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Nutritional approach and dietary manipulation towards a healthy colon
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Nutritional approach and dietary manipulation towards a healthy colon

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Nutritional approach and dietary manipulation towards a healthy colon.
How to boost Butyric acid (Butyrate) in the colon.

It appears that the health of the gastrointestinal tract, the colon and overall body is linked to the type of food consumed and the bacterial species residing in the colon that are able to convert certain components of the diet into beneficial SCFA, in particular, Butyric acid and other metabolites that may have a direct influence on the functioning of the body.
This indicates that general long term health status may be achieved by including foods that are exclusively available for fermentation in the colon by friendly bacteria leading to enhanced local production of short chain fatty acids, particularly Butyrate. If these bacteria are not present in the intestines and colon due to overuse of antibiotics or other infections, an effort needs to be made to re-introduce these into the diet. This can be done by including fermented foods or Probiotics in the diet.
Enhanced local production of Butyrate by nutritional approaches may be beneficial in gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable bowel syndrome, Travellers diarrhoea, Antibiotic associated diarrhoea, Mucosal damage by various toxins, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, prevention of colorectal cancer, Inflammatory bowel disease and acute gastroenteritis.

Butyric acid production in the colon by fermentation may be enhanced by providing suitable conditions within the gastrointestinal tract, particularly the colon. This can be achieved by
1.Introducing non pathogenic Bacteria into the colon via Probiotics. Probiotics are live and viable microorganisms, which, if taken in adequate amounts, confer a beneficial effect to the host. 
2.An acidic colonic environment appears to boost the bacterial synthesis of Butyrate.
Increasing concentrations of acidic fermentation products in the colon by encouraging production of Lactic acid and other short chain fatty acids causes the luminal pH in the proximal colon to be lower. This pH seems to boost the formation of butyrate, as mildly acidic pH values allow butyrate-producing bacteria to compete against Gram-negative carbohydrate-utilizing bacteria. 
3.Provide the substrate required for conversion into Butyric acid by including plant foods in the diet that cannot be digested by human enzymes.
Dietary fibre, particularly soluble fibre and resistant starch are the main ingredients required for bacterial fermentation resulting in the production of short chain fatty acids.
Plant polysaccharides such as
Inulin, Fructooligosaccharides and resistant starch that escape digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract and arrive in the colon intact make a suitable substrate for the bacteria.
Edible Raw plant foods may contain more resistant starch than cooked versions of the same. Cooking tends to convert the starch to a form that the human digestive enzymes are able to convert into simple sugars.

Changes to the microflora of the bowel are a slow process and the benefits obtained may take a long time. Prevention of disease and long term health of the body should be the general aim. 

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.


The ingredients necessary for the formation of the perfectly formed stool are a combination of Soluble and insoluble fibre in addition to your normal diet.

A suggested recipe that will help make a well formed stool and provide food for the friendly Bacteria in the Colon, allowing the local production of the health providing Butyric acid.

One RAW Potato............ wash, peel and dice the potato, make sure there are no GREEN or BLACK spots on the potato. You only need the white or yellow flesh. Choose a high starch content or Floury Potato for best results

One RAW Carrot peeled and diced

One Apple washed and diced (no need to peel)

One Beet Root, diced (not pickled—avoids Vinegar)

One small piece of Ginger root or half a teaspoonful of dried Ginger powder

Half a Lemon (peeled)

Half a Lime (peeled)

in a food processor. Add water or Fruit juice to thin down into a juice.

Drink one large Glassful daily.

This Raw Vegetable juice will introduce soluble fibre, Insoluble fibre and Resistant Starch without much effort into your diet and provide the ingredients that will lead to a healthier Colon.

Colon healthy optional extras you can add to the juice to fortify it with other health providing ingredients.

One tablespoon of Barley malt extract
One tablespoon of Inulin powder
One tablespoon of cracked Flax or Linseeds
One tablespoon of Chia seeds
One teaspoon of Basil seed
One tablespoon of Raw Potato Starch

Always add these ingredients to the COLD juice or Water.
Heat will destroy the health providing starch and fibre ingredients of the chosen materials.