Adjusting your diet and lifestyle to prioritize colon health can help with regularity, constipation, and fatigue. According to the American Cancer Society, one in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Taking care of your colon is important in an attempt to prevent colon cancer.
If you have a family history of colon cancer or you have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease you are also at higher risk. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin colon cancer screenings. Here are 4 ways you can maintain a healthy colon.
Consume a high fiber diet
Consuming 25-35 grams of fiber per day is an important part of maintaining a healthy colon, as fiber increases feelings of fullness and promotes regular bowel movements. By keeping things moving through the colon, you’ll reduce the chances of developing the colon-related disease.
Give Your Body More Vitamin D
One of the best vitamins you can stock up on for colon health is vitamin D. Even if you work indoors for most of the day, it’s easier than you think to get more vitamin D into your system. All you need is around 20 minutes of daily exposure (wearing sunscreen to prevent burns), and you’ll have a well-nourished colon in no time. Also eat foods like fatty fish, bread, cereal, and milk to give your body a natural vitamin D boost.
Regular testing. The most common test for colon cancer is a colonoscopy. This is when the entire colon is viewed using a flexible camera while the patient is under anesthesia. Any polyps that are found can be immediately and safely removed.
When you're trying to keep your colon healthy, exercise is a huge part of the equation. By increasing blood flow and circulation through exercise, your colon (and entire gastrointestinal system) gets more oxygen. This may help ward off colon cancer and other diseases. Your fitness routine doesn't need to be extreme. Stretching, doing yoga, or walking for 10-15 minutes a day is sufficient to help keep your colon healthy.
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