Your colon, or large intestine, is an extremely important part of your digestive system. Sometimes overlooked for its contribution to your overall immune function, the colon is responsible for storing waste for the final eliminatory stage of digestion, absorbing vitamins (such as vitamin K), maintaining proper water balance, and providing a location for good bacteria (flora) to grow.

It is an organ made up of muscle and muscle tissue with the task of moving toxic waste and digested food out of your system through the motion of peristalsis. The complete length of the colon spans approximately 5 feet and runs from the Cecum (the start of the large intestine) to the Rectum. It is designed to function optimally with the support of your liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and all systems of the body.

Unfortunately, over the past century, mal-­nutrition, toxic overload and lack of proper elimination have put a great burden on this organ and we’re beginning to see a growing number of health concerns directly and indirectly related to the digestive system.

In the following paragraphs I will discuss the effects of internal and external toxins on our digestive system and how we can stop this burden on our body and find the optimal state of health that we all deserve.

What are External and Internal Toxins?

External Toxins are the environmental toxins found in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the sofa in our living room, our personal care products, etc. These toxins are practically everywhere and are becoming increasingly difficult to avoid.

Unfortunately, our body can only take so much of this overload and recent studies are showing that many diseases are connected to our decreased ability to properly eliminate these toxins. When not eliminated properly, these become Internal Toxins.

The colon is a sewage system for the body. Can you imagine if an entire city of garbage collectors went on strike for months?

If waste is stored inside the colon without frequent elimination, it will begin to decay and become a toxic substance.

As the waste inside our colon continues to decay it will begin to absorb through the walls of the colon into the blood stream. The body does not recognize these foreign invaders and send signals to our immune system that it is under attack. These toxins wreak havoc on our normal functions and can poison every system of your body, including the brain and nervous system, which can result in many illnesses, such as depression, chronic fatigue, inflammation, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, etc.

Many other factors contribute to the development of Internal Toxins. Overeating and the eating of processed, nutrient-­depleted foods contribute to this toxic environment. Even chronic stress, anxiety or negative thinking can all add to the total body burden of toxins.

It’s amazing that even our own thoughts can be a source of toxicity!

As we allow this toxic waste to remain inside our body, we also invite many other unfriendly bacteria, parasites, and illnesses to call our body their home.

A common occurrence in this state is Dysbiosis, which refers to a microbial imbalance within our body, and specifically within our digestive system. In this state, our colon can neither absorb nutrients from our food nor eliminate waste properly.

As a result we can develop health challenges such as food cravings, autoimmune, chronic illness, hormonal imbalance and aging. This environment is also a leading cause of chronic constipation and weight-­gain. As the toxic waste in your body increases, your colon becomes more and more impacted with fecal matter, which makes it almost impossible for your eliminatory system to return to its normal, healthy state.

Chronic constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the US, with over $700 Million per year being spent on laxatives. Unfortunately, laxatives cause digestive distress, slow down the natural peristalsis motion, cause electrolyte imbalance, and people can become increasingly dependent on laxatives for relief without ever addressing the root cause behind their digestive issues.

When the colon becomes overburdened with fecal matter and toxic waste, our body increases fat cell production. This is a safety mechanism built into our body to protect vital organs from harmful substances.

The good news is that the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself! We want to be balanced, healthy and harmonious, and our body has all the tools we need to get back to this state. A very important aspect of staying healthy is cleansing. Just as Mother Nature cleanses the Earth regularly with rain and wind, we are made to do the same.

It is extremely important to keep our detoxification pathways open. One way to accomplish this is through Colon Hydrotherapy.

Also referred to as a “colonic” or “colon lavage”, Colon Hydrotherapy is not a new treatment. The first recorded use of colon lavage was recorded in 1500 BC in Ancient Egyptian documentation called the Ebers Papyrus. Colon Hydrotherapy and Enemas were later used in France, Greece and spread around the world as a treatment for fevers, constipation and disease. Just a few generations ago almost every household had an enema bag or bucket to use at the onset of any illness. During World War II, German Nurses performed Coffee Enemas for pain when they ran out of Morphine. Hippocrates (460-­‐377 BC), who is widely recognized as the founding father of Western medicine, prescribed the use of enemas for health concerns relating to the colon. Age-­old wisdom understood that we needed to keep the eliminatory passages moving in order to heal.

When looking for a Colon Hydrotherapy clinic, you want to make sure to find a closed-­system machine with multistage water purification systems, disposable single-‐use speculums, (which eliminate any possible contamination), and an implant tank to replenish electrolytes and minerals at the completion of a session. State-‐of-­the-­art machines are manufactured through strict medical guidelines and are approved by the FDA, Health Canada, the European Health Authority as well as other health authorities around the world. These are closed system machines. Open system machines are not recommended for sanitary reasons and client comfort.

What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?

During a session of Colon Hydrotherapy the client lies on a treatment table completely covered and comfortable. The Colon Hydrotherapist will gently insert a small disposable speculum into the rectum and begin a series of fills and releases of water combined with gentle abdominal massage. This process will dislodge fecal matter from the colon and gently wash it away through the disposable tube. There is no smell and no mess during closed-­system Colon Hydrotherapy.

This process stimulates peristaltic action, hydrates the colon and is very important to assist a sluggish (atonic) colon. A typical Colon Hydrotherapy session lasts about 45 – 60 minutes, with the amount of sessions recommended varying on an individual basis. A person with many health challenges may choose to start with 3 – 9 colonics in order to get toxins moving out along with old fecal matter that may have accumulated over time.

To successfully cleanse the body, we must begin with a commitment to cleansing the bowel. It took time to build up the pollution in our body, so it will take time to reverse this process through a series of cleansing.

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Sandra Vrba

Detoxification Expert at Refresh Natural Health
Sandra Vrba is a certified colon hydrotherapist and an expert in detoxification and gut health. Over the years she has developed a deep understanding of how to heal on an individual level with treatments that support unique health concerns and the underlying issues causing them. Please visit for more information on Sandra and her healing journey.