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How to Maintain a Healthy Colon

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Category: Colon Hydrotherapy Fort Collins

The Importance of a Healthy Colon

It’s easy to forget that every time we consume a meal, our bodies go to work. Your esophagus passes food and liquids to the stomach, your stomach breaks everything down, and your large intestine (otherwise known as your colon) absorbs the water from these wastes, which then creates stool. Most of us don’t think about this process often (if ever), but it becomes unfortunately apparently when we don’t have a healthy and functioning colon.

One of the most important things to do in keeping our colon healthy is taking preventative measures. Just like with a car or going to the dentist, there’s so much to be said for getting checkups instead of waiting for catastrophe to strike. Living Arts Wellness in Fort Collins specializes in many natural remedies and treatments to benefit the mind and body. Learn about the importance of a healthy colon (and tips to make this happen), and book a visit with Living Arts Wellness to get colon hydrotherapy and so much more!

What does your colon do?

To expand on the brief description above, the large intestine is also called the colon, and it plays a critical role in digestion and removing waste from the body. Approximately 5-6 feet in length and 3 in. in diameter, the colon gets rid of “food left over after the nutrients are removed from it, bacteria and other waste” according to Live Science. This is a process called peristalsis, and as waste moves through the colon, liquid and salt are removed before moving towards the rectum.

Digestive system image

Why do you need to keep your colon healthy?

Imagine never taking your garbage out. Anyone who has left their garbage inside a day longer than they should have knows (or should we say “nose”) what this can lead to. Having garbage buildup leads to a smelly situation at best, and at worst, attracts other creatures to reside in your home.

The same can be said for your colon—if something goes awry and your colon is unable to get rid of waste, the buildup can not only be unpleasant, but dangerous. Keeping your colon healthy is similar to taking out the trash, though perhaps even more important.

What can happen to an unhealthy colon?

As Colon Health Magazine states, “When an unhealthy colon is left unchecked, it can lead to interior structural damage, such as a breakdown of important mucus that lines the colon. An excessive amount of parasitic bacteria in the colon is known to be linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, and Crohn’s Disease.” Additionally, the colon is at risk for developing polyps and colorectal cancer. Some of the diseases that can affect the colon can actually turn into cancer over time, or at the very least, increase the risk for developing colon cancer.

In some cases, people need to have a colectomy to treat the damage, which involves removing all or part of the colon. Those who experience a colectomy may have to wear a bag to collect waste and stool, which can either be temporary or permanent.

In short, an unhealthy colon can end up needing removal, and can even be replaced with a colostomy bag. If this doesn’t sound ideal, we would agree, and this is why we are dedicated to providing preventative measures that help take care of your colon.

What you can do:

Upkeeping a healthy colon might seem like a lot of work, but it’s easily achievable through a healthy lifestyle. Many experts agree that one of the best ways to protect your colon is through a healthy diet, which we will cover more thoroughly in a later blog topic. Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, is a vital component of a healthy diet that is especially important for the health of your colon. This is a nutrient that is largely underrepresented from people’s diets as a whole—as WebMD states, “The typical American consumes about 15 grams a day, but you need closer to 25 grams to 30 grams.” Given this, it’s unsurprising that $400 million is spent on laxatives in the United States each year, and one in six adults experience chronic constipation.

Another preventative step towards colon health that could show potential solution is through colon hydrotherapy. At Living Arts Wellness, we offer colon hydrotherapy and colon irrigation as health measures that could help the overall health of your large intestine. Some proponents of colon cleansing reference several potential benefits that could happen when trying this procedure, including:

  • Removal of toxins from the body
  • Losing weight
  • Improving the immune system as a whole

Colon hydrotherapy is a potential solution to helping your overall colon health improve. In addition to our colon irrigation services, Living Arts Wellness offers nutritional counseling to help maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Without question, however, is the fact that a healthier colon is key to a healthier body. We are committed to helping people in the Fort Collins area grow in their health in a holistic way—from massage therapy to colon hydrotherapy and everything in between, Living Arts Wellness is the resource you need. Contact us today and visit our clinic!

 

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