Is Your Colon Overdue for a Cleanse?
Ronit Mor, ND
What if there was one organ in your body that had the power to control the way you look, feel and think? And what if this organ serves as a common denominator for most of today’s health problems?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, anywhere from 60 to 70 million people in the U.S. are affected annually by some kind of digestive diseases, which are all too often related to an unhealthy colon. In 2015, the CDC reported that about 3 million adults were diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), and this estimate does not include children aged <18 years, who may also have IBD. It is also estimated that 75% of people older than 45 suffer from hemorrhoids and 63 million people suffer from chronic constipation. The American Cancer Society projects 135,430 individuals newly diagnosed in 2017 with colorectal cancer with 50,260 deaths from that disease.
Let’s meet the “star of the show”
The colon, also known as the large intestine, is a very important part of your digestive system. The colon lining has sensitive nerves and glands that help in the absorption of food, especially some vitamins, minerals, water, and enzymes. During the course of the day, your colon will also eliminate unhealthy, unwanted substances in the waste area of your body in the form of bowel movement.
There is no “normal” number of bowel movements since it varies from person-to-person. However, experts recommend one to two bowel movements per day to facilitate the removal of wastes inside your body. Otherwise…
When your colon is sluggish, due to poor diet, high levels of emotional stress, and unhealthy lifestyle, your body is not able to eliminate waste materials effectively. These waste materials deposit along your colon wall and stay in there for days (and even weeks, months, and years). They accumulate and can be up to three inches thick and as hard as tire rubber. This contributes to various digestive issues mentioned above.
Did you know that a toxic colon can lead to other illnesses outside your digestive system?
The average person has between 7 to 10 pounds of old fecal matter in their colon, even with one bowel movement each day! The accumulation of waste on the walls of your colon creates the perfect breeding ground for parasites, yeast, bad bacteria and viruses. For many people today, the colon is covered with fecal matter and toxins and detoxification pathways are essentially blocked. Over time, this toxic buildup leads to:
In other words, an unhealthy colon is not only the underlying cause of most digestive diseases but it also affects your entire body and is a contributing factor to many health problems. A toxic colon may lead to skin issues such as blemishes, wrinkles, paleness and liver spots, to pain and stiffness in your joints that could lead to arthritis, to muscle weakness, to irritated lungs, to a weakened heart, and to premature aging. It may even disturb your brain and overall mental function.
Many doctors now believe that supporting digestive health and restoring the integrity of the gut wall will be one of the most important goals of modern medicine in the next 10 years.Common Signs That Tell You Your Colon is Toxic
Aside from chronic dehydration, there are other common signs that beg for your attention. These include the following:
If you experienced any of these symptoms together with the other common signs of toxic colon, then it could be a sign of something serious. This is why it is crucial that you consult with your physician for a proper diagnosis.
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