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What Does an Enema Do for My Body?

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The Body Ecology Diet

How Long Does It Take for an Enema To Work?

Perhaps you've heard about enemas, but you’ve never tried to give one to yourself. Or maybe you’ve tried a Fleet brand enema, but didn’t find it to be helpful.

I was in this exact position when chronic illness hit me at the age of 30. A friend, who was sympathetic to my suffering and engaged in the world of alternative health as an Olympic cyclist, told me about the work of Donna Gates and the Body Ecology Diet.

What Does the Body Ecology Diet Have To Do with Enemas?

The Body Ecology Diet

The Body Ecology Diet is an anti-Candida diet and cleansing philosophy to restore gut health and address the issue of systemic fungal infections. By following the diet and colon cleansing, you support the body to replenish friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, build alkaline (less acidic) blood, and strengthen the immune system.

I jumped into the diet, but resisted enemas at first. "Yuck!" I thought. "I will never do an enema."

But I was sick every single day, all day, the pain was excruciating, and the dietary changes were not making me feel better.

Thankfully, after a few months of regular colon cleansing, I found relief! Enemas did indeed help me heal my gut, and help me feel better. This experience was so inspiring to me I became an internationally certified colon hydrotherapist in 1998 through I-ACT so I could help others feel better and improve their health.

Now, after working with thousands of clients over the last two decades of my professional career, I know what an enema can do for the body, and skillfully administered enemas offer an endless list of health benefits.

What Does An Enema Do For My Body?

In my clinical work, time after time, I witness enemas support people to optimize their health during recovery from cancer, as a sort of dialysis, helping people feel markedly better through their versions of a daily blood-cleansing regime. Enemas also offer excellent detoxification support for people with the genetic mutation MTHFR.

My favorite ways in which enemas help people are during pregnancy and childbirth, and to relieve infant constipation.

Enemas reliably lift mood, resolve all types of constipation, and function as a more effective method of delivery of therapeutic substances into the colon (butyrate, frankincense, and CBD oil are just a few examples).

Enemas generally help to improve colonic peristalsis, optimize the gut microbiome, support the health of the nervous system, and reduce the body's overall toxic load and oxidative stress.

Enemas stimulate the liver, a main organ of detoxification, to produce more bile. Bile is an alkaline fluid that aids digestion.

Enemas also support immune health, and help the body to remain in hormonal balance. An enema may be used to deliver medicines, or barium sulfate, into the body. Barium sulfate, opaque on X-rays, is used by clinics and hospitals to image the gastrointestinal tract.

An enema may also be used to safely empty the user's bowel before a medical procedure such as a colonoscopy.

For most of the 20 years of Optimal Health Network's customer service, a staff person has answered the telephone. For the past year, though, I have answered the phone myself. At least once a day -- I am not exaggerating -- first-time callers tell me about the power of enemas to restore and maintain their health.

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How Long Does It Take for an Enema To Work?

Enemas, administered properly, can help you feel better almost immediately in many circumstances -- addressing constipation issues, toxicity issues, and so much more. Importantly, plain water or saline water enemas don’t tend to fall into this category. For enemas to really help, you need to use therapeutics in the water, like a made-for-enema soap, which is high in butyric acid, the main food for the colonic mucosa.


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How Long Do the Effects of an Enema Last?

The effects of an enema vary in length. When you are dealing with issues like long-standing constipation, you might find that daily enemas are the best choice for a therapeutic period of time to strengthen your body's own peristalsis (the involuntary contractions of your colon which push stool forward).

Why Do Enemas Have a Bad Reputation?

Even though enemas have been utilized for centuries, much of the current enema lore is unfortunately based on introducing agents like mineral oil or harsh chemical laxatives into your body. These agents are not therapeutic to the colon.

Current science recognizes that the colon is the "second brain" of the body, clearly pointing to delivering therapeutics directly into the colon via enemas as a means of improving health in many ways. The important thing is to introduce the right therapeutic solutions into your body for your individual needs.

Does an Enema Hurt?

No, an enema should not hurt when taken properly. If an enema does hurt, you may not be correctly using a hose clamp to maintain a slow, gradual flow of your therapeutic solution into the colon. Another reason an enema can hurt is because your colon is inflamed. In this case, though, the pain can guide you to more direct healing.

For many people, therapeutic enemas can be a very effective tool to improve health. If you are seeking better health, give the enema series a try, in consultation with your physician. It might just change your life for the better!

DISCLAIMER: The material on this page presented for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or prescribing from a licensed healthcare professional. Consult with your doctor before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment, or care, or starting any diet, exercise, cleansing, or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention.

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant

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