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Foods that can negatively affect your colon

Friday, November 02, 2018

The foods we consume may have positive or negative properties. Some foods have a bit of both. It's important to remember the nutritional value of the foods you eat as well as how they affect various parts of your body. Your colon is one of the most sensitive of all. Some foods can have an instant effect on your colon whereas others take months or years before we notice.

Fried foods
Fries, burgers, donuts, and similar greasy foods are more difficult for the stomach to break down. This extra time required for digestion results in the production and retention of extra gas which is why these foods make you feel bloated.

Alcohol
In moderation, certain types of alcohol can actually prove beneficial. However, in excess, alcohol can have a devastating effect on your body as a whole – including your colon. According to studies, the changes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) increases if alcohol is consumed in excess.

Dairy
Dairy products contain calcium and other essential nutrients. For those who lactose intolerant, however, dairy product consumption can cause severe abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The good news is that there are alternatives that do not contain lactose. Which means that you can still enjoy your favourite foods without all that digestive trouble.

Pastries
Many people consider cookies and pastries to be comfort food. They can, however, cause constipation. They contain refined carbohydrates which are low in fibre. This means that they do not help promote colon health. In fact, they do the exact opposite.

Carbohydrates
If you already have a relatively high level of bad bacteria in your gut and you consume a lot of carbohydrates, it can allow the bad bacteria to multiply at an even more rapid rate. Bread and pasta are two examples of carbohydrates that often make their way into our daily diets. If you are taking antibiotics, you should be extra careful when it comes to your diet. Keep those carbs to a minimum for a healthier colon.

A diet rich in fibre and non-processed foods is always ideal. It's also worth noting that toxins build up in your colon over time and make your colon less effective in terms of absorbing nutrients. Colon hydrotherapy helps clear out those toxins for a healthier colon. Remember, before and after your sessions, you should also take extra care regarding your diet.