Heart Your Colon
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and UW Health Digestive Health Services would like to remind you, this month and for the rest of the year, to Heart Your Colon.
5 Reasons to Heart Your Colon
Sure, you might love your heart, but do you heart your colon? You should. Your colon is essential to your overall health.
- A healthy colon is cancer free, and the only way to know if that's true for you is to have a screening colonoscopy.
- Good health includes not only the quality of the food we eat, but also how well our body is able to digest that food. The colon is a major organ in our bodies, and it is responsible for digestion to aid in the elimination of toxins and waste. If we aren't digesting properly, we run the risk of toxins and waste building up in our bodies, which could ultimately compromise our health.
- Your brain and your gut have a connection. Having a healthy colon will improve your mental health, reduce stress and anxiety and overall help you feel happier.
- Your colon is more than just the end of the food road. It is a place where fluids, electrolytes (salts) and fatty-acid are absorbed, which is important for your entire body. The colon also holds a large number of good bacteria, which has benefits for the body.
- Having a healthy colon will help you avoid any of those uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms like bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and pain.
Keep Your Colon Healthy
- Drink plenty of water and other caffeine-free fluids
- Drink caffeine and alcohol in moderation
- Don't smoke
- Get regular exercise. Thirty minutes a day, even if not all at once, will help your digestive system.
- Eat a balanced diet that's high in fiber. Women should aim to get 25 grams of fiber daily and men should get 32 grams.
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