Maintaining a Healthy Colon

| Preventative Care

First and foremost, a healthy colon is a happy colon. There are many benefits to maintaining a healthy colon. But many colon specialists believe that their patients do not heed the importance of a healthy, happy colon. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women within the United States.

Benefits of a Healthy Colon

Signs of a healthy colon can be found in one's bowel movements. Individuals with a healthy digestive tract usually have bowel movements every day or several times a week, as it varies with each person.

A simple way to look at colon health is knowing your colon can affect the entirety of your digestive system. If your colon is working properly, you will be stronger, able to fight diseases and illnesses. You'll be eating better, so you'll maintain a healthy weight and have more energy to get out and move about.

So you may be asking yourself, “Sounds good. But, are there steps I can take to maintain a healthy colon?”

Yes. Read on.

Steps You Can Take for a Healthy Colon

Load up On Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and veggies contain high amounts of antioxidants. This is good news because they play a significant role in reducing colon cancer risk. Choosing colorful, delicious fruits and vegetables like raspberries, bananas, oranges, peas, cooked artichoke, broccoli, pears, apples, and corn will ensure that your body gets all the necessary vitamins and minerals to maintain proper colon health.

Exercising is Excellent

It has been noted by colon specialists that people who regularly exercise have a lower risk of developing colon cancer compared to those with a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise also helps encourage bowel movements, which is nature’s way of cleansing the colon.

Water You Drinking?

When you're not properly hydrated, harmful toxins can build up in your body. Drinking eight or more glasses of water a day can help move toxins and excrement through your colon more quickly. Keeping track of how much water you're drinking or setting water goals throughout the day can help you stay hydrated.

Stay Regular with Regular Screenings

Regular screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer and finding it early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommends that adults aged 45 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. Remember, if colorectal cancer has been discovered within your family heritage, you might want to start getting screened between the ages of 35-45. A traditional colonoscopy is the gold standard when it comes to detecting cancer and/or polyps.

Maintaining a healthy colon is easier than you think. Noticing the frequency of bowel movements, proper diet, regular exercise, and proper check-ups with specialists will help you when it comes to proper colon care. If you have any questions, talk to your primary care physician or reach out to our Endoscopy Center.

About the Author

Willie M. Talbert MD

Dr. Talbert is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He joined the Schneck Medical Center Medical Staff and Schneck Internal Medicine in 2021.

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