Good Will and Gratitude

boy-with-butterfliesI have been reflecting on Gratitude. My husband Paul has taught me to enjoy exploring where words have come from, their etymology. Gratitude: “before 1447 meant good will; later on it came to mean grace or favor.” It derives from the Latin Thankfulness: “The meaning of Thankfulness is first recorded in English in 1565.” Isn’t it odd that we have put a beginning date on knowing gratitude? I’d like to think this attitude has been with us for eons. Just look at the spectacular uniqueness of this phenomenal planet we call Home, Earth! Can you believe that we have been given the grace to be in it’s evolution? Yes, I believe that we can affect the growth of our world by “being” integrity, accountability, and gratitude. And let’s not forget love! I ask, how can I live more consciously? I always find myself coming back to the basics. First, we must nurture ourselves by attending to our health on all levels: not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Think of it as preparing yourself to embody it all.

I offer you my support in taking your next step: Colon Hydrotherapy is a remarkable tool for “jump starting”your renewed sense of well-being. After 40 years, I still receive colonics regularly and love the way I feel afterwards. Clarity. Think of it as an inspiration. Imagine your belly being refreshed in the internal spa of gentle water flowing in and out like a tide. Swami Muktananda said to me in support of my work many years ago: “Water is a conductor of Light.” Infusing water into the lower 2 chakras brings the Light, which starts the healing on all levels. Colon Hydrotherapy brings me back to this tangible awareness.

Yes, I am back in practice. My fractured wrist is mending well, our equipment has been overhauled, and the water heater upgraded. I am available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Olga is available Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as early mornings on the other days. (I am beginning my days a little later so I have time for my own self-care.)

Thank you for believing in me and what I have to offer through colon hydrotherapy. This practice can give you so much more than a simple cleansing. And just that is okay too! We can meet you wherever you are. Meanwhile, I invite you to extend your good will and shine your inner Light.

With Love and Light,
Connie


What is life asking of YOU?

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Just before intending to send you the following blog last week, I not only had wrist surgery after a hard fall, but also, our colonic equipment broke! My wrist and device are both requiring a few weeks to repair and upgrade. I’m aiming for October 25, 2018 as our re-opening date.What kind of meaning can I give to these events? Certainly, I am being asked to STOP and surrender, to let go of the control illusion. I guess I’m so stubborn that it took both a physical AND a mechanical break to wake me up! To force a shift in consciousness.

 

Healing prayers are welcome.
I’ll keep you posted.

Now back to the old, but-not-fake, news…

After being supported by Bobbi Parish’s wonderful blog-writing over the last couple of years, I’d like to introduce you to Amy Mercury. She will be helping me to create new educational information for you. We’d love to hear what gut news you’d like to learn about!

In the meantime, I’d like to update you on my life and work. As you know, I thought I might have retired by now, but as I approach 70 I find myself healthy and energized, still very much enjoying being a colon hydrotherapist. I’ve asked myself, how do I do this with balance? Working 3 days a week, starting at 10 AM and ending at 7 PM seems to be the answer for me. I credit my energetic attitude to all of my years of receiving colonics, along with eating well and living well. I think most of you know my story – I suffered from drug-induced anorexia (due to my diet pill addiction paid for by medical insurance!) way back in my 20’s. Meeting a woman who healed herself from cancer through diet woke me up to a whole new path of healing, which included weekly colon hydrotherapy for probably 2 years (you can’t overdo it!). I was motivated by my own recovery to begin sharing this amazing therapy with others in 1980. After 25 years of practicing in Boston, I moved to Connecticut to live with my soul mate, Paul. Now it is 15 years later, and I am delighted to still be available to serve the Connecticut community.

What’s noticeable about Connecticut is that the climate here is more conservative than Boston towards integrative health care. People are more cautious. If I could convince all of you who have seen me before to come even once a year for colonic renewal, that would be impressive. Have you forgotten how great you feel afterwards? What is holding you back? We live in an increasingly toxic world. All you have to lose is yourself!

