Keeping your Colon Healthy
Healthy babies, animals and adults not subjected to the “refinements” of civilization (i.e. aboriginal peoples) and generally have bowel movements shortly after each meal is eaten. Peristalsis that begins when you swallow vibrates through your esophagus, stomach, small and finally your large intestine. This movement should initiate a bowel movement soon after each meal. Eliminations should take no more than a few seconds. The stool should be long, smooth and light brown (more like honey than dark brown). The stool should be without offensive odor and should float or sink very slowly. When the toilet is flushed the stool should break up by the action in the water.
Some other indicators of a healthy colon:
- Clear skin without blemishes
- Daily elimination
- Mild-smelling breath
- No mucous, partially digested food, or blood in your stools
- Elimination time between 18 and 24 hours
- A big bowel movement in the morning
- A smaller bowel movement later in the day
- Stools expelled effortlessly
- Soft, well formed stools, often in a long tube shape
Take the Elimination Test
Besides checking for the physical signs of a healthy colon, you can check your transit time (how long it takes food to be digested and excreted) to evaluate your colon health.
The easiest way to test your transit time is to prepare beets. Their red pigment is so strong that it colors your stools you can determine from when you ate them, to when you eliminate them, how long what your transit time is.
- Prepare fresh fermenting beets. Make sure you eat the whole vegetable and not just the juice because it travels through your system very quickly.
- When you eat the beets, make note of the time and day.
- Look at your stools until you notice the red pigment from the beets. Ideally this will be 18 to 24 hours after you first ate them.
If your transit time is not within that time frame, then at a minimum your colon is ‘sluggish’ and you should attempt to correct it. The removal of stagnant waste material and hardened, impacted toxic residue could rejuvenate the immune tissue that resides in the intestines. It is widely accepted that 80% of immune tissue resides in the intestines. Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure-all, but an important adjudicative therapy in the overall health care of the client.
Constipation, digestive distress, and mucous in your stools are just a few signs that your colon might not be completely healthy, and a healthy colon is absolutely necessary for a healthy body.
Some ways to keep your colon healthy:
Don’t Take Multivitamins, Take Digestive Multivitamins
Of course, the vitamins you take with good intentions do absolutely no good… unless your body can digest the pills! Many dollars have been wasted on “bed pan bullets” that pass through unabsorbed. Ask a colon hydrotherapist, we’ve all see them.
Taking a digestive Multivitamin also includes digestive enzymes and probiotics – actually enabling your body to absorb the multivitamin itself along with overall nutrient absorption. Increasing your nutrient intake also helps foster serotonin production.
Dont take fiber, eat fiber
Fiber-rich food is necessary for a healthy colon. Eating a good amount (about 25-35 grams daily) of high-fiber foods like raspberries, bananas, prunes, peas, broccoli, beans, celery and whole-wheat pasta is a great start to cleanse the body. Fiber-rich whole grains include brown rice, whole-wheat and whole-wheat breakfast cereals. Fiber keeps food waste moving along your digestive track, which helps your intestines stay squeaky clean and can decrease your risk for diverticulitis disease. Fiber supplements over the counter do not react in our systems the same way, our fiber source should be coming from fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Don’t hold it
If you feel a bowel movement coming, head for the bathroom. Holding in a bowel movement will build up fecal matter and can release toxins into your body, which has the potential to cause diverticulosis and IBS. Regular bowel movements is one of the ways your colon keeps itself clean and healthy.
Inadequate hydration can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body as the hydration allows materials to stay fluid. This allows your muscle movements to pass them through more easily. As those toxins accumulate, the risk for constipation, bloating, gas, IBS and fatigue increases. If you’re trying to keep your colon healthy, drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Foods and drinks that you ingest that are dehydrating (sodas, caffeine, medications) drink another 1-2 8oz glass to help process those. Also, your water should be alkaline. Tea, and drinks with powder add-ins do not count.
Exercise is a larger part of keeping colon healthy. By increasing blood flow and circulation through exercise, your colon (and entire gastrointestinal system) gets more oxygen. The muscle movement of your legs, ab and back also assist with your colon muscles. Exercise sports are great fun, but walking as a minimum would suffice.
Colonoscopy are essential in the prevention and early detection of colon cancer. For individuals over age 50, a colonoscopy is a necessary step in being aware of your colon health. A colonoscopy will aid in proper diagnosis of your condition. Talk to your doctor about using colonics when preparing for your colonoscopy. A few studies have been done as of late resulting in higher patient satisfaction and results when using colonics to prep.
Take probiotics, prebiotics and enzymes
Probiotics and prebiotics are beneficial to digestive health because of the positive effect they have on the bacteria that lives in our digestive systems. Probiotics are live micro-organisms (mostly bacteria), and prebiotics are the non-digestible foods, mainly carbohydrates, which stimulate the growth of probiotics.
Digestive enzymes add to the army of enzymes you already in your system. Its like hiring more workers for an extremely large task. The more hands you have on deck, the more power you can give to the given task. Enzymes are key to the digestive process. Some of the foods we ingest we are intolerant too (lactose intolerant) and cannot break down. Adding digestive enzymes that can break down lactose will allow your body to absorb some of the nutrients. They are the key substances of the digestive process, working to break down our food for proper absorption..