People generally do not give much thought to their toilet, until of course it gets plugged up. If you have never had your sewage system back up with wastewater, trust me, it is an experience that you do not want. The human body is no different; it has an elimination system, which consists of the lungs, kidneys, skin and the liver. Another of its systems of elimination and perhaps one of the most vital is the colon or the body’s sewage system. The purpose of the colon is to remove or flush the waste from the body, which is composed of undigested food, dead cellular tissue, mucus, parasites and worms etc.
The colon (or large intestine) consists of the ascending, transverse and descending colon, which goes from hip to hip and extends under the waist. People with an extended waistline or large abdomen, actually have a colon that is full of excrement or waste (feces). They mistakenly believe that it is a “fat stomach”, but it is an obvious indication of chronic constipation. This waste is quite toxic (poisonous) and can re-enter and circulate in the blood stream as well as back up into the organs, joints, tissues etc. possibly causing a myriad of illnesses and even disease. I remember when I was young, if it appeared that you were about to become sick, the first thing that the elders would give you was castor oil, cod liver oil or an enema. Our elders knew that the root of our illness was constipation, parasites or worms and that those remedies would flush the colon right out thereby removing the toxins that would make us sick.
An indication of a properly functioning colon is to have a bowl movement approximately 15-30 minutes after eating a meal, just like babies and animals do. If you consume 3 meals a day and only have one bowl movement a day, there are 2 meals still in the colon. Multiply that by 7 days a week and it equals 14 meals still in the colon. By the end of the month you have accumulated 56 meals still in the colon, and that equals constipation.
Constipation is the impaction of waste or feces making bowel movements irregular or difficult. However, constipation can also exist when a bowel movement seems to be normal and regular, but there is an accumulation of feces impacted along the lining or walls off the colon.
There are many symptoms of constipation, some of them are: weight gain, bloating, flatulence (gas), abdominal pain, fatigue, irritability, backaches, bad breath (halitosis), body odor, sciatic pain, skin problems, headaches and foggy thinking.
There are several causes of constipation, such as: consuming processed, fried, greasy and overcooked foods, not chewing the food sufficiently, drinking insufficient amounts of water, meats, white flour, lack of exercise, medications and cheese.
Constipation can be relieved through several methods: colonics, eating raw fruits and vegetables, increasing the fiber and healthy oils (flax, olive) in your diet, increasing your daily water intake, exercise, colon cleansers (not laxatives) and digestive enzymes.
The benefits of maintaining a clean and healthy colon are weight loss, clearer skin and eyesight, clearer thinking, energy, stamina and the elimination or reversal of some illnesses and even diseases. The neglect or care that is given to your colon will be reflective by illness or disease, or health, longevity and vitality.