½ inches. It must handle the bulk of the food we eat. Its lining includes sensitive nerves and glands that aid in the assimilation of food, especially vitamins, enzymes and water. A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. When the colon is working properly, its peristaltic (muscular, wave like) motions move food through the system and eliminate unassimilated substances in the form of waste within 16-24 hours of eating.

Effect of a Toxic Colon on the Body
When a bowel is under active, toxic wastes are more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the bloodstream. The blood then circulates these toxins to every part of the body and deposits some of them in tissues. The greatest amounts of these toxins are retained in the constitutionally weakest tissues. If any other elimination system in the body is under active, more wastes are retained in the body. As toxins accumulate in the tissues, alterations in cellular functioning takes place, especially in the tissues in which toxins have settled. In addition, digestion may become poor, with the partially digested material adding to the problems because the body cannot make tissue out of half digested nutrients. When a person reaches the degenerative-disease stage, it is a sign that toxic settlement has taken over a specific part or parts of the body. This is the time to consider detoxification.

A healthy, strong functioning colon is essential to maintaining good health. Your colon, together with the kidneys, lungs and skin are responsible for eliminating waste from the body. But over time, your colon may lose its ability to properly eliminate all waste from the gastrointestinal tract due to a combination of poor diet, improper food combining, drug intake and/or lifestyle.

Millions of people in this country who suffer all manners of health problems may never even consider that the source of their problems is a toxic, sluggish colon. This is not surprising. The traditional treatment of health disorders, disease symptoms and disease management using pharmaceuticals and surgery may completely obscure the root cause of recurring health problems.

Most people have no idea how much old, hardened, fecal matter is lodged within their colons. Many experts believe that the average person has 5-20 pounds of accumulated waste matter in their colon. While colon irrigation is not a weight loss procedure it is interesting to note that many people whom complete a series of colon hydrotherapy session, often report significant weight losses.

Health Problems
An unhealthy colon can adversely affect your total health, including all your body systems. You may benefit from a series of colon hydrotherapy sessions if you have any of the following health problems:
constipation, headaches, hemorrhoids, backaches, arthritis, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, asthma, irritability, depression, prostate trouble, hypertension, frequent colds, hypoglycemia, insomnia, food cravings, abdominal gas, foul body odor, skin problems, distended abdomen, menstrual problems, difficult weight loss, bad breath/halitosis.

Common bowel disorders

References and recommended reading:

Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management……………..Dr. Bernard Jensen
The Colon Health Handbook………………………………..Robert Gray
Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care……………………Dr. Bernard Jensen
Colon Dealth………………………………………………….Dr. N.W. Walker


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