There are only a few of us colon hydrotherapists practicing in Connecticut, but what’s unique to this state is that most of us have been offering colon hydrotherapy for a long time. In other words, you have several choices to see top-notch therapists – just go to i-act.org and look at the referral list of Connecticut practitioners. We may not be a large group, but we are all talented in our own unique ways. As an elder now in the colon hydrotherapy world, my goal is to support us all in achieving greater health.

As for my personal life, I have a wonderful husband and a devoted dog, Bo. What more could I ask for? Long walks with Bo in the woods are my “religion”. I am grateful for 2 delightful grandchildren as well. Paul challenges me to be more of my authentic self every day. I am blessed to be living consciously and sharing my journey with Paul, even though the path may feel arduous at times. Mostly though, it’s full of joy and gratitude for all the blessings bestowed on me. That includes each of you, by the way, even if I have only seen you once. Thank you for trusting me!
Love, Connie connie-and-bo

 

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. Please contact me at 860.287.4558 or Connie@Cleanmycolon.com to schedule an appointment with me or my associate Olga.

 


Home Remedies: Coffee Enemas

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Drinking coffee is known to have health benefits such as protecting against Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and Liver Cancer. Did you know that there is another way you can consume coffee that has known health benefits? Coffee enemas, which can be done at home, have been used for thousands of years. Reference to them was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and medical literature in the late !800’s and early !900’s. Over the years they have been shown to combat intestinal and liver issues as well as fight cancer and chemical sensitivities.

Coffee enemas were made popular in the 1950’s by Dr. Max Gerson who established a protocol for healing his cancer patients. The protocol involves many things, including up to 5 coffee enemas a day to help detoxify the body, especially the liver.

Dr. Joshua Axe upholds the benefits of coffee enemas in his writing that they “are known to help flush out bacteria, heavy metals, fungus and yeast (like those responsible for candida symptoms, for example) from the digestive tract, including the liver and colon, while also lowering inflammation — therefore helping people restore bowel function, increase their energy levels and heal from disorders that have caused them trouble for years.”

Not every health practitioner agrees that coffee enemas are helpful. However, we have found enough research to validate their efficacy. We are choosing to focus on the resources that support this home remedy as a tool for possibly increasing your overall well-being.

The University of Minnesota has found that coffee enemas can help with improving gut health by repairing digestive tissue and relieving cramps, bloating, nausea and constipation. You may experience these benefits by doing coffee enemas at home.

 

You will need:

An enema kit, readily available online at places such as Amazon or Optimal Health Network

Fresh certified organic coffee beans (not decaffeinated coffee beans) high in palmitate, such as those sold by Optimal Health Network

Purified water

A small pot

A strainer

Tangerine essential oil

Chlorophyll capsules

Non-petroleum based lubricant

Sea salt

 

Follow these directions:

Take 4 to 8 Chlorophyll capsules 30 minutes before the enema, along with another 4 to 8 immediately preceding the enema. The Chlorophyll binds tightly to the toxins and allows them to be expelled rather than reabsorbed by the colon.

Combine 4 cups of filtered, purified water along with 3 to 4 tablespoons of coffee in the pot. Bring to a boil and allow to steep for 10 to 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes strain the coffee so that all of the grounds are removed.

Add 4 tablespoons of sea salt, if you would like. This helps replace salt removed from your system by the enema.

Cool the coffee by placing it in a bowl and sitting it in a container of cold water. Allow it to cool to just over body temperature. Never use hot coffee in an enema.

Add 3 to 10 drops of Tangerine essential oil to your coffee. This enhances the intestines absorption of the coffee, helps detoxify the liver and decongest the lymph system.

Using 1.5 cups of the cooled coffee, follow the directions on the Enema Kit to perform your enema, holding the coffee in your lower colon for 12 minutes. You may do a series of two enemas. If you do so, hold the coffee in your lower colon for 15 minutes on the second enema.

