Maintaining a healthy colon is one of the most important aspects of living a long and healthy life but this part of daily life is more often than not overlooked by thousands of Americans each year. It is estimated that there will be over 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States come the year 2010 and over 50,000 people will succumb after a battle with colorectal cancer in the country in 2009. Having a healthy colon can help to maintain a healthy weight, provide you with more energy, will eliminate toxins from the body and will flatten the stomach of the person with the healthy colon.
When it comes to keeping your colon healthy the first step in doing so includes eating a healthy diet. This diet should not last one week, or two weeks, or even a couple of months. Instead, this diet should last your entire lifetime if you want your colon to always be healthy enough to keep the rest of your body healthy too. One of the best food groups to include in your healthy diet is fiber. Fiber helps people have more frequent and healthier bowel movements as it absorbs excess undigested food when moving through a person’s system. Fiber cannot be digested, which means that it will be less in fat and calories than other foods we might eat. Eating a good amount of fiber can help to keep a person’s weight down and prevent the onset of diabetes.
Fiber is divided into two main categories, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is fiber that can dissolve in water while insoluble fiber is fiber than cannot dissolve in water. Soluble fiber helps to regulate the blood sugar of a person while insoluble fiber helps to move waste through the intestine while removing toxins from the person’s colon. Insoluble fiber also helps to balance the acidity levels of the person’s large and small intestines.
Doctors recommend that drinking water will help to improve the health of the colon. Experts say to drink half of your body weight in ounces to help prevent different problems within the colon, such as constipation. It is already recommended that people drink 6-8 large glasses of water per day to keep their body healthy, which is in place of Iced Tea or soda, and water can also help to keep the colon clean. Water helps to cleanse the colon naturally and helps to relieve constipation for most people. It is important that the body is provided with a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis, not just for the colon, but also for the remainder of the body to stay healthy without having to pump a lot of medicine into it or visit the doctor too often. For the most part, it is recommended that people eat a large serving of fruits and vegetables each day to promote colon health. Fruits include apples, pears, oranges, bananas, grapes and strawberries. Vegetables include salad, string beans, broccoli and much more.