Did you realize that the colon is the body’s main channel for eliminating solid waste? If there’s a problem with your colon, what option does your body have? That’s right, none. That’s why an unhealthy colon has such widespread effects throughout your body. Any slowdowns or stoppages in your colon have both short-term and long-term negative health consequences for a wide variety of other bodily systems. Is an unhealthy colon genetic or a result of poor diet?
We’re beginning to rediscover just how important genetics can be to our health. Remember your last visit to the doctor? He probably spent more time asking about your parents and your grandparents than he did asking about you and your symptoms. There’s a good reason for this. Many of the diseases that we suffer from today have genetic links. That means that if someone in your family had a particular condition, then there’s a good chance that you have inherited a higher risk for that same condition.
It would be great if we could blame all of our problems on someone else, but the truth is that an unhealthy colon is probably the result of a poor diet, not genetics. Poor colon function is most likely caused by choices we are making when we eat. When you consider that most bad colon health is concentrated in the developed nations of the world, you begin to understand what’s going on.
You see, the best diet for our colon is a natural diet. Natural food is most easily digested by our bodies. The more you add manmade ingredients and the more you process food products, the more difficult food is to digest. This means that when the food is passed to the colon from the small intestine (where most of the digestion is supposed to take place), what remains is not fully digested. Therefore, the colon has more difficulty dealing with it.
Another cause of an unhealthy colon is the higher level of toxins in our modern environment. Many people in today’s world live a comfortable life made possible by technology and industrialization. Unfortunately, the price of this comfort is an increased level of toxins created by manmade products and industrial processes. These toxins are absorbed by the body as we breathe, through our skin, and in the foods we eat. Our physical bodies are well-designed and flexible, but they were not meant to deal with level of toxins we face today.
If an unhealthy colon is the result of a poor diet, then what’s the best diet for a healthy colon? The two words that are best to remember are fiber and water. Getting more fiber really means adding more plant-based foods to your diet. Eat more vegetables, whole grains, fruits and nuts. Fiber is non-digestible, so it will still be in the digested waste matter that passes to the colon. The fiber will help to retain water, making your stools softer. The fiber also provides roughage for the colon to “grab.” Waste is moved through the colon by a muscular action called peristalsis. Fiber helps to stimulate and strengthen these wave-like muscular contractions that move waste matter through the colon.
A great way to improve the health of your colon and to get your new healthy diet off to a clean start is to perform a colon cleanse. Many natural colon cleaners are available in health food stores, vitamin stores and online. These products provide colon cleansing that removes old fecal matter and helps to restore your colon to more efficient functioning.
Drinking an appropriate amount of water not only provides more moisture for your body, it also helps to flush out toxins. The general rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But a better rule that helps you come up with a specific, personalized amount is this: divide your body weight in half, then drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water per day (140 divided by 2 equals 70).
Fluids can include herbal tea and some fruit juices in addition to water. But drinks with caffeine actually have a dehydrating effect, so you can’t count them in your daily total. And you should avoid any drinks with sugar, especially those with high fructose corn syrup.
Doctors continue to discover links between colon health and overall health every day. Numerous colon-related diseases, especially colon cancer, have been connected with an unhealthy colon. Research support is growing every day for links to other diseases in the body, including breast cancer, liver problems and brain function. Considering how serious and life-threatening these consequences can be, you should put a high priority on taking responsibility for your own colon health. There are many natural alternative foods available, so begin to change your diet and improve your colon health. There’s a very high likelihood it will help you live longer and live better.