The colon is about 5 to 6 feet long and is the part of the body’s digestive system that transports wastes from the small intestine to the rectum. The small intestine sucks all the nutrients out of what you eat and then passes on the leftover waste to the large intestine, the first part of which is the colon. As the colon moves the wastes toward the rectum, it absorbs water from the waste. It may also absorb harmful materials. The longer it takes for waste to pass through the colon, the greater the chance of absorbing such materials.
The colon is the main part of the eliminative system of the body, where wastes are excreted from the alimentary tract, the lymphatic system and the bloodstream. It is important to keep bowel function regular to prevent the other eliminative organs becoming overworked, and to avoid the effect of toxins building up in the body.
Modern diets and lifestyles are putting tremendous toxic stress on our body functions and our health. More importantly, our diets and lifestyles have caused an adverse impact on our digestive system. Various toxins produced in the system are absorbed into the blood stream, causing damage to the liver, and subsequently affecting the functions of the brain, nervous system and other parts of the body.
The major cause of sickness and poor health is related to the care and protection of our digestive system; therefore, it is essential to look into the well-being of our colon.