Peristalsis is the wave-like action of the smooth muscles within your gastrointestinal tract. This wave helps to move food down through your digestive tract, and prevents food from coming back up. It’s a beautiful event that your body does for you.
Well, why is mine not working?
Boost your serotonin! Serotonin is linked with the initiation of peristalsis. Your GI system produces the largest amount of serotonin in your whole body!
Medications such as SSRI’s ((Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), designed to boost serotonin levels in the brain, can negatively affect the rest of your body. Here’s why.
SSRIs are believed to ease depression by enhancing levels of serotonin to the brain. However, 95% of the serotonin in the body is centered in your digestive system. By diverting the supplies of serotonin from their natural receptors in the gut, you may experience increased anxiety, altered sleep, sexual dysfunction and adverse affects on your cardiovascular health. The key to restoring balance in the mind and body is to restore the juicy serotonin neurotransmitter production and receptors in your GUT.
Fun fact: Serotonin is calming to the digestive tract. This may explain why 25% of patients on SSRI’s experience nausea, stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, and fluctuations in appetite.
How can a colon hydrotherapy treatment help?
The gentle flushing of warm water helps to exercise and tonify the muscles in the colon wall, which improves peristalsis and assists in eliminating bulging areas of hardened stools and areas of constriction. This tonification is like taking your colon to the gym, and assists in reshaping the organ.
A colonic also helps to stimulates neuro-reflex points. Every organ in the body is connected to the colon by a reflex point, which is stimulated during a colonic. Such stimulation beneficially affects the organ in a manner similar to foot reflexology.
Let Kimberly at the Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic, with her experience and knowledge, help you to explore this ancient healing practice, and see if you notice the difference on the mind, body and spirit level.