A healthy colon is the key to a healthy body. Unfortunately, the colon is one of the most ignored organs in the human body. We brush and floss our teeth, we go for manicures and pedicures to spruce up our nails, we go for facials to deep cleanse our skins and we exercise to improve our cardiovascular health.
However, we tend to ignore the inside of our bodies. In these modern times, the food we eat every day is refined; preserved; coloured; low in fibre; fatty and treated with a mixture of insecticides, chemicals, and hormones. We eat very little roughage to encourage healthy intestinal function. We do not drink enough water and neither do we exercise.
Unfortunately, toxins build up in our bodies and the largely ignored colon takes the brunt for these poor lifestyle choices making us feel lethargic and ill.
Role of the colon
The colon is the large intestine. It makes up the largest part of the digestive system. The main role of the colon is the absorption of water and the removal of waste products and toxins. The two-way membrane of the colon allows for the absorption of nutrients into the blood.
The majority of all vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat are absorbed through the walls of the colon. The waste products are the propelled out during a bowel moment.
However, when our diets are poor the colon is not able to eliminate waste the way it was intended. A bad diet that includes lots of fast food, processed food, fatty foods, low fibre, high gluten foods, excess meat, misuse of laxatives, lack of enough water and processed sugar results in the build up of toxins.
Again, misuse of antibiotics destroys the natural flora in your intestines and leave room for bad bacteria to take up residence.
Our bodies end up building up waste that sits in the colon over years and years leading to the formation of mucous plague. This then leads to toxin and waste accumulation in our system.
A person should have at least two bowel movements a day, if you are having less than this; your body is not eliminating waste, as it should. Slow moving waste can get stuck to the colon walls and make it more difficult for other waste products to move through.
Over the years, the walls can become encrusted with un-eliminated waste, making its function inefficient. This build-up manifests itself in the way you look, feel, and act.
The average person may have kilos of old un-eliminated waste sitting dormant in the large intestine that contributes to unnecessary weight. When the colon environment becomes out-of-balance, colon cancer and other disease is the result.
Do you need colon irrigation?
If you experience one or more of the following, then it is time to have your colon irrigated. Frequent fatigue and low energy, protruding belly (“pooch”), flatulence, gas and bloating, excess weight, chronic constipation, skin problems, recurring headaches, bad breath and foul smelling stools and gas, frequent colds, and haemorrhoids among others.
Improved colon health may address many health related issues. Effective colon irrigation may help you, lose weight, have a flatter tummy, gain more energy, alleviate constipation, gas, bloating, have clearer skin, recharge the immune system through powerful antioxidant support, have regular bowel movements.
While colon irrigation is important for your health, there are other lifestyle changes that should be made in conjunction with it. Drinking 6 – 8 glasses of water a day helps flush toxins out of your body and keeps waste moving through your colon.
Including fibre, vegetables and fruits in your diet is another important addition to your daily health regimen. Colon irrigation and lifestyle changes will set you up for a lifetime of good health.
Remember to consult your physician before getting into any cleansing programme.
By KATE KIBARAH. Nutrition and Colon Hydrotherapist
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