Colonic Cleanse: Your Health in Your Hands

In the early stages of foetal development, the enteric nervous system (oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon) and the primary brain start as the same length of embryonic tissue. This tissue eventually divides and becomes the two aspects we are referring to here, the digestive tract and the brain. These then separate by what has come to be known as the vagus nerve, the longest of all the cranial nerves.

Over one half of all nerve cells are in the gut and this includes neurons and neurotransmitters exactly like those found in the brain. Other similarities between the two brains are the release of   hormones such as Serotonin which is vital to feelings of well-being, in fact there is more serotonin produced in the gut than in the brain, another reason why our gut will tell us exactly how well we feel.

These two “brains” communicate back and forth with each other via the vagus nerve. This means, for example, that any feelings of worry or anxiety can be experienced as “butterflies”, in the stomach, and difficult to digest foods at lunch time, can have an effect on your afternoon performance at work, resulting in tiredness and difficulties in concentration etc.

The main connection between the two can be seen by looking at how we are affected both psychologically and physically by stress. States of dis-ease such as anxiety, depression, ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are the symptoms, usually caused by much the same things: stress.

So, these states of not being at ease in your body (dis-ease) can be treated in basically two ways. The most popular way is the path of conventional medicine: cut, burn, poison. Treat the symptom and hope the “issue” goes away, usually given in prescribed medication or surgical procedure, often resulting in a host of other symptoms, many of which cause more havoc with the digestive tract. 

The second way is to look primarily at the cause. Uncover the stressors in life, and though these may not always be possible to avoid, it is possible to change our experience of them and the impact they have on our health, especially when we make empowering lifestyle changes.

The first and best way to observe the stress & tension in your life is to remove it altogether: retreat. Take time and space away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and allow yourself to rest and recuperate.

The next best step is to aid the colon in the plight against the level of accumulated stress it is usually holding, first and foremost as physical waste products and toxins. These are held within the tiny pockets of the small intestine and along the intestinal walls. Undigested debris is retained here and causes fermentation and other problems when the digestion process isn’t allowed to operate to its fullest potential due to both internal and external stressors.

The nature of a colonic cleanse is to rid the body of this excess accumulated debris, collected within the length of the colon, often over many decades. The average size of the human intestine is 26ft in length. Accumulated debris is held particularly in the first 23ft of long, windy and cramped crevices in the small intestine.

This accumulated debris is inefficiently digested food sources, such as meat, cheese and wheat, which have become stuck along the sides of the intestinal tract, creating havoc by preventing and blocking the proper absorption of essential nutrients and effecting a smaller gap for food to move through, which can eventually result in chronic constipation, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis and even Cancer.

Some find the use of colonics useful. However, a colonic cleanse which uses a relaxed, non-invasive approach can be more effectual. Powerful herbal formulas focus on purging the whole length of the colon from the inside – out. An area completely untouched by ordinary, water based, colonics.

Harsh colonics and hydro cleansing use force to cleanse the colon which only activates the large intestine. This can cause tension, holding, discomfort, stress and even panic-attacks.

What would you do if someone were spraying you with a force of water? Contract? Go tense? You may even feel violated. Your bowel reacts in much the same way.

A colonic cleanse is about much more than just losing a few pounds. The colon is the seat of health in the body, and the first and last area to be affected when it comes to ill health. A regular healthy bowel is expected to move 3 times a day, based on the average amount we consume in our culture: breakfast, lunch and dinner. For many, however, this isn’t the case. If the bowel moves once a day it’s considered “regular”. However, if we take into account that a meal takes on average 24-36hrs to move through the body, from start to finish, the average person is literally sitting on 3-5 compacted meals, held within the length of their colon, at any one time.

As well as ridding the body of waste, excess weight and cleaning the bowels to prevent dis-ease, a colon cleanse is very much about detoxing the bodies many systems:

        The digestive system: absorbing toxins through the thin lining of the colon wall.

        The respiratory system: clearing the lungs to facilitate a fuller breathing capacity.

        The lymphatic system: encouraging movement to send lymph to the appropriate nodes.

        The cardio-vascular system: cleansing the blood of free radicals to improve circulation.

        The urinary system: filtration, purification and elimination.

        The nervous system: cleaning up the many branches of the CNS to improve nerve function.

        The endocrine system: allowing an over worked system to rest & return to normal function.

        The immune system: improving function to fight infection.

A good detox can do all of the above as well as improving the less obvious functions such as relaxing the muscular system, tendons & ligaments, potentially softening hardened growths throughout the skeletal system and improved fertility throughout the reproductive system.

The very nature of detoxing is about letting go. As you let go, you relax, the more you relax and the deeper you drop into a state of well being, the more your body can let go of what it’s been holding on to: toxins held at a cellular level, excess weight, accumulated debris, physical tensions and held emotions.

Giving yourself and/or a loved one the gift of a detox retreat and colon cleanse, is the gift that just keeps on giving. It is undoubtedly the best investment you can make for your long term health.


All states and feelings of dis-ease begin and end in the colon. Periodic cleansing of the colon is vital for optimum health.

Enjoying a colon cleanse and/or detox experience gives you and your body the opportunity to rest and let go. It is during the process of letting go where the magic happens. Your body craves optimum health, it’s just forgotten how to find it. Remind you where to look by becoming quiet enough to hear what your body’s saying and love yourself to life!


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