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A Healthy Colon is a Healthy You!

The esteemed J.H. Tilden, MD, said, "Without poisoning there can be no disease." So where do poisons come from? Well, there are external factors to be sure, but much poisoning is from within. The colon is the culprit in many diseases and

once the toxins are removed from the bowel, the rest of the body can return to health. "Bowel cleansing is an essential element in any lasting nutritional health program. The toxic waste must be removed as quickly as possible to help this downward spiral of failing health," according to Dr. Bernard Jensen. Many people pay attention to their bowel (how often or how adequate their bowel movements are) only after their health has failed and they are in a state of ill health or pain. When the importance of health is understood, greater awareness and effort is used in choosing supplements and colon cleansing foods. Health of the colon can help insure a greater sense of well being and energy.

When people consume constipating, processed, overcooked, chemically treated foods and drinks, it is difficult to achieve good health of the colon, even if there is a daily bowel movement. Optimum nourishment to the nerves, muscles, cells, and tissues of the walls of the colon is hardly possible when the diet is deficient. The colon becomes "starved" for nutrients. "A starved colon may allow fecal matter to pass through it, but is unable to carry on the last stages of digestion." (Healing Within, The Complete Colon Guide, by Stanley Weinberger)

In order to have a healthy colon, the body has to be properly nourished. The following foods contribute to poor function and poor nutrition of the colon: cheese, fried foods, candies and sugar products (including artificial sweeteners), white flour, salt, salted snack foods, beef, canned, burned, fermented or processed foods, pasteurized milk or juices, carbonated drinks and coffee.

Foods that are lacking in nutrients (especially calcium, phosphorus and iron) cannot properly maintain the health of the colon. This in turn affects the proper drainage of the colon. Food and supplements should be chosen wisely to aid and correct inadequate colon drainage. This would include natural food supplements, additional bulk fiber, a digestible calcium supplement and whole natural foods.

If food is partially digested, some of it can pass from the large intestine into the bloodstream and deposit its wastes through the entire system. If these wastes are calories, they may show up as obesity. Excess inorganic minerals as arthritis. Undigested fats may lead to high cholesterol; and undigested sugar may lead to diabetes.

When we are not eliminating properly, wastes may not be expelled for days, weeks, months, or years. When we don't eliminate our wastes, toxins back up in the colon, which can cause autointoxication, or self-poisoning. This occurs when the bowel walls become encrusted with uneliminated fecal matter or mucous, hampering the absorption of vital nutrients and providing a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria. Blood capillaries lining the bowel wall begin to absorb these toxins into the bloodstream, consequently polluting all of our organs and cells. Proper bowel function entails having 2 to 3 large movements per day. Most people are not aware of this and go through their daily lives eliminating once a day, or even less. A good question to ask yourself is, "If we eat 3 meals a day and only eliminate once a day, where are the other 2 meals hiding?" If we ask moms of healthy, breastfed infants, they will tell us that a baby will eat and immediately eliminate. Their new digestive systems have not had time to develop malabsorption problems caused by improper diet, environmental toxins, and stress. Faulty digestion and elimination develop in an individual through years of improper lifestyle and poor dietary habits.

Colon health and care is recognized as an important part in maintaining or regaining health. There are important reflexes to all parts of the body connected to the colon. If a pocket of build up of fecal matter develops, it may affect those areas of the body connected to the reflex. For example, a toxic build up in the area of the transverse colon may affect the throat or bronchials. Dr. Norman Walker calls the colon the sewer system of the whole body. He says that nature's laws of preservation and hygiene require that this system be cleansed regularly or innumerable ailments, sicknesses and diseases may follow. Neglecting the colon is analogous to the entire garbage collecting staff being on strike, allowing putrid, odoriferous, and unhealthy gases to proliferate. Dr. Walker was famous for his writings which focused attention on the fact that accumulating waste in the body can often prevent the possibility of attaining vibrant health.

Pimples may be one of the first indications that toxemia may be present in the body. According to British researchers, symptoms of toxic build up can be related to fatigue, depression, gas, belching, or bloating, headaches, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, nausea and abdominal discomfort, protruding, tender or rigid abdomen, sagging posture, lack of interest in work or play, loss of memory or concentration, lack of sexual response, overweight, underweight, poor appetite, malnutrition, skin blemishes, sallow complexion, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, bad breath, coated tongue, body odors, cold hands and feet, swelling of the legs, lower back pain, blood pressure too high or too low, or aches and pains in different areas of the body.

A sluggish colon will distill the poisons of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, which will poison the brain and nervous systems so that we become mentally depressed and irritable. Every organ of the body is affected and becomes poisoned.

At least fifty percent of the food you eat should be raw, unprocessed and fresh. Whenever possible, food should be organically grown. Dead, overcooked, or processed foods cannot give life to the body. Dead foods cannot provide the body with vital enzymes needed to digest the food and keep it from becoming toxic, neither can chemically grown foods. Proper food combining is also helpful. Eat fruits alone when possible. Eat starchy foods with vegetables. Proteins like meat and eggs should not be eaten with starchy vegetables like potatoes. Eat fibrous foods like brown rice, millet, buckwheat, rye, barley and oats. Try new foods like sprouted grain breads instead of bread made with flour. If fiber content is not sufficient in your diet to have two large bowel movements a day then add a daily fiber supplement and drink adequate pure water.

You can make a major impact on the chemicals, additives, high stress food combinations, and poisons produced from within your own colon by cleansing the colon with various herbal supplements. You can also learn how to take care of your bowel using a colema board. Any way you do it, in order to regain and maintain vital health, you must take care of your colon.

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