The Colon - Large Intestine
The colon is the largest part of your digestive tract. The digestive tract is the group of organs through which food and liquids pass when they are swallowed, digested and eliminated. These organs include the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum and anus. The digestive tract allows us to eat and to use the food we consume to fuel and nourish our bodies.
The colon plays a very important role in how your body utilizes the food you eat. It is where water and nutrients not yet absorbed by the small intestine are absorbed. What you have left over is called waste. A healthy colon will rid your body of the waste, moving it from the colon and out of the body as stool. About two-thirds of stool is water, undigested fiber and food products; one-third is living and dead bacteria (bacteria naturally live in the colon). This microflora is made up of a delicate balance between potentially helpful (good) and potentially harmful (bad) bacteria. The presence of harmful bacteria and waste build up is the primary reason it is important to get it out of your body.
How does my colon effect my digestion?
A poorly working colon can affect your digestion, but also your entire body. As indicated, the main function of the colon is to remove waste (feces) and toxins (bile) from the body. Without this excretion of feces, toxins can build up in the cell wall of the colon returning then into the body and making you sick. These toxins seep back into the body and your body can have an allergic response called auto-toxicity.
Overtime, a slow moving colon can become damaged and lead to serious digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Colon Cancer and Crohn's disease etc. It can also become a deadly situation in the case of bowel cancers. You Colon is so important that recent studies have proved the your Colon health effects 60% of your bodies overall health.
How would I know if my colon was functioning poorly?
What can I do to ensure my colon stays healthy?
It’s amazing how the same healthy lifestyle habits most experts recommend for general good health, as well as weight loss, apply equally to the promotion of good colon health. Here are specific tips:
What benefits can I expect from a clean and healthy colon?