The medical community has come to a consensus that a majority of body ailments and diseases originate in the colon. If digestive waste is not eliminated within a short time span from the body, it becomes toxic. The body continues to absorb nutrients AND toxins from the waste. The acidity level of the colon also changes to encourage microbes to start releasing cancerous substances, eventually leading to colon cancer.
Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the world, as well as the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the western world. It is important to note that the western diet has progressively evolved to include smaller and smaller amounts of raw food. We are the hamburger generation, after all.
One of the easiest ways to benefit colon health is adding raw fiber to diet. Raw fiber is provided by raw vegetables and fruits. It may take a little bit of thinking ahead at first if you are not used to it, but it can quickly become second nature to balance your diet and include fiber. Here’s how:
Where’s that Fruit? – How about adding an orange instead of orange juice? Or a banana with a glass of milk on the run?
Help Yourself to a Salad – Salads are great to munch on, perfect for weight loss or weight control diets, and even go with pizza! Salads have come a long way from drab lettuce and tomatoes. Jazz things up by adding mandarin oranges or exotic dressings to make them fun. You even get pre-packaged with dressing and croutons included so there is no excuse to not include them with every meal.
Nutty Snacks – In moderation, nuts and seeds provide great snacks. Not only the does protein content help your workouts, the fiber helps your colon health.
Grains – Switch to whole grain – any whole grain – from your regular processed grains and you make a huge jump to adding fiber in your diet. Whole grains also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, and provide you several B vitamins and Iron as a bonus.
Dr. Michael Allen
Fitness Instructor & Fat Loss Factor Founder