The Intestinal System
True, most of the problems that can occur with the colon are at least in part due to insufficient dietary fiber.
Here's What Some of the Experts Say About Colon Health:
The celebrated Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, formerly of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, maintained that 90 percent of the diseases of civilization are due to improper functioning of the colon.
Dr. Bernard Jensen, a proponent of natural health and author of Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care (see recommended reading) said:
"In the 50 years I've spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most people's health problems." ... "To try to take care of any symptom in the body without a good elimination system is futile."
Many health experts believe that with all the overcooked and over-processed foods and with all the fats that we eat in the industrialized nations, it is impossible for us to get enough fiber for optimal colon functioning without daily fiber supplementation.
Consider this medical fact: The three most common causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and adult-onset diabetes (in that order). Medical research has confirmed that insufficient dietary fiber is a major cause of all three diseases!
Undigested food in liquid form flows from the small intestine into the large intestine or colon. There, most of the water content and mineral salts are absorbed back into the body. The semisolid waste remaining is still 60-70 percent water and 10-30 percent bacteria, with the rest being indigestible cellulose material, dead cells, and other waste materials.
The muscular walls of the colon contract to move waste through it. This takes anywhere from 12-24 hours or longer, depending greatly on the amount of roughage (fiber) present.
People with diets high in refined foods (such as sugar and white flour) and low-fiber foods (such as meat, eggs and dairy products) are especially susceptible to intestinal problems. Colonic and rectal disorders are much more common in America than in Africa, where the diet contains seven times more fiber than the average Western diet.
The colon works best when moderately full of bulky material. Dietary fiber fills this need. Although fiber provides no nutrients to the body, it does help promote good health because it is able to remove certain toxic materials along with many times its weight in water, which is needed to help maintain bowel regularity.
Another factor in colon health is maintaining a good supply of beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus. While it's true that some bacteria are harmful, not all bacteria are bad and most are very beneficial.
If you have five or more of the following indications, you may want to consider nutritional aid to the intestinal system:
- Eat high fiber fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
- Drink 12-16 cups of purified water daily.
- Avoid foods made with white flour and/or sugar.
- Eat yogurt and other natural fermented foods.
- Avoid frequent use of stimulant laxatives.
- Engage in moderate regular exercise such as walking or bicycling.
- Learn to handle stress. If stress is a problem, try to reduce the stressors in your life, consider learning relaxation techniques, and/or take the nutritional stress supplement Nutri-Calm.
- Take a daily fiber supplement such as Fat Grabbers, Psyllium Hulls, Everybody's Fiber, LoClo, Nature's Three, or Psyllium Hulls Combination.
- Avoid antibiotics and other drugs that harm the body's friendly flora. Periodically supplement your diet with Probiotic Eleven - especially important after an antibiotic is taken.
- Periodically Cleanse the Colon: If you eat meat and/or dairy products, I recommend a colon cleanse four times a year (using the season changes as reminders.) If you eat no meat or dairy products then cleanse the colon twice a year (in the Spring and again in the Fall.) Usually the best cleanse to use is CleanStart. However, I recommend that once a year you should cleanse with a parasite cleanse called Para-Cleanse.
The key products for the intestinal system are CleanStart and Bowel Detox.
Click here for the Intestinal System Product Flow Chart
Notes on the Intestinal System Flow Chart: Under Spleen Activator (UC-C) add Everybody's Fiber.
Intestinal System Products
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Recommended Reading and Viewing:
Below is a list of some of the words that were discussed to this lesson. If you are unclear as to the meaning of any, click on the word to review its definition:
Word Review List:
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