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MTHFR

6 Sep

SO I have a gene mutation, two actually.

I had some blood work done late last year and when I picked up the report the first page declared I was Compound Heterozygous. Compound referring to the two mutations. I am positive for one copy of  C677T mutation and one copy of A1298C mutation.

Basically this means I have an increased risk of hyperhomocyteinemiavascular diseases, some cancers, emotional problems and degenerative disease in general. Yea me!

Both of my parents died from cancer; my dad lymphoma and my mother lung cancer. My brother had  prostate cancer. My nephew died in his 40’s from a form of leukemia. I am somewhat estranged from the rest of my family so I am not sure if there are more. So basically I already knew I had genetic risks for cancer/degenerative disease, no surprise there. My family’s health history is part of the reason I have an interest in natural health.

The other reason for my interest in wellness is I grew up with my mom dabbling in all things natural health  so it was natural for me to do the same, dabble in natural health. I grew up in a home where carrot sticks were more common than potato chips, I drank milk or juice, not Coke & Kool-aid. Yet I also learned to love ice cream, fried chicken, & bagels loaded with cream cheese there. Those foods are just normal thought, right? And I wasn’t eating a lot of junk on a regular basis. But the truth is normal people get cancer or die young from heart  disease every day, and I’ll see your normal and raise you two gene mutations ūüôā

These test were a wake up call for me to quit dabbling and get serious. I owe it to the things my mom instilled in me about eating right & exercise that I am fairly healthy now. But, she was fairly healthy for her age and cancer showed up. So, I am going to take my health to the next level. That’s right I am going to the extreme. I’m not nieve enough to think anything I do will make me completely immune to cancer or any of the other problems; BUT, I will give my body the best chance I can to survive THRIVE; and if I do have to  battle against a disease I plan to go into that fight in the best shape of my life. I’ll be posting more about some new things I am doing soon, but for now lets look at MTHFR.

MTHFR

mutation2***The information on this page is from research I have been doing the last few months, I am by no means an expert on MTHFR or gene mutations.

The official name of the MTHFR gene is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (methyl-ene-tetra-hydro-folate-reductase).

 MTHFR most often refers to a genetic mutation that inhibits the body’s ability to methylate or convert folic acid from the food we eat into Methylfolate (L-MTHF).

The normal function of the MTHFR gene:

The MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, or the MTHFR enzyme (leave it up to the scientists to confuse us). This enzyme plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is important for a chemical reaction involving forms of the B-vitamin folate. Specifically, this enzyme converts 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. This reaction is required for the multistep process that converts the amino acid homocysteine to another amino acid, methionine. The body uses methionine to make proteins and other important compounds.

Why the MTHFR gene is important:

The MTHFR gene is responsible for making a functional MTHFR enzyme. If the MTHFR gene is slightly mutation3altered (mutated), the MTHFR enzyme‚Äôs shape becomes distorted. Enzyme function depends a lot on shape. It is similar to the grooves on a key. If the grooves on a key are slightly different than the lock, the key may fit and turn the lock a little but it does not unlock the door.

The genetic code of the MTHFR enzyme must be perfect in order for it to function properly. A dysfunctional MTHFR enzyme may lead to a slew of health problems.

This MTHFR gene mutation affects how our bodies process B vitamins for absorption and use; this biological process is called methylation.  Methylation is simply the transformation of food into enzymes or ‘active elements’ the body’s cells can directly and immediately use.

Remember, a healthy MTHFR gene is responsible for converting folic acid into Methylfolate (the ‚Äėactive element‚Äô form of Folate that your body uses).  Our cells cannot actually use folic acid. Folic acid must get converted into Methylfolate before the body‚Äôs cells can use it.   This conversion from folic acid to Methylfolate is a 4-step process, but if someone has an MTHFR genetic defect, then the enzyme transformation between steps 3 and 4 is mutated which causes many systemic problems.

