This month I’ve decided to talk about the COLON (brace yourselves). Let’s begin with a common misconception:

“Once a day is normal for me”

If your bowel movements are once a day or fewer, you are constipated – one a day is NOT normal! When we were born, our bodies were very efficient – at every feeding we would ‘go’. As we got older we trained our bodies to hold ‘it’ in because we wanted to continue playing, or the timing was inconvenient.

Our colons are meant to eliminate toxins and waste from the body. When they linger, the toxins are reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Here’s one of my favourite ways to explain this: On a hot summer day it may feel like 38°C outside (the same as our average normal body temperature). When we place our garbage outside in this heat, it begins to ferment within 24 hours. The same happens to any waste that remains in our colon longer than 24 hours – yuk!

Our job now is to retrain our colon again. We do this by:

• Increasing our fibre intake with 10 or more servings of vegetables and fruits (a difficult task at best for most of us; therefore use a whole food supplement)
• Increasing our water intake (8 glasses per day – coffee, pop, juice and tea don’t count!)
• Temporarily taking a pusher/laxative – please don’t use any of those over the counter concoctions
• Taking a good quality probiotic to repopulate our intestines
• Taking something to address parasites (about 90% of us have them)

Please do not cleanse any other organ until your colon is functioning properly.

Seek a professional for guidance first and do not cleanse when you’re pregnant as the toxins may be absorbed by the fetus. If you are one of those unfortunate people who suffer from constant diarrhea or runny stool, then you may have food sensitivity issues. Some of the main ones include dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, coffee, soy or sugar.

Ideally, what comes out of your colon should:

• Have the consistency and thickness of a banana
• Float
• Be the length of your wrist to your elbow
• Should not be black or really foul in odour
• Should be free of undigested food

Take the transit test. Transit time is the total length of time it takes for food to enter and leave your body. Eat some corn (try not to chew it), or some raw beets (the preferred method since many people have issues with corn). Watch your bowel movements. When you see the red color of beets in your stool then you have your transit time. Ideally it should be less than 24 hours (eg 18).

All of the above should make for some good dinner table conversation.

Did You Know:

• If your stomach acid is too low your body can’t absorb key minerals such as Iron, Calcium and Zinc – ask me how!
• Chewing triggers the release of a hormone which in turn triggers movement (peristalsis) of the colon, so chew properly!
• Acidophilus is responsible for production of some B and K vitamins
• Bile (neutralized toxins from the liver) and dead bacteria can make up more than ½ of your stool

Christine and John Ng
No Allergies Please

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