Colon wastes should be eliminated within 24 hours of eating.
Symptom Quiz & Video
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How to Correct Colon Problems
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Which of These 7 Colon Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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Foods That Help a
- bran (if you do not have an irritated colon)
- whole grains
- vegetables (salad greens)
- yogurt containing live bacterial culture (to improve levels of healthy intestinal bacteria)
The colon is the large intestine, which is connected at its lower end to your rectum.
One or More Per Day
Frequent bowel movements (one or more per day, depending on the individual) help keep your colon healthy. When waste material remains in your colon for too long, toxins in the waste may leach back into your bloodstream, causing multiple health problems.
Diet Not Medication
Frequent constipation and/or diarrhea are not diseases of the colon, they are symptoms. It's important to find the cause and take steps to correct constipation or diarrhea with diet changes and exercise if possible -- and not with medication. Therefore it is best to correct constipation and diarrhea with diet changes and exercise, not with medications.
Common Causes of Constipation
Some of the more common causes of constipation (other than poor diet and not enough water) are lack of exercise, certain prescription drugs, any health condition (such as thyroid imbalance) that affects metabolism or bowel problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or diverticulosis. There are other possible causes, of course, some of which can be detected only by medical tests.
Drinking Enough Water?
Many people forget to drink the 8-10 glasses of water a day necessary for a well-functioning colon. For some people, making that one change may provide a simple solution to constipation.
Getting Enough Fiber?
As well, the addition of fibre from food sources may alleviate bowel disorders, for your colon works best when full of fibre and water.
An Easy Solution
Generally, your colon's health can be maintained with a nutritionally sound diet and a sensible exercise program -- which will make your whole body more efficient, especially your colon.
Chronic constipation, diarrhea or other bowel problems must be discussed with your doctor to rule out a more serious health problem.
Diarrhea or Constipation - Same Diet
The diet recommendations for treating diarrhea are basically the same as those for constipation -- whole, fresh, high-fibre foods; fermented foods such as yogurt and miso; and lots of healthy liquids.
Allergies (especially wheat sensitivity) are one common cause of persistent diarrhea and other intestinal problems. Some other common causes of diarrhea include nervous conditions and infections (bacterial/viral/parasitic).
Add More Water and Fibre
If your score is not too high, you may be able to make a big difference simply by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, and adding more fibre to your diet. These are the two most common causes of a sluggish colon, leading to constipation and indigestion. For examples, see the Bristol Stool Chart below.
Eat more of the foods listed in the chart to the left. . If you need a fibre supplement, powdered psyllium husks (from your health food store) would be a good choice. It is a gentle, lubricating herbal fibre which cleanses the colon while adding bulk to the stool. Drink plenty of water when taking any fibre supplement.
Psyllium seed husks
Eliminate Within 24 Hours
Wastes should be eliminated from your body within 24 hours of eating the food, while 12 to 18 hours is best. If it takes longer than 24 hours, you are constipated. You can test this by eating some beets and noticing how long it takes for all the red colour to disappear from your bowel movements.
- Drinking a lot of milk or eating a lot of cheese
- Magnesium deficiency
- Coffee and tea can aggravate constipation
- Refined foods like
- white bread
- white pasta
- white rice
- fried (and other fatty) foods
- red meat,
Start replacing the above with the high fibre (helpful) foods listed in the chart on the left. Eating more high fibre foods will also help reduce a craving for sweets.
Constipation or Diarrhea?
If you have either constipation or diarrhea, you might like to try this 24 hour liquid colon cleanse to clean wastes and unwanted bacteria from the bowel:
24-hour Liquid Cleanse
- The night before you begin the cleanse eat a light, easy to digest dinner.
- The following morning drink the juice of 1 fresh lemon and 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup in a big glass of water.
- Then drink as much water, herbal teas, fresh fruit juices and vegetable juices as you like for the next 24 hours.
- Be sure to drink at least 10 cups of liquid throughout the cleanse day
- A powdered green food (available from your health food store) added to 1 or 2 of your drinks is optional, but a very good idea.
- Before bed have a warm drink like herbal tea or miso broth (1 or 2 teaspoons of miso in hot water)
- If you have any health/medical problems, check with your doctor before beginning a liquid cleanse.
See Your Doctor?
Give these recommendations a week and if your constipation/diarrhea has not improved see your doctor asap. Diarrhea that persists, or keeps returning, should also be discussed with your doctor.
Natural supplements available at your health food store work well to eliminate occasional diarrhea. Raspberry, slippery elm and peppermint teas are very good bowel balancers. A holistic doctor, such as a naturopath or homeopath, will prescribe additional natural treatments for diarrhea.
Exercise is Important
to Your Colon
Physical exercise, which increases circulation and sends more blood to the bowel, will help relieve constipation.