“All diseases begin in the gut,” according to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. If all diseases begin in the gut, it is reasonable to assume optimal health begins in the gut too. Loosely defined, the gut is composed of the small and large intestine (or colon) of the human body. As a colon hydrotherapist, I focus mostly on assisting with healing the colon. But, keep in mind, healing the colon is an all-inclusive journey.

What is the colon? Simply put, the colon is the last 5-6 foot section of your digestive system. It absorbs water from the food matter released from your small intestine and passes the unused waste material from this food matter from your body. Your colon performs many other important functions for the body; research continues to identify new functions performed by your colon to keep you healthy and well.

For a moment, let’s consider your colon as your body’s trash can. If you’re eating, say, three meals per day and you’re not emptying your body’s trash can three times per day, the question is, “where is the waste from those other meals going?” “What is the leftover waste doing to your body as it sits in your colon? Just imagine this. You are putting garbage into your kitchen’s trash can after you cook three meals per day; however, you empty that kitchen trash can every other day? Can you imagine what your kitchen would smell like after only a few days of this? Play out that same scenario in your body. And we wonder why we have acne, bad breath, bloating, gas, constipation. The list of symptoms of a toxic colon goes on and on.

Your body was created to function the same way it did when you were a baby. One meal in and one meal out. For most of us, this one to one ratio does not exist. We’ll discuss why this does not happen in my next blog. Stay tuned!

Sharon V.B. Roulhac, formerly of National Integrated Health Associates (“NIHA”), is a certified health coach and an internationally certified colon hydrotherapist. She joined Relaxing Alternatives in April.

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