Foods and therapies can heal

Any holiday season — with all of its temptations, stresses and indulgences — is a great time of year to recommit our focus to living healthier lives.

by Reuel Ari — 

A growing awareness about healthy living is taking hold across the country. The evidence is clear, from the many practitioners who are teaching a healthier way of living, to the presence of new vegan/vegetarian restaurants — even 100-percent raw/living foods café.

We are reawakening to a wave of consciousness that is connecting us back to our roots as spiritual beings living in human bodies. We are remembering how to walk this land gently and to treat our body temples with honor and respect in a way that supports the proper functioning of our immune systems, which is the true defense against stress and disease.

Could this scenario apply to you — waking in the morning in a fog, feeling a bit arthritic, constipated, gassy, grumpy and headachy? You may be thinking to yourself: What should I eat to make my digestion work better? Should I eat at all? Why did I eat that pasta last night? Should I take a laxative and, if so, what kind? Why did I yell at my kid yesterday? I really want more passion in my life, but I feel horrible most of the time. How can I change this ongoing scenario?

Perhaps you are a male or female between the ages of 40 and 60, although, given your overall health, you could either be in your robust 20s or 30s, or in your fading 70s and 80s. You are at that magical, yet pivotal point in your life where you know that a shift in your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and well being is absolutely necessary, and you want more than anything just to feel “well” — to wake up in the morning and bounce out of bed to meet the new day with joy and a sense of happiness and contentment.

But you may feel overweight or heavy inside (even if you look good), or your digestion is sluggish, your skin is not soft and smooth, your hair is a bit dry and brittle, your bowel movements are irregular, you feel bloated and gassy, and may even suspect you have parasites, candida or both.

Perhaps you have that intuitive feeling that certain foods you are eating — coffee, dairy, animal products, grains, sugar, fruit, baked flour products and processed foods with additives and chemicals — are contributing to your suffering and overall toxicity. But where do you begin to make changes?

You may feel so overwhelmed that you continue buying into the myth that such sufferings are common with aging, so you simply need to grin and bear it. You also see that everyone else around you is experiencing and accepting life on the same terms and not getting healthier.

The solution is simple. Begin adding enzyme-rich living/raw foods into your daily diet and commit to a series of colonics. These two healing modalities will give you the wellness and success you are seeking for your health. You will also begin to experience complete and effortless elimination.

We eat living/raw food because we need a fresh new supply of enzymes every day. There are two types of enzymes — metabolic and food enzymes. Metabolic enzymes are found in the bones and organs and act as catalysts for literally every function of the cells. Because these enzymes do not regenerate, they become exhausted, due to unhealthy eating and improperly managing stress.

Food enzymes break down what we eat into a smaller nutrient form, so the body can be nourished at the cellular level. When we eat foods deficient in enzymes, the metabolic enzymes must come to the rescue, which depletes our storehouse in the bones and organs and leads to disease.

A series of colonics is a very beneficial way to clear out the impactions and encrustations that have developed over a lifetime throughout the digestive tract, ridding the body of the putrefaction that is reabsorbed into the bloodstream and then perpetuates disease. Norman Walker, the grandfather and old-time advocate of colon therapy, referred to colon therapy as colon reflexology. His theory is that the colon is a map of the body, like the feet, hands, ears and tongue, and it has reflexes along its walls to every organ of the body.

This explains why recipients of colonics report having a wide range of releasing and healing experiences like improved vision, enhanced lung function, increased vitality, mental clarity, optimal bowel functioning, healthy weight loss, an overall feeling of wellness and a lightness of being, just to mention a few.

Any holiday season — with all of its temptations, stresses and indulgences — is a great time of year to recommit our focus to living healthier lives. All of us who have done so much work in the emotional, mental and spiritual areas owe it to ourselves to spend some time and energy on rebuilding our temples. Begin today — take advantage of the wonderful resources available in your community and start the year anew.


Reuel Ari, N.T.S., LVN and certified colon therapist, and his wife Mariko are partners at the Digestive Wellness Center in Sedona, Ariz. 928-203-0653 or

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 6, December 2011/January 2012.

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