Colonics, also known as Colonic Irrigation or Colon Therapy is defined as a water enema given to flush out the colon to remove fecal waste and unidentified toxins from the colon and intestinal tract. It has been used for hundreds of years and even dates back to the days of Ancient Egypt. It is well documented that Michigan native and health pioneer Dr. John H. Kellogg was an advocate for colonic therapy during the early 1900s.
Nature’s Very Best Health Food Store in Detroit carries on the tradition of advocating colon therapy by providing it as a service for the community. Since 1986, the store, managed by Ma’at Seba, has been a leader in the region for offering alternative healing methods for people concerned about their health. Michigan Chronicle Web Editor Dina Peace sat down with Seba for an interview on how colonics can have benefits for the body.
Michigan Chronicle- Do you have anyone on staff that does colonics at your store?
Ma’at Seba- We have two people who offer colonics at our store.
MC- Do you find that colon therapy is effective for treating obesity?
MS- Te first thing to consider no matter what their condition is the diet. The diet is primarily the cause unless it is genetic. The fast food, the cheese, the meats, the grease… all of that is a detriment because it is so processed. It is not in its naural state so the body can’t process it. Because people eat those kinds of foods, over a period of time, the waste accumulates because they don’t eat enough fibrous fruits and vegetables.
The fiber is like an intestinal broom that over time starts to scrape the walls of the colon. So when you have a bowel movement, you are eliminating what you have just eaten. Whatever you eat should come right out within 15 minutes to an hour depending upon your body.
MC- What do you mean when you say ‘depending upon your body?”
MS- well, 15 minutes might be too soon for some people but within an hour is not bad.
MC- Are a lot of your clients constipated?
MS- Constipation is probably the biggest complaint in the store. People are having a hard time having bowel movements and it is attributed to the diet. It is important for people to know to eat their salads raw and their fruits raw.
MC- Do you have any remedies for general wellness?
MS- You know how the apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away? Well, the fiber inside the apple is excellent for the body. That’s why I take apple cider vinegar everyday. It is awesome as far as the overall health benefits go. It lowers blood pressure, helps people with arthritis, weight loss and helps to restore hair for both men and women.
MC- What advice can you give to people who eat on the run by getting processed and prepackaged food?
MS- You get what you pay for. When you buy prepackaged food or boxed food understand that the food has been taken out of its natural state. Normal potatoes are not supposed to cook in a minute.
MC-Is there a good rule of thumb to follow when deciding to buy healthy food?
MS- You would want to buy your food fresh, that is the first thing. Second best would be the frozen foods. They are not optimal but they are a LOT better than the process boxed food.
MC- Dieting in America is big business. Many people want to change their body through losing weight. What is your take on this?
MS- It depends on how you are made. Everyone is not supposed to look as if they stepped from America’s Next Top Model. There is something to be said for appreciating your body and how it is naturally built.
MC- What is the best scenario for someone to get a colonic?
MS- The best scenario is if a person has or have had constipation issues. You can’t totally clean your body in a day or week. It takes time to clean out your entire colon.
MC- How often should you get one done?
MS- The experts mention that a minimum of four times a year, once every season is really good. Some people do it more frequently but that is something that needs to be discussed with your therapist.
MC- I understand that colonics helps to get rid of parasites from your body. Could you tell me a little bit more about that?
MS- Parasites tend to come from meat consumption especially, pork. Parasites can be picked up from anywhere but the ones we should be concerned about are the intestinal. They are the blood suckers and can be linked to various illnesses.
MC- What can be taken to manage them?
MS- Raw pumpkin seeds, cayenne pepper, garlic, and herbs like turkey rhubarb and wormwood are highly effective.
MC- What is the process of getting a colonic done in your business?
MS- The process includes a consultation with a therapist and the actual colonics may take 30 minutes to an hour.
MC- Does colonics cure constipation or do they just provide relief?
MS- For many people it can. Others may have certain blockages tat will take time to push through. That is why it is very important to stop eating the foods that made ou so constipated in the first place.
Natures’ Very Best is located on 15224 W 7 Mile Road in Detroit. The staff can be reached at (313) 861-1118. Their website is www.naturesverybestwebsite.com.
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