We live in the age of technology and instant gratification that makes it so easy to forget the reward of a journey and the grounding patience with a process. This is increasingly apparent in most people’s approach to health. Conditioned to expect rapid results, we go on these 3, 5, 7 day juice cleanses without really applying any logic into what our body actually needs and what our schedules can handle. A cleanse, in my opinion, is a stressful experience. It requires radical change and undying patience not to mention, the hurdle of hunger. It requires a light workload, lots of sleep and hot baths. I approach a cleanse like a job and treat it like a religious experience. I know exactly what I need when I am cleansing and that is space, time alone, and time off. I know what works for me and trying to cleanse while working a full schedule or surrounding myself with lots of people and activities is a setup for failure because I get easily stressed out by stimuli or even the smallest of demands. I basically lock myself away like a monk in isolation for as long as it takes. So I plan ahead and use up my vacation time to devote to my health. It’s investing in me and my well being and longevity. So many of us come back from time off saying we need a vacation from the vacation… usually because we over indulged. Wouldn’t it be great to take a hiatus from work and turn our home into a personal retreat, complete with healthy green and clean eating, meditation, yoga, and lots of sleep?
So why can’t we cleanse in 3 days? We are all exposed to chemicals, genetically modified foods, toxic fumes, and many other poisons on a daily basis. In addition we have contributed to our toxic life with alcohol, white sugar, white flour, artificial sweeteners, processed meats, the list goes on. It takes years to build layers of toxicity and years to break your body down so, do you really think that you can reverse it all in a matter of days? I know I didn’t.
Seven years ago I found myself in a life transition which afforded me a few months off. I knew I had the golden opportunity to create my own personal retreat. I made the commitment to cleanse my body in 30 days. I juiced for the first 15 days, then ate strictly plant based for the next 2 weeks. I did a complete colon cleanse with a series of colonics and noticed the cravings for the old lifestyle were dissipating. I did hot yoga daily to sweat out the toxins and found my body in the best shape of its life. I also spent that time facing some raw truths about my issues around food and emotional eating. I needed to detach myself from the fear of eating and heal my relationship with my body. I finally after many attempts was able to give up alcohol, but know it’s the toughest thing to do. Drinking had become a way of life for me for years and no longer served me in a healthy way. With my devotion to a clean body, it became easier to skip the nightly glasses of wine and turn to soothing teas and hot baths.
All my friends and family thought I had lost my mind. They didn’t understand the importance or benefits of the constant cleansing and clean eating but I did this for me and I stuck with it because it worked. It was not easy at first but it is now my way of life. As time went on the Universe took care of me and I was blessed to have people in my life who understood and supported my journey.
The most important tool in my transition was colon hydrotherapy. It got me through the worst part of detox and made the transition to a plant based diet so much easier. It also helped me release emotional garbage which was stuck in my body since I was a child; things I was holding onto that were making me sick. I believe our guts are tied directly to our emotional health and if are digestive systems are upset, we will be too.
My journey in detoxing and in seeking ultimate wellness led me to become very sick before I could get better. It wasn’t easy and led me down a dark path before I could live in the light. I almost destroyed my health before I found a way to health. Nobody attains perfect health because we live in a toxic world, do toxic things, meet toxic people, but we don’t have to participate in the disease. We can choose wellness over illness anytime then just deal with the residual things we can’t control. I decided to become a hydro colon therapist because I wanted an active part in detoxifying people and their bodies. I wanted to be a catalyst of change and be part of the solution instead of the problem. I believe passionately in this practice as a life changer. I want to help people on their journeys to a better body and a better life. I have seen clients bounce out of my office feeling they had a new body. I have seen people eliminate chronic pain, get rid of their fibroids, get off their medication and shed more weight than they could ever hope to. These are what I like to call small and large miracles. After years of seeing these results, not only for myself but for so many other people it breaks my heart when I see the ‘quick fix’ cleanses that people are doing these days. It takes time and it takes mindful practice and the ability to engage in new emerging habits that will turn into lifestyle commitments.
When the body is cleansing you need to break down layers of toxicity but at the same time you need to build up a support system for your body. You cannot just deprive your body of certain foods for a few days, drink some juices and be done with it. Where is the toxicity going?
Colon hydrotherapy helps build back the layers of health. By removing toxins permanently from the body rather than displacing them elsewhere, the organs and tissues have the energy to rebuild, repair and heal. Colon hydrotherapy prepares your body for a brand new dietary choice, helping to eliminate the cravings for the food that you just can’t seem to give up. Most of all, it takes out the unhealthy bad bacteria that upsets the intestinal flora and if you diligently take your probiotics after your session, your good bacteria will build up to healthy levels. Going on a 3 day juice diet expecting a brand new body is unrealistic especially if it took you years to get this toxic, it’s going to take some time to recover.
I see colon hydrotherapy as physical therapy for the digestive system and a boost to your second brain, giving it well needed support so it can work effectively to bring a sense of well being into your mind.
“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”
So if you are going to clean house. Do it right. Deep clean your body the same way by removing layers of buildup and taking out the garbage. Investing in a solid cleanse will set you up for life change that will resonate daily with your new intentions.