How to improve colon health?
The large bowel is responsible for the absorption of water into the body and the regular elimination of waste and toxin excretion. If the bowels are not moving regularly, toxins and hormone metabolites that should be excreted are reabsorbed back into the body and cause many negative systemic effects. PMS symptoms, fatigue, headaches, bloating, skin reactions, irritability, and many other symptoms can all be affected by decreased bowel regularity.
If bowels are moving too frequently then electrolytes imbalance, dehydration, and microflora depletion are more likely to occur. In addition, a depletion of beneficial intestinal bacteria can increase the risk of pathogenic intestinal infections. Recent studies indicate that certain live organisms living in the intestine have beneficial immunomodulating affects. Establishing and maintaining a healthy microflora ecosystem in the intestine also reduces the occurrence of food allergies and skin disorders.
Sample Naturopathic treatments:
Butyric acid: a short chain fatty acid used by the colonic epithelial cell as a major fuel source. It enhances the repair and regeneration of these cells.
Soluble fiber is found in varying quantities in all plant foods, including:
- oats, rye, and barley
- Whole fruits and vegetables
- psyllium seed husk (a mucilage soluble fiber).
Insoluble fiber include:
- whole grain foods
- nuts and seeds
- flax seed
Probiotics: helps restore proper gut function, promotes regularity.