 

Coffee enemas can have numerous health benefits not only to your digestive system, but also your entire body. If you’d like more information about this remedy please review the following resources:

10 Incredible Benefits of Coffee Enemas by Katie Young

23 Jolting Coffee Drinking Statistics by Rebecca Lake

Fight Cancer and Detoxify With a Coffee Enema by Dr. Josh Axe

The Gerson Therapy by The Gerson Institute

Health Benefits and Risks of Drinking Coffee by Joseph Nordqvist

How to Do a Coffee Enema: Recipes and Instructions by Kraig and Kristina Amelong

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. Please contact me at 860.287.4558 or Connie@Cleanmycolon.com to schedule an appointment with me or my new associate Olga.

Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy makes no claim or guarantee for cure or relief of any symptoms, medical conditions, or disease when using coffee enemas.

 


Castor Oil Packs

Our next two blogs will be about ways you can support your gut health at home. Today we’re discussing Castor Oil packs. Next month we’ll be talking about coffee enemas.

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An Old Home Remedy: Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil has numerous healing properties. Some of you may remember as a child that your Mom forced it down your throat to relieve constipation. I was first introduced to it when I discovered Colon Hydrotherapy back in the ’70’s. Edgar Cayce, who was a famous 20th-century medical intuitive, would begin each of his healing protocols recommending castor oil packs, colonics, and dietary changes. He felt that detoxing was the place to start!

Castor Oil has actually been a home remedy as far back as 1500 BC. Besides being used as a laxative, it can be applied topically to address a myriad of health and beauty issues.

Here’s how the topical application of Castor Oil works: the oil of the castor bean plant is known to be absorbed into the body’s lymphatic system, “stimulating lymphatic drainage and the natural healing ability of the body to break up any congestion present.” * Increased T-cells, which are powerful white blood cells that trigger our immune system’s antibody response, are detected after applying castor oil packs to the skin.

What are the benefits to the gut and colon? Castor Oil detoxifies the gut and increases the production of metabolites. These metabolites help break down and harvest nutrients from food and can also can help to balance gut bacteria by decreasing fungus growth.

 

How do you Make and Use Your Own Castor Oil Packs?

Supplies: Flannel or wool cloth, Heating pad or hot pack, Plastic sheet or wrap, and cold pressed and cold processed, preferably organic, Castor Oil

Preparation of Castor Oil Packs:

  1. Fold the flannel or wool cloth into 2 to 4 thicknesses or a suitable size to cover the body area where you will be applying it. It is safe to apply anywhere.
  2. Next, either soak the pack in pre-heated castor oil or saturate the cloth with castor oil. Heat it in the oven on a cookie sheet at low temperature. Don’t use your microwave as you can easily scorch the oil and pack. You want the pack very warm but not hot enough to burn your skin.
  3. When addressing gut issues, apply the pack to the entire abdomen. Placing it on the right side helps with detoxing the liver. When applied to the lower abdomen it can be helpful for relieving gas.
  4. Place a sheet of plastic over the pack. Some folks bundle their whole torso with cling wrap. This is to prevent oil from ruining your clothing and linens! If skin is sensitive to plastic, use a paper towel between skin and plastic wrap. It’s best not to be using clothes, towels, or sheets that you care about. There is a special product you can purchase to wash out the castor oil but they’ll never be quite the same.
  5. Over the plastic place a towel or old t-shirt. Lay a heating pad or hot pack on top of the cloth. If using a heating pad set it on medium or high if tolerable. Don’t make it so hot that it burns your skin.
  6. The treatment should continue for 30 – 45 minutes. This is a good time to meditate, read, or listen to music. Relax!
  7. To complete the treatment, remove the castor oil pack and clean your skin with a solution of baking soda and water (1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint of water).
  8. The pack can be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic box container. Reuse 20 – 25 times, after which it should be washed or thrown away. Just add a little fresh castor oil before each use.
  9. An easier method, although not as effective, is to simply spread castor oil directly on affected area. Cover with plastic wrap or a plastic bag and apply heat. There is also a disposable, one-time-application pack available online if you really want to keep it simple (from Amazon or Optimal Health Network).

