Healthy Diet for a Healthy Colon
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
What you eat drastically affects your body. The food you consume directly impacts the health of the heart, the brain, bones, and even your colon’s health. The affect of food can be negative or positive, so it is crucial that you watch out what you eat.
The digestive system is a critical part of your body and it is important that it works properly. Colon, being a central part of the digestive system, needs to be in good health for your body to function optimally.
There are many potential conditions that can impede the proper function of your colon. To prevent these conditions, it is advisable to have a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle. The treatment of these conditions also incorporates a healthy diet and lifestyle along with medication and, in extreme cases, surgery. Colorectal cancer is one of the most severe and life threatening conditions of the colon.
Poor Lifestyle choices are the major contributor in developing colon cancer. Smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity are the major factors in increasing the risk of developing colon cancer. More than half of the time, colon cancer can be prevented with proper diet and exercise.
The following diet recommendations along with proper exercise can drastically reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.
Controlling the Consumption of Red and Processed Meat
Having a lot of red meat in diet increases the risk of developing colon cancer by up to 20%. Processed meat is even more dangerous since it contains preservatives which can be very harmful. Having small quantity (a single serving) of red meat per week is a safe limit. While processed meat should be mostly avoided and only be consumed on special occasions.
Limit the Sugar Intake
Researchers have observed a direct correlation in high sugar consumption and patients developing Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Sugar may not be directly involved in developing these diseases but sugar is known to cause obesity and this leads to increasing the chances of developing these diseases.
High Fiber Diet is Must
Consuming a good and healthy amount of fiber is crucial for the overall health of the whole alimentary canal and colon in general. Fiber is needed by the body to maintain healthy regular bowel movement and avoid constipation. Constipation can lead to many colon diseases like hemorrhoids or diverticular disease.
Eating fiber rich food is a best way of increasing fiber intake naturally. The minimum daily requirement is up to 25-35 grams of fiber. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain can improve fiber intake. Whole grain should be always preferred over the unhealthy processed refined grain.
Increase Fluid Intake
It is critical to drink ample amounts of water to stay hydrated and avoid constipation and have healthy and regular bowel movement. Staying hydrated also helps the person perform other metabolic functions affectively for an overall healthy body.
Have Enough Vitamin D and Calcium
It is important to consume milk and green leafy vegetables to have sufficient amount of vitamin D and calcium which reduces the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Get Checked by a Doctor
Eating a healthy diet is critical to stay away from the disease but it is also strongly advised to get screened and checked by a professional to ensure that you are not suffering from any colon conditions like colon cancer.
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