How Colon Cleaner Fiber Prevents Colon Cancer and Other Bowel Problems
Colon cleaner fiber is a type of fiber found in certain complex carbohydrate foods and some common supplements, used as bulking agents. Colon cleaner fiber (insoluble fiber) is not digested in the intestinal tract or absorbed into the bloodstream from the intestinal tract. However, it plays an important role in maintaining health via its effects within the intestinal tract, especially in regards to the prevention of colon cancer, diverticulosis and constipation problems. As such, knowing how to get enough colon cleaning fiber each day is an essential ingredient in the prevention of colon cancer - the second leading cause of cancer death in our modern society.
Unfortunately, in today’s world of highly refined foods, most people do not ingest the 30-45 gm of fiber per day that is associated with the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer and other ailments. In fact, the average intake of fiber is estimated to be only 12-15 gm per day. Thus, understanding the health benefits of fiber (and in this case colon cleaner fiber), and knowing how to get more of it into your diet, is a proactive strategy that will likely prolong your years of functional, disease-free living. In truth, there are two types of dietary fiber; colon cleaning fiber and cholesterol-lowering fiber. This article deals with merits of colon cleaning fiber, especially in regard to helping reduce risk of colon cancer.
Colon Cancer And Colon Cleaner Fiber
It has been known for some time that protein foods containing nitrates and nitrites, such as bacon, pepperoni, salami, hot dogs, most packaged meats, and most cold cuts, encourage the development of cancer in the colon and rectum. When the protein in these processed meats reacts with the nitrate and nitrite preservatives during digestion, carcinogenic nitrosamines are formed. These nitrosamine chemicals are only one type of cancer-causing agent against which the body must defend itself daily.
When you eat fats, your liver and gallbladder secrete bile acids into the intestine. Bile acids that are not absorbed back into the body as cholesterol remain in the intestinal tract. These can be converted into cancer-causing agents by the bacteria that line the large intestine. In this way, a diet that is high in fat also contributes to the development of colon cancer.
The ingestion of alcohol also increases the risk of colon cancer, as do charred foods, and smoked foods.
As such, it is best to have no more than one alcoholic drink in any 24-hour period, follow a low-fat animal fat diet, and avoid deep-fried and pan-fried foods, charred foods and smoked meats and fish, as much as possible.
As stated earlier, the occurrence rate of colon cancer makes it the second leading cause of death in our society. Once you pass the age of 40, your risk of incurring colon cancer increases 40-fold over the next 40 years. This rapid increase in the incidence of colon cancer with age doesn’t occur in parts of the world where less fat and more complex carbohydrates, especially whole grains and beans, are eaten.
Colon cleaner helps protect you from these and other carcinogens in two ways.
1. Colon cleaners dilute the levels of cancer-causing agents in your intestinal tract.
Acting like a sponge, colon cleaners soak up water in the intestinal tract. As a result, the fecal matter being formed in the intestinal tract has a high water content, which dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents. Generally, the higher the concentration of cancer-causing agents, the greater the likelihood that they will cause genetic damage to the cells that line your colon and rectum.
2. Colon cleaners move fecal matter quickly through your intestinal tract.
The sponge-like colon cleaners absorb water, expanding the bulk of fecal matter. This expansion exerts physical pressure against the inside walls of the intestinal tract, which in turn stimulates synchronized contractions of the muscular layers of the intestinal walls. These muscular contractions propel the fecal matter through the intestinal tract and out of the body. This decreases the time during which your intestines, colon, and rectum are exposed to cancer-causing agents. By absorbing water, colon cleaner fiber also dilutes toxic wastes and cancer radicals and enables the body to more quickly eliminate them.
To improve the function of colon cleaners, you must drink enough water to take advantage of their sponge-like behavior. Six to eight (8 oz) glasses of water every day is enough. You should also be sure to have frequent bowel movements. One per day is excellent; five per week is acceptable; three or less is dangerous. An additional benefit is that the high water content of stools formed by colon cleaners makes them soft and easy to eliminate from the body. They require minimal straining and are therefore less likely to cause hemorrhoids and varicose veins. (You will know your stools are sufficiently high in water content if they tend to float.) Rock-hard, pellet-like stools are solid evidence that you lack sufficient colon cleaner fiber to protect you from one of the most common life-threatening cancers of our day - one that is clearly related to diet. The production of softer, fasting moving stools also helps to guard against diverticular disease, and improves existing problems with constipation, diverticulosis, and in some cases, irritable bowel syndrome.
Food And Supplement Sources Of Colon Cleaner Fiber
Complex carbohydrate foods that are loaded with colon cleaner fiber include wheat bran, corn bran, and rice bran. These brans are available in a variety of foods, such as high-fiber breakfast cereal, whole wheat bread, whole wheat biscuits, corn on the cob, popcorn, puffed corn cereals, brown rice, and rice crackers. Some additional sources of colon cleaner fiber include red kidney beans, chick-peas, and many other peas and beans (legumes). Peas and beans are absolutely excellent sources of colon cleaning fiber and you should strive to have at least one serving per day.
In regards to supplements that can be used to add more colon cleaner fiber to the diet the main three include:
- Psyllium husk fiber (the main ingredient in Metamucil®) – two to three teaspoons per day is ideal
- Ground Flaxseed – two heaping tablespoons per day contains a generous amount of fiber (mixed into juice, yogurt or a protein shake, or sprinkled on breakfast cereal)
- Salba or Chia – used like ground flaxseed
The lack of attention placed on meeting our daily fiber requirement has contributed to the high rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer and other problems, which are common in modern society. Unless otherwise instructed by your physician I would strongly advise you to adequate fiber into their diet by placing emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and peas, with the possible addition of a daily fiber supplement product (ground flaxseed, psyllium, salba).