So this means the vitamin processing pathways are not functioning properly and because of this the cells are trying to use defective enzymes, which can cause the body to malfunction and display a variety of symptoms and diseases.  These B vitamin pathways are responsible for many foundational health processes:

  •  Clearing the body of toxins (making glutathionine to do this job),
  • Regulating central nervous system health (making serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine to do this work),
  • Regulating cardiovascular health (reducing homocysteine levels which are damaging to the heart)

The most common MTHFR gene mutations:

  •  Mutation 677 ‚Äď can be linked to: Heart disease, heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots, Peripheral neuropathy, Anemia, Miscarriages, Congenital birth defects, and more
  •  Mutation 1298 ‚Äď can be linked to: Depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Memory loss with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, even other psychiatric problems can be tied to this defect (OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia), and more

Symptoms of toxin build up may be linked to one or both of the MTHFR defects – nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, rashes, and much more

  • MTHFR 677CC = a normal MTHFR gene
  • MTHFR 677CT = a heterozygous mutation which is one mutation
  • MTHFR 677TT = a homozygous mutation which is two mutations
  • MTHFR 1298AA = a normal MTHFR gene
  • MTHFR 1298AC = a heterozygous mutation which is one mutation
  • MTHFR 1298CC = a homozgyous mutation which is two mutations
  • MTHFR 677CT + MTHFR 1298AC = a compound heterozygous mutation which is one mutation from two different parts of the gene  ** this is what I have **

Symptoms of MTHFR

There are many different symptoms someone with one or both gene mutations might encounter.  Not everyone has the same set of symptoms because there are many other genetic and environmental differences that complicate health. There is a key systemic problem that comes from low methylation and it causes three different symptom areas.

Systemic problem:  Homocysteine levels are too high due to the fact that not enough Methylfolate is available to convert the Homocysteine into Methionine, SAMe and Glutathione.  Think of Methylfolate (L-MTHF or 5-MTHF) as the wizard changing the bad guy (Homocysteine) into good guys (SAMe and Glutathione).

 Three symptom areas:

 1.  Central Nervous System disorders – some of these come from Homocysteine not getting converted into SAMe.  SAMe is responsible for creating Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine (neurotransmitters responsible for mood, motivation, and to some degree energy levels – if these are low, then Depression is often the result, but even aggression and alcoholism are symptoms sometimes found in men).  Pregnant women may encounter extreme Post-partum depression.  Also, things like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Memory loss with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and other psychiatric problems can be tied to this issue (OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and more).  These challenges are typically more related to the 1298 gene mutation.

 2.  Cardiovascular problems often occur when Homocysteine levels in the body are too high.  Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clotsPeripheral neuropathy, Anemia even Miscarriages and Congenital birth defects can be related to this issue among others.  These problems are typically more related to the 677 gene mutation, but the worst is for a person who has one 677 variant and one 1298 variant.

 3.  Environmental poisoning can increase when not enough Homocysteine gets converted into Glutathione.  Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying the body of the heavy metals we encounter in the environment – it is our body’s most powerful antioxidant.  When a body gets too burdened by heavy metals and toxins, a lot of unexpected health problems emerge.  Some symptoms of this can be: nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, rashes and more.

MTHFR is at the top of a list of 16 genetic defects for autism.  Another study showed 98% of children with autism had one or both of the MTHFR gene defects (677 and/or 1298).  A recent clinical study indicated that mothers with MTHFR who didn’t take folate during pregnancy were 7 times more likely to have an autistic child than mothers without the MTHFR gene defect.  Colon and gastric cancers also have key links to the MTHFR gene defects, just do an internet search on ‘MTHFR and colon cancer’ or ‘MTHFR and gastric cancer’ and you will find many clinical studies and articles on the subject.

*** OK- incase you are reading this after discovering you have this one or more of these gene mutations and this is scaring you, don’t let it. This is information. Information is power. Decide to do everything you can to  build your health as much as possible starting today. The health issues I currently have are all controlled with proper diet & supplementation.  I have had 3 healthy pregnancies and three healthy children. When I started taking folate instead of a multi with folic acid I started feeling 110X better, so start there!! This diagnosis is NOT a death sentence, so don’t act like it is.

SO, what to do if you have a MTHFR mutation:

1. Find some good supplements. **And Yes, supplements are important because if you have a MTHFR mutation your body is not going to convert folic acid you are getting from food.

