The colon, commonly called the large intestines, is the part of
our body responsible for absorbing water and mineral salts as well
as maintaining the electrolyte balance for proper functioning. It
is also responsible for eliminating unwanted toxins that can be
harmful to our body. Almost all of the nutrients and water from
the food we take in are already absorbed when the bulk of the food
reaches this tube. Typically, with the proper diet and the proper
amount of water, our colon is able to do its function appropriately.
But if we do not give it enough care and attention, then it will
do us harm.
To keep our colon healthy, we must always remember to eat food
rich in fibers and water. This is extremely important since fibers
help protect the mucosal lining of the colon whenever waste products
are stored in it. The fiber softens the bulk for easier passage,
and enough water content will prevent dehydration of the waste products
that may lead to fecal impaction and even obstruction of the bowels.
Fibers can be found in fruits and vegetables, so try to load up
Not having a diet rich in dietary fibers can lead to a lot of complications.
Constipation and diarrhea are examples. Not only that, body malaise
can also be a problem, since colons help in regulating the electrolyte
equilibrium in our body. Electrolytes are responsible for our muscle
activity, and the heartbeat. It also regulates our cellular functioning.
Sometimes, perforation or ulcer formation on the colon can also
happen if we are not conscious enough of what we eat. Drinking fluids
rich in carbon, caffeine and alcohol can also have dire effects
on the colon. These beverages can dehydrate the feces, and can also
lead to impaction. We also have to regularly eliminate waste. In
doing so, we avoid toxic buildup that can poison our body. We also
have to regularly drink an appropriate amount of water a day. About
8 to 10 glasses is the average amount we need to obtain the proper
functioning of our colon.
Health consciousness is important in our society today. To avoid
further stresses in our body, we have to be really conscious of
what we take in. Remember these steps so that we just might optimize
the functioning of our colons, and lead us to a healthier way of