Give it a try! It’s a wonderful complement to colon hydrotherapy. I hope you’ll enjoy using this simple home remedy to increase not just your gut health but your overall sense of well-being.

 

If you want more information about castor oil and its many benefits these several books you can read:

The Miracle Oil: Secrets of Edgar Cayce’s Palma Christi Revealed by David E. Kukor

Edgar Cayce and the Palma Christi by William A. McGarey

Natural Cures – The Hand of Christ: The Miracle Healing Oil: “Palma Christi” How It Will Heal You by Sam Sommer

Reference:

*Drobot, Jeoff NMD and Dickson Thom, DDS, ND “Castor Oil: An Essential for Health” The American Center for Biological Medicine.

 

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. Please contact me at 860.287.4558 or Connie@Cleanmycolon.com to schedule an appointment with me or my new associate Olga.


What You Put in Determines What You Get Out

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My husband and I recently moved into a new home in a rural area. Right away I noticed water did not drain properly in the kitchen sink. I bought a bottle of drain cleaner, poured the entire bottle down the drain and let it sit overnight.

In the morning I ran the faucet hoping that whatever was clogging the drain had been dislodged. All seemed well at first. However, after several days the problem returned. I immediately understood that a quick fix was not going to be the appropriate course of action. I needed to determine the underlying cause before attempting to find a solution. It was time to call in professional help. Often, we look for the quick fix to repair symptoms (the clogged drain), and in doing so we ignore addressing the root cause.

When the plumber cleaned our drain, he found a large accumulation of grease, hair and rice in the pipe elbow. It was old gunk, deposited there by the previous homeowners, who likely didn’t realize they were not using the drain properly. The plumber was laughing that I was trying to fix it with a drain cleaner. He cautioned that the only way to avoid clogging the drain was to use the pipes as they were intended, for water only!

Later, I thought about the experience, comparing my kitchen plumbing to the human body. As a Colon Hydrotherapist, many of my clients have tried to fix their clogged “internal plumbing” with laxatives. This does not solve the problem of “clogged pipes” especially if the body is overloaded with foods that are sticky, hard, dry and toxic. Our intestines do not just hold onto these toxic substances, as kitchen pipes do, they also absorb the toxins from what is languishing in our gut.

I felt curious about my clients’ knowledge about food and nutrients. What exactly are they eating: real, whole foods or processed foods? Do they know their body’s capability to absorb and process nutrients? Do they understand that how they handle emotions directly impacts their system of elimination?

My observations helped me understand that working as a Colon Hydrotherapist was only addressing a piece of the problem. Cleansing my clients’ colon was futile if they did not know how to support their digestive system with healthy food. I then decided to become a Certified Health Coach to serve my clients in a more complete and comprehensive manner. Educating people on how to support their health with nutrient dense whole foods is the first line of defense against “clogged pipes.”

During this holiday season I am offering a one hour session of Wellness Coaching for only $50. That’s an incredible 50% off the usual $100 fee!  For more information go to my website Green Shade Wellness. To schedule a session please call or text Olga at 860.817.0508. You can also email me at GNSWellness@gmail.com. You will be surprised with things you learn when we view your food intake and how it effects your body composition.

It is my pleasure to introduce my new recipe for your healthy digestion:

Beet-Ginger-Lemon Tea

  1. Peel, then shred one small red organic beet.
  2. Put beet’s pieces in a thermos and pour boiled water over it.
  3. Close thermos, and take with you to work or travel. It would stay hot for 24 hours. You should add ginger and lemon to invigorate your digestion. For the best results drink it between your meals or 1-1 ½ hours after, so, you would not dilute your digestive enzymes.

Welcome Olga Klein!

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With delight I introduce you to Olga Klein, Colon Hydrotherapist and Wellness Coach, who is joining me to offer more hours and days of availability. She will be in the office Thursday through Saturday. Not only is Olga scheduling clients for Colon Hydrotherapy, but also for Wellness Coaching. What a wonderful blend of knowledge!

