Can you remember the last time you defecated? Eewww, gross question right? But I want you to pause and answer that question. Let me help you. Was it this morning (today), two, three, four days ago? Or maybe two weeks ago? (Yes, it is possible.) If you gave any other response than today, then you should know that your colon may not be healthy. What do I mean, you ask? You will get your answer by the time you finish reading this post.
In this post, I will be talking about what a toxic colon is, signs you may have a toxic colon, effects of a toxic colon, and what you can do manage this problem.
Healthy /Toxic colon
To start, another word for colon is the large intestine. Medical professionals say that one of the signs of a healthy colon is the regular passage of excreta or what we know as bowel movement or defecation. It is actually said that we should have bowel movements proportional to the number of times we eat on any day. This is to say if we eat three times a day then we should defecate three times a day. As this may not be totally feasible, it is expected that we defecate at least once a day, on a daily basis to be considered to have a healthy colon.
By now I’m sure you are wondering what it means if we do not defecate daily or what could happen if this is not the case? I would answer that by explaining briefly the digestion process in humans.
We all eat, and digestion starts from the mouth, where enzymes are produced by the salivary glands to begin the breakdown of food. From here the food moves to the stomach, where more breakdown occurs and then on to the small intestine. In the small intestine, further breakdown occurs and nutrients are absorbed and the leftover food is passed to the large intestine. A final breakdown and absorption of nutrients occur here and what is left at this stage is most times waste matter. This waste matter then moves to the rectum waiting for a final passage out of the body through the anus.
In a healthy, normal body, the above process occurs up until the passage out of the body on a daily/regular basis. A problem, however, begins when the process ends at the movement of the waste matter to the rectum without it being passed out from the anus. What happens in this situation is that over time there is an accumulation or build up of these waste matters in the colon. What this means is that toxins are trapped in the colon with no possibility of eliminating them. If this continues it could result in a condition known as autointoxication.
Autointoxication is a process of self-poisoning, where a person’s body is producing toxins that can cause illness or disease in the body. It must be noted though that autointoxication does not occur as a result of a toxic build-up in the colon alone since there are other metabolic activities going on in the body that could also cause this.
10 Signs you have a toxic colon
Below are 7 signs that show we have a toxic colon. The list is not exclusive though.
- Abdominal bloating
- Unexplained weight gain
- Low energy levels
- Painful bowel movement
- Acid reflux
- Insomnia or poor sleeping habits
Effects of Toxic Colon
Not paying attention to the signs the body gives of the presence of a toxic colon could lead to more disastrous results. Common ones include:
- Chron’s disease
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Prolapsed colon
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Memory problem
- Inability to process cholesterol
- Skin irritation, wrinkles, and blemishes
- Irritable bowel
- Irritation of the lungs
- Inability to absorb nutrients from food
- If the colon is left to deteriorate correcting it may mean performing a colostomy
How to detoxify the colon
To detoxify simply means to get rid or eliminate toxins. This detoxification is a natural process that occurs in the body and the colon plays a major role in it. Apart from the colon, there are other organs in the body that perform the function of detoxification. They include the liver, kidneys, skin, and lungs. Over time though these systems get overwhelmed, at times because of the stressful conditions we subject our bodies to (commuting for long hours and working under other stressful conditions for example). The resultant effect of this is that these organs become overwhelmed and unable to carry out their function of detoxification.
The solution to combat this is to perform a regular detoxification. Since the focus of this post is on the colon, 3 major steps to detoxify it are listed below:
- Regular drinking of water: Taking as much as eight glasses of water is recommended on a daily basis
- Consumption of fruits and vegetables: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fibre also help in colon detoxification.
- Use of Supplements: There are a number of nutritional supplements that perform the function of cleansing the colon of toxins. It is also recommended that a quarterly thorough detoxification is done. This thorough detox may include fasting and going some days on a special diet. So many detoxification products are available but it is always best to get guided help in choosing the one to use.
We have talked about what characterises a coon as healthy or toxic, what autointoxication is, signs of a toxic colon, effects of a toxic colon, and ways to detoxify the colon. I am certain that by now you know the state of your colon. Is it healthy or not? If it is, thumbs up to you. If not, why not do a detox today? Ask me how!