Note: Please contact your healthcare practitioner before administering an enema, especially if you have certain health conditions such as congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, leaky bowel syndrome, a history of perforations in your colon, or any other bowel disease.
Believe it or not, enemas used to be prescribed regularly by doctors as a major way to remove toxins from the body, increase the nutrient absorption of food, and reshape the colon. They were used by ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago. In the 1920’s, use of them started to dwindle due to new surgical techniques and medicines to alleviate health problems. But, enemas are now being practiced more again due to alternative medical research testifying to the health benefits of them.
An enema is the process of flushing the colon out with fluid via the rectum. There are many different types of enemas including: coffee, yogurt, lemon juice/vinegar, salt water, mineral oil, soap suds, and many more. The amount of fluid used is usually 1-2 liters.
-Removes hardened fecal matter that has become stagnant. This matter is poisonous to the body (it is waste, after all) and bits of it can be reabsorbed into the body by the colon.
-Increases the nutrient absorption of the foods you eat by cleaning the surface area of the intestinal wall.
-Reshapes the colon to improve better passage of waste. This reduces the likelihood that feces will be held up and become toxic later.
-People report feeling lighter and happier after enemas.
-The waste removal with enemas decreases the load on your skin to remove it. This decreases acne.
-By cleaning the intestinal wall, inflammation in the colon and the rest of the body is reduced.
-Using enemas excessively (more than a couple times a week) may cause electrolyte losses from the evacuation of intestinal contents. Warning signs of these are headache, muscle aches, heartbeat irregularities, and nausea.
-Bacterial changes may occur depending on the frequency of enema dosaging, the solution used, and your accompanying diet. If this becomes very unbalanced, intestinal discomfort may increase after the enema.
-In rare occasions, enemas could cause perforation of the bowel if too much fluid is forced in too short of a time. The best warning sign that there is too much pressure building up is pain. You should feel pressure and a feeling of fullness, but not pain with an enema administration.
The current research seems to indicate that enemas are in general beneficial to health. No treatment or intervention should ever be considered a cure-all, though, and enemas should be regarded as one tool to promote healthy in the context of a healthy lifestyle.
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