In a world in which fashion and beauty seem to change almost at a whim, it is reassuring to know that some beauty treatments have their origins in the mists of time. One such is the practice of colon hydrotherapy which was first documented in ancient Eqypt in 1500 BC. We’re not sure how successful the Ancient Egyptians found the practice but judging from the wall paintings which survive from those times, slenderness was the name of the game.
Colon Hydrothrapy (aka Colonic)
Not that we would promote colon hydrotherapy as a means to slimness. As with all body treatments, colon hydrotherapy is most successful when used in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet alongside optimum levels of exercise and rest. But the fact is that no matter how careful our diet, whether through stress, a busy lifestyle or a combination of circumstances the colon can become sluggish. When that happens we can suffer from a range of symptoms including fatigue, a poor immune system, bloating or problems in sleeping.
So, in the same way that we look after our hair, nails and skin, we should also take care of our insides from time to time. And because we love our bodies it makes sense to pamper our colons with a gentle internal bath rather than hit them with a harsh chemical purge. Colon hydrotherapy gently washes the colon with around 60 litres of filtered water, helping to remove waste and harmful bacteria which have built up over time and leaving the colon clean and ready to work at its optimum level for the benefit of the whole body.
Just as everyone’s diet and lifestyle are different, so the benefits of colon hydrotherapy vary from person to person. However, there are some common factors which are worth noting. According to the Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH) “recent European studies speculate that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines.” It is not surprising therefore that many links have been made between the health of the colon and the health of the immune system. Similarly, combining a healthy diet with colon hydrotherapy can help to boost absorption of minerals and vitamins leading to increased energy levels and clearer skin.
The Ancient Egyptians tried to understand the world around them as well as their place within it and their knowledge of the importance of diet alongside medicine and dentistry is well documented. We are still re-discovering some of their lost arts but at least colon hydrotherapy is one ancient practice which can help with our quest for a healthy and toned body.