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Most people greet the notion of home enemas with a wince and a snicker. Knowing the benefits of an enema can change that wince into a sigh of relief.
When you start drinking probiotic beverages like CocoBiotic, bacteria and yeast may begin to die off in your intestines. You can use a gentle home enema to release these toxins and restore health.
An enema is a method to flush waste out of the colon. It's not such a bad idea when you consider that the average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of non-eliminated waste in the large intestine!
Simply put, an enema cleans up the colon and induces bowel movements, leaving you feeling cleaner, lighter, and healthier almost immediately. The main job of the colon is to absorb water and nutrients from food and remove waste and toxins. Over the years, the colon walls can become encrusted with non-eliminated waste, making it sluggish and inefficient.
For those who want to start cleansing, an enema is an ideal place to begin. If you are new to The Body Ecology Diet, please start with a series of colonics or enemas. This is something not many people are talking about. Even among health professionals and gut health experts, people don’t talk about colonics or enemas when they're talking about gut health.
But enemas are powerful tools to help us open up our detoxification pathways.
When we use them regularly, cleansings won’t be as severe. Let’s say you wake up one morning, and you’re feeling exhausted. Suppose you got your enema bucket and took about half an hour to do an enema. Then you jump in the shower and get dressed, and you may feel fantastic by the time you’re out the door. This is just one example of how to manage or improve your health with a home enema.
If you experience any of these conditions, perhaps you should consider an enema. Whenever you're feeling lethargic or constipated, it's a sure sign that an enema should be scheduled into your immediate future. Even if you're feeling great, releasing extra toxins can only make you feel better.
As a note, enemas can help to keep you regular and relieve constipation caused by everyday stresses and our modern diet. But if you find yourself chronically constipated with symptoms that even an enema won’t fix, it’s important to see a doctor right away. In 2016, Yale researchers uncovered a surprising connection between constipation and herpes infection.1 Later that year, another link between constipation and kidney disease was revealed.2 Add to that the fact that chronic constipation can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, and you may have a serious problem on your hands that could benefit from routine home enemas and/or medical help.3
An enema may be one way to cleanse your body if you have a virus. You can learn more from the Body Ecology Antiviral Webinar.
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Home enemas are not a new fad or something that's only performed by those obsessed with their health. It wasn't that long ago that home enemas were routinely prescribed by doctors as part of a normal cure for illness.
An Egyptian king, as early as 1500 B.C., was known to receive routine home enemas by a physician who used them for regular medical treatments. The Egyptians believed that all diseases were caused by tainted, unwanted additions to food, or too much food, and understood how an enema could offer relief to serious situations.
Ancient regions in Africa, Greece, Babylonia, India, and China used enemas. American Indians performed enemas. Louis XIV had almost 2,000 enemas in his lifetime and stayed healthy throughout. And even the vivacious and voluptuous Mae West started every day with a morning enema.
While the medical community has somehow disconnected itself from the benefits of home enemas, some medical professionals are slowly coming around. Suzy Cohen, also known as "America's Pharmacist," declares that coffee enemas are safe when performed by holistic physicians and even at home in her Ask The Pharmacist column. Cohen goes on to say that coffee enemas can be used as therapeutic treatment for a number of conditions, like constipation, fatigue, liver detoxification, and cancer.4 Research has confirmed the effectiveness of administering therapeutic agents through the colon instead of the mouth.5
Each enema requires a slightly different method, but the results for each will be glorious. When a smaller amount of liquid is retained permanently, we prefer to call this an implant. One cup of liquid with a probiotic, minerals, or something green with chlorophyll (like wheat grass) makes an excellent implant. They'll quickly have you on your way to a happier, healthier colon.
Cleansing is but one part of The Body Ecology System of Health and Healing. Here's the full picture.
Before you hit the "Exit" button, let us put your mind at ease. The thought of an enema can be a little off-putting, but they're really much more comfortable than you might anticipate.
In fact, an enema can be a very nurturing experience.
All you need is either a bag or a bucket (specifically designed with an enema in mind), a gentle catheter, a little coconut or olive oil for lubrication, clean water, and some privacy. At Body Ecology, we highly recommend the PurEnema Stainless Steel Enema Kit. We particularly like the Enema Kit with the stainless steel can, though clear enema buckets are also helpful since they allow you to see the water level in the bucket as you cleanse.
Most people who are new to enemas come to us with one question. They ask, “Am I washing out all my good bacteria?” In short: No, because a whole bunch of bacteria are leaving anyway in your stool, and a bunch more bacteria are already nestled into your gut mucosal lining. And you’re always going to be sending new bacteria in every day when you’re drinking probiotic liquids and eating cultured foods.
So, no, you won’t get in trouble washing out your gut microbiome. You will be helping these toxins get out of your body, and the cells in your body will be so grateful. After a while, the cells will actually know, “Wow, things are moving out like they’re supposed to. Let’s send more of our toxins out.” Then, all throughout your body, toxins will be released everywhere — through the liver, into the bile, into the stool, and out of the body. This is a perfect picture of why enemas are a wonderful way to detoxify. Follow the kit instructions, honor your uniqueness, listen to your body, and use enemas as they were intended: as a cleansing and recovery tool.
Forget what you know. A home enema really isn't as scary as it sounds. An enema can be used to flush waste out of the colon — up to 10 pounds of excess waste in the large intestine, depending on the person! When you are done with this nurturing experience, you'll feel cleaner, lighter, and healthier.
An enema can also benefit your health. It is the colon's job to absorb water and nutrients from food and flush waste and toxins. When walls of the colon grow crusted with non-eliminated waste over the years, it becomes sluggish and inefficient.
As you begin to enjoy more fermented foods and beverages in your diet, like kefir, cultured vegetables, CocoBiotic, and InnergyBiotic, you may especially benefit from a home enema to counter yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off. A home enema can flush out these accumulated toxins and ease your discomfort. You can also use a home enema to implant probiotics and minerals. Start this natural process at home with a bag or bucket designed for enema use — we recommend the PurEnema Stainless Steel Enema Kit. Happy cleansing!
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