Perhaps you clicked on this post because you are grossed out, but intrigued. Perhaps wondering if I am referring to something else that maybe you haven’t heard of before? Hoping it’s something else? Well, it isn’t. I think for cyclists, or any type of endurance athlete, a colonic has been done if not considered. A colonic would be the same as a cleanse, where we aid our body in ridding the colon of anything that may be left in it. Usually, this is a way to reset our digestive system and rid ourselves of what might be ailing our GI (gastrointestinal) system. For many, it’s a way to lose weight, although it should be abundantly clear that most of the weight (around first 5 pounds) is water weight, so will come right back.
There is also colon hydrotherapy, which I just recently looked into, but it requires someone trained to do it, with sterile tools and a sterile elimination system. Not everyone that performs colon hydrotherapy has this kind of setup. Basically, water is rinsing out the colon. It is a closed system, really no mess involved. The therapist performing the procedure has a viewing area to see what is coming out, which can be very telling about what is going on with the person. The belly is massaged to help the water move through the colon, which can be a bit uncomfortable, but the idea is to get water through the whole colon. Please see picture below, which also illustrates some of the things that can go wrong with your colon. A true colonoscopy is usually necessary to diagnose these condition.
So, the small intestine comes from your stomach, wiggles all around, then enters the large intestine (colon) on the right side. This your ascending colon because it goes *up*, then material moves across, then down on the left side (descending colon), then out. You can often tell where you are in the “cycle” by how you feel when hunched over, or if you lie on your back and pull your knees into your chest. But I digress.
So, I won’t tell you what the therapist discovered with me today, but it affirmed some suspicions I have had regarding my system being inflamed, very likely due to some of the foods that I eat. I eat really healthy, but it seems that I will be eating more of the alkalizing foods, and am going to cut out dairy and gluten. Ouch. Thankfully, I have lots of healthy friends and am planning to meet some who are on an all-raw diet. I should get some good pointers on foods to add to my diet, since I will be eliminating certain foods.
BTW, have you heard that soy is bad for you? Miso might be okay, and tempeh might be okay, but any other form of soy, forget about it. Our body just can’t efficiently digest it, not to mention the estrogens and the fact that it acts a peripheral thyroid antagonist. In lay terms, it lowers your metabolism. No thanks!
So, looked up what foods might be good…. oh, and I need to cut out sugar. Thankfully, I only add sugar to my oatmeal in the morning, so probaby pretty good there. I love that I am already pretty healthy. Below is a table of alkalizing foods, along with acidifying foods, in case you are curious. It came from: http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/acidalkfoods.html. I am actually pretty excited. I have been working toward cutting out sugar, dairy and gluten for awhile, so I feel prepared to take the plunge. Beer has gluten in it though…. now that could be a serious problem.
UPDATE: The verdict is still out on whether beers contain gluten, so I am going to go with NO. I feel so much better now!