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                 KEEPING YOUR



                      By Patricia Danflous

                           rink more water. Add   A CLEAN, HEALTHY COLON LIFESTYLE INCORPORATES THE
                           more fiber to your                     FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:
                           diet. Eat healthy and
                           make sure you exercise.  ✤   Add high fiber foods to your diet   ✤   Exercise. No need to say more
               DFollow that advice and             to keep food waste moving along   – exercise increases the oxygen
                your chances for living a long, healthy   and out of the digestive system. Oat-  flowing through the colon.
                life increase ten-fold.            meal for breakfast is a good start.  ✤   Consider a colon cleanse. With
                   Those healthy living tenets are   ✤     Don’t forget about Vitamin D.   the increased emphasis on alter-
                particularly relevant for maintaining a   Clinical nutritionists report that 15   native medicine, colon flushes are
                clean colon and drastically minimizing   to 20 minutes of sunshine a day   becoming the latest trend in colon
                the risk of colorectal cancer.     along with vitamin-enriched bread   health. Flushes are not for everyone.
                   The American Society of Colon   and cereals as well as fatty fish are   Be sure to consult your physician
                and Rectal Surgeons explain that   good for the colon.             before you schedule a flush or try to
                the approximately 5 foot long large                                do one on your own.
                intestine, known as the colon, is   ✤    Drink up. Set a goal of drinking
                an important part of the digestive   two-liters of water a day to keep   ✤   Don’t wait to call your doctor
                system for processing and preparing   your body clean on the inside with   if you are experiencing abdominal
                the body’s waste products for      less chance for constipation, bloating   pain or consistent rounds of consti-
                elimination.  Colon problems       and gas.                        pation and diarrhea. Remember, the
                range from occasional bloating   ✤    Go to the bathroom. Don’t wait   majority of colon disorders, includ-
                and constipation to gas, irritable   until you get home to empty your   ing colon cancer, can be prevented
                bowel syndrome, colitis, polyps and   bowels. You might prefer the privacy   or treated with early detection.
                colorectal cancers.                but holding it in leads to a build-up   ✤     Schedule a colonoscopy if you are
                   Statistics and studies reported   of fecal matter and possible toxicity.  over 50 or have a family history of
                by the American Gastroenterological                                colon disease.
                Association, the American Cancer
                Society and the Academy of Nutrition                               Colorectal cancer is the third
                and Dietetics indicate a healthy diet                             leading cause of cancer-realated
                is one of the most significant factors                                   deaths in the U.S
                in colon health. A recent study by
                the American Cancer Society, for
                example, showed that colorectal
                cancer patients who followed healthy
                diets had a lower mortality risk
                including those who improved their   Be sure to consult a gastroenterologist or family practitioner about a colon
                diets after diagnosis.                          health plan that is appropriate for you.

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