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Know What’s Good and What’s Bad for Your Colon

Know What’s Good and What’s Bad for Your Colon
It’s colorectal cancer awareness month and you’re probably in the dark about what is good and what is bad for your colon. Read this short blog to find out.

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Are you still trying to figure out what is and what is not good for your colon’s health? It is so easy to get lost and confused following the latest trends and inconclusive studies that is available online. You will find sites telling you to eat this food to decrease your cancer risk, while some say that it might actually be bad for you. Here are some of the popular trends about colon care and the real score about them.

The Great Coffee Debate  – The magic properties of the coffee bean have come to light in recent studies. Coffee is bad for your colon. Coffee is good for your colon. We’ve bounced back and forth over the years but remain at a standstill. Some small studies suggested that people who drink more coffee have a decreased risk of colon cancer, yet these same studies showed that another percentage — albeit small — of people in the same study actually increased their colon cancer risk by drinking more caffeinated beverages.

Increased Fiber Decreases Your Cancer Risk – Yet again, this one is under debate. Although a high fiber diet is connected with undeniable health benefits, it has not unanimously been agreed that a heavy consumption of fiber directly impacts your colon cancer risk. Regardless of what tests do or do not show, eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables with fiber is good for you, even if we cannot directly correlate it with a decreased colon cancer risk.

Eating Too Much Sugar – Now we all know that eating too many products full of refined sugar can cause health problems, but can it actually cause colon cancer? The answers found in studies over the years are not completely conclusive. The general knowledge is that eating too much sugar can lead to obesity, which is associated with a higher risk of colon cancer.

Probiotics and a Healthy Colon – You could take a probiotic that is specially designed to introduce more healthy bacteria to your body, which in turn diminishes the ranks of the unhealthy, putting the balance back in a positive state. On the other hand,  you do this by ingesting foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that contain friendly bacteria-feeding fiber. Bottomline is, simply improving the friendly-to-unfriendly bacteria ratio in your gut can make substantial differences in your health, including improving digestive health, supporting the immune system, and restoring friendly bacteria that may have been reduced by the use of prescription medications such as antibiotics.

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