Olga recently completed her Advanced Level Colon Hydrotherapy Certification through I-ACT with me as her Instructor. We first met over 10 years ago when Olga, working in a stressful corporate environment, developed constipation, digestive imbalance, and intense migraines. After the initial 3 sessions, Olga noticed that her migraines began to disappear, and her digestive function began to improve. Furthermore, she became better able to manage her stress as she experienced the connection between her emotional/physical well-being and her gut health. “That experience showed me how important it is to keep our colons clean.”

Olga became a Colon Hydrotherapist in 2011 and worked with me in Glastonbury for a while. She became aware of how most people don’t pay proper attention to their food choices, resulting in constipation. This led her to become a Health Coach as well as a Traditional Chinese Herbalist. Olga has a thirst for learning and has taken over 1000 hours of workshops and trainings – including raw food, paleo diet, and living gluten free.

 

Are you ready for a deal?!

As a special introductory deal, Olga is offering Colon Hydrotherapy to you through December at $90 a session. Her normal rate is $110 for one session or $290 for a series of 3. To schedule an appointment with Olga, please give me a call or text at 860.287.4558 or e-mail me at connie@cleanmycolon.com.

Olga brings in some of her favorite recipes for me to try. Here is her favorite beet salad recipe.

 

Colon Cleansing Salad

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Did you know that root vegetables – such as carrots, beets and artichokes – are good for colon health? In the fall, nature moves nutrients from green tops into the ground to save them from frost for the next season. These roots are superfoods packed with nutrients. They give us beneficial fiber and taste great. Here’s my favorite recipe for a colon cleaning salad.

First, shred the following raw vegetables: 1 small red beet, 1 small or medium carrot, 1 green organic apple, 4 Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes).

Chop up 1 bunch of watercress and combine with 1-2 tablespoons of any sprout. Add at least 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, a pinch of Himalayan salt (optional) with 1 tablespoon of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend. Mix all of the ingredients.

If the raw version is not for you, sauté all of the veggies, except for the sprouts and watercress. Add 3 tablespoons of water and simmer for 4-6 min in the frying pan. Sprinkle on the 1 tablespoon of oil as well as 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice. Top with the fresh bean sprouts and watercress and enjoy! My clients say: “The taste is great; I love it and it works!”.

 

Check out the ingredient’s benefits

Beets decrease inflammation, help the liver release bile, lubricate the intestines, and stimulate natural peristalsis of the digestive tract. In Siberian folklore, beets are called “sweepers”, because they rid the body of toxins. One client said to me: “Your beet salad saved my life! I was so constipated after taking medication. Then I remembered your words about beets and it helped. Since then I eat them whenever I want to detox.”

Carrots are another treasure full of vitamins. They build immunity and stimulate the digestive system and the liver. They also improve the cardio-vascular system, lungs, and even the function of the eyes.

Jerusalem artichokes are an excellent source of potassium and contain inulin, a prebiotic, which helps to colonize beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. If you have never had artichokes, just peel and eat. They are very tasty. Due to their low glycemic index, artichokes are a healthy food choice for type 2 Diabetics.

Watercress was one of Hippocrates favorite herbs, packed with vitamins C and K. He built his hospital by a river where there was a bounty of this blood cleansing and anti-inflammatory herb.

 

To schedule an appointment with Olga or me please contact me at connie@cleanmycolon.com or 860.287.4558 with your questions or to make an appointment.


It’s Time for Change!

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Entering my 39th year as a Colon Hydrotherapist, I am finally beginning to slow down. It has been a great journey! Now I am focusing more on what matters in my eldering years: returning to my love of art, taking long walks with my dog, spending as much time as possible with my husband Paul, and deepening my connection to Self and Soul. I’m becoming more selfish and taking better care of myself, just as I have encouraged you to do throughout the years.

Colon Hydrotherapy continues to be one of my favorite ways for self-care. I was first introduced to this amazing therapy back in the 1970’s. I had moved to New York City to study art, yet found myself tangled up in the insanity of the place. Simply put, Colon Hydrotherapy saved my life by giving me a fresh start, a way to heal from unhealthy patterns.

