The colon absorbs water, electrolytes, and nutrients from food and transports them into the bloodstream. It is about 6 feet in length and consists of the cecum (connects to the small intestine at the cecal valve), the ascending colon (the vertical segment located on the right side of the abdomen), the transverse colon (extends across the abdomen), the descending colon (leads vertically down the left side of the abdomen), and the sigmoid colon (extends to the rectum). The pH in the colon varies between 5.5 and 7 (slightly acidic to neutral). 95% of your serotonin is made in the intestines. Both anxiety and depression as well as sleep disorders can be related to low serotonin levels.
Chances are there is some aspect of your health you want to change, whether it’s acne, not having enough energy, a yeast infection (candida), leaky gut syndrome, being overweight or chronic constipation.
Most people, for instance, all complain about not having enough energy, and feeling sluggish often. They assume it’s something they simply have to deal with. No matter what type of ailment you have, cleaning, tonifying and strengthening our colon will have a beneficial effect in relieving us of our various ailments.
Why is the colon arguably the most important organ in the human body? For starters, the colon is one organ that indirectly and directly affects all the other organs in the body. When it’s clogged up, the liver can’t do its job properly. When the liver can’t work efficiently, the kidney suffers, etc.
The colon is where all the wastes in our body is stored until it is ready to be excreted. When our colon is clogged up with “mucoid plaque”, toxic matter can’t be released as it stays in our colon longer than normal. The results? Proteins start to putrefy, fats rancify, and carbohydrates start to ferment.
The longer toxic matter remains in your body, the higher your chance for disease. To make matters worse, most of us consume foods that our body can’t tolerate (think junk food). All of these toxins circulate back to our bloodstream, attacking our organs and joints, and ultimately causing various diseases.
Common causes of constipation are:
- Not enough fiber in the diet
- Not enough liquids
- Lack of exercise
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, older age, and travel
- Abuse of laxatives
- Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
- Stroke (by far the most common)
- Problems with the colon and rectum
- Problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation)
Think about this: What happens when you leave a peeled banana outside for several days? It turns rotten. Well, you can imagine why this could cause problems inside your body.
Adj.1. putrified – in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor; “horrible like raw and putrid flesh”
The list of problems that can develop in the colon is long from irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, polyps, even colon cancer to name a few.
Source Of Problems
Intrinsically (from within) genetics and poor blood and nerve supply would be the most common problems. Extrinsically (from without) could be poor diet, food allergies, parasites, poor digestion etc. Neurologically your low back supplies the nerves that regulate and control the growth, repair and function of the colon. These nerves also control the blood and lymph supply of the colon. Not only can colon problems cause low back pain but misalignments in the low back can set you up for colon problems.
When we see someone with colon problems, besides the structural and neurological component we look at diet and the digestive system as a whole. Problems with a lack of digestive enzymes or an imbalance of digestive enzymes can cause undigested foods to flood the colon leading to putrified waste products, shifts in pH balance and disruption of the normal bacteria population further compromising colon health.
With the use of specialized detoxification products, friendly bacteria and targeted nutrients to detoxify and heal the lining of the colon. We can develop a program to help rehabilitate the most common colon problems. We have several remedies for parasites and can individualize the type of digestive enzymes a patient might need.
The good news about colon problems is that the combination of chiropractic care, proper diet (based on your genetic makeup) and targeted nutrition, most colon problems respond excellently. In fact, these tools are the most effective treatment for the colon on the planet.
Improving the health of the lining of the colon is essential in any colon treatment. Inflammation in the lining of the colon can lead to small breaks allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream directly from the colon. This single condition can lead to a host of other health problems. This is called: â€œleaky gut syndromeâ€ which allows not only toxins but antigens to enter your bloodstream. Antigens (substances that you are allergic to) can circulate and can cause problems literally anywhere in your body. Headaches, arthritis, skin conditions, depression, and fatigue, the list can go on and on. Vega testing allows us to monitor the health of the colon mucosa (lining of the colon) and determine the appropriate treatment for repair.
What You Can Do On Your Own
Eat plenty of foods high in fiber. If you’re having colon problems drink your cleansing dose of fluids. Your cleansing dose is half your body weight in ounces. For instance, a 100 pound person should drink 50 ounces of fluids to reach their cleansing dose. Eat in a relaxed environment where you chew your foods into a liquid form before swallowing. Never put off bowl movements when you have an urge to go, this can lead to constipation. Cultured or fermented foods supply the friendly bacteria essential in colon health. Junk food is poison for you colon. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.