Know More About Your Colon
The colon is part of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive tract. After food has been broken down in the stomach and absorbed in the small intestine, indigestible food matter is passed through the colon. The colon is responsible for absorbing any leftover water, salts, and vitamins from food matter and condensing it into fecal matter. The fecal matter is then passed from the sigmoid colon into the rectum, where it’s held before being excreted as waste.
Signs & symptoms of unhealthy colon.
- Weight Gain
- Increased Stress
- Bloating & Gas
- Skin irritation
- Bad Breath
- Sugar craving
- Sleep Problems
Can Colon health influence your body weight?
Your body contains trillions of bacteria. The majority of these bacteria are located in your intestines. Gut bacteria play several important roles in your health, such as communicating with your immune system and producing certain vitamins.
Your gut bacteria can also affect how different foods are digested and produce chemicals that help make you feel full. As a result, they can affect your weight.
Ways to keep your colon healthy.
- Consume a high fiber diet
Consuming 25-35 grams of fiber per day is an important part of maintaining a healthy colon, as fiber increases feelings of fullness and promotes regular bowel movements. Some great sources of fiber include nuts, seeds, berries, lentils, beans, broccoli, carrots, apples, pears, and peas. Aim to incorporate these foods into your daily diet.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
Diets that incorporate ample fruits, vegetables, and whole grains have been linked to a decreased risk of colon cancer. This is in part due to the nutrients and antioxidants that are present in these foods, the high fiber content, as well as the correlation between diet and weight and colon-related illness.
- Limit red meat and processed foods
Red meat and highly processed foods are full of saturated fat, which has been associated with an increased risk of colon cancer.
- Drink enough water
When you're not properly hydrated, toxins can build up in your body. Drinking eight or more glasses of water a day can help move toxins and excrement through your colon more quickly.
- Exercise regularly
Regular exercise can encourage more consistent bowel movements. The increase in blood flow and circulation makes your GI system more effective overall.