Little did I know back in 1976 that I would become a pioneer in the field! I received my initial training in Boston, where I had a thriving practice for 24 years. I not only founded one of the first professional associations in the field, but also the New England School of Colon Hydrotherapy. A passion of mine has been to legitimize and legalize this work. Having sought to advance Colon Hydrotherapy in Massachusetts, my latest effort was helping to get a bill passed in Connecticut which allows us to practice freely under a Naturopath’s supervision. It’s hard to believe that I have been practicing in Connecticut for 14 years!

So, what does slowing down look like for me?

  • I have reduced my hours of availability: Monday and Wednesday 10 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM., and the third Saturday of each month 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • My rates have increased slightly to $130 a session or $345 for a series of 3.
  • I plan to retire by my 70th birthday in the Spring of 2019. I encourage you to take the opportunity to see me while you can! How long has it been since I last saw you?

Another Colon Hydrotherapist is on the way! Olga Yurash Klein, who is currently completing her Advanced Training with me, will soon be available to see you in my office, not only for Colon Hydrotherapy but also Wellness Coaching. You may remember her from the Glastonbury office.

I thank you for trusting me throughout the years as your Colon Hydrotherapist, my favorite vehicle for accessing folks on a deeper level. I am grateful to have met so many amazing people along the way.

I hope to see you again! Please contact me at connie@cleanmycolon.com or 860.287.4558 to make an appointment.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system.


Come Explore my New Resource Page!

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Have you visited my website cleanmycolon.com lately? Check it out! With the help of Bobbi and Heather, I have created a new Resources Page with LOTS of relevant information about colon hydrotherapy:

 

Organizations

These are the certifying agencies for Colon Hydrotherapy. They offer a wealth of information about my profession. I am primarily affiliated with I-ACT and NBCHT.

 

Articles

We have included only a few of the scientific papers written validating the safety and beneficial effects of colon hydrotherapy. My profession has been misunderstood and misrepresented for years. Perhaps because we deal with a part of the body most folks are embarrassed to discuss? I hope you’ll share these myth-busting reports with any doubting friends and practitioners.

 

Books

I have listed a few categories: gut bacteria, detox and cleansing programs, colon health and hydrotherapy.

You’ll notice an increased interest in the connection between the gut and the brain. Science is finally catching up to my experience! I have observed the positive effects for 40 years. Folks usually report feeling calmer, clearer, focused, and more balanced after a session.

If you’re looking for books about detoxing or jump-starting your diet to support improved gut health, check out some of the cleansing programs listed. The colon health and hydrotherapy section offers a number of authors and books you may not have heard about but they are rich with information.

The concept of internal cleansing with water is not new. I added the last category of old books to give you an idea about the earlier thinking and devices invented from the 1900’s. Just looking at the pictures is a hoot!

 

Websites

These are only a few of the numerous sites that cover related topics.

 

 Individuals

These are some of the professionals with whom I work. My husband, Paul (with whom I offer workshops), talks more about the mind-body-soul connection on his website.

 

Films and Videos

Those listed here are only the beginning. There are new films and videos coming out every day with pertinent perspectives.

 

I hope that you will educate yourself and enjoy the increasing awareness about the value of my offering. The body’s ability to heal with water is so simple and profound at the same time!

Please contact me at connie@cleanmycolon.com or 860.287.4558 with your questions or to make an appointment.


“Health Food” Isn’t Always Good for You

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Information about food and its nutritional value is not always accurate. Health food fads and trends can burst into popularity without accompanying facts about the pros and cons of eating that food. It’s important that we know the facts, because what’s labeled as a health food by pop culture isn’t always good for us. Developing the habit of reading labels can assist you in making wise food choices.

A good example of this is kombucha. This beverage, made by fermenting tea, became a health food fad in Western Culture two decades ago. It is touted as an abundant source of probiotics, given the live bacteria it contains. However, it is the fermentation process and resulting bacteria that also make it potentially unsafe to consume.