Don‚Äôt take a vitamin supplement that your body can‚Äôt convert properly. B-9 as folic acid and B-12 as cobalamin are NOT good options for an MTHFR gene mutant.  Make sure you bypass mutated B vitamin pathways and take the already transformed version of the vitamin enzymes: Methylfolate for B-9 and Methylcobalamin for B-12.  These are harder to find, especially in a multivitamin, but definitely available.

The multivitamin I am currently taking is from Seeking Health . They also have a very good Active B12 Lozenge With L-5-MTHF – 60 Lozenges as well as a ton of info relating to MTHFR. Dr. Ben Lynch who formulate the supplements actually has MTHFR mutations himself. He also offers MTHFR Test – MTHFR Genotyping Laboratory Test, if you choose not to have these done through your Doctor.

Joel Fuhrmien also makes a good multivitamin with folate instead of folic acid. I learend a lot reading Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman and listening to some of his recommendations. I am not an affiliate of his, but I do really respect his work, there is a ton of science behind it.  Although he does not specifically address MTHFR, you can read what he has to say about a multi HERE.

2. Pay VERY close attention to your diet. 

I’m still going to say everyone is different so you have to  get to know YOUR body and find what works best for it!!

plaeo prymid EAT WHOLE REAL FOOD!!! For Pete’s sake, give your body a fighting chance!! It is NOT going to be able to fight off all of the things it MAY have against it if you are fueling with crap!!! Stop eating processed food as much as possible!!

Cut out GLUTEN. At least cut it for a month and see how you feel. Dr. Lynch has a ton of info on this if you go to his site. But I will tell you my memory and my energy levers are 110 times better since I have stopped eating anything with gluten in it.

Cut out SUGAR!!! I mean it!! Read every label you have in your house- it is hidden everywhere!!!

Dr. Lynch recommends a Paleo diet. (when I say diet here you KNOW I mean lifestyle, not diet!!) A Paleo diet is mainly meats and vegetables, some fruits, some seeds, some nuts, healthy fats, no gluten, beans, grains, or most dairy. A huge part of eating Paleo is the source of your meat- it needs to be as natural as possible-  beef needs to be grass fed, chickens free range, etc. If you want more info on eating Paleo, NERD Fitness has a great article. I LOVE the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippp, she has a blog/podcast: Balanced Bites. Dr. Lynch recommends Robb Wolf, I have not read any of his work personally, but from what I understand it is more of the science behind this way of eating. I am also reading It Starts With Food it comes from the Whole9 Life site, who started the Whole30 so many people are doing. I love this book and plan to do a Whole30 after my last race of the season. I am really looking into this way of eating, and will probably write a blog post on it soon.

I have noticed HUGE improvements in my energy levels, my memory, my digestion, and my ability to focus (ADHD) when I changed my diet to whole/real foods. The most important change I made was cutting out gluten, but I am also avoiding sugar and processed food in general. I am tracking and limiting carbs and feel much better without my blood sugar jumping all over the place. I have also measurable increased my healthy fats, mainly through coconut oil.

I will add to this page as  learn more ūüôā

Drink Water

6 Sep

T.Y.W.B.E. – Take Your Water Bottle Everywhere!

it is so important to take your water bottle everywhere because it is essential that you drink water everyday and stay hydrated!! Human bodies are made up of approximately 60% water.  

To fully appreciate how vital water is, recall the survival rule of 3: You can survive only

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food

Keeping your body adequately hydrated is one of the MOST¬†important¬†things you can do to ward off degenerative disease. Each of the¬†trillions¬†of cells in our system is a producer of waste material, the natural by-product of energy production. Without needed fluid the cells can’t flush themselves. As toxins build up cells begin to break down. Mutations, sickness and cancer cells result.

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Here is a simple formula to figure out how much water you need to drink each day:

_________ Pounds you weigh / 2 = ________Ounces to drink per day

So take you weight and¬†divide¬†it by two. ¬†the number you get is the ounces of water you need to drink each day ūüôā

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Buy water;  I mean WATER!!! Not tea, coffee, coke, or milkshakes!!!! Coffee is actually a diuretic and takes water from your system, so if you drink a cup of coffee add another 6 oz of water to your total!!

