Unhealthy or watery stool (healthy stool is slightly flaky,
soft with some firmness, and should break up slightly on flushing).
Irregular bowel movements (regular is 1-2 times/day)
Keeping the colon working smoothly is often the key to better health.
Now let's explore some of the specific health problems related to the colon and how cleansing can help resolve these health concerns.
Constipation General Indications
Dry, compacted stool -
Infrequent or difficult elimination -
Feelings of bloating and fullness -
Unpleasant-smelling stools -
Environmental toxicity -
Fatigue and irritability -
Regular but sluggish elimination -
Thick, goey consistency
So Important ! Often neglected or ill-treated, the colon serves as the dumping ground for our body's wastes.
When abused, this organ becomes sluggish and fails to work correctly. Elimination becomes sporadic or sometimes too frequent. You never know what to expect. It is like having your local trash man show up unannounced several times a week - or not at all.
In the first case, abdominal pain and dehydration will occur. In the latter, "garbage" gets backed up and decay begins. Although the colon is sometimes referred to as your body's "sewer," its unique structure makes it unlike any man-made sewer system.
The colon is also an organ of assimilation. Here water and electrolytes are absorbed, making the material firmer. In this process timing is important, and fiber and roughage help. If the fecal matter doesn't pass quickly, too much water is absorbed, resulting in constipation. Feces that pass too quickly, prevent adequate amounts of water from being absorbed, resulting in diarrhea.
The colon is also the home of several pounds of micro-organisms. The friendly "bacteria" in the colon help protect the body against infection from yeast and harmful bacteria. (Bifidophilus)
These bacteria also aid in the process of digestion by supplying vitamin B-12 and helping with final digestion and assimilation of certain minerals.
Most people consider themselves "regular" if they have one bowel movement a day. However, animals, healthy babies and native peoples living off the land usually have one bowel movement for each meal they eat. These natives, who consume diets high in fiber, have much lower rates of colon cancer, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids or other bowel problems - Hence the once a day pattern of most North Americans and "civilized' people may be normal and should not be considered healthy.
The number of bowel movements per day is not the only consideration in bowel health. Colon transit time is important, also.
This is the time required for material to pass from the mouth to the anus.
The average colon transit time for North Americans is 72 hours. However, native people usually have colon transit times of less than 24 hours. When harmful bacteria buildup, fecal matter stays in the colon too long. These toxins can seep through colon walls into the blood stream, affecting first the liver and then the rest of the body. These waste materials overburden other eliminative channel creating numerous other disease symptoms.
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