Medical professionals have argued for some time that your overall health is only as good as your digestive health and research continues to support that argument.
After all, the majority of your immune system resides right in your large intestine, or colon, as it is commonly called.
This highly specialised area of immunity contains essential players known as probiotics, which support your digestion while fighting off potentially harmful invaders. Nevertheless, you are probably unaware of just how much probiotics must overcome to keep you healthy.
All the reasons why you should be thanking Probiotics
Probiotics, or good bacteria, provide a number of benefits that enhance both your immunity and digestion. These benefits include:
- Improving the health of your intestinal lining
- Assisting in nutrient absorption
- Competing with bad bacteria for location and nourishment
- Reducing abdominal bloating, discomfort, and gas
So, without probiotics, your colon is highly vulnerable to bad bacteria or viruses that cause disease or serious digestive conditions. Yet, as if your good bacteria did not have enough to do, there is a lingering issue that may keep probiotics from fulfilling their role.
Your intestines are what you eat
Not so surprisingly, your diet and lifestyle have a strong impact on your digestion as well as the condition of your colon. Unfortunately, a lot of the food and drinks we consume are contaminated with additives, chemicals, and preservatives, which can become toxic inside the body.
The body cannot easily eliminate those toxins, thus they build up in the large intestine forming ridges and plaques. Ultimately, those ridges and plaques restrict the size of your feces along with their movement. This sluggish waste removal allows those toxins to slip back into your bloodstream and the plaques serve as ideal homes for parasites and bad bacteria to flourish.
Effective Colon Cleansing with the Coffee Enema
Colon cleansing is one of the best methods for removing plaques and eliminating toxins from your large intestine. Several forms of colon cleansing exist, but one type stands out from the rest and that is the coffee enema.
As its name indicates, a coffee enema is made up of liquid organic coffee that is inserted directly into the rectum. From the rectum, the enema washes over the walls of the colon helping to remove toxic plaques, kill parasites and bad bacteria, and stimulate excretion of any backed up fecal matter.
In addition to improving your intestinal health, coffee enemas work on the cellular level. They achieve this by triggering the liver to increase its production and release of glutathione—the most effective antioxidant in the body. Finally, glutathione goes on to repair DNA in cells and remove any toxins present.
Dr. Max Gerson’s healing protocol
Dr. Max Gerson M.D., pioneered the use of coffee enamas to treat cancer patients during the late 1950’s and its effectiveness was such that it is still used today, by the Gerson Institute in the United States, as an integral part of their treatment protocol. To quote their description:
‘Coffee enemas are a vital part of the detoxification process of the Gerson Therapy. The purpose of the enemas is to remove toxins accumulated in the liver and to remove free radicals from the bloodstream. In the 1920s, two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow.
Doctors at the University of Minnesota showed that coffee administered rectally also stimulates an enzyme system in the liver called glutathione S-transferase by 600%-700% above normal activity levels. This enzyme reacts with free radicals (which cause cell damage) in the bloodstream and makes them inert. These neutralized substances become dissolved in the bile, are released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and are excreted through the intestinal tract. A Gerson patient holds the coffee enema in the colon for 12-15 minutes. During this time, the body’s entire blood supply passes through the liver 4-5 times, carrying poisons picked up from the tissues. So the enema acts as a form of dialysis of the blood across the gut wall.
The purpose of the coffee enema is not to clear out the intestines, but the quart of water in the enema stimulates peristalsis in the gut. A portion of the water also dilutes the bile and increases the bile flow, thereby flushing toxic bile (loaded with toxins by the glutathione S-transferase enzyme system) out of the intestines.’
Learning more about your Colon
Now that you know a little more about the importance of colon health, consider visiting Mr Vitamins to ‘Ask a Naturopath’ about all the other steps you can take to improve your overall health.
References and further reading:
Gerson Institute http://gerson.org/gerpress/
How to do a Coffee Enema http://drlwilson.com/articles/COFFEE%20ENEMA.HTM