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Colon Cleansing

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Colon Cleansing

 

 

The role of the colon

 

When your body effectively eliminate body waste and food set the path to a good health. The colon together with lungs, skin and kidneys have the role to achieve the task above, by eliminating toxins into blood, lymph system and intestines.

 

The digestive system

 

The mouth, throat, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and anus form the digestive tract. But liver, gallbladder and pancreas play an essential role in helping the stomach and small intestine to digest food.

The digestive system breaks the food into nutrients which the body can absorb and then it can be used for energy, growth and cell repair and also eliminates waste-matter and toxins (by-products of the process described above). If the toxins remain in the body, it could be very harmful. If the digestive system is not efficient enough than it could have a direct impact on the immune system, energy levels and creates a place for toxic load.

 

The large intestine

 

The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine, with a length of approximately 5 - 6 feet and has an ascending, transverse and descending portion. From there, it joins the rectum through the sigmoid colon (so-called for its "S" shape - the Greek letter for S is called sigma).

The main function of the large intestine is the formation and excretion of waste, and is the place where takes place the absorption of water and minerals and the production of vitamins B1, B2, B12 and K.

Any waste remaining from the digestive process, firstly is passed through the colon and ultimately eliminated by means of peristalsis. At first is in a liquid state and ultimately in solid form as the water is removed from the stool.

Approximately 18 – 24 hours it takes for the food to pass along the length of the colon and once the waste matter reaches the sigmoid colon, it is stored until a "mass movement" empties it into the rectum.

Important to remember is that a healthy colon will rid the body of harmful wastes and toxins through bowel movements 2 to 3 times per day, depending on the amount of food eaten.

 

Bacteria in the colon

 

According to researches done in the past years, a healthy colon hosts billions of friendly bacteria (intestinal flora). These bacteria play a critical role in digestion and overall health. It is estimated that more than 500 species of bacteria are present in the human gut, in concentrations of between 1 billion and 1 trillion microbes per gram!

These beneficial bacteria are naturally-occurring and have some important functions / role:

synthesising vitaminsprocessing waste products and food particlesprotecting against harmful bacteria

Through our digestive system we can open ways for toxins or bacteria or any other harmful micro-organisms to enter into our bodies. Sometimes, when we are ill or under stress or we are using antibiotics or even our age can impact the levels of the good bacteria in our stomach and intestines and they will fall too low. This is known as dysbiosis – unbalance between beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria. In these situations, our body becomes more vulnerable to the overgrowth of yeast, fungi, parasites and harmful bacteria.

When our digestion becomes sluggish, constipation is present and the waste can sit in the colon for few days before being eliminated. These environment creates an increased in bacterial activity.

During these days, the waste matter continues to putrefy. Also, any remaining liquid continues to be extracted and taken back to the bloodstream; this happens along with the toxins from the bacteria and process of putrefaction. This is known under the name of self-poisoning or auto-intoxication.

 

Why my colon is unhappy?

 

Our digestive system performs a huge range of vital functions every day. It can become easily under strain especially when we are vulnerable, such as: illness, stress, old age or travel etc

Unfortunately, many digestive problems are caused by the accumulation of toxins and/or an imbalance in gut and intestinal flora. Also, a poor hydration, poor diet and lack of exercise are leading to an unhappy colon.

In the Western countries, diverticulitis is a common condition (overeating, poor nourished foods, a diet high in sugar or eating refined carbs, processed foods or saturated fat). During this condition, little 'pockets' are being formed in the colon walls, which develop over time and become the repository for deposits of waste material. By becoming harder, it will make it difficult to remove, hence narrowing
the passage through which waste can be expelled over time.

The other two known conditions which are associated with inflammation or irritation of the intestinal walls are: IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and leaky gut syndrome. During these unpleasant conditions constipation and diarrhoea, as well as bloating, wind and pain will alternate. A more serious cause (an excessively permeable gut wall) can make the body more vulnerable to developing food allergies and intolerances. Also, it allows fungi, metals, toxic substances, bacteria to spill into the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body (allowing for Candida to develop).

 

Caring for your colon

 

A belief amongst healthy lifestyle is the benefit of regularly cleansing the body. It begins with the colon, in order to rid the body of any accumulated waste and toxins that could be harmful to health.

Any health-conscious individuals is thinking in the ways of how to address and maintain both the health of the colon and digestive tract as a whole.

Here are some ways to achieve this: upping your water and dietary fibre intake; colonic irrigation; full body cleanse and detox programmes; adjusting your diet (for instance, to include more fermented foods and drinks) and supplementation.

Herbal and herb-free colon cleansers, digestive enzymes, natural digestives, fibre and probiotic supplements can all help to support colonic health and efficient digestion.