The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is a very long
hollow tube that stretches from a person’s head to the
end of their body. The GI tract’s purpose is to break
down carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
The GI tract is a far-reaching system that includes
parts of the:
- large intestine
- salivary glands
- small intestine
Each part of the GI tract is susceptible to its own
problems and disorders. Most conditions and diseases
of the GI tract are treatable, but some can be
dangerous or even fatal if not caught in time.
Common problems in the GI tract include:
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of GI tract
Many of these problems can be prevented or solved by
eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Getting enough fiber is important for a healthy GI
tract and a healthy colon. Getting enough fiber will
also help the system regulate itself and can prevent
A number of people try to force regularity and may
actually end up straining themselves. While regularity
of the system is important, straining or trying to force
yourself to be regular will not help anything. Instead,
dietary changes or adding fiber to your diet can help
regulate your body.
In this section, we’ll discuss ways to prevent colon
and GI tract problems.
Many people believe their GI tract problems are the
result of blockage or buildup in the colon. Over time,
mucus in the colon can combine with substances from
certain types of foods, especially processed foods,
and gather on the walls of the colon.
This is why some people turn to colon cleansing.
Colon cleansing can
be done quickly or gradually. The fastest way to go
about colon cleansing is to undergo colonic irrigation.
However, this process can have severe side effects that
can last for many days.
Colon cleansing can also be done through following a
colon cleansing diet, taking colon cleansing herbs and
using colon cleansing products.
However, many doctors feel that
colon cleansing is
unnecessary and can even be dangerous. The colon
regulates itself and balances sodium and water in the
body, so colon cleansing can dehydrate the body or
create an imbalance.
Make sure to consult a doctor and rule out any other
reasons for your symptoms before you attempt to undergo
any type of colon
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