Keep the colon healthy

The colon is one of the most important organs in the body and you should to care of it, so that it stays healthy. Often the colon is described as the most important organ for the immune system. So, it is very important to keep the colon healthy since problems with the colon can bring problems with other parts of the body as well. 

A sick colon can lead to being bloated, constipation, diarrhea and colon cancer. In order to avoid these diseases it is important to eat healthy and have enough rest.  

Water before breakfast

The best thing to do is to start the day with a glass of lukewarm water. This will start the digestion and it prepares the colon for the upcoming meal. A healthy breakfast is another important factor. 

Eating enough fiber will help you to prevent constipation and other problems with the colon. Fiber-rich foods are fruits and vegetables as well as whole grain products. 

Give it a break 

Besides a healthy nutrition it is also important to give the colon enough time to rest. Therefore, it is recommended to have 3 main meals. This gives the colon time to digest everything properly. 

Start the digestion

There are several foods that can help to start up the digestion. For examples dried fruits, like prunes and dates or coffee, linseeds or chia seeds. It is also important to drink enough water. You should drink at least 2 liters per day. 

These foods that are good for your colon

Certain foods are very good for the colon. They even help the colon to repair its cells. One of these foods is the apple. The apple has polyphenols, which helps to close the gaps between the cells. In addition apples are anti-inflammatory and reduce stress. 

You can find billions of bacteria in the colon that are good for the body. Products with lactic acid help to keep these bacteria and the intestine flora healthy. Lactic acid can be found in products like yogurt and Sauerkraut. 

The colon needs exercise

Good and healthy nutrition is not the only thing that keeps the colon healthy. Another important factor is regular exercise. Not enough exercise can lead to weak muscles in the colon, which then leads to constipation. Adequate exercise can stimulate the colon and its activity. 15 minutes of exercise are already sufficient enough. Therefore, a nice walk after the meals can really help your digestion. 

Conclusion:

A health and balanced nutrition along with enough exercise can really help to keep your colon healthy and it helps to prevent diseases like constipation, diarrhea and haemorrhoids.

The History of Squatting

More and more people have problems with their bowel movements. Constipation and haemorrhoids are now common diseases in industrialized countries. But why is that? What causes these problems? 

The modern toilette

The problem is the modern toilette that allows you to sit. 

Most of us in the Western world know the toilette where you can sit and no one is really questioning if this sitting posture is really healthy and if it is the best way to empty your bowels. I guess the inventor of the modern toilette should have thought about it, but unfortunately he didn’t. Since the majority of the modern, industrialized countries around the world use the toilette where can sit, most of us assume that this is the right way to poop and no one has really a reason to question it.

The modern toilette is unhealthy

It is actually pretty surprising to find out that sitting on a toilette is not healthy and not the best way to empty your bowels. The much better and more natural position is squatting. This would be the healthy position. Actually, the sitting posture can lead to serious issues, like haemorrhoids, constipation, incontinence, colon cancer and heart attack. 

The history of the modern toilette 

The modern toilette with the function to flush with water was patented in London in 1775. This toilette was soon very popular and since then the modern toilette became more and more common and the natural posture of squatting became forgotten.

The modern toilette had several advantages compared to the toilettes before. Some of the main ones were the improved hygiene and a decreased risk of infections. 

However, this new type of toilette also created problems that didn’t exist before. The main issue with the toilette was that the ergonomic posture was not taken into account when the toilette was developed. Sitting down makes it much harder to empty the bowels and furthermore the intestines aren’t emptied completely. Nowadays, there are several studies that proof that the squatting posture in much more healthier for the humans. 

For us, using a toilette where you need to squat is unusual. But this isn’t the case everywhere in the world. The majority of people are actually using a toilette where you have to squat, for example in most parts of Asia. And diseases, like haemorrhoids and constipation are a lot less common in these countries.

Why is squatting healthier?

The biggest difference between the toilettes is that when you squat the angle between your upper body and your things is acute and the pelvic floor is relaxed. Also the intestine is straight which helps with the emptying. In this posture the intestine can be completely emptied. However when sitting on the toilette the pelvic floor muscle has a kink, which makes it much more difficult to empty the bowel.

Squatting on the toilette can prevent a variety of diseases like, constipation and colon cancer. In addition, this postures also prevents haemorrhoids, since the pressure on the intestines is a lot less when squatting. 

How can I transform my modern toilette into a squatting toilette?

The good news is that you don’t need to add a new toilette to your house just so you can squat while using the toilette. The modern toilette still has the advantages of the much better hygiene and you can also squat using the modern toilette.  

Specific stools help you to take the squatting position using the common sitting toilette. In the beginning this posture might be unusual and uncomfortable, but over time you will feel the health benefits.

Typical symptoms of haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are inflamed and swollen blood vessels in the anus. This can be pretty painful and it is recommend treating them early on.  

In the beginning stages haemorrhoids are difficult to identify since they are not recognizable from the outside. Moreover, the membrane in the anus is insensitive to pain. Therefore, lots of people have no pain in the beginning stage of having haemorrhoids. However, it will get painful when the haemorrhoids move to the outside. 

What are typical symptoms for haemorrhoids?

  1. Itching: Swollen haemorrhoids extract a bigger portion of mucus. This can lead to an itching. 
  2. Leaking: Enlarged haemorrhoids can be the reason that the anus muscle isn’t closing completely and fluid can leak. This can lead to irritations of the skin. 
  3. Pressure: Haemorrhoids can lead to a feeling of needing to go to the toilette although the bladder and bowel is empty. It can be painful when the haemorrhoids move to the outside and people can feel pressure around the anus.
  4. Burning around the anus: Enlarged haemorrhoids can lead to a burning around the anus. This makes sitting really uncomfortable. 
  5. Blood in Bowel Movement: Another symptom that shows that you might have haemorrhoids is blood in the bowel movement or on the toilette paper. When you notice blood that isn’t mixed up with the bowel movement, then this could be a sign of haemorrhoids. A light bleeding and an unpleasant feeling can be a sign of inner haemorrhoids. These bleedings are usually not painful.  

Please notice that if the blood is dark it could be a sign for a different disease and you should definitely go to your doctor to have it checked out. 

4 phases of haemorrhoids 

Doctors divide haemorrhoids into 4 phases. During the first phase the haemorrhoids are still inside and aren’t painful. The only symptoms can be itching and not feeling too well. Haemorrhoids in this phase can be treated very easily and fast. In the phases 2 and 3 the haemorrhoids grow and it can happen that they are pushed outside when going to the toilette. During the fourth phase, the haemorrhoids are outside and the skin around it is hardening. Haemorrhoids on the outside can be quite painful.  

Please notice the signs of your body and don’t wait too long to see your doctor when you think you might have haemorrhoids. An early treatment can save you lots of pain.

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