Just a few years ago, we didn’t know a whole lot about the colon. It wasn’t a subject anyone really thought about, and it certainly wasn’t your average dinner conversation! However, with colon cancer on the rise in North America today, the colon is being researched heavily, and more and more information and products are being produced for consumers. Researchers are only breaking the surface of the subject, but what we do already know about the colon should be enough to change your eating habits forever.
The typical American diet has been directly linked to colon cancer and general unhealthiness of the colon. You may think you eat healthy, but if the majority of the population were to be honest with themselves, they would have to admit that most of the foods they eat couldn’t really be labeled as healthy. What you eat has everything to do with the health of your colon, and you can’t expect it to function at its best when you are continually feeding it toxins, preservatives, fats, sugars and chemicals. Ideally, everything you eat should be passing through your body within a few hours, but because of all of the junk we eat, some stuff doesn’t make it all the way though the colon and it ends up stuck there, sometimes for a long period of time. This can be painful, uncomfortable and it can also turn into a health risk.
The foods you eat really do have an effect on your colon, but changing your eating habits can help to turn your colon health around and make it better and healthier. Changing your eating habits will also reduce your risk of colon cancer.
Here are some healthy foods that are good for the colon:
- Whole grains – when you eliminate foods made with white flour and unhealthy ingredients, and substitute them with whole grain breads, pastas cereals and rice, the fiber in these foods will help to clean out your colon on a regular basis.
- Fruits and Vegetables – Most of these are good to eat, but especially berries, apples, avocados, tomatoes, greens and any green vegetables, peppers and sweet potatoes.
- Lean meats – Some people will tell you that you shouldn’t be eating any red meat at all, but if you buy it lean, watch your portion sizes and limit your red meat intake to once or twice a week, you will be fine eating it. Also, eat lots of fish; this food is healthy for you on many levels. Always be sure to buy only lean poultry as well.
It is okay to have something sweet once in a while, even when you are on a diet, but you may need to modify your favorite recipes. For example, did you know that you can substitute white flour with whole wheat flour and white sugar with brown sugar? Just use a little less of each, and while the baked good won’t taste exactly the same, it will still taste good and should satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising the health of your colon.