So, Drink Water- BUT it has to be the RIGHT KIND of Water….

Either drink filtered water or you are the water filter!!!!

water1Tap water if full of all types of¬†contaminates. ¬†¬†Probably the most common contaminants that end up in your home’s water from all sources are: particulates, living organisms and volatile organic compounds ‚ÄĒ all of them gnarly and nasty.

The volatile organic compounds ‚ÄĒ called VOCs for short ‚ÄĒ are some of the gnarliest and nastiest of the bunch. Dozens of them¬†can be present in your water without your even knowing it.

Contaminated water can cause a wide range of illnesses, as well as specific and non-specific symptoms. For instance, VOCs like chlorinated solvents are easily absorbed through the digestive system and the lungs. Once inside a human body, VOCs accumulate in the liver, kidneys or fatty tissues. High amounts of them can cause symptoms like dizziness, headaches, lack of concentration and forgetfulness, and they can affect the heart. In very high accumulations, the VOCs in chlorinated solvents cause cancer in laboratory animals, and the VOCs in fuel components cause organ damage, cancers and birth defects.

So it is VERY important to drink only FILTERED water!!!

This is the¬†water filter I personally have. It is made by Aquasana. ¬†It is called the¬†Water for Life Under Counter Water Filter.¬†It s highly rated,¬†extremely¬†economical, easy to install, and the water taste great. Aquasana drinking water filters have been named a ‚ÄúBest Buy‚ÄĚ by Consumers ¬†Digest for six consecutive years and one of ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs Healthiest Gadgets‚ÄĚ by¬†Health magazine (November 2011). I am sure that there are other water filters out there that are good, but in my search this was the best I found in this price range. Do your homework- don’t just buy anything!!!

Let’s Talk Water Bottles

water3SO… what do you ¬†T.Y.W.B.E ¬†in????

OK- I’m going to be honest. I used to be a plastic water bottle re-user ūüė¶ It was just SO EASY and¬†convenient¬†(seemingly) to pick up a case of water at my local ‘big box’ store and grab one or three and go. And then, even worse, I when I ran out I would just re-fill the plastic bottles with my¬†purified¬†water from home. BIG MISTAKE.

While all of the bad press was swirling around certain types of plastic, for a while regular old plastic water bottles seemed to maintain a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health was concerned. Evidence, however, ¬†now suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all.¬†Scientists in Germany have found that PET plastics — the kind used to make water bottles, among many other common products — may also harbor hormone-disrupting chemicals that leach into the water.¬†It now appears possible that some as-yet unidentified chemicals in these plastics have the potential to interfere with estrogen and other reproductive hormones, just as the infamous plasticizers BPA and phthalates do. ¬†“What we found was really surprising to us,” Wagner, head ecotoxicologist at Goethe University in Frankfurtsaid, said “If you drink water from plastic bottles, you have a high probability of drinking estrogenic compounds.” ¬†read more about this at¬†Discovery Health.

I am seeing new stainless steel bottles popping up everywhere BUT…. I have tried them and no matter what I do my water taste funny. Also, Some people object to the fact that these stainless steel bottles are manufactured in China because of the lethal contamination recently found in several products made there. As to the popular aluminum bottles made by Sigg, they have a lining whose ingredients have not been disclosed. Sigg does state categorically that tests show the lining does not leach BPA, and there is no reason to assume otherwise. But this is another case where a manufacturer could assuage doubts by being more forthcoming.

water bottlesSO, I found these water bottles recently at Aquasana and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.  I love the clean taste of my water when I am drinking from glass. They are super easy to clean. They are cheep (the better plastic and stainless steel bottles can run $20 or more) These are around $20 for 6 of them. Highly recommend!!! You can click on the picture if you want to check these out.

I am slightly¬†clumsy¬†and¬†initially¬†worried these might be easy to break, but once I got to hold one I realized they are made from a heavy glass (think of the old Coca Cola bottles). I have not had any problems….¬†and I have been ‘taking mine everywhere’!!! Aquasana carries a silicone¬†sleeves¬†you can order for extra grip, but I have not found one necessary.

