Top 7 Things You Need to Know About Health
Also known as the large intestine, the colon is the last part of our digestive system, the organ that extracts water from food that the body cannot process, retains residues, keeps the body hydrated and absorbs vitamins. With so many roles, it is no wonder that it is very important to keep it healthy and protect it. That’s why today we’ve put together a list of things you need to know about the organ that so few of us monitor.
1. According to medical opinions, the colon sends a lot of nervous stimuli to the brain. The connection between our gastrointestinal tract and the brain is obvious, if we take into account the fact that certain moments of emotion or anxiety are manifested by pain or by the classic symptom of „butterflies” in the stomach.
2. Due to the slow transit time, the available nutrients and its pH, the colon is by far the host of the highest bacterial density in the body, which has a major multiplication potential.
3. When it comes to colon health, diet is very important. Therefore, in order to prevent diseases and potential problems, we must make sure that we keep our intestinal flora healthy and that the food we eat does not contribute to the feeding of harmful bacteria. Moreover, experts believe that a diet low in saturated fat and red meat, rich in fiber and a wide selection of raw fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of disease.
4. In recent years, colon detox cures have become very popular among people who want to live a healthy life. However, you should know that these miraculous treatments are aggressive to your organs and that, in most cases, they are not recommended by your doctor. Healthy alternatives are to consume fiber that will contribute to the natural cleansing of the body.
5. Diarrhea, constipation and hemorrhoids are signs of an unhealthy colon, so whenever you receive such signals from your body, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
6. Present especially in women, irritable bowel syndrome is a relatively common condition, which is manifested by abdominal pain, bloating and constipation. Patients may become asymptomatic after one year, so it is advisable to see a doctor when you detect symptoms.
7. Annually, in Romania, 15,000 patients are diagnosed with colon cancer, and 90% of cases occur after the age of 50. Given that a polyp becomes malignant within 3-5 years, we recommend that, starting at the age of 40-50, you increase the frequency of checkups and submit to the investigations recommended by doctors. If it is detected in time, colon cancer is curable, so a little attention at the right time will help you maintain your health at high standards.