Now I’ve written about my resolutions for making 2017 my best year yet it’s time to put my hopes and dreams into practice. My third resolution was to get my mind and body into peak condition to set myself up for having a healthy (and hopefully and illness free) life in order to be a role-model and a great mother to my precocious toddler. My journey to reach this goal starts from the inside (quite literally) out. After gorging on half of the Whole Foods Bakery over the Holiday period and a handful of long-haul flights, I have already begun a mental countdown until I can give my gut some overdue and well deserved loving.

It is widely known that a healthy gut equals a happy and healthy body. Sluggish and poor digestion is a breeding ground for disease. Living with a sick parent for so many years has really affirmed my believe in the importance of nurturing your body through eating the right things, detoxing regularly and making sure that you are giving yourself regular tune ups. Whenever the topic of colonics is brought up, it’s usually met with discomfort and odd faces (I myself was no exception to this rule). I have had a few treatments before, none of them were comfortable, none of them made me desperate to make this part of my yearly regimen and non of them were met with fond memories.

Kara Mia Vernon is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and Homeopath. In other words she knows it and she  gets it. For anyone who is terrified of colonics, Kara Mia is who you want to talk to. She will instantly put you at ease, she is calm, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable (Grace describe her treatments as an educational experience – something I can absolutely agree with).

Kara Mia doesn’t just perform a standard colonic, she reads exactly what your body can take, she discusses gut health, digestion and unlike many practitioners won’t lead you to believe that you need weekly treatments (I’ve been told this before), in fact she believes that most healthy women in their 20s and 30s need to undergo a few treatments in close proximity each year. Herbal infusions and coffee enemas are provided when necessary (I had the latter for the first time – see below) and all clients have the opportunity to contact her after the treatment with any questions or concerns.

In order to better explain the benefits of colonic hydrotherapy, Kara Mia answered some burning questions to put me (and my readers) at ease.

What are the benefits of having colonic hydrotherapy?

We have medical proof that colonics support the lymphatic and immune system and that they can be helpful in some continence issues of the bowel. However most clients come for relieve from symptoms of IBS, bloating or digestive issues. Many people enjoy the feeling of feeling lighter, clearer headed and improved energy that can come from the result of the treatment.

How often should one have a colonic?

There is no one size fits all answer to this question. Obviously someone whose bowels open up twice a day would feel less benefit than someone who opens their bowels twice a week. I meet many women who struggle with constipation due to stress or have returned from holiday feeling bloated.

Is having a colonic important during detox?

I think it’s VERY important whilst detoxing. The lack of fibre during a juice fast often slows down bowel movements and this is the very time where it should be moving freely! Taking laxatives or extra fibre can be harsh on the small intestine and counteract the point of removing the digestion process from the body’s task list. Many heavy metals, hormones and fat soluble toxins are removed only via the colon.

Why is coffee used?

Coffee is used during a colonic to improve gas release. There are some theories that it supports the antioxidant glutathione production in the liver.

Is it true that colonic hydrotherapy removes good flora in the gut?

Most of the important bowel bacteria are present in the bowel wall and are not removed during colon hydrotherapy. Since these good bacteria breed best in a balanced environment, a colonic cleanse may actually improve their environment and increase their numbers.

Would I have to change my diet before/after my colonic or introduce supplements?

A probiotic to help populate the gut with beneficial bacteria is generally recommended but not imperative. As I am a qualified naturopath and nutritionist, I am able to discuss my clients health and make suggestions based on their individual needs.

Is it painful?

The treatment should not be painful but can be uncomfortable (it is not a facial!). I find that the better someones bowels are the better the treatment. It would make sense that someone with regular constipation will find the treatment more challenging. However, I do find that they get easier as the body becomes more familiar with it – a bit like going to the gym where our muscles complain more in the beginning.

Kara Mia Vernon at Grace Belgravia

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