Having a Healthy Colon

Christina Dodd 

One of the most important and sometimes overlooked area of the human body is the colon. This area of the body is often overlooked and ignored because it is not exactly a pleasant thing to talk about on a daily basis. The colon is so important to the body because it allows a person to pass waste out of the body, hopefully with ease. If the colon is obstructed, the person could be constipated for a short amount of time or even longer if the obstruction is a serious problem such as colon cancer. The colon is not only used for waste disposal but also as a large storage area for water. The colon, which most people do not realize, can hold water up to eight times the amount that the rest of the body can absorb during a single day.

Healthy Colon There are two major parts of the colon that help the body stay healthy. Those two parts of the colon are known as the distal colon and the ascending colon. The distal colon has a primary function of excreting waste while the ascending colon has a primary function of absorbing the materials needed by the body such as bile salts and electrolytes. The best way to keep the colon healthy is to eat a good diet, exercise, get enough sleep at night and by living an overall healthy lifestyle. Anyone interested in improving the health of their colon should not smoke excessively or drink too heavily as these two habits could increase the risk of developing colon-related diseases or colon cancer somewhere down the road.

Scientists have found a link between bad breath, acne, and spider veins and the colon. All three of these problems can be caused by a malfunction within the colon if the colon is not kept healthy by the person suffering from these afflictions. The colon helps to rid the body of unneeded waste, which means that it cleanses the body on a daily basis. If the colon is not healthy enough to rid the body of all the unneeded waste then the bacteria associated with that waste can eventually harm the body. Doctors recommend that patients do the following to keep their colon as healthy as possible:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Keep an ideal weight for your height and body type.
  • Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruit each day.
  • Fat intake should be limited to no more than 30 percent of a person’s total daily calories.

If a patient does all of the above and still cannot keep their colon healthy or rid themselves of constipation then there could be an underlying and possibly more serious cause of the problem. If problems of an unhealthy colon continue to persist then the patient should consult with his or her physician immediately to have tests performed. Serious colon problems include colorectal cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths each year in the United States. Each year more than 150,000 people in the country are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.