Fight that Cold!!

5 Sep

7 Things to Help Fight a Cold

1. Aloe Vera Juice…Has immune stimulating, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-cancer properties. Also helps address stomach disorders, ulcers, colitis, constipation and other colon related problems.

2. Astragalus…Has antiviral, antibacterial properties. Increases production of interferon, which can help the immune system in its function. Used to help combat a variety of viruses.

3.¬†Cat‚Äôs Claw (also known as Una de Gato)‚Ķ Assists the immune system by providing protection against numerous viruses. Enhances phagocytosis‚ÄĒthe ability of white blood cells and macrophages to attack and destroy harmful microorganisms and foreign particles in the bloodstream. (At HQM we carry a product called Una de Gato Combination that is a blend of Cat‚Äôs Claw, Echinacea and Astragalus)

4. Colloidal Silver…Silver suspended in water. Antibacterail, antiviral, anti-parastical, antifungal properties.

echenisa-150x1505. Echinacea…Best known herbal immune system booster. Increases the activity of white blood cells in killing viruses. Blood purifier against strep and staph infections. Also helps to kill yeasts and fungus. Increases red blood cell counts, which in turn help to remove wastes from the system. Also has benefits in stimulating certain white blood cells to attack cancer cells and tumors.

6.¬†Garlic‚Ķ.Known as ‚Äúnature‚Äôs antibiotic‚ÄĚ. Fights viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, parasites. Won‚Äôt destroy body‚Äôs natural flora. Also stimulates lymph system in purging toxins, helps to reduce cholesterol/triglycerides, increases immunity, and reduces blood clotting (especially important against blood clots in the legs known as ‚Äúperipheral arterial occlusive disease‚ÄĚ).

7.¬†Magnesium‚ĶThe body’s immune system produces antibodies to attack and help destroy invading viruses and bacteria. Magnesium is a mineral vital to the production of such antibodies. Sugar in the diet depletes magnesium stores in the system, as does alcohol, refined grains, stress and more.

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4 Don’t’s

1) Don‚Äôt take Echinacea or olive leaf as an ‚Äėimmune booster‚Äô all winter,¬†unless you have been instructed to by your naturopath.¬†If you are already taking them (and¬†aren’t¬†sick), drop the dose slowly, otherwise it is very easy to catch a cold or flu. Taking these herbs will boost your immune system, but once you get sick, your immune system won‚Äôt cope well because it is already being activated. Keep Echinacea & Olive leaf for the first sign of a cold or flu.

2)Don‚Äôt keep working and ‚Äėslogging it out‚Äô.¬†Although not always possible, stop & rest if you can. Your body needs the energy to fight the bacterial or viral infection. Resting will give you the best chance of doing so.

3) Don’t go for fast food during winter. It’s quick & easy, but doesn’t give any nutrition to your no-fast-food-150x150immune system.

4) Don’t underestimate how important it is to wash your hands & keep away from people coughing.

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5 Do’s

(Do these things to help avoid getting a cold or the flu; or if you do get one, to get over it much quicker)

healthy-food-150x1501) Eat a healthy diet during winter. Often the winter  months bring about more fatty, carb laden food. We still need to keep up the vegetable intake. Aim for 5 different colored vegetables at lunch & dinner. If you’re craving more carbohydrates, go for pumpkin, parsnip, potato & sweet potato.

2) Make sure you are taking vitamin D3  The sun naturally provides us with some vivamin D in the summer, but as we move indoors for winter are levels go down. This is the time to supplement. Make sure you are using D3!!

3) Exercise.  Regular exercise (before you get a cold or flu) helps to keep your immune system healthy. It can be difficult getting out into the coldness of the early morning or night. If you want to still exercise, but don’t want to face the cold, try getting a rebounder like this one it’s fantastic exercise & you can do it indoors at any time of the day!

4) Healthy Gut.  Having a healthy gut is really important. 70% of our immune system is within our gut. Making sure you are having regular bowel movements daily that are formed is important. Probiotics  are very important. Consider a supplement or try making your own Yogurt or Keifer.

n ostress5) Keep Stress levels low.  If stress levels are high, your cortisol which is your stress hormone will increase. This will help to stop you from becoming sick. The problem is when your stress is over, your cortisol levels decrease again & this is when you are vulnerable to getting a cold or flu. Have you ever been highly stressed with exams & then when the exams are over & you go on holidays you get sick? This is what’s happening to your body.

