Prepare for a Colonic – Suggestions to Maximize Your Colon Hydrotherapy Session
1) Drink water – HYDRATE! Water resorption is one of the main functions of the colon. Proper hydration prior to the service will assist in movement and release. Aim for 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water per day. Other appropriate liquids include fresh juices and herbal teas. Avoid soda, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages.
2) Consider your food choices. Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables (up to 50% of your diet) for 24-48 hours prior to your session. The fiber and hydration will help to mobilize the colon and its contents. Remember to chew your food thoroughly!
Avoid gas-producing foods such as beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and congesting foods such as cheese, red meat, pasta, and breads. Do not eat a heavy meal before your colon hydrotherapy session in the hopes it will flush it out. This will actually be counterproductive and may inhibit the powerful nature of this work.
3) What to Avoid. In addition to the foods mentioned above, avoid eating 2-3 hours prior to your appointment, and avoid drinking 1 hour prior to your appointment. It is important that your body not be focused on digestion while receiving the treatment as it may affect the outcome of your session. You will also receive abdominal massage during the colonic, which can be slightly uncomfortable if you have a full stomach and bladder.
4) Dealing with constipation. You may want to drink aloe vera juice, prune juice, or other natural laxative the night before your session if you are particularly constipated. This can help to prevent cramping or difficult eliminations due to hardened stool. We do NOT encourage long-term laxative use, but it can be very helpful on occasion to promote elimination. Please call if you’d like to discuss whether this is a good idea before your session, or if you need more suggestions for your situation.
5) Move your body. Exercise stimulates intestinal circulation – so get going! Schedule some exercise either the day of or day prior to your session. Swim, walk, ride a bicycle, run, dance, garden, play with your children, clean, or practice yoga or Pilates. Rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) is fabulous for toning the colon and other organs as well as for stimulation of the lymphatic system. Avoid abdominal workouts.
6) Show up. Please arrive on time to avoid added stress. The digestive system, and colon in particular, function optimally when it is relaxed. Laughing, breathing, exercising, listening to soothing music, and being in a supportive, loving environment all help relax the nervous system. Of course, if it is your first session, it is very normal to be nervous. It is our intention to provide you the most comforting environment possible to alleviate any fear you may have regarding your session.