The large intestine, commonly known as colon or bowel, is situated in the abdomen and forms the last part of the digestive tract. It is1.5m long and about 6-8cm in diameter and handles the elimination of our body waste. A normal colon is populated by billions of friendly bacteria, which assist in detoxifying waste, synthesise certain vitamins and help us guard against infection.
The frequency at which a healthy person should have a bowel movement has become a massive misconception amongst the public and medical professionals. For years the majority of doctors have thought that anywhere between one bowel movement a day and one a week was normal. The NORMAL is one bowel movement after each full meal! Everything else is regarded as constipation.
The sewage in our bodies is the major source of many health problems. Like any rubbish bin, if it is not emptied regularly it produces stagnation with subsequent decay and the formation of poisonous substances. All this toxic matter is not contained just within the colon, but spreads rapidly to other organs like skin, brain, kidney and liver, causing auto-intoxication or ‘self-poisoning’. This can manifest as depression, irritability, migraines, lack of energy, bad breath, breathlessness, bloating, spotty unclear looking skin, stiff joints, frequent colds and flu, premature ageing, to name but a few.
Chronic constipation can also lead to further direct complications, such as diverticular disease, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, colitis, dilated or spastic colon and even bowel cancer.