Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and colon disorders in general, are some of the most common ailments suffered by millions of people everyday. However, these digestive disorders remain one of least common reasons for people to improve dietary habits or lifestyle choices in general. Most people believe the problem will go away after a day or two. That could be the case sometimes, but it’s not worth gambling on that premise.
Reasons for Constipation
Constipation can occur for any number of reasons, including:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Side effects of medication
- Internal negative health conditions
Constipation should be taken very seriously, especially if it’s intense in its effect or you’ve been suffering with it for a while. A huge market exists for products marketed as providing constipation relief. In the United States alone, over 725 million dollars is spent each year on colon cleansing products of all types.
Methods for Avoiding Constipation
A trend that’s been gaining popularity over the last few years is to combat constipation with alternative or “natural” remedies utilizing all-natural substances such as herbs or minerals, or through various colon massage techniques targeting hardened waste within the digestive tract. You should be aware, however, that not all herbal laxatives are safe for extended consumption so it’s best to conduct research on any product you intend to use.
Colon massage is an extremely effective method that not only helps to relieve constipation, but it also strengthens and tones your entire colon. When performed correctly, internal massage can loosen compacted feces so the muscles of the colon can move it along more effectively.
Another important benefit of colon massage is strengthening of the Ileocecal Valve-the passageway through which feces travels from the small intestine to the colon. A weak Ileocecal Valve permits feces to regress back into the small intestine where it can cause you to absorb the toxic material back into your bloodstream.
You can stimulate and massage the colon both internally and externally. A common method of internal colon massage is the water colonic or enema. Colonic hydrotherapy is an easy and effective way to help eliminate any excessive toxins polluting your colon.
A conventional enema kit can usually be purchased from your local drug store. The bag should be rinsed out with hot water before filling it with a colonic solution, such as the following homemade formula:
- 4 cups of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
Fill the enema bag with the mixture. Placing a comfortable mat or blanket on the floor in an area where you can experience privacy and comfort. You will need to be at a lower level than the enema bag so that gravity can push the water through the tubing. A good place to hang the enema bag is the doorknob inside your bathroom. Hanging the bag any higher could cause the solution to drain too quickly and it could be uncomfortable if the pressure is too high.
Once the bag is in place, lubricate the tip of the tube. Lie on your back with your knees bent and gently insert the tip into your rectum until you feel resistance. Do not push the tube past the resistance point. Slowly open the valve on the enema tube and relax. Begin to initiate your colon massage techniques and breathe deeply and slowly. If you feel the urge to go to the bathroom, remove the enema tip and then go. After using the bathroom, you can repeat the procedure if necessary.
Instructions for Massaging Your Colon
If you prefer to stick with an external colon massage method, it’s a very simple process to follow. Again, you should find a quiet and relaxing place to perform the colon massage. Sometimes, it can be beneficial to perform the massage while you are in the shower or already sitting on the toilet.
If you are not in shower when doing this massage, then you will probably need some body or massage oil so as not to pull or stretch your skin during the colon massage.
Starting in the lower right area of your torso, near the appendix, start massaging in small circular movements. Vary your massage techniques for added benefit, but try to keep the circles aligned in one direction as you progress up your abdomen. Slowly make your way up your right side to beneath the ribs.
Move your focus left along the edges of your ribs and then follow your colon down to your groin area. If you encounter painful areas, gently massage the spot for a few extra minutes but not with too much pressure. If the pain hasn’t lessened after a few days of colon massage therapy, or especially if it has worsened, consult your healthcare provider.
Benefits of Massaging Your Colon
Performing a daily colon massage is a great way to help keep your digestive system strong and performing its best. By removing the accumulated waste in your colon, you can begin to feel lighter and healthier and your body will be better able to combat illness. Overall, you can lower your chances of developing many chronic illnesses simply by removing waste so your body isn’t burdened with excess toxins and organic debris.