Preventing cancer of the colon by maintaining the health of the vital organ
In the past few weeks, I have been writing about conditions that lead to bleeding from the rectum through the anus. The idea has been to highlight such diseases, create awareness about such diseases and see how they can be prevented.
I have written about such diseases as haemorrhoids, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, polyps and colon cancer. Colon cancer as expected is the deadliest of all these diseases of the colon and most of the other diseases are precursors. The colon [rectum], being the portion where faecal matter is stored before being passed out of the body is also the portion of the gastrointestinal tract where acid is produced and stored. The rate at which the acid is produced and passed out of the body is dependent on the rate of passage of stools through the colon. This is further influenced by certain factors in the colon. Like I stated when I wrote on all those diseases of the colon, these factors include dehydration, the type and source of food eaten, drugs, altering the intestinal flora, change of diet, diseases etc.
When the speed at which stools pass through the colon is severely reduced a condition known as constipation sets in. The rate of passage of stools can become as slow as passing stools once or twice a week. Constipation was a common finding in most of the diseases of the colon and in this state a lot of acid is produced. Like we know it is this acid that causes cancer in the colon and in other organs located in faraway places from the colon. Cancers of the breast, lungs, stomach etc. have been linked to acid from the colon. Keeping the colon/rectum in a healthy state therefore, will always guarantee optimal health and even reverse premature ageing.
Maintaining the health and wellbeing of the colon
To ensure the health and wellbeing of the colon, water, as expected will be the first nutrient to be considered. The body has to be adequately hydrated to make sure that water that is bound for the rectum and out of the body is not reabsorbed. When the body is less than adequately hydrated, water is reabsorbed into the body to increase water available for the vital organs.
Everything has to be done always to prevent constipation. As I stated earlier, constipation is the major cause of acid generation and accumulation in the body. Lack of water (a state of dehydration) is the greatest culprit. This makes the body acidic.
Alkaline water is recommended to eradicate the acidity and rehydrate the body.
Firstly, the simple chemistry reaction of acid plus base to give salt and water,
neutralizes the acid.
Secondly, being micro-clustered the alkaline water is wettier than any ordinary water and is capable of rehydrating the body fast.
Thirdly, when the body is adequately hydrated, water does not have to be reabsorbed into the body. This leaves a lot of water in the stools which in turn becomes soft.
Fourthly, these stools made soft by excessive water in the circulation, move fast in the gastrointestinal tract.
Fifthly, as these stools move fast in the colon, they exert a cleansing action on the colon. Not only that, as the peristaltic waves increase, impacted faecal matter may be dislodged preventing putrefaction, inflammation and cancer.
It is recommended that an adult should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. You may want to drink one or two glasses before a major meal.
In the next Thursday’s edition of the Guardian Newspaper we shall be looking at the role of diet in maintaining the health of the colon.