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Juicing masterclass

If you are interested in knowing more about juicing, the Living Nutrition juicing masterclass is a must for anyone who is serious about there health and wants to achieve the best results.  This is a unique opportunity to join Naturopath and leading juicing expert Gaynor Jackson on a one day course where she will teach you everything you need to know about juicing.   The day is suitable for everyone whatever your level of knowledge and covers juice fasting and detoxing, juicing for weight loss, choosing the right juicer, recovery and prevention – cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic health problems.  If you would like more details or to reserve a place phone now on 0161 775 9943 or

Bowel cancer

The incidence of bowel or colon rectal cancer on the increase.  It is the third most diagnosed cancer in the UK.  Research has found that diet and lifestyle choices contribute to the development of colon rectal cancer.  A preventative approach, eating healthier, losing weight if you are overweight, stopping smoking, reduced alcohol consumption, regular exercise, are all sensible strategies to adopt if they can help to reduce your chances of developing cancer.  Recently, an eminent bowel surgeon who had seen many cases of colon rectal cancer made the following statement:  ‘The high prevalence of the disease is associated with environmental factors, and is related to dietary factors – insufficient fibre and consumption of animal fat and protein, concluding that diet is the main cause of colon rectal cancer.


How do I decide if I need a Colonic?

You might have been thinking about having a colonic for a while and wondering if it could help.  Here are some points that might help you to decide. You don’t need to have any obvious symptoms or health problems for a treatment to be beneficial, just the desire to want to look after your heallth.  If any other the following apply then colonic Irrigation may help:

  • Do you suffer from IBS??
  • Is constipation a problem, either long term or occasional?
  • Have you experienced bouts of diarrohea recently or does this symptom come and go?
  • Do you experience bloating and discomfort after eating or do you feel constantly bloated?
  • Is gas a problem, particularly smelly and unpleasant for you and people you work with or live with?
  • Have you or someone close to you noticed that you have bad breath?
  • Do you eat too much and/or eat too fast?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you suspect that you may be intolerant to certain foods?
  • Are you tired all the time, and feel that you never have enough energy?
  • Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines sometimes with nausea?
  • Do you drink too much alcohol?
  • Is you skin health a problem –  do you suffer from dry or itchy skin, acne, eczema. psoriasis?
  • Bad back or joint pain?
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections particularly when constipated?
  • Hormone related problems such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, PCOS, etc.?
  • Prostate problems?
  • Frequentl infections – colds, flu, sore throats, especially if treated with antibiotics?


The Benefits of Colonic Irrigation/Hydrotherapy

Many new patients tell me that they had been thinking of having a treatment for years before they finally got the courage to pick up the phone or drop me an email to make their first appointment.

So why do people come for treatment and what are some of the benefits of Colonic Irrigation?

Many people come for treatment simply because they have heard how good it is for health or their friends or work collegues have recommended it to them after trying it themselves.

Other people come because they have health problems and because they want help with their symptoms.

Approximately one in three patient visits to a GP’s surgery are because of problems and concerns with bowel health.  Their symptoms can include constipation, bloating, excessive gas, pain and discomfort, piles, loose bowel, urgency.  GP’s often prescribe medication to help control these symptoms but many people come away from the surgery still feeling worried and dissatisfied.  Symptoms may not improve despite medication and often patients go backwards and forwards to see their doctor because they do not experience relief.

After experienceing a first Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment most people say that they wish they had done it before and can’t believe what a difference it makes.

Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment combined with dietary changes may help to bring relief from uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms.

If you are thinking of having a Colonic treatment but have not plucked up the courage yet read this comment from a satisfied patient:

‘ I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It was mainly down to curiousity as I have heard such good reviews about Colonics and the many benefits you receive by doing it so I went for it and have not looked back.  The treatment itself is a real eye opener and it really helps you to understand the effects of poor diet and lifestyle.  The aftercare advice and recommendations will be suited to your individual needs and you will certainly be in safe hands with Gaynor.  My advice is to pick up the phone and see what all the fuss is about.  It is worth every penny and can change how you live your life for the better.’  Caroline M.

Can Colonic Hydrotherapy help with constipation?

Colonic Irrigation /Hydrotherapy helps to clear the colon of accumulated wastes and can improve functioning of the colon by relieving and preventing constipation.

Colonic irrigation is a treatment for the cleansing of the colon (bowel) of wastes without the use of laxatives. Laxatives are substances including drugs, herbal medicines and certain foods which can induce bowel movements or loosen the bowel. The regular and long term use of some laxatives can cause weakening of the colon and dependence on them for the bowel to empty.

