Colon Therapy


By: Colon Cleansing & Constipation Resource Center
Updated: August 7, 2009

Professional colon therapy, also commonly referred to as colon hydrotherapy or simply a colonic, is a process for eliminating harmful toxins by repeatedly flushing the colon with clean water. You may be asking though—what’s so important about the colon? Well, the colon is the last section of the human digestive tract and is responsible for transporting waste matter out of the body.  A colon that isn’t working in tip-top condition can negatively affect the entire digestive process. In fact, a clogged colon may contribute to the onset of serious medical conditions such as:

  • Fecal Impaction
  • Chronic constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Invasion by harmful organisms
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe headaches

Poor colorectal health is also a potential cause of colon cancer, obesity, and medical disorders of the digestive system.


Signs of a Toxic Colon


The colon has a built-in alarm system for the presence of toxic materials. Some of the signs that a colon may contain toxic waste are headaches, back pain, muscle aches, joint pain, skin blemishes, bad breath and body odor, excess gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue.



Prepare for a Colonic



We have the following suggestions for clients that want their session to be successful and comfortable.
For at least 2-3 days before the session:

Water is a fluid that is part of your immune system, which helps you fight off illness.

Your body needs water to digest your food and get rid of waste.

Drink 3-4 liters of fluids (water, fresh juice, herbal tea) daily. This will help to soften your stool.

DO NOT substitute coffee or soda! These caffeinated drinks have the oppostie effect.

And...if you are particularly constipated or dehydrated, take an enema or herbal laxative the night before your session.


Avoid drinking or eating anything 2 hours prior to your appointment.

You will receive abdominal massage, so it’s most comfortable if you have an empty stomach and empty bladder.

Make fruits and vegetables 50% of your diet and avoid gas-producing food and congesting foods


Schedule some exercise either the day of or day prior to having a colonic.

Swim, walk, ride a bicycle, run, dance, garden, play with your children, clean, or practice yoga or pilates. Rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) is fabulous for toning the colon and other organs as well as for stimulation of the lymphatic system.


Arrive on time or early without a rushed manner. The intestines work best when they are relaxed.

Laughing, breathing, exercising, listening to soothing music, and being in a supportive loving environment all help relax the nervous system.


Food To Choose



Organic free-range chicken, turkey, lamb, wild fish (tilapia, halibut, salmon, trout, mackerel and other low-mercury fish), RAW nuts and seeds*, nut butters (except peanut), avocado, lentils*, beans*, split peas*, and hummus*

Broccoli*, beets, yams, cauliflower*, kale, chard, mustard and collard greens, asparagus, cabbage*, brussel sprouts*, jicama, celery, carrots, cucumber, snow peas, leeks, green beans, zucchini squash, spinach, lettuce, mixed greens, sea vegetables (dulse, nori, kombu, wakame)

Brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, tapioca, oats




Berries, apple, banana, kiwi, apricot, mango, pineapple, cherries, papaya, melon, pear, peach, plum, grapefruit, orange, coconut meat

Coconut, olive, sesame, walnut, pumpkin. Coconut is the best to use when heating at high temperatures.

Kefir, goat yogurt, cultured raw vegetables, miso

Stevia, agave nectar, honey, molasses

Potassium broth, soups, aloe vera, Braggs liquid aminos, sea salt, herbal teas, fresh juices, smoothies, nut and rice milks