The colon is also called the large intestine. It doesn’t digest food. It’s the part of the digestive system responsible for processing waste out of the body. Waste material travels along the four parts of the large intestine where it is converted into solid material.
Tracking the process, from the small intestine, waste material enters the Ascending colon and travels up to the Transverse colon, which transports it across the body to the Descending colon. The material is processed down the Descending colon to the Sigmoid colon and out of the body through the rectum. In a healthy colon, along the journey loose liquid material has become solid waste.
During this slow passage nutrients and water are removed and the waste is made solid for easy expulsion from the rectum. In an optimally functioning colon, nutrients are absorbed properly and toxins are expelled with the waste and nothing becomes impacted along the way.
Ways to Support Colon Health
1. Eat Right
A healthy diet ensures a healthy functioning colon. I prefer to follow an organic vegan diet and personally do not eat meat, but if you are going to eat it, I suggest only consuming organic, range-fed meat. The best diet will consist of organic foods in the various groups:
- Whole grains
2. In Some Way, Shape, or Form, EXERCISE!
Physical activity is important to maintain an active digestive system. Remember, a sluggish system retains toxic waste in the body for longer than is healthful.
3. Hydrate Yourself, All the Time
Drink purified, oxygenated water for your best health. Water helps to flush the body of toxins, as does the added oxygen. Water is helps the colon to process soft stool, and not dry fecal matter, which becomes difficult to excrete.
Even the most health conscious person can have bouts of irregularity because of travel, sleep changes, and stress; all of which are factors that can affect your digestion. Consider cleansing your colon periodically to clear the waste that gets trapped. However, I recommend avoiding the traditional laxatives as they often contain harsh herbal ingredients that irritate the colon. Additionally, laxatives containing psyllium present considerable risks. Instead, opt for a gentle and safe oxygen-based colon-cleansing product for relief.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM