The importance of colon health

By Paul Scicluna

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So many people are suffering from gastrointestinal problems these days such as bloating, flatulence, constipation, malabsorption, pains and irritations – but we don’t realise why.

During the last 30 or so years we have come to a better understanding of the gastrointestinal tract and its relationship to the human immune system. Most people don’t realise that approximately 80% (if not more) of the immune system is in your gastrointestinal tract.

Kind of makes sense why so many people are lacking energy, feeling sluggish and run down, getting colds and flus as well as more serious problems such as intestinal malabsorption, gastro and much worse - diseases.

About 500 different species of bacteria live inside you, amounting to around one hundred trillion, more than 10 times the number of cells of the human body, according to most estimates. These bacteria are referred to as some being good and others being not so good.

I’m a big believer that these microbial organisms are designed to live in a balance within the human body. I also believe this balance between the bacteria becomes one of the critical factors determining your optimal health.

The body will enter into a state of discomfort or disease when insufficiency of quality Whole Food Nutrition and/or toxicity builds-up. This results in the body’s inability to absorb nutrition properly and allowing these communities of microbes to overwhelm us.

When you look at how the majority of people eat, especially in the western world it truly is no wonder why this is occurring to a large amount of people.

The alimentary canal, which is the biggest pipe or tube in the body – also known as the gastrointestinal tract runs from your mouth all the way to your back door. It was called “the river of life”, by the ancient Egyptians, they also called it “the river of death”.

This depended on what you float down your river… that’s right, what food or drink you put in your mouth results in the outcome, that being a river of life or a river of death (good health or bad health).

We live in a day and age where the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables eaten by most is minimal. On the other hand, the amount of pre-packaged and pre-paired meals coming to us in the form of bags, tin cans, boxes and so many being shipped from distant lands is so prevalent – I wouldn’t even call most of these things food.

It really is no wonder why the immunity of most people is so low, resulting in everything from colds and flus all the way to diseases. By cleaning up your diet and embracing whole foods, drinking water and exercising in some way, you’ll start to assist your body in the cleaning and healing process.

This in turn allows it to regulate the natural balance of bacteria resulting in an improved immune system.

Unfortunately most people just seem to accept the level of so called vitality they have and never change. Imagine if you had 30 – 50% more energy?

It is possible, as I have seen so many people get these results… with some changes and embracing the foundations of health you too can have a river of life.



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