Colon Health

Does an average American have a healthy colon? The answer is most definitely no! Why should we be concerned about it? The reason is that good intestinal health is important for a healthful you!

What Is The Colon?

healthy colonLet us begin with understanding what this part of your anatomy actually is. It is what we call the large intestine, which is the very end section of our digestive tract. It is 5 to 5½ feet long and around 2½ inches in diameter.

The large intestines in our body helps to conserve water and get rid of waste from our body. It is also home to friendly bacteria that help to synthesize valuable nutrients from our food. This is why our colon health is such an important aspect to our overall level of healthfulness.

Faulty Diet - Cause Of An Unhealthy Colon

The present American diet mostly consists of meat, low fiber foods, excessive sugar, alcohol, preservatives and processed flour. This diet is the main culprit behind the rising number of people suffering from bad intestinal health.

If you look at an average healthy person, one who is neither overweight nor suffering from any disease, you will be surprised to know that he/she may carry 10 to 25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their large intestines. Now that is definitely not healthy by any stretch of the imagination!

Imagine if a healthy person is carrying so much waste in their colon, what an unhealthy person would be carrying.

colon healthAs I mentioned earlier, our diet is the main reason why so many of people have an unhealthy colon. This unhealthy diet leads to bowel problems such as, constipation. It has been noted that bowel problems can cause nutritional deficiency and nutritional deficiency can further aggravate bowel problems.

Those who have a bowel problem will find it hard to get rid of the stored fecal matter. So over a period of time, this fecal matter builds up along the wall of our large intestines or in the pockets of tissue in there.

You will be surprised to know that some times the fecal matter stays in there for days and even years. Yes you read it right - for years. And you thought it all came out if you have a bowel movement every day.

Over a period of time this fecal matter begins to harden up and starts clogging the large intestinal walls, which then, might become irritated or inflamed. The muscles in the large intestines begin to lose their strength and elasticity. What this means is that your intestine will be further weakened. It will be unable to effectively push out all the fecal matter lodged inside, leading to further problems ahead.

Moreover, the intestinal tissue would become unable to absorb nutrition from the food you digest, thus causing more nutritional deficiency. Then, as your large intestine begins to decay, it will begin to release toxins and poisonous gases into the blood stream.

These toxins and poisonous gases will, then, travel to each and every part of your body. Your blood cells will get polluted, and this will prevent them from removing cells’ wastes, thus leading to more poison in your body, which is a scenario that will lead to ill health and this can become highly serious in nature.

Health Problems Related To An Unhealthy Colon

Now your whole body starts to suffer. An unhealthy intestine is known to be the cause of the following problems:

So an unhealthy colon can cause an overall deterioration in our health. The good news is that more and more Americans are realizing the benefits of colonic health and are taking steps to improve their own intestinal health.

Many of these steps can be simple and easy to follow when you know how. Most of the solution can be found in simple changes to the habitual diet to include more fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables and avoiding much of the pre-packaged or easy to fix meals and ingredients that stores prefer to sell you.

The main thing to remember is that it's your body and the only person who can make the changes and be responsible for its health is YOU!

Further Reading

You can find out much more about this important part of the human body, its functions and how to keep it in the best of health by reading the associated articles under this category, which are listed below:

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