Unhealthy colon: causes & consequences

A misbalanced colon and its negative spiral

ColonLet’s keep it simple, if you tank an engine with improper fuel your engine gets filthy. Same goes for your guts. The colon gets stuck with waste material adhering to its intestinal walls. This fecal accumulation triggers different reactions that often are interdependent and reinforcing – a negative spiral sets off:

  • Slowed down bowel movements imply longer transit periods and a stronger fermentation of waste releasing more toxins
  • The bacterial composition of the colon’s micro flora changes with more pathogen bacteria releasing, once again, more toxins
  • Creation of cavities and dents in the colon where fecal waste can “hide” for months, even years releasing toxic waste matter all along. Just fancy it, an unhealthy colon can weigh up to 20 kilos. In addition, those cavities slow down transit periods.
  • Leaky gut syndrome: digestive waste and toxins enter into bloodstreamor lymph systems causing a slow but steady intoxication of the body. Common forerunning symptoms include notably head, neck or back aches.
  • Other vital functions and processes get impaired, e.g. liver and kidney functions, acid-base metabolism. Notably the immune system is strongly affected.

 

Consequences of a congested colon

The effects of an unhealthy colon are multiple. If our colon gets congested, our digestion is directly affected. Digestive troubles include constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowels, bloating, wind, leaky gut syndrome, poor or strong appetite, adnominal distention….

  • Flatulence: To break wind is not a disease, it is a symptom. Wind is caused by fermentation of poorly digested food. Very often the micro flora is misbalanced due to a wrong diet with lots of spices, salt, coffee, fried aliments, sugar and alcohol…
  • Constipation: Constipation is often regarded as a rather irrelevant disruption of digestive functions. But it should be considered more seriously. Constipation is indeed a frequent root cause for many forms of ill-being as explained in the preceding section.
  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea can have different forms, however its underlying cause is always the same: our organism acts to protect itself from a high concentration of poisoning substances. Different colors indicate which part of the digestive system is troubled.
  • Intestinal parasites: Intestinal parasites can cause many diseases. They feed on our food, drawing on many micronutrients. In addition, they charge the body with additional toxins and irritate the colon’s wall. For some conditions, anti-worm and anti-parasites cures can show great results.
  • Bloating & Irritable bowel syndrome: The irritable bowel syndrome implies a hypersensitive gastro-intestinal system. Common symptoms are bloating, recurring diarrhea and abdominal pain.
  • Colitis: Colitis, an acute or chronic inflammation of the colon, is a very severe condition. Colitis can be caused by overmedication, notably with antibiotics.

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As already explained, a disruption of the colon’s health has important side-effects through-out the body. Some of the following symptoms see themselves often linked to an improper colonic hygiene:

  • Fatigue and low energy without any other signs of illness
  • Negative feelings such as bad humors, depression or stress, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, tension
  • Reduced power of concentration or memory
  • Circulation problems such as high or low blood pressure, cold hands / feet, Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Hormonal problems such as such as hyper- / hypo functions of the thyroid, menstrual problems
  • Inflammations such as back and neck aches, arthritis, rheumatism
  • Allergies such as food allergies, hay fever, asthma

Other acute and chronic disease can be caused by an unhealthy colon, as Hippocrates already stated: “All disease starts in the gut”.

 

What are the root causes?

To make it short, causes for gastrointestinal misbalances are often the following

  • Misbalanced diet: high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods and low in fermentable fibers
  • Too much food intake and digestive overload
  • Dietary toxins like wheat, notably gluten, industrial seed oils, pesticides, preserving agents, chemical food supplements
  • High stress environment and high emotional stress
  • Antibiotics and other medications (e.g. growth-control pill, chronic use of laxatives)
  • Chronic infections or infections like salmonellas or clostridies