Excuses

5 Sep

‚ÄúPeople will do almost anything to stay in their comfort zones. If you want to accomplish anything, get out of your comfort zone. Strive to increase order and discipline in your life. Discipline usually means doing the opposite of what you feel like doing. The easy roads to discipline are setting deadlines, discovering and doing what you do best and what‚Äôs important and enjoyable to you, and focusing on habits by replacing your bad habits and thought patterns, one-by-one, over time, with good habits and thought patterns.‚ÄĚ – Kekich Credo #1

Craig Ballantyne

Colon Hydrotherapy

5 Sep

Do you need a Colonic? Just what exactly is colon Hydrotherapy? Read on to find out!!!

I believe colonics should be done because cleansing and rebuilding a poorly functioning colon is one of the most important steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of colon cancer and achieve and improved state of health.

The relationship between the colon and the rest of the body

  • The average person is carrying several pounds of dried fecal matter impacted in the colon as a result of eating flour, meat, fat, dairy products, sugar, alcohol and preservatives.
  • Average food transit time is 18 to 24 hours in a healthy colon. We have seen clients who have bowel movements every two to seven days! Even once a day may indicate constipation, depending on food consumption.
  • In America, over two million people per year a diagnosed with colon disease. Remember, CANCER OF THE COLON IS SECOND TO HEART DISEASE AS THE MOST FREQUENT CAUSE OF DEATH TODAY and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is on the rise

Do you experience any of the following signals regularly? If so, a colonic may help you!!!

  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Need for Laxatives
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Skin Problems
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lowered resistance to infection
  • Fatigue Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Edema/Swelling
  • Bloating and Indigestion
  • Bad Breath
  • Asthma/Sinus Problems
  • Food Allergies
  • Overweight/underweight
  • Lack of sexual response
  • Menstrual problems
  • Loss of memory
  • Depression
  • General aches and pains
  • Yeast infections Athletes foot or jock itch

*If you have severe symptoms or any serious disorders, seek the attention of a health care professional. The above is meant only indicate some of the symptoms of autointoxication. It is safe to say that anyone who has been on a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) Will benefit from periodic internal cleansing, especially if you live in an urban area, where pollutants are high.

  • Surprisingly, healthy elimination should be within one to two hours after eating. If you eat three to five times a day, your bowel should move accordingly. Bowel movements once a day, or every two or three days, are considered normal in America. This is common, but it is insufficient to maintain health.
  • Foul-smelling stool and gas are also danger signs. The healthy color of your stool is golden brown and has minimal odor. During constipation, you may observe a darkening of the stool. This is caused by the longer transition time in your system with residues lying in your colon for more than 12 hours. The result is that the colon will distribute the poisons into your bloodstream and every organ of your body, which is called toxemia or autointoxication.
  • We may indulge in daily routines that are direct causes of constipation. There are three habits working against Mother Nature. First is eating refined and processed foods. They do not provide quality energy to our cellular structure and to the organs responsible for the elimination of waste matter. Second is neglecting to stop everything we are doing to answer the call of nature. Third is not drinking enough water. We should drink enough water to equal half our weight in ounces daily, one half-hour before meals ‚Äď or digestive juices become diluted.
  • A toxic bowel is the source of many health problems. Colon cleansing is a valuable procedure that activates the body’s self-healing process by washing down the old, toxic mucus lining of the bowel, thereby allowing a more efficient means of waste elimination and nutrient absorption. Both are essential to any lasting rejuvenation process. This is also the first step toward normalizing the colon so that the friendly bacteria can return to keep the colon safe from putrefaction.

SO just WHAT is a Colonic?

Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is referred to as colon irrigation, colonics, colon therapy or high enemas. Colon Hydrotherapy is clean & relaxing. A soothing flow of filtered, temperature controlled water gently circulates throughout the colon, coaxing your body to release the accumulated toxins & waste.

