Each organ must be properly nourished and cared for through daily meals, snacks and beverages. Likewise, each organ has a list of foods to avoid that have demonstrated the ability to inflict harm, lead to malabsorption, food intolerance, disease, or cancer. It is important to note that there are variables to colon health, in addition to nutrition, which should all be discussed with your doctor. (Genetics, Habits, Lifestyle, Vices)
The Large Intestine, or Colon, has four sections: the ascending colon, the transverse colon, the descending colon and the sigmoid colon. It is about 6 ft in length and due to its diameter in width, it is called the large intestine ending at the anus where the feces is excreted. The small intestine is 26 ft in length and much smaller in diameter and therefore, bears the name of small intestine.
The purpose of the large intestine is to carry the sewage (digested or undigested foods) from our bodies. As modern society has “developed”, the food consumption has changed from: fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, and oils, to food that has been engineered such as: cookies, chips, candy, and soda.
Toxins and Mucus. The human body was not designed to digest toxin filled foods. When consuming harmful foods, a signal is sent from the stomach, to the intestine, to alert the colon as to what is coming down the line. The colon produces a mucus to protect itself from the harmful foods and toxins. Overtime an accumulated thick layer of hardened mucus has lined the colon that can weigh between 5-11 pounds! The mucus production should disintegrate on its own through occasional use, over use leads to toxemia and disease.
Weight Loss. Choosing to “diet” can further a problem by introducing fruits and vegetables to an already blocked system. Before changing eating habits, a doctor may advice the patient to fast and then to flush their bodies of the toxins by taking a laxative (colenema). This is a safe cleansing that can be done in the privacy of one’s bathroom. For a natural cleansing: Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice of both lemon halves into a glass of water. Drink twice a day; once in the morning and after dinner. (Just as a car engine would not have new oil added to the old filthy built up oil, a clean engine is often the best way to begin a new dietary lifestyle.)
Nourish the Colon with optimal choices
- Water, or water with juice of fresh lemon twice a day
- 2-3 cups Green Tea (decaffeinated) a day
- Daily Aspirin
- Raw Plant Foods (fruits and vegetables)
- Aloe Vera (beverage) http://aloe-verajuice.com/
- Broccoli & Kale. Butyrate is formed in the colon through bacteria fermentation, in the presence of carbohydrates rich in fiber. Known to have a number of anti cancer effects, certain foods are recommended for preventative colon care.
- Sweet Potatoes (Vitamin A, C, E, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Phytosterols) increased motility of bowels so toxins move quickly through, protection against cellular mutation.
- Mushrooms, Onion, Garlic allows for the immune system to work more aggressively.
- Yogurt: Returns balance of healthy bacteria and resident flora, which promotes bowel movements and waste elimination. Yogurt is rich in Vitamin D and Calcium, both are imperative to organ health.
- Tuna (Omega 3 for cellular reparation)
- Turmeric (gives color to Curry. Can be placed into a spice shaker and used on vegetables, soups, salads, poultry, fish, pasta, rice) anti-carcinogenic
- Cinnamon: anti carcinogenic
- Dried Fruit, Beans, Brown Rice all have fiber that remove toxins from the intestine.
- Flavonoids are antioxidants and should be consumed daily; found in all fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices
- Foods that produce Butyrate to remove toxins are: green vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, sweet potatoes, whole grains.
What has shown to Harm the Colon should be Avoided or limited.
- Red Meat (1′c a month: Men 3 ounces and Women 2 ounces)
- Lamb (1′c a month reduced amounts)
- Pork (1′c a month reduced amounts)
- Processed Meats
- Excessive Processed, Snacks, & Fried Foods
- Alcohol (1 glass of wine or 1 beer once a week)
- Smoking (Avoid!)
What has been linked to Polyps
- Over cooked foods
- Dairy, Cheese (no more than 1 ounce 3 times a week)
- Red Meats
- Fried Foods
- Processed Foods (chips, crackers, candy, cookies, fried foods)
Foods to Avoid if a colostomy has been performed
- Raw onions or raw garlic
Nutrient balance is critical to colon health. The daily recommended intake (DRI) of 4 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables, Vitamin D and calcium all promote healthy organs.
Families who have a history of colorectal or colon cancer should discuss genetic testing and review a dietary and exercise plan with their doctor.
Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio BASC DTR
- Does Butyrate protect from colorectal cancer? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16460475
- Association of Red Meat & Lamb with Colon Cancer http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23427329
- Can Colorectal Cancer be Prevented?http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-prevention
- John Hopkins Medicine Colorectal Cancer, Location & Tumor Removal http://www.hopkinscoloncancercenter.org/CMS/CMS_Page.aspx?CurrentUDV=59&CMS_Page_ID=1F7C07D4-268D-4635-8975-70A594870CC8
- Whole Health Source Nutrition and Health Sciences http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/12/butyric-acid-ancient-controller-of.html
- Colon Facts http://www.netmender.net/health/articles/colon_facts.htm