Passionate about…poo

Woman making a love heart over her tummy

Some of us may feel that poo is not a subject for discussion in polite society. I completely disagree.

Linda Booth hugging a stone statues tummyIt’s our anal attitude towards the discussion of our bowel habits that’s contributing to the increase in *organic and functional bowel disease.

As a naturopath, digestive health practitioner and registered colonic hydrotherapist, I talk about poo a lot (along with other bodily fluids). Colonic hydrotherapy is a process which involves flushing waste material out of your bowel using warm filtered water.

So it’s obvious that when you go to see a colon hydrotherapist, the subject is going to come up.

When it comes to your digestive health, you don’t have to use fancy, technical words to explain your symptoms. You don’t need to feel embarrassed. Use terms and words that are easy for you.

How it all began

I’ve always had an interest in natural medicine, particularly natural treatments and therapies for women. I worked in a bank for 15 years after leaving college, but gave it all up, much to the disgust of my parents (although my husband always supported me 100%). My career change was actually sparked by a nasty bout of tonsillitis. I went back to work a couple of days later – which was too soon – and this, coupled with some difficult personal times, hit me hard.

About six months later I had a complete relapse, suffering from chronic fatigue, awful depression and crippling anxiety attacks. I then developed dreadful sinusitis. I felt an absolute wreck and didn’t recognise myself. In a year I’d gone from being extremely healthy, full of vitality and confidence to an absolute wreck. I tried reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture, but it wasn’t until I went to see a medical herbalist, and she recommended I have colonic hydrotherapy, that my health began to improve.

I walked out a different person. It just resonated deep within me that if we’re not getting rid of our toxins and wastes then it’s going to affect our health.

Woman making a love heart over her tummyI’d suffered with a sluggish, lazy bowel ever since I was a child. I decided there and then, on that day that I was going to train in colonic hydrotherapy and offer this gentle, profoundly effective treatment to other people. The rest is history.

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My health is now excellent, and I will never take it for granted again. In fact I feel better now than I did in my 20s, 30s and 40s.

No judgement please!

I like to think of myself as quite a calm, level-headed person, but if someone offers their opinion about colonic hydrotherapy in a negative way, and based on what they’ve read on t’internet or Dr Google (without actually speaking to anyone that’s had the therapy or tried it for themselves) then to quote a Northern saying “I don’t gi a chuff!” I will defend colonic hydrotherapy because I’ve personally experienced the benefits, and I’ve been in a privileged position to help thousands of people on the road to better health.

And my patients tell me about the benefits they experience from colonic treatments, which can include:

  • Decrease in bloating
  • Less smelly flatulence
  • Regular bowel movements
  • Fewer stomach aches
  • Improved skin
  • Weight loss

 My top hints and tips for loving your tummy:

  • Eat slowly. Chew your food well to allow saliva and digestive juices to mix with food. This will aid digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  • Serve smaller portions and put down your knife and fork between mouthfuls so you chew your food properly.
  • Try to drink at least two litres of water a day. All body processes need water and hydration is vital for good health.
  • If you have weak digestion, don’t drink water with your meals. Drink it half hour before and an hour afterwards. A small glass of red wine is fine with dinner as it helps with digestion.
  • If you feel bloated and gassy after eating, it may be that you have a sensitivity to one of the two main culprits that cause irritation in the gut – gluten or cows’ dairy. Eliminate them one at a time for two weeks and monitor bloating/gas to see if this is the case.
  • A couple of pieces of fresh pineapple before a meal helps aid digestion, as pineapple contains bromelain, a natural digestive enzyme.
  • If you feel bloated, gassy and uncomfortable during the day, try drinking fennel or peppermint tea. You can buy fennel seeds from Asian supermarkets and make your own tea infusion, or chew on the seeds.
  • If you have a ‘lazy’ bowel, try eating more vegetables, fruits and wholefoods. The bowel needs bulk to help push wastes along.
  • Walking is great exercise for a sluggish bowel, but stride out from the hip, swinging your arms. Get those juices flowing!
  • Stress can speed the bowel up causing cramping and diarrhoea, and slow it down causing constipation. If you’re feeling stressed, find some time to relax, meditate, do some yoga, tai chi, bake a cake, or watch your favourite TV programme. Don’t be too hard on yourself …
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My first colonic treatment all those years ago was a revelation. I love my job now as a colonic hydrotherapist, helping people to feel healthy and vital again.

*Organic bowel disease is where it’s possible to find a cause i.e. bowel cancer, colitis, crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, and functional bowel disease is where a cause cannot be found i.e. IBS.

Note: Colonic irrigation has been around since Ancient Greek times and became popular again with the Victorians, then more recently when Diana Princess of Wales was reported to be a fan. Some medical professionals believe that it is unnecessary and possibly harmful, others recommend it; we’re interested to hear your views.