So you are curious to try out colonic hydrotherapy for yourself and you want to maximise the benefits of it?
Did you know that just a little bit of homework in the days prior to your first treatment can really improve the results?
You have been storing up all that toxic waste in your colon over the years and if you are coming along for a colonic, it would feel great to clear out as much of it as possible, agreed?
So before we begin, congratulations on making the decision to invest in your health! So let’s make the most of your investment and prepare for a good clean out.
The suggestions below are best followed for at least 3 days prior to your treatment. If you can’t manage that then do try to follow it at least the day before.
1. DO Drink Water
Drink 2 litres of water each day or 6 to 8 cups of herbal teas eg. Peppermint, Fennel, Liquorice, Chamomile or try hot water with crushed lemon, grated ginger, fresh mint leaves or cinnamon sticks.
Making sure you are fully hydrated in the days prior to the colonic will really enhance your treatment.
2. DO eat plenty of vegetable and salad
Do try including green vegetables or salad leaves.
Green vegetables may include courgettes, asparagus, peas, mange tout, kale, chard, rocket, watercress, fennel, celery, chicory, lettuce and cucumber. Vegetables should represent 70% of your meal. If this seems too difficult at least aim for 50%.
I recommend eating a combination of raw vegetables e.g salad and some lightly cooked e.g steamed.
This will help to ease digestion and prevent bloating if you are not used to eating raw vegetables.
3. DO chew your food.
Put your cutlery down between each mouthful and chew 20-30 times.
This may sound like a lot but that is only because most people are used to shovelling food down the backs of their throats.
Putting your cutlery down will make you aware of your chewing or lack of chewing.
Chewing your food will prevent undigested food and gas pockets in your colon.
4. DO drink vegetable juices.
If you have your own juicer or a juice bar near you then drink 1 litre of fresh vegetable juice.
If you are not used to vegetables juices you may include apples or pears to add a little sweetness. Avoid orange and tomato juice as they are acid forming in the body. Choose carrots instead, which are a naturally sweet and alkalising vegetable.
5. DO NOT drink Alcohol
Now alcohol might be fun for a party but a hangover, no matter how mild may lead to an ineffective colonic. That means even a glass of wine with your meal is best avoided in the day(s) prior to your treatment.
6. DON’T drink fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks leach calcium from your bones.
These cans of fizzy gas are turning you into a big balloon as large gas pockets form in your bowel that waste is getting trapped behind.
If you don’t arrive full of gas your colonic irrigation will be a lot more comfortable and means that we can focus on clearing out waste and not just gas. So avoid all fizzy drinks. You will be doing your bones a favour as fizzy drinks leach calcium from your bones.
7. DON’T Drink Coffee
Avoid caffeine. Coffee might smell great but will only dehydrate you before a colonic. Red bush tea is a great alternative to tea and coffee, it is hydrating
as well as being naturally caffeine and tannin free and full of antioxidants. Try it with Rice or Goat’s milk or on its own.
8. DON’T Smoke
I’m sure you already know cigarettes are bad for your lungs. You probably don’t realise that they are also very dehydrating. If at all possible please try to avoid smoking in the days prior to your colonic.
9. DON’T eat gas forming foods.
Some foods are very gas forming. The good thing is colonic hydrotherapy can help clear out a lot of wind and trapped gas.
The main gas forming culprits are wheat, pulses and brassica vegetables. Here are a few tips on how to keep these gassy foods under control so your colonic hydrotherapy treatment will be far more effective.
- Reduce your consumption of wheat bread. If you find this difficult choose flat wholemeal pitta bread instead.
- If you love pasta, try spelt pasta or eat it in smaller quantities, no more than 30% of your plate.
- Beans and lentils are best eaten only if you have sprouted them as they are easier to digest and less likely to cause gas.
- Vegetables from the brassica family e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and leeks are best eaten in small portions and make sure you chew them thoroughly so that your enzymes break them down.
10. DON’T eat Fast Food
Avoid any microwaved meals, E numbers, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, white flours, chocolate, sweets, biscuits, cakes and pastries and fast food restaurants. Processed foods get stuck inside the gut and have no nutritional value.
Why Bother With the Preparation?
So you are probably thinking, why bother with all this preparation? Aren’t colonics meant to clean me out anyway?
Yes they do, however to improve the results of your colonic hydrotherapy and clear out as much old toxic waste from the colon as possible, it really can make a big difference if you arrive fully hydrated and having eaten sufficient vegetable fibre.
Colonic hydrotherapy is not a quick fix for a poor diet and lifestyle, colonics will help to clean you out and motivate you towards a healthier you.
Doing the preparation will mean you maximise your investment in
colonics and your health.