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    Colonics vs. Colonix: Whats the most effective Cleanse

    By Ryan Harrison, MA, BCIH

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    If you’re reading this, chances are you have done enough research to understand why a clean colon is important for optimal health and wellness. (No? Be sure to read the articles on this subject at the bottom of the page!) Maybe you’re confused about the different options out there.

    Some people suggest that a colonic irrigation (sometimes also called “high colonics” or simply a “colonic”) is the way to go, while others maintain the superiority of internal cleansing. Perhaps DrNatura.com doesn’t make it easy right off the bat to know the difference, considering its flagship product’s name – “Colonix” – looks and sounds a whole lot like the “colonics” others recommend. So, what are the differences and which choice is the best one for you, colonics or Colonix?

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    What is a colonic?
    A “colonic irrigation” is essentially a deep enema. It is performed, however, with water under pressure. This makes it possible for the water to penetrate farther into the colon than is achieved with at-home enemas. And yes, that’s correct: colonic irrigation is performed in an office by someone else. A technician prepares the client, inserts a tube into the rectum, and flushes the colon with fluid, regulating the water pressure and overseeing the entire process, including monitoring the wastes as they move from the colon through a tube outside of the body.

    Some people find colonic irrigation helpful in feeling cleaner. However, author and chiropractor Linda Berry suggests that it is easy via a colonic to disrupt the balance of “friendly” and “unfriendly” bacteria in the intestines, which can then lead to a proliferation of the “unfriendly” bacteria.

    Additionally, if not properly performed with sterile equipment, it’s entirely possible to introduce a foreign substance or species into the colon which could result in serious complications. Medical professionals worry about possible adverse events such as the introduction to the colon of harmful bacteria, the perforation of colon by the inserted instrument, possible depletion of electrolytes, and allergic reactions to the latex or plastic used or to the lubricant jelly.

    And then there’s the issue of cost. While reports on this cleansing approach are mixed, it’s no secret that the process typically takes several visits and can be somewhat expensive.

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    What is DrNatura’s Colonix Program?
    As an natural colon cleanse program, Colonix works from the inside out. Using a blend of herbal bulking agents such as flaxseed and psyllium husk, the Colonix fiber blend is introduced to the body as a smooth, tasty drink that eventually moves throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract, sweeping it clean all along the way.

    The fibrous herbs introduced to the body via Colonix absorb water as they move through the intestines, providing bulk and softening stools. That will likely mean less straining and pushing, as well as larger and more complete bowel movements.

    Additionally, ingredients in the recommended probiotic supplement Flora Protect actually feed the “friendly” bacteria in the intestines while helping to keep the “unfriendly” bacteria in proper balance.

    Colonix Intestinal Cleanser is as close to natural as a colon cleanser can get: it’s made from plants found in nature that the body knows how and wants to use, and it is as do-it-yourself easy as drinking a smoothie. However, taking Colonix fiber without enough liquid may cause choking, so if you have difficulty with swallowing you should avoid it. Also drink plenty of fluids all day long while cleansing with fiber – DrNatura recommends eight 8-ounce glasses a day. You can actually cause constipation by increasing fiber and not getting enough water.

    So… Colonics versus Colonix?
    Whichever you decide, be sure that you research both programs well. If you opt for colonic irrigation, do your homework to ensure that you will be working with a highly qualified and experienced technician. Alternately, give DrNatura’s Customer Service representatives a call to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the Colonix Internal Cleansing Program.

    Ryan Harrison is a certified holistic & integrative health practitioner and consultant. He is a paid consultant of DrNatura.com.

     

     

    References

    1 Berry, L. (2000). Internal Cleansing (Rev. 2nd ed.). New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, p. 197.

    2 Handley, D.V., Rieger, N. A., & Rodda, D. J. (2004). Rectal perforation from colonic irrigation administered by alternative practitioners. Med. J. Aust. 181(10): 575–576. Retrieved October 14, 2011 from http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/181_10_151104/letters_151104-3.html

    3 Colonic irrigation. (2008). Aetna InteliHealth. Retrieved October 14, 2011 from http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8513/34968/358752.html?d=dmtContent

    4 Istre, G.R., Kreiss, K., Hopkins, R.S., et al. (1982). An outbreak of amebiasis spread by colonic irrigation at a chiropractic clinic. New England Journal of Medicine. 307 (6): 339–342. Abstract retrieved October 14, 2011 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6283354

    5 Tennen, M. (2007). The dangers of colon cleansing. HealthAtoZ.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011 from http://web.archive.org/web/20110227225018/http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/The+Dangers+of+Colon+Cleansing?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&clicked=true

    6 Richards, D. G., McMillin, D. L., Mein, E. A., & Nelson, C. D. (n.d.). Colonic irrigations: A review of the historical controversy and the potential for adverse effects. Retrieved February 25, 2011 from http://www.i-act.org/Resources/Colonic_Irrigation_Historical_Reviewa.pdf

    7 Fiber, Dietary. (n.d.). The World's Healthiest Foods. Retrieved February 27, 2011, from www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=59

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