The human digestive system is made up of organs such as the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus, pancreas, gall bladder and liver, with all these organs working to bring about effective digestion of ingested food substances. One important organ in the digestive system is the colon or large intestine, which plays crucial roles such as the recovery of water and salts, formation and storage of faeces, and fermentation of some of the indigestible food ingredients by bacteria.
Photo Illustration Of The Digestive System
From the roles performed by the large intestine, it is safe to say a well-functioning large intestine means a well-functioning digestive system and body, and when it functions at optimal levels, you can avoid some of the colon-related problems such as bowel blockage that can stop blood flow, abdominal infection, sepsis, constipation, abdominal swelling, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, bloody stools, etc. To avoid some of these large intestine-related issues, it is advisable to take certain steps to keep the organ in prime condition.
Photo Illustration Of Large Intestine
Although there are many ways of keeping the large intestine in prime condition, one important way of doing it is by regularly cleansing the colon or large intestine. There are several ways of doing this but some foods can also play huge roles in achieving the cleansing of the large intestine. Such foods may particularly help you to avoid digestive-related issues such as irregular bowel movements and constipation. A few of the foods you can use for this purpose are examined below:
Broccoli is highly rich in fibre, calcium, and vitamin D, three important nutrients that are collectively crucial to keeping your digestive system working properly and avoiding digestive system related issues and constipation.
2. Dark, Leafy Greens
You should also incorporate more dark, leafy vegetables into your diet to further enhance the optimality of your large intestine. Dark, leafy greens such as spinach (amunututu), wild lettuce, scent leaf, fluted pumpkin leaf (ugu), quail grass (efo shoko), African rosewood leaf (oha), etc.
If you are not lactose intolerant, then milk is another food item you should consume more for the sake of your large intestine. It is a food ingredient that is rich in calcium and vitamin D, thus helping to keep your digestive system in high-performance mode, and preventing constipation.
Fruits from the berries family, especially raspberries are also great for keeping the large intestine cleansed due to their nutrient composition. Their high fibre and water content are effective in preventing constipation and helping to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Oatmeal contains high amounts of fibre, calcium, and vitamin D, which can all work together to keep you away from gastrointestinal distress in the form of bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, etc.
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