Can Colon Hydrotherapy Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals?

Can Colon Hydrotherapy Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals?
Most advocates of colon hydrotherapy, like alternative health practitioners and naturopathic doctors, recommend having this procedure to achieve a general sense of well-being and improved state of health. They say that a lot of fecal matter, especially for those people who are always constipated, is impacted in the large intestine and as such, toxins accumulate in the colon and are then absorbed into the bloodstream.A sluggish colon may result in some form of illness, such as allergies, skin problems, depression, bloating, hemorrhoids, lack of energy, memory loss, hormonal imbalance, and other digestive problems. In order to aid the body and strengthen the immune system in treating these illnesses, colon hydrotherapy may be performed on the patient/person. On the other hand, some people who have undergone colonics claim that another significant benefit of this therapy is losing weight. Yes, you read that right. Some women claim that they lost about six pounds of weight immediately after undergoing the procedure.As someone who has been trying to shed off some pounds, you may be wondering right now if colon hydrotherapy is really a quick, effective, and safe way to lose weight.

What is the procedure involved in colon hydrotherapy?

If, at this point, you are considering the idea of undergoing colon hydrotherapy or colon irrigation, this is how it works: you have to first schedule an appointment with a wellness clinic that provides such a service. You will then be instructed not to eat for two hours before the procedure and to drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.After arriving at the clinic, you will be ushered into a room where you will lay down comfortably on a medical bed. If you are already settled, a small tube will be inserted into your rectum where a slow stream of sterile water will be introduced into your colon or large intestine. The flow of water will stimulate contractions in the colon such that the patient will be able to eliminate or flush out fecal matter and other substances (mucus or parasites) into the colonic hose. The patient will be able to actually see the eliminated substances through a transparent viewing tube.   

How much weight can you lose from colon hydrotherapy?

The amount of weight that you can lose from undergoing a colonic is dependent on the amount of fecal matter and other bodily fluids that you expel during the procedure. This means that if you are constipated or have suffered from long-term constipation, then you will lose more weight compared to those who have regular bowel movements. Some claim that they lost 1.5-2 pounds immediately after the procedure; another woman lost about 20 pounds in the course of one month (after several sessions). Take note though that there is very little scientific evidence to prove these claims; most are just anecdotal evidences.Many people who have undergone colon hydrotherapy say that they feel lighter and they feel good about themselves after the procedure. This may be the reason why advocates recommend colonic irrigation as a weight loss tool.

colon hydrotherapyThe verdict

Any weight loss strategy is only effective and lasting if you get rid of excess fat from your body. And you cannot achieve this by undergoing a colon hydrotherapy since you are only eliminating fecal matter and other fluids from your colon, and not fat. You have to achieve a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat.  This means you can lose 1 pound of weight per week if you can have a deficit of 500 calories per day.  Ultimately, a lifestyle change that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise is the only sure and effective way to lose weight.  

This is not to say that you should avoid having a colonic completely. Of course, if you feel that it can improve your health in some way, or that it can jumpstart your weight loss program, then go ahead and schedule your appointment. Just make sure to choose a wellness clinic that is properly accredited and has professional staff that can best take care of you.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.