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Colon Disease

Colon disease can manifest itself in many ways, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and cancer. The colon is a very sensitive organ needing regular maintenance and care. By taking good care of your colon, you may avoid many diseases or decrease the symptoms associated with them.

Diseases of the Colon

You can suffer from many different types of colon disease. Some of these diseases are not serious, though they can still create discomfort. Some of these diseases, however, are potentially fatal if left untreated. Unfortunately, symptoms alone do not permit differentiating from among these different diseases. Therefore, it is important to seek professional medical attention if you notice or suffer from the following:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation lasting for more than a week
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Anal pain
  • Skin lesions
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fissures
  • Joint pain
  • Rectal abscesses
  • Rectal bleeding

One of the most common forms of colon disease is colon polyps, which usually do not present any overt signs. Therefore, most people suffering from colon polyps don’t realize they have the condition unless discovered while receiving testing for some other reason. It is important for everyone to be tested for polyps regularly by age 50. It is particularly important for those with a family history of colon cancer or polyps to be tested.

While colon polyps are usually benign, there is a chance they could develop into cancer if left untreated. Therefore, all colon polyps are removed for testing, usually with a colonoscopy. In some cases, removing cancerous polyps can prevent the disease from spreading. In other cases, chemotherapy and radiation are necessary forms of treatment.

Diverticulosis is another colon disease that may not present symptoms. If the condition does not cause overt symptoms, it typically does not need to be treated.  In approximately 20% of cases of Diverticulosis, however, specific treatment is necessary.

Crohn’s disease is yet another fairly common digestive disease and it can affect several parts of the digestive system. Crohn’s disease causes a portion of the digestive tract to become inflamed; and while no cure for it exists, the symptoms can be managed with dietary improvements. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, on the other hand, may cause you to have continuous bouts of diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of the two. Ulcerative colitis (characterized by tiny ulcers on the colon) and Diverticular disease (the result of tiny pouches of tissue becoming inflamed) can also be lessened in their severity if not altogether avoided.

Alleviating Colon Disease

Taking excellent care of your colon can help you avoid nearly every type of colon disease. Or, if you suffer from an otherwise unpreventable colon disease, caring for your colon can significantly diminish its symptoms. The symptoms of Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for example, can be nearly eliminated through proper colon care.

Caring for your colon is easier than you may think. The first step involves maintaining a high fiber diet. Since fiber cannot be digested, it remains in the intestinal tract and absorbs water to make waste bulkier but somewhat looser and thus easier to pass through the digestive system.

Since fiber absorbs moisture, you must drink more water when increasing your fiber intake.  Ideally, you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. If you do not drink enough water, yet you increase your fiber intake, you can actually promote constipation. Remember, your want to move waste through your digestive system as quickly and easily as possible so your colon can forego excessive stress.

Engaging in regular physical activity also helps prevent colon disease because it keeps your body strong while also encouraging regularity. Performing an occasional colon cleansing is also critical. Many methods for cleansing the colon exist—fasting, enemas, water colonics, and organic supplements. Many people prefer to use all-natural supplements because they are safe, they are not messy, and they aren’t addictive like chemical laxatives. Whichever method you choose, take care of your colon—it’s the central processing plant for fuel utilization and also for waste disposal for the human body. Additionally, proper colon care can promote overall health and make it possible for you to live a more comfortable and productive life.

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