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Your Colon and the Healthy Stool

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Your Colon and the Healthy Stool
Remember to Feed the Good bugs in your COLON when you sit down for dinner.
Soluble fibre, resistant starch

The human colon is home to a huge number of microbes. You might be surprised to learn that the number of cells that comprise the population of Bacteria in the Colon actually outnumbers the number of cells that make up the human body.

In fact, the colonic microbes constitute up to 90% of the number of cells. This means we are made up of only 10% human cells and 90% Bacterial cells!

At the molecular level, the running of the human body is controlled by genes. Genes carry instructions for the manufacture of proteins and other chemicals that contribute towards the optimum functioning of the body.

The cells and tissues of the entire Human body represent some 23 thousand genes. The presence of microbes in the Gut represents some 3.3 million genes.

We need to consider the fact that each microbe that resides in the colon has a genetic makeup which may contribute towards the running of the human body. There are trillions of these bacteria and other parasites in the colon and they all have a genetic make-up that carries instructions which may influence the smooth running of the human body.

These instructions may code for the production and secretion of substances by the bacteria into the lumen of the alimentary tract. These substances may affect the smooth running of the body, maintenance of health and the disease causing mechanisms of the body.

The colon is more than a “waste” disposal unit. It is an organ that carries another “organ” within it-made up of the Gut microbiota. This organ is often referred to as the “
human microbiome”.

There are more microbial genes than “human” genes within the body at any one time. If the microbial genes contribute towards the running of the body, then we need to ask, who is in charge, human genes or microbial genes? Or do we make up one body that exists in a symbiotic relationship with these microbes? If this is the case, we need to understand these microbes and perhaps discover which ones are desirable and which ones are undesirable for the smooth running of a healthy body. What you feed these microbes may decide which ones multiply and populate the colon to influence the running of your body.

The Bacteria and other parasites that reside in the colon have a genetic makeup that contributes towards the control of the human body, in a positive as well as a negative fashion. This depends on the species of Bacteria that you carry and what you feed these microbes.

The microbes feed on what is left over from your meal and multiply. In addition, they produce chemicals or metabolites that can act as inhibitors to the growth of other microbes, Chemical signals to modulate function of the immune system and chemicals that are available as fuel for the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract.

It is essential to consider the microbial flora of the colon as an organ that is in charge of your health. The type of food you feed this population may decide the fate of your future health.

Modern diet consists of processed foods that are made up of protein, fat and starch. All these foods are completely digested and the resulting material absorbed. By the time the food reaches the colon, there is not much remaining for the formation of stool and food for the friendly Bacteria that reside in the colon. Processed food is densely packed, highly digestible and does not contain much fibre, the fertiliser of the colon microflora.

Apart from contributing to weight gain and obesity by making fuel available from a densely packed food, this type of food leads to the formation of ill formed stool that cannot be expelled by the body as waste. Normal healthy stool consists of up to 60% Bacteria.

It is vital to eat foods that are not highly processed. It is important to eat foods that contain content that cannot be digested by the human enzymes and proceeds to the colon intact so that it becomes food for the resident bacteria.

Feeding the
” friendly”, desirable bacteria will outnumber and keep the "unfriendly” disease causing bacteria" numbers low.

Your COLON is a jungle and makes for a huge reservoir of Gut flora.
The number of Bacteria living in the Colon outnumbers the number of cells that your body is made of. All these Bacteria are not necessarily “friendly” or non disease causing but each has a genetic makeup that affects the health and well-being of your body. These Bacteria multiply and produce chemicals that alter, contribute to or interfere with the smooth running of your body and may cause disease or help prevent it. It is in your interest to try and discourage the “bad or disease causing” Bacteria that may invade and reside in your body.

How do you do this? Well, the easiest way to do this is to feed the “Good, Friendly” bacteria so that they multiply and outnumber the disease causing Bacteria and other Parasites that may decide to take up residence in your Gut. Another way is to “Eat” these friendly Bacteria in the form of Probiotics such as Yogurt and Kefir.

Think of the Friendly Bacteria in your Colon when you put anything in your mouth. Make sure you eat foods that provide nutrition to your own body as well as the friendly Bacteria in your Colon. A small proportion of what you eat must include food for the friendly bacteria in your colon.

The nutrients required by these Bacteria are present ONLY in foods of plant origin and is usually of a nature undigestible by the human digestive system.

Soluble fibre is a major contributor to the nutrients for these friendly Bacteria. FOS or Fructooligosaccharides and INULIN being the main polysaccharides that Bacteria in the colon feed upon to increase their population in the Colon. Other substances such as Resistant Starch also contribute to the nutrient pool for these Bacteria to feed upon.

An increase in the population of these Friendly Bacteria means a decrease in the population of possible disease causing Bacteria in the Gut. A healthy Stool is made up of up to 60% Bacteria which contributes towards the perfectly formed stool. An increase in the number of these bacteria contributes towards a Healthier and Cleaner colon and body because it leads to:
1.A Balanced Immune system due to the production by the Bacteria of substances that act as immune system modulators .
2.The Bacteria also secrete Antibiotic substances called Bacteriocins that help to eradicate disease causing Bacteria and certain Yeasts and Parasites.
3.The friendly Bacteria physically displace other disease causing Bacteria and eradicate these out of the Body. They appear to do this by displacing the bad Bacteria from attachment sites in the lining of the Colon.
4.The Bacteria also synthesize Vitamins such as Vitamin B12 and Vitamin K that is necessary for the healthy body.

 

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.
It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.