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A guide to colon cleans­ing.

CALL IT A MOVE­MENT. Af­ter wax­ing and wan­ing in pop­u­lar­ity over the past few decades, colonics seem to be back in style — and are be­ing buzzed about as a sure-fire way to erad­i­cate a bevy of med­i­cal woes, main­tain good health and, of course, flat­ten your stom­ach.the treat­ment, which in­volves cleans­ing the colon by flood­ing it with vast amounts of wa­ter, used to be one that peo­ple mostly whis­pered about. Now mod­els are tweet­ing about their treat­ments, and its pur­ported ben­e­fits are be­com­ing part of the health­care con­ver­sa­tion. Gwyneth Pal­trow, who has di­vulged that she likes to kick off a de­tox with a colonic (“They def­i­nitely get things go­ing”), has played a star­ring role in its resur­gence. In ad­di­tion to post­ing her go-to places for colonics on her web­site, Goop, she has laid out the ba­sics in a Q&A, “The Nuts and Bolts of Colonics”, with Dr Ale­jan­dro Junger, the site’s ex­pert on di­ges­tive health. The idea that colonics are a nec­es­sary way to re­move tox­ins that can gum up the works, lead­ing to every­thing from con­sti­pa­tion to skin con­di­tions, is clearly reach­ing the masses. The Last Re­sort — a spa in Syd­ney’s kom­bucha mecca, Bondi, which has been of­fer­ing colonics since open­ing in 2005 — has seen a huge up­take in the treat­ment. To­day it reg­u­larly hosts A-list celebs, mod­els and in­ter­na­tion­alvip guests, though spa founder and natur­opath Saimaa Miller says there’s far more di­ver­sity in its clien­tele now than a decade ago.“when I first opened the clinic, it was the al­ter­na­tive peo­ple seek­ing colon ther­apy, and they were about 90 per cent fe­male, but now we have CEOS right through to taxi driv­ers, both male and fe­male, who un­der­stand and reap the ben­e­fits of this treat­ment,” she says. “When we are con­sti­pated or bloated, we feel slug­gish and foggy minded. For many peo­ple I work with, they sim­ply can­not af­ford to feel like that. It’s their job to jump off the plane and walk down a run­way in a bikini, or present at a con­fer­ence — ei­ther way, they need their bod­ies and minds func­tion­ing at op­ti­mum speed.” For best re­sults, Miller rec­om­mends their most pop­u­lar pro­gram, Aussie Body Ba­sics, a 14-day diet and de­tox plan, to get the most out of the treat­ment. “The first time I had a colonic, I couldn’t be­lieve how all of a sud­den I felt this eu­pho­ria,” re­calls Vanessa Packer, a co-founder of Modelfit, the New York gym fre­quented by mod­els such as Mi­randa Kerr and Kar­lie Kloss, and the health-fo­cused web­site Bon­beri.“i had a light­ness of be­ing that blew me away.”the ben­e­fits lasted for days, says Packer, who now gets a colonic at least once a month. “They’re one of the step­ping stones to feel­ing great, men­tally and phys­i­cally, ev­ery day.” But whether colonics are nec­es­sary, or even safe, is up for de­bate. Main­stream doc­tors are adamant: colon cleans­ing is nei­ther wise nor use­ful — par­tic­u­larly if you have a his­tory of gas­troin­testi­nal dis­ease, colon surgery, haem­or­rhoids, kid­ney dis­ease or heart dis­ease. Risks can be as se­vere as bowel per­fo­ra­tion. “Pa­tients may look to colon cleans­ing as a way to en­hance their well­be­ing, but in re­al­ity they may be do­ing them­selves harm,” says Dr Ranit Mishori, a pro­fes­sor of fam­ily medicine at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity School of Medicine in the US. Her 2011 re­view of the med­i­cal lit­er­a­ture on colon cleans­ing found no ev­i­dence of any med­i­cal value and noted a host of ad­verse ef­fects, from cramp­ing to kid­ney fail­ure.the risk of se­ri­ous side ef­fects is thought to be lower when the pro­ce­dure is per­formed by trained per­son­nel, so if you’re go­ing to try it, look for a ther­a­pist cer­ti­fied by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Colon Hy­drother­apy. And make sure the ther­a­pist uses ei­ther dis­pos­able plas­tic tools or metal ones that have been au­to­claved be­tween each use.the wa­ter should be fil­tered and reg­u­lated to within a few de­grees of body tem­per­a­ture. If you like the idea of giv­ing your sys­tem a spring clean but are squea­mish about hav­ing a tube stuck up your bot­tom, Miller rec­om­mends vis­it­ing your natur­opath for an in­di­vid­ual pre­scrip­tion right for you.and some life­style changes to con­sider: eat more fi­brerich foods (the Di­eti­tians As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia rec­om­mends 30 grams of fi­bre per day for the av­er­age adult), drink ad­e­quate amounts of wa­ter (most women need nine cups a day) and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly.th­ese are all re­li­able — and safe — ways to keep things mov­ing right along.

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