Colon Health Advice

Your colon is an important part of your digestive system. This large organ, which is a long tube surrounded by muscle, acts as a passage for liquid fecal matter that has passed through your small intestine. Your colon works by absorbing liquid from this bodily waste and ‘kneading’ to form more solid stools which can then be passed easily. If your colon is not healthy, it can affect the rate at which stool is formed and passed and lead to constipation or diarrhea. Poor colon health can also lead to more serious conditions like bowel cancer, which is linked to poor diet and insufficient exercise.

The best tips for a healthy colon are:

Get plenty of fiber in your diet! Foods high in fiber include:

Fruit, particularly apples, pears and grapefruit

Vegetables – beans, spinach, or sweet potato are high in fiber

Whole grain cereals like oats or bran, and wholemeal bread and pasta

Beans, nuts and seeds alone or as a garnish

Get regular exercise – a short, vigorous walk every day is enough to maintain the strength of the muscles around your coon.

Drink enough fluids, including lots of water. A good rule of thumb is 3 liters per day for men, and 2 liters for women.

Colonic irrigation, or high enemas are increasingly popular. In colonic irrigation the rectum and colon are flooded with water, and the abdomen may be massaged. This is said to release fecal matter which has built up in the colon. Some claim that this has many health benefits while others say there is no evidence of any positive effects.