Colonic anyone?

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.

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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!

ALKALIZING FOODS
VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
WatermelonPROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts
  

OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia
 

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs
ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies
 

 

ACIDIFYING FOODS
FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries
 

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour
DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter
 

 

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison
 

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti
OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes
 

 

DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine
BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk
 

 

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