The main function of the colon is to absorb fluids from indigestible food residue and produces solid waste for elimination, but that’s not its only job. The colon is important for fluid, electrolytes (salts) and fatty-acid absorption as well.
The beneficial bacteria that is held in the colon is called gut flora. The main purpose is to aid digestion, manufacture nutrients, protect against food-borne pathogens and even appear to play a role in regulating your body weight, so keeping it healthy is very important.
There are several ways to maintain a healthy gut flora:
Consuming more fiber
Fiber is the only nutrient that isn’t digested and helps the bowel contract. In other words – more fiber=empty colon.
The best fiber sources are flax seeds and oats. They contain both the soluble and the insoluble kind. Fruits (namely strawberries and apples), veggies, whole grains, and beans are good sources too, though.
The recommended dosage is 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, meaning you will need to up your fruit and veggie intake significantly (5 servings a day) and pack on the whole grains (coming in at 6).
Drinking a lot of water
Water makes everything function better. While the recommended dosage is 8 eight-ounce glasses of water, look at the color of your urine. If it is pale yellow or near-clear you’re doing a great job; if it’s darker than that, start drinking more.
Don’t count alcohol and coffee in overall liquid intake because they actually dehydrate you.
Drinking more water also eases constipation.
Include more fermented foods in your diet
Fermented foods help in degrading toxins in your colon and prevent disease-causing micro-organisms to set in your digestive system.
Yogurt, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, Kefir and kombucha tea are excellent examples of fermented food you should consume.
Consume more green food because the chlorophyll cleanses and soothes tissue in the digestive tract as well. In addition to providing fiber, greens can repair your intestines, too. Good sources of chlorophyll include alfalfa, wheatgrass, brussel sprouts, spinach, peas, and barley grass.
During exercise you increase the blood flow and circulation which provides your colon (and entire gastrointestinal system) with more oxygen. Stretching, doing yoga or walking for 10-15 minutes a day is sufficient to help keep your colon healthy.
No one enjoys it, but it is crucial in prevention and early detection of colon cancer.
Below we will present you an excellent recipe made with ingredients that are rich in fiber and other nutrients that will keep your colon feeling fresh. But first, let’s talk about the ingredients.
They are rich in soluble fiber that helps keep you feeling fuller longer and helps with loose stools, and in insoluble fiber that adds bulk in stool and relieves constipation to keep things moving.
Also rich in fiber that helps delay gastric emptying and improves intestinal absorption of nutrients and reduce the risk of colon cancer. They also contain antioxidant compounds that will not only help your colon, but also protect your heart and prevent cardiovascular diseases due to the heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.
High in fiber, nutrients and vitamins that your body will absorb while cleansing away the toxins. Chia seeds will also keep you fuller longer, which helps with weight loss. Like the flax seeds, they are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that keep your heart pumping strong.
We could make a list long of health benefits that honey offers, but we’ll only mention the most important ones. Honey will boost your immune system, its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve your digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. It is also an excellent natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Honey also keeps levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar, and possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumor properties.
Now, about the drink. You will need:
- 1 apple
- 1 tsp raw honey (for sweetness)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (ground is easier to digest than whole)
- 1 cup water
Blend everything together except the chia. Pour contents of blender into preferred drinking class and stir in the chia. Stir until the chia seeds have started expanding (approx. 5 minutes). Cheers!