Good Colon Health
Have you ever noticed when you get constipated that in addition to the physical discomfort, you feel cranky and irritable? This illustrates in the most basic way that our colon health impacts us, but it is much more complex than that. A proper functioning colon is necessary for physical and emotional health.
Constipation and diarrhea are a frequent occurrence in our population and often considered by mainstream to be a part of life. If you have constipation or diarrhea this is a symptom that your colon is not functioning optimally. A healthy bowel movement should occur at least once every 24 hours. If your colon health continues to decline, it can develop into more serious problems such as Crohns and even Cancer.
The colon is responsible for storing and transporting our waste material. When waste remains in the colon too long, the toxins being released overburden the liver and then these toxins are absorbed into your blood stream and circulated into the whole body, which can create a host of symptoms in any area of the body. The colon is also the place where water and electrolytes are absorbed from Chyme (the waste material). Therefore, keeping the colon functioning adequately is of utmost importance.
Some of the most common contributors to poor colon health are the following:
- Insufficient water intake
- Poor diet, like sugar, white flour, refined foods
- Lack of exercise
- Prescription drugs
- Coffee and tea
- Refined foods
- Thyroid imbalances
- Magnesium deficiency
- Essential fatty acid deficiency
- Too much cheese or milk
- Food allergies such as (wheat and dairy)
- Bacteria, viruses or parasites
Symptoms that can be associated with poor colon health:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint pains
- Skin problems
- Bad breath
- Gas and bloating
- Sore throat
- Impaired sexual response
- Anxiety and worry
- Loss of memory and concentration
- Sinus and lung conditions
- Heart disease and cancer
Steps to take to improve colon health:
- Lots of fiber from non-starchy vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds
- Sufficient pure water intake
- Healthy whole foods diet free of refined foods, chemicals and preservatives
- Reduce stress
- Replace healthy bacteria with acidophilus supplements and yogurt
- Colon Cleansing
Many colon difficulties such as constipation can be corrected with something as simple as 8-10 glasses of water and by adding fiber.
Water keeps the stool soft which will keep it moving through the colon with ease and it keeps the mucus lining slick for movement.
Exercise stimulates the colon and helps the peristalsis muscles work properly. Peristalsis is the process by which contractions of the smooth muscles in the colon wall move the waste material out.
Fiber absorbs fats and toxins and also helps the peristalsis process run smoother. It also provides the colon with bulk, which helps waste material move smoothly.
Friendly/healthy bacteria are necessary to help break down material that wasn’t digested properly and it helps keep bad bacteria such as candida in check. One of the most important steps you can take to keep your colon healthy is to take acidophilus daily.
Refined foods clog up the colon and provide a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria and parasites.
Magnesium is essential to good colon health. Many people are deficient in magnesium.
Enemas or colonics physically remove the waste and toxins, thereby cleansing the colon and colon wall.
Do you suspect your colon may be contributing to your health problems or do you need additional information on building optimal colon health? If so, you may find Cynthia's holistic health counseling to be helpful.
Regardless of your health condition, any treatment approach should always address colon health, because any treatment is futile without a proper functioning colon. The body must be able to eliminate waste and toxins effectively in order for any treatment option to be beneficial.