Healthy transit time, or movement of food through the body is about 24 hours. That means it should only take around 24 hours for the food you eat to make its way through the digestive system and out of your body. Any longer than this means you may be constipated. This is especially important if you eat animal products. Meat and dairy products begin to putrefy in the colon if not eliminated properly, causing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and parasites.
The colon is a 6 foot long muscle which absorbs water, assimilates some nutrients and moves waste out of the body. It works in wave-like movements called peristalsis and this ability to contract and relax is important in keeping us regular. If the muscle isn’t working correctly the colon becomes dysfunctional and waste can build up and become dry. This build up then further impairs the muscular action, causing constipation and potentially leading to more serious digestive issues.
Although genetic factors and gut hormones do play a role in constipation, most issues start with the diet. Our digestive system was not designed to handle large amounts of processed food which has been overheated, treated with chemicals and stripped of most nutrients. Allergies, intolerances, lack of water, insufficient exercise, longterm use of laxatives and antibiotics can also lead to the breakdown of intestinal tissue, causing constipation.
Colon hydrotherapy can treat and reverse constipation by softening and loosening accumulated waste in the colon. The warm, purified water gently but thoroughly makes its way along the colon, breaking down hardened waste and removing it from the body. As the colon becomes clean, the muscle begin to strengthen and the peristaltic action starts to normalise. Diet, lifestyle and key supplements also play an important part in this healing process.