The Importance of A Healthy Colon for Enhancing Health
by EveryNutrient.com
The colon is a hollow tube-like organ, also known as the large intestine and large bowel.
It’s part of the digestive tract, where food is processed to create energy and rid the body
of waste.  It measures approximately 1.5 meters in length and is located after the small
intestine.   The large intestine is mainly responsible for storing waste, absorbing water
and salts (which travel from the small intestine), absorbing some vitamins, and
eliminating body wastes from the system. It lubricates waste products, absorbs the
remaining fluids and salts, and then it stores the waste products until they’re ready to be
excreted. The wall of the colon has several layers of muscular tissue which contract and
slowly move along the contents of the digestive tract.  The lining of the colon is
equipped with sensitive nerves and glands that aid in the final stages of digestion and also
the assimilation of food (especially vitamins, enzymes and water).  

A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. It must handle the bulk of the food we
eat.  When the colon is working properly, its peristaltic motions (muscular, and wave
like) move food through the system and eliminate unassimilated substances (waste)
within a few hours of eating. When the colon is clean and normal we experience health
and well-being. When the colon is sluggish, body wastes accumulate and constipation
occurs.  As a result, the level of health declines.

When the colon becomes constipated, it contains packed feces which have accumulated
over time.  Over time, the feces have become hardened and lodged within the pockets of
the colon’s wall. Eventually, the hardened matter obstructs the muscular contractions
(peristaltic waves) and more feces build up which causes lack of proper excretion. This
build-up may take several months or years and can result in 5-15 pounds of added
weight.  This heavy matter causes the colon to become distended, abnormally shaped,
and ineffective at completing its functions. The final absorption and digestion of food is
one of those functions.  Since a clogged colon interferes with that function, the body
becomes deprived of nutrients. Also, due to the undigested food fermenting and
becoming putrefied, abnormal gas and poisons occur.  

The poisons become re-absorbed into the system, and can provide a comfortable
environment for disease. Some symptoms of a toxic colon are: backaches, foul breath ,
indigestion, headaches, flatulence, aches and pains, skin problems, constipation,
hemorrhoids, arthritis, diarrhea, hypertension, distended abdomen, foul body odor,
menstrual problems, chronic fatigue, asthma, irritability, depression, prostate trouble,
frequent colds, hypoglycemia, insomnia, food cravings, and difficult weight loss.
Most people aren’t aware of the amount of hardened fecal matter that may be stuck
within their colons. Several experts believe that the average person holds between 5-20
pounds of accumulated waste within their colon.  Colon health degrades with age.  Since
the colon is responsible for eliminating all waste from the body, it’s crucial to maintain a
healthy colon in order to enhance health and vitality.  If the colon is clean, elimination
occurs on a regular basis.

Colon cleansing involves natural detoxification of the colon.  Effective and safe colon
cleanses are designed to detoxify, clean out, and refresh your body without
uncomfortable cramping or loose stools.  There are several colon cleansing products on
the market, but not all of them are natural and safe.  Bentonite clay is great for colon
cleansing.  Almighty Cleanse contains Bentonite clay and other natural ingredients.  
Colon cleansing is recommended for adults only.  
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The
content on this website is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.
©2006 Every Nutrient

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