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Colon Health is Important

Updated on December 9, 2012
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Colon Health

Maintaining colon health is important in keeping your digestive system working. The colon is the sewer system of the body. Its main role is to convert liquid waste it receives on a daily basis into solid waste and prepares it for its exit from the body through the anus. It is important that this sewage system be cleanse on a regular basis so that these toxins can keep moving out your body on a daily basis.

Look at your body as the house in which you live. Just as your house gets dirty and cluttered, you feel a need to clean up so that you will feel better about your surrounding.

Imagine over a long period of time in which you have eaten process foods, devitalized starches, sugars and salts and never cleaned up on the inside. The colon can not possibly work efficiently. Your home which I prefer to as our body, needs periodical attention otherwise the plumbing may get out of order and clog up.

When the body is constipated the process of elimination stops and that can lead to health problems. Constipation affects the health of the colon. Mostly constipation occurs when there is a lack of fiber in the diet or not drinking enough fluids, which can be corrected easily with a change in diet.

The colon is a natural breathing ground for bacteria. Failure to effectively eliminate waste products from the body can cause fermentation and putrefaction in the intestine or colon.


Foods to Eat for a Healthy Colon

One of the main things you would want to consume is plenty of water. Water improves the colon function along with constipation relief.

Fruits and vegetables are a must. It also relieves constipation and a sluggish bowel in the body.

Grains are very beneficial as well, like brown rice, oatmeal and wheat bread which helps increase your fiber intake. Sometime eating to much fiber can cause constipation. When eating fiber make sure you drink plenty of water. Too much of a good thing can have an opposite affect. It’s very important to do everything in moderation because you will get better results.


Exercise Improves Colon Health

Exercise gets your body moving, which gets waste in your body moving. It has been indicated by research that exercise can decrease colon cancer risk up to 40%.

Whether you're walking or running, both exercises are good for your colon because it increase blood flow to and from the intestine.

Abdominal exercise is great as well and helps improve the colon health. Stronger abdominal muscles allow you to push more forcefully through the colon.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Wow! I know exercise is good for the body, but I didn't know that exercise is responsible for reducing colon cancer by 40%. That's good to know. Great information here about colon health. I need to get more serious about exercising.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Hi Marlene I appreciate your comment, yes exercise can reduce the risk of colon cancer and other cancers as well. There is a new study in the Journal Cancer discovered a link between physical activity and reduced breast cancer risk.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      That's good to know. With all the benefits of exercising, I see it is time for me to start stepping on the treadmill.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very useful hub. Good to learn exercise reduces cancer risk.

      Voted up.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Thanks rajan Jolly I'm glad you found this hub useful.

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