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ask: How often should one do a colonic?

By Bargain Lover
 
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Someone was talking to me recently about getting a colon cleansing treatment called a colonic. This is where the colon is cleared out - or irrigated - to improve digestive, bowel and over-all health.

My question is - who needs one? How often? If someone has a fairly healthy diet, would they benefit? Are there side effects?

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Coach Virginia

I recently posted some information on this therapy. I personally think that the frequency will depend on each invidivual as nutrition patterns, elimination, hydration, and lifestyle will help the person decide how often they should have a colonic treatment.

If your diet contains high levels of raw fruits and vegetables and high fiver you are probably having 2-3 bowel movements per day at a minimum (3-4 per day are considered normal). Most people do not pay much attention to body elimination and are surprised when they learn about how many bowels per day are considered "normal". So, if you are not within this range, more than likely your system is retaining fecal waste causing a back up. I think a good rule of thumb for those who are not maintaining good elimination to try colonics twice per year at a minimum! For those who maintain a healthy diet, have good elimination, then maybe once a year should be enough.

Your best bet is to contact a professional site like this one from the American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3x_Colon_Therapy.asp
and this one too: http://www.colonhealth.net/colon_hydrotherapy/chtvital.htm

December 5, 2008 - 11:44pm
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