Your Colon: How To Keep It Healthy
Having a healthy colon is very important, which is why we’re sharing some ways to help you ensure it is in tip-top shape.
1. Eat fibre: Enjoy fibre-filled foods such as bananas, prunes, beans and whole grains as fibre keeps food waste moving along your digestive tract.
2. Don’t hold it: If you need to go, go — never hold back a bowel movement, say experts, who reveal that it could cause diverticulosis and IBS.
3. Get enough Vitamin D: Your colon needs vitamin D, too say experts. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vitamin D is advantageous when trying to prevent colon cancer and maintain a healthy colon.
4. Drink plenty water: Yes, you need to drink lots of it to avoid a buildup of toxins in the body.
5. Exercise: Not only will it keep you healthy and attractive, but your bowels will thank you too for that morning workout. By increasing blood flow and circulation during exercise, your colon (and entire gastrointestinal system) gets more oxygen which could ward off colon cancer and other diseases.
6. Have regular colonoscopies: Have your checkups and do your best to avoid any health issues. Experts suggest colonoscopies for those over the age of 50 — especially if you’re experiencing on-going diarrhea or constipation, as these can be signs of colon and intestinal problems.
7. Start cleansing: Just like your body needs a detox, so does your bowel. Do some cleansing by flushing out toxins — chat to your medical professional about a colon flush if need be.
Keeping your colon healthy could prolong your life by assisting with the risk-reduction of potentially preventable illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diverticulosis, and colon cancer. Plus you can prevent discomforts such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, fatigue and gas.
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