The colon is a muscular organ 5 to 6 feet in length. Two to three bowel movements a day are needed to keep this muscle strengthened and toned. Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle purified-water washing of the large intestine. The physical goals of each session are to: hydrate the system, remove waste, stimulate peristalsis, reposition the intestines, and rehabilitate the nerves, muscles, glands, circulatory and immune system.

Two primary benefits of colon hydrotherapy:

1. The first primary benefit of colon hydrotherapy is that you are strengthening and toning the colon muscle itself. The colon is the largest muscle in the body. Colonics force this muscle to gain strength and tone. A series of colonics is like a workout program for the colon. It is well known that working out regularly is the best plan for increasing muscle strength. Once the colon is strengthened and toned it will be emptying 2-3 times a day on its own. These more natural bowel movements help retain this strong muscle tone. The more colonics you do the stronger your colon muscle will become.

2. The second primary benefit of colon hydrotherapy is that when the contents of the colon are emptied, all of the other organs in the body will begin releasing toxins. Even with two-three bowel movements per day the colon still retains the remnants of 8-10 meals in it at any given time. When we empty the colon all at once, the other organs in the body can then release their stored toxins into the empty colon. For thousands of years the main method used to detoxify the organ system was fasting. However, most people today are unable to do a fast because they get very sick from the numerous amount of toxins suddenly released into their system. This is a result of the increased level of toxins people are absorbing through chemically polluted air, water and food.

I¬†believe that most disease is a manifestation of a toxic state. Even if you inherited a genetic tendency for some specific disease, if you never allowed your system to become toxic, you would very likely not succumb to that disease. Disease will present itself wherever your weakest genetic link is. It is the choices you make every day; like what you eat, drink, the products you use, and how often you detoxify your system that determines your risk factors for disease. The alarming increase in the number of people with¬†degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s is basically just the end result of our modern and very toxic inner and outer environment. As the level of toxicity on our planet continues to grow, it is very important to allow our organs to detoxify on a regular basis.

***Probiotics¬†are very beneficial and necessary if you are going to do colonics. When the colon has been cleaned and unfriendly bacteria has been removed, you are also removing some of the friendly bacteria. These good or ‘friendly’ bacteria need to be replaced. A probiotic is a combination of many strains of friendly bacteria together with more strength than a single strain. The reason we want this friendly bacteria in the small and large intestines is that it lives naturally in the intestines and helps maintain a¬†healthy balance of intestinal flora. ¬†These friendly bacteria are the main line of defense for your immune system. A good high quality probiotic is the single most important supplement you should take every day to protect your health long term.

A recently retired medical examiner estimated that less than 10% of the people he performed autopsies on had a normal colon. This is really sad as it is the primary detox organ for your entire body. When this organ is not functioning properly, the end result is usually¬†autointoxication. This occurs any time your colon is not emptying 2-3 times a day. The toxins go back through the colon wall and return to the blood stream, liver, kidneys and other organs causing your entire system to become toxic. The extra burden placed on your immune system causes you to become exhausted and creates a lack of energy for normal activities. Eventually, when the immune system becomes burdened enough, it can no longer protect you and your body becomes susceptible to disease. Right now, in America, colon cancer kills 400 times more people than AIDS. If you consider how many deaths are colon related due to autointoxication, let alone the fact that 400 times more people are dying from colon cancer than AIDS, a majority of the deaths in America begin with a¬†colon problem. You just never hear about it because nobody wants to talk about it. That is why it is so important to keep the colon in great shape, going three times a day and functioning as it was designed to do. By doing a¬†series of colonics¬†each year it allows your organs to release stored toxins. Releasing toxins frees up a lot of energy in the body, engaging it’s innate ability to heal itself.

Ok- so if you are interested in Colonics and want to know/see more-

You can read about what EXACTLY to expect during a colonic at my personal hydrotherapist’s site:  What to Expect During a Colon Hydroterapy Session

or

HERE is a fairly humorous video of someone getting one LIVE on the Tyra Banks show. Note- they only talk about the colonic the first 9 minutes of this 20 minute video… if you want to see more do a search on YouTube- but be careful..never know what you will see there.

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