I’ve been seeing patients for a long, long time, and I’ve had many people talk to me about enemas and colonics. The truth is I’m not really a fan of enemas.
I do believe in colonic irrigation when it’s done by a proper colon therapist using the right equipment and the right procedures. For many people, this can be an effective solution for chronic health problems.
I don’t recommend home enemas any more than I recommend making kefir, Kombucha, or wine at home. I don’t recommend any of that.
I’ve been quite amazed at some of the stool results from people who regularly have home enemas. It’s shocking how low their levels of beneficial bifidobacteria are. Some people have this fallacious belief that they should be doing enemas daily. That’s just ridiculous.
If you’re going to do a home enema, make sure you understand how to do it properly. Go see an expert who can explain the procedure thoroughly. Even then, you don’t want to be doing home enemas regularly.
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I have yet to have a surgeon tell me that they found ten to twenty pounds of fecal matter clogging up a patient’s bowels. There is this myth that the human digestive tract contains 10 pounds of fecal matter, leading to toxicity. I’ve never seen any scientific evidence that this is true. And I can say this despite seeing plenty of abdominal x-rays and scans over the years. Even people who have fecal compaction, don’t have twenty pounds of stool in their gut.
Even if a home enema is useful on occasion, I don’t consider it a solution to constipation. There are many factors that contribute to constipation that should be addressed before turning to an enema. If constipation is an issue, you need to get your bowel working. It doesn’t need enemas. It needs to function normally.
In my mind, what cures constipation is a change in diet, a change in lifestyle, and a change in outlook. You need to make some permanent changes beyond taking a few pills or having an extra glass of water now and then.
It doesn’t make sense to do a home enema if you’re drinking six cups of coffee per day, skipping breakfast, and having a donut for lunch. Your daily habits need to change.
Before you consider an enema, ask yourself these questions: Are you walking at least 30 to 40 minutes a day? Are you regularly drinking enough water? Have you stopped drinking coffee, tea, and alcohol? Are you eating the right kinds of foods?
Don’t become reliant on laxatives or enemas for normal bowel movements.
I hope that gives you an idea of my thoughts on enemas. I’m not a big fan of them.