After food is chewed and swallowed,
it travels through the esophagus to the stomach. There, it is partly broken down and then sent to the small intestine, also
known as the small bowel. The word "small" refers to the diameter of the small intestine, which is narrower than
that of the large bowel. Actually the small intestine is the longest segment of the digestive system – about 20 feet.
The small intestine continues breaking down the food and absorbs most of the nutrients. The small bowel joins the colon in
the right lower abdomen. The colon (also called the large bowel or large intestine) is a muscular tube about 5 feet long.
The colon continues to absorb water and mineral nutrients from the food matter and serves as a storage place for waste matter.
The waste matter left after this process is feces and goes into the rectum, the final 6 inches of the digestive system. From
there it passes out of the body through the anus.
The colon has 4 sections:
The first section is called the ascending
colon. It begins where the small bowel attaches to the colon and extends upward on the right side of the abdomen.
The second section is called the transverse colon since
it goes across the body from the right to the left side in the upper abdomen.
The third section, the descending colon, continues downward on the left side.
The fourth section is known as the sigmoid colon because
of its “S” or “sigmoid” shape. The sigmoid colon joins the rectum, which in turn joins the anus, or
the opening where waste matter, or stool, passes out of the body.
The wall of each of these sections of the colon and
rectum has several layers of tissue.
very important to have bowel movements EVERY day to eliminate toxins and waste.
The colon (large intestine) is the end portion of the human digestive tract. The colon
is approximately 5 to 5* feet long and 2* inches in diameter. Its major functions are to conserve water in the body, and to
eliminate waste from the body. It is vitally important to keep your colon cleared of waste. While most people take colon health
and function for granted, sluggish eliminations can result in impacted fecal matter, which can then cause colon diseases.
Poor diet, improper food-combining and lack of dietary fiber may make maintenance of a healthy colon virtually impossible.
The typical American diet, consisting of high-fat, low-fiber, refined junk foods... including flour,
meat, fat, sugar, alcohol, preservatives and toxins, may be the primary reason the colon becomes so unhealthy. The colon has
been referred to as the sewer system of the body. Most Americans don*t think about proper colon health until their colon is
unable to function efficiently. Poor elimination's have resulted in 100,000 colostomies being performed every year.