After the Colonic

Most commonly people feel peaceful, lighter, cleaner, and more energized after a colonic.

A colonic has a deep cleansing effect on the body. Many people feel so good afterwards that they want to double their work-out time. I advise caution to not overdo. While light to moderate exercise is good if you are used to it, any strenuous activity should be avoided the day of your colonic.

I also recommend a light diet of fruits, vegetables, salads, soup, and chicken or fish for two days, taking care to avoid anything that causes gas. Rich or heavy food, flour products, spices, and alcohol should also be avoided. While irrigating the colon does not remove all intestinal bacteria, taking a probiotic, such as acidophilus or yogurt, is often helpful to maintain bacterial balance.  Edgar Cayce advised yogurt for the milk tolerant because it is an active cleanser adds vital forces to the colon.

Some water is absorbed through the colon wall during a colonic and you may experience an increased need to urinate for a few hours afterwards. This beneficial effect of flushing the kidneys may also be enhanced by drinking a few glasses of water with the juice of half a lemon added to each glass.

Since the colon has been cleared of most day-to-day solid matter during a colonic, regular bowel movements may take one or three days to resume. This is a normal and shows how long your body takes to process food.

Occasionally, a “cleansing reaction” can occur as toxins are trying to be released from the body. If this happens, this cleansing reaction is a sign you need a colonic as soon as possible to flush out toxins that may have been stirred instead of letting them recirculate. This may happen if someone has had long standing constipation, works or lives in a toxic environment or has several health problems. This cleansing reaction may manifest as headaches, fatigue, nausea, gas/bloating or just a general feeling of malaise. You might want to try a half a lemon, 1/2 tsp baking soda in a glass of water to ease the detox symptoms.  For bloating or cramping, try chamomile tea, fennel tea and lavender essential oil.

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