Let’s face it, the colon has the dirtiest job in the human body. It processes and eliminates solid wastes along with toxic buildup and bacteria in the gut. That is why it is important to keep your colon healthy! But how do you start? What can you do to develop a healthy colon? Consider these tips:
Consume Fiber-Rich Foods
Fiber is an incredibly beneficial compound that bulks up the stool, reduces cholesterol in the blood, and promotes healthy weight loss. Consuming foods high in soluble and insoluble fiber helps move food waste along the digestive tract. Fiber ejects accumulated toxins in the colon, eliminating harmful buildup from the body safely.
The best sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and grains. These foods include prunes, green leafy vegetables, berries, wheat, and oats. You want to consume about 25 to 35 gram serving of fiber-rich foods daily to develop a healthy gut. If you are consuming fiber-rich foods, always drink more water to prevent constipation.
Consuming Vitamin D-Rich Foods
Did you know that meeting your RDA of vitamin D is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of colon cancer? According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin D keeps the colon healthy by reducing internal inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Studies show that internal inflammation is one of the precursors of cancer. Other studies also noted that vitamin D is instrumental in reducing complications related to inflammatory bowel disease.
You can get vitamin D from sun exposure (7 Am to 8AM or 4PM to 5PM) and adding more fatty fish, milk and cereal to your diet. You can also take vitamin D supplements to prevent nutrient deficiency and bone disease.
Regular Bowel Movement
Regular bowel movement is instrumental in keeping the entire gastrointestinal tract healthy! If you do resist the urge to poop, solid waste is left fermenting in the bowels, causing bacteria buildup. Holding it in may lead to various conditions including diverticulosis and IBS. Eliminating solid waste is the colon’s way of staying clean and healthy.
Never hold your bowel movement when it is coming! In addition, we recommend developing a consistent bowel movement schedule so you can predict when you are about to go.
You have to drink at least 8 8-ounces of water every day to cleanse the colon, flush out toxins in the large intestines, and lubricate the gut. Drink more if you are constipated or if you are sticking to a high fiber diet.
Proper hydration reduces the risk of bloating, gas, fatigue and IBS. It also cleanses the colon by sweeping the gut clean of toxins. If you are not a huge fan of water, we recommend eating fruits and veggies with high water content (watermelon, celery, apples, and grapes) or soups and pressed juices.
Detox Your Colon
There are many ways to detox your colon. The experience may not be fun but regular colon detox is good for you! You can always check online for various detox methods or consider a colon flush to restore colon health.