The colon also known as the large and small intestine, is the final section of your digestive system. It is divided into 6 sections: the appendix, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and the rectum. The colon, which is a muscle, removes water, salt, and bile and some nutrients via the bloodstream and into the liver. Muscles line the colon’s walls, squeezing its contents along.
The colon consists of billions of bacteria living in a healthy balance with the body. These healthy bacteria help us fight infection, produce some vitamins and regulate our cholesterol levels. The length of your colon varies from person to person. Some may be just 3 feet long whereas others are up to 11 feet long.
The rate at which one person may go to the toilet, depends entirely on how often we eat and how much. A bowel movement every 24 hours is considered healthy whereas individuals who do not go this frequent, may experience a feeling of bloating and constipation. Undigested food stays in the colon for about 8 to several days.
The colon is a very important part of our body’s elimination system as it removes waste from our alimentary tract, lymphatic system and bloodstream. It is therefore extremely important to have a happy and healthy colon function which will help to balance your entire body.
Waste matter that stays in your colon for too long can lead to many serious illnesses such as cancer.
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