submitted by GNC, Newtown
Though it is not necessarily a favorite topic of discussion, colon health should be at or near the top of everyone’s list. Studies show that when the colon is regularly kept clean, you’re 90% of the way to good health! It is here where food collects as waste material after nutrients have been sent to the bloodstream. Debris left in the colon leads to the absorption of toxins and various health issues. The key to colon health is largely nutritional. Diets high in fiber, low in fat, along with lots of fresh foods is the best way to ensure a healthy colon. Additionally, there are several supplements that can assist in this process.
ALOE VERA – This is a gelatinous plant food like seaweeds and chia. The gels in these types of foods move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way. They get eliminated through the colon aiding the body’s removal of waste products. Aloe vera also helps to alkalize the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
PROBIOTICS/ACIDPHILUS – These supplements support a healthy balance of micro flora in the colon. This contributes to a more efficient elimination system, as well as better digestion. Recent studies also see a strong link between probiotics and improved immune function.
FIBER – Read food labels and start focusing on the fiber content of every item. Men require at least 38 grams of fiber daily, whereas women need 25 grams to keep the colon healthy. A significant portion of the daily requirement should come from diet, but supplements offer much needed assistance in making up the difference.
GREEN FOODS – The colon needs an alkaline environment to stay healthy. However, we assault it daily with acidic foods like coffee, soda, sugar, chips, fast food, etc. Green drinks and tablets made from chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass spirulina and chlorophyll push us toward the alkaline end of the ph scale. This is necessary to allow the colon to remain healthy. Include at least one green drink or serving per day.
RELAX – Stress takes a toll on our colon. Actively pursue stress-relieving techniques in all aspects of life… physical, emotional and spiritual!