On a healthy holiday detox retreat you can expect to lose up to and over 10lbs in excess weight. But is this a healthy weight loss? Many would consider this an unhealthy way to lose weight. They say this level of weight loss is too fast and the result is that the pounds will be put back on as quickly as they came off.
However, this is a widely known myth, which I am hoping to dispel, here.
The nature of a colon cleanse is to rid the body of excess accumulated debris, collected within the length of the large and small intestines, often over many decades. The average size of the human intestine is 26ft in length. Accumulated debris is held particularly in the first 23ft of long, windy and cramped crevices in the small intestine.
Accumulated debris is inefficiently digested food sources, such as meat, cheese and wheat, which have become stuck along the sides of the intestinal tract, creating havoc by preventing and blocking the proper absorption of essential nutrients and effecting a smaller gap for food to move through, which can eventually result in chronic constipation, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis and even Cancer.
Some find the use of colonics useful. However, a colonic cleanse which uses a relaxed, non-invasive approach is indeed more effectual. Powerful herbal formulas focus on purging the whole length of the colon from the inside – out. An area completely untouched by ordinary, water based, colonics.
Harsh colonics and hydro cleansing use force to cleanse the colon which only activates the large intestine. This can cause tension, holding, discomfort, stress and even panic-attacks.
What would you do if someone were spraying you with a force of water? Contract? Go tense? You may even feel violated. Your bowels react in much the same way.
The method we use at Breathe Detox Retreats, informs your bowel, to move regularly 3 times a day, and through this, it re-educates your body, reminding the colon how to work efficiently. This re-introduces you to the freedom of regular movement, even after you leave.
During a Breathe Detox retreat you can expect to lose from 6 – 18ft of this accumulated waste. This waste has weight and if you were to put it on the scales, at the end of your stay, you would understand how and why you have just lost that amount in pounds.
This is waste and weight you are ridding your body of entirely. And assuming you continue along with a similar approach, creating healthy habits and put into practice some of the many tips and ideas we provide you with, you are guaranteed to keep the weight off and potentially lose more, if needed.
And a colonic cleanse is about much more than losing a few pounds. As written in a previous article the colon is the seat of health in the body and first and last area to be affected when it comes to ill health. A regular healthy bowel is expected to move 3 times a day, based on the average amount we consume in our culture. For many, however, this isn’t the case. If the bowel moves once a day it’s considered “regular”. However, if we take into account that a meal takes on average 24-36hrs to move through the body, from start to finish, the average person is literally sitting on 3-5 compacted meals, held within the length of their colon, at any one time.
As well as ridding the body of waste & excess weight and cleaning the bowels to prevent dis-ease, a colon cleanse is very much about detoxing the bodies many systems:
- The digestive system: absorbing toxins through the thin lining of the colon wall.
- The respiratory system: clearing the lungs to facilitate a fuller breathing capacity.
- The lymphatic system: encouraging movement to send lymph to the appropriate nodes.
- The cardio-vascular system: cleansing the blood of free radicals to improve circulation.
- The urinary system: filtration, purification and elimination.
- The nervous system: cleaning up the many branches of the CNS to improve nerve function.
- The endocrine system: allowing an over worked system to rest & return to normal function.
- The immune system: improving function to fight infection.
A good detox can do all of the above as well as improving the less obvious functions such as relaxing the muscular system, tendons & ligaments, potentially softening hardened growths throughout the skeletal system and improved fertility throughout the reproductive system.
The very nature of detoxing is about letting go. As you let go, you relax, the more you relax and the deeper you drop into a state of well being, the more your body can let go of what it’s been holding on to: toxins held at a cellular level, excess weight, physical tensions and held emotions.
Giving yourself and/or a loved one the gift of a Breathe Detox Retreat is the gift that just keeps on giving. It is undoubtedly the best investment you can make for your long term health.