A number of health experts agree that most chronic diseases start in the gut. While it’s true that digestive problems are often linked to the stomach and intestines, a small part of the GI tract also plays a major role in proper body function – the colon.
For one thing, the colon is in charge of removing food waste from the body and regulating the body’s hydration process. Colon function can be compromised by chronic constipation, gut problems or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
While the intestines absorb nutrients from foods and prevent the absorption of harmful bacteria and toxins, the colon is in charge of eliminating fluids and sodium from this waste. Consequently, a poor diet and continual dehydration cause this waste from food to attach to the colon lining. Needless to mention, the toxins that remain in your body affect your overall health. Over time, this sets grounds for polyp development, inflammation, and growth of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in the colon.