Minimum of 6 sessions is recommended; your colon is 6-7 feet long.

Nothing to eat 2 hours prior to the procedure; no starches, fried food, alcohol, or salads for 4-6 hours after the procedure

Clean eating and/or fast days prior to the procedure. Make sure you're hydrated.

Eat healthy and nourishing foods the day of your session unless you are fasting or on a specific Detox Program. Eating a meal two to four hours before your colonic is ideal, but no food or beverage should be consumed in the two hours before your appointment.

During a colon cleanse, the therapist inserts a tube into the rectum while you lie on a table. A large amount of water is pushed through the tube to flush the colon. The water is then released through the colon in a way similar to a bowel movement.

Some people won’t have a normal bowel movement for a couple days post-colonic since the colon has been emptied.

To really benefit your digestion and keep things clean, focus on fiber-rich foods like whole grains (such as quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, or millet), other veggies, and fresh fruits. Fruit juices and smoothies are okay too.

For proteins, beans are an amazing source of fiber—just go a little easy on them and chew them well if you’re not used to eating them. You can also have some free-range chicken or fish as protein sources. (preferably steamed or boiled.

Fermented foods are also recommended, as they contain helpful probiotics that promote beneficial bacteria in your gut after a colonic. Those foods can include kefir, miso soup. And sauerkraut.

Avoid foods that are irritating and high in sugar, caffeine, or processed foods. That includes:


Processed or junk foods

Foods made with white flour or refined sugars

Dairy foods, such as ice cream or sweetened yogurts

Tomatoes or citrus fruits (can cause problems for some people)

No salads for 4 to 6 hours


With anything you eat directly after a colonic, eat slowly and pay attention to your tolerance to the food.  Make sure you chew 32 times. After a colonic is a great opportunity to notice any foods you might have an unknown sensitivity to, which can be helpful for avoiding unnecessary irritation down the road.