Did you know a typical American of average weight and without known allergies can carry between 10-25 excess pounds of impacted fecal matter? It’s a scary fact about the colon, and it’s true. Toxins easily wedge themselves deep into the digestive track and become absorbed within the bloodstream. This causes a domino effect on the rest of the body, including the inability to properly metabolize food or to provide energy. An unhealthy colon can cause a host of problems, but you can minimize them by following a few tips to help keep your colon in great shape.
Tips for a Healthy Colon
While nearly 93,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk. Reduce the bloating, fatigue, gas, arthritis and food cravings that accompany an unhealthy colon. Follow these three tips to cleanse naturally.
Fiber and Water
Increasing your fiber intake is crucial for a healthy colon. You need up to 40 grams a day, and can add fibrous foods into your daily diet such as oatmeal, berries, lentils and vegetables. With all the increased fiber, don’t forget to keep fully hydrated. You need 8-10 glasses of pure H20 a day to flush toxins from your system.
Exercise can keep your colon healthy. The increased blood flow and circulation increases the oxygen consumption of your colon and gastrointestinal system, allowing them to better fight off cancer and other diseases. Just 15-30 minutes a day will help your colon tremendously.
One of the most important aspects to maintaining a healthy colon is to get tested regularly. Start between the ages of 45-50 with an annual colon cancer screening. If it runs in your family, you may want to talk to your doctor and start getting tested even earlier.
With a little extra effort, your colon can remain strong and healthy. You need it to help fight off dangerous toxins and diseases, so keep it active. If you have any questions, contact the team at Davis Surgical Associates today.