By AislinnVaughan and PhilipKnox

Colorectal CancerWhen looking for ways to get and keep a healthy colon, these tips can be helpful. Following these de-toxificaton suggestions may prolong your life by helping with risk-reduction of potentially preventable illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diverticulosis and colon cancer. In addition, they can promote easing of the discomforts of bloating, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and gas.

Fiber

Fiber-rich food is a great choice for a healthy colon. Eating about 25-35 grams daily of high-fiber foods like raspberries, bananas, prunes, peas, broccoli, beans, celery and whole-wheat pasta can help cleanse the body. Other fiber-rich whole grains include brown rice, whole-wheat and whole-wheat breakfast cereals. Fiber keeps food waste moving along the digestive track, which helps intestines stay clean and can decrease risk for diverticular disease.

Vitamin D

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says steady intake of Vitamin D is advantageous when trying to prevent colon cancer and maintain a healthy colon. You can get Vitamin D from a variety of sources including the sun (15-20 minutes of daily exposure is sufficient) and foods like bread, fatty fish, milk and cereal. If your foods do not supply enough Vitamin D, taking a supplement may help. Vitamin D may also help prevent osteoporosis.

Don’t hold it

If you feel a bowel movement coming, head for the bathroom and let it go! If you try to hold it in, built-up fecal matter can release toxins into the body that have the potential to cause diverticulosis and IBS. Regular bowel movements are one way your colon keeps itself clean and healthy.

Water

Inadequate hydration can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body and as those toxins accumulate, the risk for constipation, bloating, gas, IBS and fatigue increases. If you’re trying to keep your colon healthy, try to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day.

Exercise

Colorectal CancerWhen you’re trying to keep a colon healthy, exercise is a huge part of the equation. By increasing blood flow and circulation through exercise, the colon (and entire gastrointestinal system) gets more oxygen. This may help ward off colon cancer and other diseases. Your fitness routine doesn’t need to be extreme. Stretching, doing yoga or walking for 10-15 minutes a day is sufficient to help keep your colon healthy.

Colonoscopies

Although a colonoscopy is, by no means, a fun experience, it’s essential in prevention and early detection of colon cancer. For individuals over age 50, a colonoscopy is a necessary step in maintaining colon health. Also, ask your doctor about a colonoscopy if you are experiencing on-going diarrhea or constipation, as these can be signs of colon and intestinal problems. A colonoscopy can aid in proper diagnosis of your condition.

Cleansing the colon

There are also natural ways to keep a colon clean. Visit a reputable local alternative medicine center to learn about colon-cleansing treatments they may offer.

Colon flushes are popular and are believed to wash out toxins and waste material that have become trapped in the colon. If you suffer from constipation, a colon flush can be a good way to regain regular bowel movements and restore your colon to health.

With a variety of special herb and mineral infusions available, colon flushes can be tailored to suit your unique needs.

Although self-administered colon cleansing kits are available, you should seek advice from a health professional before attempting your first treatment.

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