Well balanced diet
We are what we eat.
A healthy and well-balanced diet consisting of high-fibre vegetables, protein, omega 3-rich fats, whole grains, fruits and approximately 2.5 litres of water a day is naturally important to our well-being.
But our dietary intake is half the story. The absorption of the essential minerals, vitamins and all the goodness from our nutrition through our digestive system has to be coupled with our body’s ability to eliminate the by-products of our diet.
High fibre, low carbohydrate, low calorie, Atkins, high protein, low fat, detox, weight loss, vegetarian, 5-a-day roughage, slimming, low cholesterol diets would by themselves be incomplete for the maintenance of good health without the efficient elimination of toxins and waste through a healthy colonic tract.
Modern diets and our lifestyle can play a major part in disturbing the natural process of elimination and impact on our health.
Junk food, too much sugar and salt, consumption of red meat and foodstuff low in fibre and omega 3 can contribute to a high vulnerability to ill-health.
Inadequate (none for some of us) exercise, irregular eating hours and stress (a serious silent killer) increases our exposure to ailments, particularly digestive ones.
Add a dysfunctional waste removal system that can adversely affect the absorption of nutrients from our diets and cause the retention of waste and harmful toxins within our body and we have a recipe for ill-health.
Elimination of dietary waste.
Putrefying food in our intestines can increase the risk of diseases. It needs to be eliminated. The longer this decaying mass stays in our small intestine and colon, the bigger the risk of developing diseases that can be potentially life-threatening.
Worryingly, the following non-exhaustive list of conditions is suspected to be associated with the poor function of the colon or large intestine. It includes colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulceration of the digestive tract lining, appendicitis, blood poisoning – toxins are re-absorbed into our blood stream as they cannot be eliminated through the colon – constipation, diarrhea, halitosis, flatulence, body odours, parasite infestation, indigestion, headaches, backache, unhealthy skin, tiredness, irritability, bloated feeling, expanded waistline and obesity.
It is reported that millions of individuals in the Western world suffer from digestive tract diseases.
The importance of the colon.
Also known as the large intestine or large bowel, the colon is made up of the caecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and the rectum. It plays an essential role in the digestive system.
The colon ensures the elimination of waste and toxins from the body, absorption of important nutrients from our diets and maintenance of our electrolyte balance.
A dysfunctional colon unable to eliminate stagnant, impacted, decomposing matter has a very high probability of being the causal factor for the above-mentioned diseases.
It has been said that an unhealthy colon starts the cycle of death.
Health-conscious individuals would certainly benefit greatly from ensuring that their colon is healthy and functional.
Weight loss and the colon.
When it is considered that a colon that cannot evacuate properly can retain putrid contents that can weigh 5 to 8 times its approximate normal 2 kgs and stretch its diameter 8 to 10 times its normal 5 cms, the connection between obesity and a clogged up colon becomes apparent.
The clearing out of the unwanted, clogged up, decaying fecal mass restores the natural functions of the large intestine and could help reduce weight and waist size.
Also, as the absorption of nutrients process begins again through a clean, patent and healthy colon, increased levels of energy derived more efficiently from our well balanced diet can translate into weight loss.
Although paying attention to our diet and good colonic function may be sufficient to cause weight loss, it must also be said that the enjoyment of life as a healthy person will be further enhanced by taking a pro-active approach to weight control by exercising whenever possible.