Over the last few years we have seen an incredible growth surrounding the importance of gut health. Being the owner of the enema kit company Happy Bum Co and colon hydrotherapy clinic Bayside Colonics, I have understood the power of detoxification and importance of a healthy gut microbiome since my teens. Being one of those teenagers struggling with my own “IBS” like symptoms, constipation was a condition I lived with for years undiagnosed and completely untreated as doctors had nothing to offer.
It was a time in my life I felt very alone, embarrassed and hopeless, as no solutions seemed to be available for my chronic pain. The constipation took over every aspect of my life, I was so unwell. No one in my family spoke about gut health, my parents were very old fashioned and I grew up under the impression and stigma that “girls don’t poop” and that it was gross to talk about. So I never did and the problem got so bad it led me to the hospital emergency room and eventually, near surgery for my bowel. It was only once we hit rock bottom facing a colorectomy bag, that out of desperation I sought out other natural treatment options such as Colon Hydrotherapy. I had never heard of it before, and within one session I had more relief than I had in years. The process was simple, the treatment fairly comfortable, the relief immediate and the side effects zero. It was a miracle. But why hadn’t anyone suggested it sooner? Was I the only one that suffered with these issues?
Fast forward 15 years and TikTok and other social media platforms are filled with stories just like mine. Everyday people sharing their health journey’s and having a laugh going through the motions together. I now share my colonics, enemas and gut health tips on TikTok so that I can help others find the answers I wish I had then. I see thousands of others doing the same and the TikTok trends like #hotgirlswithIBS going viral from people sharing their life with symptoms of IBS. Humour is a great way to remove the stigma and the embarrassment, and for fellow IBS sufferers they no longer feel so isolated. By normalising it, we open up a pathway for people to get the help they need. Social media platforms allow for people to reach out to fellow sufferers and offer support, guidance and tips to heal and seek help. Creating hope is what it’s all about and the mentality if I healed, so can you.
While you shouldn’t only get your health advice on TikTok, lived personal experience has a lot to say on today’s health issues. We know that diet, lifestyle, stress, toxins and many other environmental factors play a big part on our health and as a lot of the traditional Western medical community is still catching up, we can use our experience, research and lived successes to help one another get relief from issues that would otherwise go ignored and untreated.
Guest post by Kyah Seary, Owner HBC & Bayside Colonics