Healthy colon: a checklist

Healthy colon: how to check yourself!

You can easily check your colon’s state of health – the following statements should give you a good indication.

  • You do not have any chronic disease.
  • You are seldom sick (not more than once a year)
  • You have regular bowel movements, at least once a day, without any particular difficulties in expelling.
  • You have a flat belly.
  • You do not suffer often from digestive disorders such as wind, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation etc
  • You are not allergic to food.
  • Your breath is pleasant.
  • You sleep well and wake up with plenty of energy in the morning.imagesCA558QLU

Moreover, let’s have a short look at your feces. Yes, I know, not a typical table talk topic, but believe in me, it’s the first and easiest to read indicator for your health “terrain”!

  • Color: Feces should be of dark-brown color, compact and droughty. If they are pretty dark, nearly black, this could indicate that your digestion is too slow. On the contrary, yellow feces indicate a too low secretion of digestive juices.
  • Odor: Normally, our stool should not smell bad! With a colon working in optimal conditions, the odor should be relatively limited. The bad smell is due to the presence of harmful bacteria, yeast and fecal waste matter.
  • Consistence: Feces should slowly sink in the toilet, without leaving any sticky traces. If they “float” it could be an indicator for deficient fat digestion. If they sink quickly, it is a sign that they contain lots of waste.
  • Frequency: We should evacuate after each proper meal, meaning we should have 2-3 bowel movements a day. This not being the case, does not mean that one is constipated, properly speaking, but it indicates a rather lazy colon.
  • Position: The optimal position has your knees higher than your buttocks. In case you should experience difficult expulsion on a regular basis, you may want to try having a plastic step in front of your toilets.