If you want to enjoy excellent health and vitality, make sure your colon is working optimally. The colon, or large intestine, serves as the body’s sewage system. About five feet long, it expels undigested food and toxins as it absorbs nutrients and water.
Modern lifestyles contribute to poor digestion and constipation. Chronic constipation has been linked to illnesses including acne, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, appendicitis and colon cancer.
Some ways you can begin to strengthen and rebuild your colon include:
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits
- Avoid junk, processed and salty foods
- Drink plenty of clean water
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Minimize stress
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough sunshine
Know the Signs of Colon Problems
Toxic wastes can build up within the small and large intestines. As these wastes linger, they block full, healthy eliminations. Warning signs of an unhealthy colon may include bad breath, low energy, difficulty concentrating, frequent colds and bronchitis.
It’s estimated that the average adult carries five to 20 pounds of old fecal matter! If your eliminations are thin and/or smooth, this indicates constipation.
When you eat dairy and foods containing gluten, a sticky coating called mucoid plaque can form on your colon walls. This coating may prevent nutrients from being assimilated.
What Colon Health Looks Like
Experts say that we should have three bowel movements a day, about 2 hours after each meal. This indicates a bowel transit time of 12 to 24 hours, which is ideal.
Healthy feces should be at least two inches in diameter. They should be continuous and well-formed, shaped by the scalloped contours of the colon. Healthy eliminations should float and be odorless. A foul odor indicates old, toxic fecal matter.
If you’ve neglected your colon for years, you can take steps to remove old waste and restore your health.