You can tell a lot about your health and your colon’s health by the color, texture, size, and floatability of your poop. I know—ew! The discussion in this article is not meant as any kind of medical advice, only some information that could help alert you and get you to your family doctor for medical advice and/or treatment, or take the necessary measures to help ensure your colon’s health.
All of God’s creatures poop: the birds, bears, giraffes, dogs, cats, animals ad infinitum, including us—the humans. It is one of the ways the body rids itself of toxins that build up in our system every day.
Your stool should be round, long, light to medium brown in color, large in diameter; it should float and break apart as you flush the toilet without the offensive odor. A person with a healthy colon should have two to three bowel movements a day. Accumulation of old, hardened feces sticks to the walls of the colon and is very unhealthy. It narrows the area your stool passes through and can contribute to chronic bowel problems and digestive problems to name just a few. Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., second only to lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women.
However, there are several other colors your stool can be that are telltale signs that something may be wrong—or not. If your stool is black, then there could definitely be a problem and you need to get to your doctor immediately. This can be a sign of internal bleeding. It can be accompanied by abdominal pains, pains in your side that radiate up and around to the back, bloating, feeling sick to your stomach, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. This is something that you should take seriously because every day you have a black stool is another day you are bleeding inside—somewhere. A common reason would be a bleeding ulcer.
Your stool is also a reflection of what you have been eating. Ever eat beets a few days during the week? You will notice a slightly reddish/purplish color to your stool. Eating a lot of green vegetables and fruits? You’ll see hints of the color green. This should cause no concern.
I had extensive dental work done a few years back and was drinking soy milk, eating plain yogurt, cottage cheese, pasta (tiny tiny, like risotto pastas), and pureeing all of my fruits like mangos and pineapple. When I went to the bathroom, my stools were extremely light almost an off-white in color. This was a result of eating very light-colored foods. But I knew this.
The most common sign of a toxic colon is constipation. Constipation can be a result of a lack of the proper types of fiber in your diet. You should eat both soluble and insoluble fiber. A simple change in diet can solve the problem of constipation. It would be worth it to talk to a nutritionist. Eliminating processed foods, sugar, and eating more fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, and vegetables can help resolve your constipation problems as well. This helps breakdown any existing buildup, is great for the waistline (and the number on the scale if that is important to you), and provides the body with the mechanisms for a good cleansing and maintenance program.
Another sign of a toxic colon is a classic pot belly. It isn’t possible to have a flat stomach when you have lots of pounds of fecal matter, gas, bloating, bad breath, and more. No amount of exercise is going to solve that problem.
Colon toxicity can be a contributing factor to many commonly reported health issues such as constipation (which we already covered), backaches, diarrhea, skin problems, arthritis, hypertension, food cravings, frequent colds, bad breath, asthma, abdominal gas, and the list goes on.
In addition, colon toxicity can also result in bowel toxemia which is a condition caused by years of buildup on the colon walls if waste material, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and more are trapped in the colon. It can also result in what is called “Leaky Gut Syndrome” which is a condition where toxins from the colon may be absorbed and circulate in the bloodstream. These toxins can impact the liver, kidneys, and lungs. If you feel very tired, ill, and weak consistently, see your family physician.
Parasites and candida are also common in a toxic colon. Both of these can have a detrimental effect on human life and health.
White flour products such as breads, pasta, cereal, and many other foods we eat, can be a contributor to constipation and other digestive problems. They are stripped of all fiber content and actually stick to the walls of the intestines, causing blockages instead of helping things move along smoothly. White flour is actually a processed “dead” food and therefore, not a healthy choice for us. White rice goes through the same process as white flour and should also be avoided. All of the fiber and nutrients are stripped off each grain to give rice that pretty white color and shorten the cooking time.
Personally, I am not fond of white rice but love wild rice. It takes a lot longer to cook, the grains are very long, but what a fiber product it is! I add it to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, mix it in when I am making crab cakes instead of bread, and I put it on salad after it has been cooked and cooled, to name just a few things I do with it.
If you think you may have a toxic colon, I feel the best thing to do is start a well-researched cleansing program and then start anew. It is never too late to take care of your colon.