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The Myth of Colonics “Washing Out” or Disrupting the Gut Microbiome


The importance of gut health is more widely recognized than ever before thanks to a wealth of emerging scientific evidence that demonstrates the strong link between our internal environment and overall health. An unhealthy gut can weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to a wide range of health problems, including skin conditions, cancer, and mood disorders, among many others. 

Cleansing the gut and fostering a healthy microbiome are the keys to maintaining optimal vitality. For some, colon hydrotherapy is an ideal way to achieve this, but there’s a myth floating around that colonics can disrupt our microbiome and eliminate healthy gut bacteria. Here’s the truth about the effect colonics have on gut health and why we should always consider choosing gravity colon hydrotherapy above all other methods.

What Is the Gut Microbiome?

The gut microbiome refers to the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microscopic organisms that live inside our intestines. Some of these microbes, known as “bad” gut bacteria, are harmful to our health, while “good” gut bacteria provide numerous symbiotic benefits that assist us in utilizing nutrients, breaking down food waste and keeping pathogenic bacteria under control to prevent disease. 

Many who strive for good gut health take probiotic supplements or consume naturally fermented, probiotic foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir. Probiotics are concentrated beneficial bacteria and can increase the population of the microbiome preventing conditions like weight gain, inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes, heart disease, and psychological issues, among many others.

Do Colonics Disrupt the Microbiome?

Through internet rumors, some people get the impression that a colonic “washes out” beneficial bacteria along with the non-beneficial bacteria. This is a complete myth and misunderstanding of a colonic works. Colon hydrotherapy only uses purified water to hydrate, dissolve and transport solid waste and gas out of the body. It does not disrupt the mucosal membrane where the majority of beneficial bacteria colonize. Just as we don’t completely eliminate bacteria from the mouth by drinking water, we don’t eliminate it from the colon with colonics. In fact by reversing a stagnant colon that’s accumulating waste we can create a clean environment that allows beneficial bacteria to thrive, making our probiotic supplements and fermented vegetables even more effective. 

Gravity Colon Hydrotherapy in New York City

Gravity colon hydrotherapy can help us achieve optimal vitality by eliminating accumulated waste and toxicity that may be contributing to illness, disease, and lethargy. Gravity colonics utilize the natural flow of gravity to introduce water into the body, rather than machine methods that unnaturally push water into the colon. With the attention of the Gravity therapist, waste is encouraged to leave the body with ease creating the most comfortable and effective session possible.


At Vitality NYC we specialize in Gravity colon hydrotherapy with over 20 years experience serving our NYC clientele. We are located just steps away from Penn Station and Herald Square in Midtown New York City. Our other detoxification services include cryotherapy and infrared saunas. Call Vitality NYC at 646-760-5122 today or book an appointment online to receive your first colon hydrotherapy treatment and get started on the path to improved gut health.

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