If you suffer from constipation your stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to pass. Several days or in some cases weeks may go by without having a bowel movement. Some people who are constipated experience pain, have to strain to pass a bowel movement and often feel bloated. You may experience an uncomfortable sensation of a full bowel. Some people suffer from piles (haemorrhoids) as a result of constipation. Many people don’t realize that the complete length of the colon can become compacted with accumulated wastes Constipation is a symptom, not a disease and almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life. Diet, lack of exercise and stress are often causes. In some cases constipation can be a symptom of underlying disease or condition so it is important to address the symptom and seek help if it persists.

Following these guidelines may help to prevent constipation:

Eat plenty of high fibre foods including fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid low fibre junk foods.

Identify possible food intolerances as this can be a reason why you are suffering from chronic constipation. Your body may not be manufacturing sufficient digestive enzymes to process certain foods such as wheat, gluten grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats) dairy products – milk, cheese, yogurt, including probiotic yogurt drinks like Activia or Actimel. The result can be bowel disturbance with constipation being a symptom.

Drink plenty of water and other liquids such as fruit and vegetable juices, soups and herbal teas.
Liquid helps keep the stool soft and easy to pass. It is important to drink sufficient fluids otherwise bowel movements will be dry and difficult to pass. Try not to drink liquids that contain caffeine or alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol have a tendency to dehydrate the digestive system.

Exercise regularly
Regular exercise helps to stimulate your digestive system. I am not suggesting that you have to work out at the gym daily or run marathons just 20 to 30 minutes walking every day can help.

Allow yourself enough time to have a bowel movement.
Sometimes we feel so hurried and stressed that we don’t pay attention to our body’s needs. Make sure you don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement and go to the toilet as soon as possible when you feel the urge otherwise waste will accumulate in the colon hardening and drying out contributing to constipation.

It can help if you raise your knees up a little by resting your feet on a low stool such as a childs toilet step, this allows the bowel relax and to empty more normally.

Colonic irrigation/hydrotherapy can help bring relief from constipation by gently washing out accumulated wastes and stimulating the colon to return to normal functioning.

If your bowel habits change, check with your doctor.

Some prescribed and over the counter medication that you may take for another health problem might cause constipation.
These may include calcium supplements, pain medication containing codeine, some antacids, iron supplements, diuretics (prescribed for water retention), and some medicines for depression. If you take medicine for another health problem, ask your doctor whether it could cause constipation.




Colonic Hydrotherapy and weight loss

Does Colonic Hydrotherapy help with weight loss? 

This is a question that I am frequently asked when people come along for treatment for the first time.  

With our hectic lifestyles – diets full of junk food, takeaway dinners, ready meals, lack of sufficient exercise and high stress levels, our colon health really suffers.  With time a build up of waste material can contribute to weight gain and difficult weight loss, poor energy levels and generally not feeling as well as you would like to.  A bad diet, lack of exercise and stress actually makes the colon sluggish by reducing the muscular action in the colon.  Colon Hydrotherapy can help to stimulate the colon so that it doesn’t perform so sluggishly and old waste is eliminated more efficiently.  During a Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment large amounts of waste can be released.  Once you have experienced Colonic Hydrotherapy sessions you can expect to feel lighter, cleaner and healthier with a sense of overall well-being.

If you have bad eating habits then dietary changes will be necessary to experience lasting results and health benefits.  A course of Colonic Hydrotherapy treatments may be advised if an individual has a history of weight gain, constipation and a sluggish colon.

So how can Colonic Hydrotherapy help?

A build up of waste material really weakens the colon and impairs its functioning.  The gentle filling and emptying of the colon with warm water during Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment improves the natural muscular contraction by which waste is eliminated from the body.  Waste material can build up over time, over years, and is gently flushed away during the process of a Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment.  Once accumulated waste material is removed your colon can once again start to function properly.


Colonic Hydrotherapy and Cheap deals

Anyone who gets daily email offers from companies such as Groupon and KGB will have been bombarded with cut price vouchers for amongst other things Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment.  If you have ever considered having a Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment but have been hesitant because of fears of the unknown, embarrassment, etc. then a cheap offer may be an incentive to go ahead and try one?

A word of warning if you are considering buying a cut price voucher for Colonic Hydrotherapy.

Colonic Hydrotherapy is not a beauty treatment or a quick fix detox.

It is a treatment that should be carried out by a professionally trained and qualified practitioner.  Such a practitioner should be experienced enough to be able to give you an effective treatment with relevant aftercare advice regarding diet and any other necessary information regarding your bowel health.

Carrying out a Colonic Irrigation requires skill, care and sensitivity.

Ask yourself if the right criteria for choosing to have such a treatment and who to trust to carry out a treatment is a cheap deal?.

The true cost of a professional Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment is usually around £55 to £75 and will be worth every penny if you find a good practitioner who can help you with health concerns in this area.

As an experienced health care practitioner I don’t work with discount group schemes such as Groupon as I believe that they devalue services and products offered by  genuine professionals.