What’s really behind your bathroom troubles?
When it comes to our digestive system, we like to focus on the stomach. But the stomach is only the beginning of the digestive system. An often overlooked part of the digestive system is the colon, the final part of the process.
But the colon has a key role. Before food particles can completely exit our bodies, the colon absorbs any additional nutrients and then removes the waste.
Because everything we consume passes through the colon, it’s important to eat foods that can protect it and keep it healthy. Those good, regular bowel movements are a way of cleaning out the colon, along with removing waste. If we eat foods that keep us “backed up” or promote waste to just linger inside, it can make us sick. If you’re running to the bathroom because of diarrhea, your digestive system, including your colon, is taking a beating.
A clean, healthy colon is a good thing for our health.
So if you want to maintain a healthy digestive system and avoid getting backed up, you have to be mindful of the colon. Here are 4 key foods you should be eating for the sake of your colon.
Foods for a healthy colon
Mangoes: Although seasonal, this tropical fruit is great for your colon. Mangoes have a high fiber – one mango has about 5 grams of fiber – and water content. Both of these can help promote regularity as well as relieve constipation. Fiber has also been noted to protect against inflammation in the colon which can be an early warning sign of colon cancer.
Mangoes can be enjoyed on their own or in a smoothie, but be mindful of their natural sugar content, especially if you are diabetic.
Quinoa: Quinoa should be a staple of any diet, not just for a healthy colon. It’s packed with protein, low in fat and high in antioxidants. Best of all, quinoa is naturally gluten-free so it’s safe for just about anyone to enjoy.
Quinoa offers nutrients like iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, potassium and fiber – all essential to overall good health. These nutrients also work to improve digestion and benefit the colon. Quinoa can help keep you regular and healthy.
Ginger: If you’ve ever felt nauseous or had stomach troubles you probably reached for some ginger to settle your stomach. Well ginger can help out the digestive system in other ways by reducing inflammation in the colon.
A study published in Cancer Prevention Research noted that inflammation in the colon was an early sign of colon cancer. Researchers administered ginger toparticipants and within a month’s time noticed a dramatic decrease in inflammation in their colon.
Broccoli: A superfood in its own right, broccoli is another excellent food to keep your colon healthy. Broccoli provides high doses of vitamin C – beyond the recommended daily intake – as well as fiber. Broccoli also contains vitamins K, E and A as well as folate which are all essential for proper digestion.
Maintaining a healthy colon
Keeping your colon healthy means you’ll be healthier and even more energetic. When toxins linger in the colon, we feel sluggish and certainly not at our best. Worse yet is when we simply can’t go to remove all the waste. A diet high in fiber can help combat constipation, just remember to drink plenty of water as well or you’ll feel more bloated and constipated than you did before.
These 4 foods can help out your colon and your overall health. So start enjoying them today.