Home-brewed Kombucha must be made and fermented in a carefully sterilized environment to assure the drink doesn’t contain bacteria harmful to the human digestive system. Kombucha brewed both at home and commercially can also contain high amounts of sugar, alcohol, heavy metals and candida yeast. For these reasons Kombucha might be the health food fad you decide to skip. I love the taste and way I feel after drinking kombucha, so this information is disappointing to me!

Another fermented product often made at home is yogurt. It also requires a sterile environment in order to protect it from the growth of harmful bacteria. Commercially prepared yogurt, while typically safe from contamination, is often full of sugar, thickeners and preservatives. I was first introduced to REAL homemade yogurt, made from sheep’s milk, in Greece back in 1972 and have never found an equivalent quality since.

Many of us may know that tuna fish contains levels of mercury so high that pregnant women are cautioned to avoid it. But did you know that brown rice often contains arsenic? For this reason, you should limit servings of this grain. Also, watch out for brown rice syrup that is often used to sweeten “health foods” like granola and protein bars. An exception is Lundberg Rice – a sustainable, eco-friendly, organic farmer of high quality, safe rice products.

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Other foods, commonly touted as healthy, have naturally occurring nutrients that can become toxic if consumed at even moderate levels. For example, swiss chard and beets contain oxaylates, a healthy prebiotic. However, consuming a high level of oxaylates can cause kidney stones. Brazil nuts contain a powerful amount of selenium, a nutrient that fights infection in our bodies. But a single ounce of brazil nuts contains 777% of our body’s daily need for selenium. Such an “overdose” of this nutrient can cause gastrointestinal and neurological problems, even heart attacks.

While we want to feed our bodies food that nourishes us and promotes health, it is important that we choose that food based upon accurate, research backed information. Before jumping on the bandwagon with the latest health food trend do some reading, including the labels on your food, or ask your medical professional. That extra step could save you from becoming ill due to a food that you thought would make you well.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.

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Three Great Books to Learn About Gut Health

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There has been an influx of research documenting the importance of having a balanced and healthy gut microbiome – the collection of bacteria that live within your intestinal system. This new research shows that it important to have more healthy than unhealthy bacteria.  Also, we need a wide variety of good bacteria.

Not only does a balanced gut microbiome promote digestive health, but it also impacts brain, mental, and physical health. Understanding your gut and how it works is more important than ever.

We’ve assembled a sampling of outstanding books about gut health to help educate you:

 

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life by David Perlmutter, MD with Kristin Loberg

Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, considered one of the pre-eminent experts on the connection between the brain, nutrition and gut health. In Brain Maker he details the amazing link between the bacteria in your gut and the health of your brain. Then he offers dietary recommendations and a six-step process of daily changes that can both improve your gut’s bacterial microbiome and your brain health.

You can read more about Brain Maker on Dr. Perlmutter’s website or purchase it on Amazon.

 

The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss by Raphael Kellman, MD

Dr. Kellman, an integrative medicine specialist, has spent two decades developing expertise in the interconnection of disease and the gut microbiome. Utilizing the newest scientific research, his book lays out a diet which not only heals gut health issues but resets your metabolism and supports overall health. The diet focuses on resetting your gut microbiome, maintaining a preponderance of good bacteria and eating foods that nourish those bacteria.

You can read more about this book on Dr. Kellman’s website or purchase it on Amazon.

 

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Giulia Enders

Ms. Enders book is an in-depth exploration of our gut, its function and its role in our overall health. With a sense of humor and easy-to-understand language, she details how our digestive system works, how it impacts the rest of our bodily functions and why we should maintain good gut health. She also answers basic questions like “What is acid reflux?”

If you read German you can check out Giulia Ender’s website. If English is your language of choice you can read about the book on Amazon.

 

If you would like a more extensive list of books about gut health please go to my Resources Page (available on June 1st) at Cleanmycolon.com.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.

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