A healthy colon leads to a healthy body in more ways than you may realize. Keeping your digestive tract in good health is the path to a longer, healthier and happier life and in this section of the website, I'm going to show you how.
There are several major ways in which your body's large intestines are responsible for maintaining the optimum working of your body as a whole and its several parts. These include your major and minor organs, the immune system, cell growth and overall health and a feeling of general well being.
But what do I mean when I say "keeping it in good health?"
A Healthy Colon
The colon is another word for your large intestines, which are the "tubes" that take whatever you have ingested after the stomach has processed it and further digest and process that food and liquid to extract nutrients vital for your body's operation. That process also involves getting rid of the unwanted portion of what you ingest as waste.
When a person eats a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet, consisting of mostly unprocessed, organic whole foods to eat and plain water to drink, the digestive tract has little problem dealing with everything in the most efficient manner. All nutrients are extracted and assigned to the places in the body where they're needed, while the waste is processed in the most efficient manner so that it leaves the body cleanly.
What Goes Wrong?
It is only when a person's diet becomes tainted by unhealthy, processed and chemical laden foods, sugar loaded drinks and generally unbalanced ingredients that things start to go wrong in the digestive tract. This often goes unnoticed at first, but as time moves on, the person's health starts to decline and they begin suffering from certain illnesses and conditions associated with the downturn in digestive health.
Often, a badly balanced diet lacking in dietary fiber and inadequate hydration leads to an increase in immovable waste products becoming lodged in the colon. This partially digested waste matter can cause an increase in unhealthy bacteria growing in the gut, which has the knock-on effect of releasing toxins into the body that start to cause havoc and can lead to a wide range of illnesses.
Maintaining a Healthy Digestive Tract
The situation is rarely untreatable if the person realizes the error of their ways and changes their diet to a healthy one. But in many cases, they fail to do that, with the resultant conditions requiring medical intervention and even surgery in extreme cases.
The way to better digestive maintenance is actually fairly simple as long as you are prepared to make changes to your diet and then stick to them in the long term. This will involve cutting out all processed and junk foods to begin with, including sweetened drinks (as well as those that contain artificial sweeteners).
The next step is to start including whole foods in your diet, such as plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. This increases the natural fiber your intestines need in order to work properly as well as increasing the amount of plain water you drink.
Colon Health Article Titles
I will take these points and expand them in more detail in a series of informative articles associated with this topic. See below for the titles as I add them to the list.
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