“I’m the butt of a lot of jokes at parties,” says Natalie Davis, who opened Move Colonics last year in St. Paul. A candida sufferer, Davis visited five different doctors and tried everything from antibiotics to acupuncture before finally healing herself with colon hydrotherapy.
A “colonic” eliminates waste and aids the digestive system by gently irrigating the entire length of the colon, typically five to five-and-a-half feet (not to be confused for an enema, which only cleanses a few inches of the lower colon). Although they haven’t reached the conversational status of juicing or detox diets, colonics are gaining momentum with celebrities and other brave souls who laud the benefits, from alleviating allergies and bloating to combating depression and anxiety. Oh, not to mention weight loss: Davis says the average colon holds six to 10 pounds of fecal matter.
Colonic proponents theorize that, over time, fecal matter, undigested food, and mucus plaque can build up in the system, putting strain on organs and causing all manner of health problems. You don’t have to be constipated to need a colonic; symptoms can manifest as skin disorders, sinus infections, or chronic fatigue, among others.
Having experienced all of the above despite a relatively healthy diet and regular exercise, I didn’t hesitate to play the role of Katie Couric in this experiment. It helps that Davis put me instantly at ease. In addition to her personal testimony, the fresh-faced former Target merchandiser is the perfect person for this dirty job.
Once I got past the initial awkwardness, the procedure itself was painless and relatively comfortable, save some temporary bloating and nausea. For about 45 minutes, I lay on a table while Davis alternatively administered two tubes: one with warm water into the colon to soften up waste material and another to expel it from the body. She describes the colon like a dirty lasagna pan that you have to soak first before you can scrub away the gunk.
As with any reputable colonic establishment, Move uses an FDA-approved “closed system”—meaning waste is released directly to a drain line and no odor is present. You do, however, get to see exactly what’s going in and coming out through a brightly lit, clear tube in the colonic machine. Trust me: Nothing is more satisfying than watching the fruits of your labor float on by.
Immediately after my colonic I felt energized, lighter. While I didn’t hop on a scale, I have no doubt I lost weight. My stomach is the flattest it’s been in months and my skin continues to glow. More than anything, I’m so mortified by what I saw leave my system, I plan to make colonics a regular part of my wellness routine—and my cocktail party conversation.
$80 for a single session, 1887 Grand Ave., #10, St. Paul, 612-720-5753, movecolonics.com