The colon, bowel or large intestine plays a important role in health and vitality, carrying out a range of different functions that keep you fit and well.
These functions include the final stages of the process of digestion, absorbing water and nutrients in addition to producing certain vitamins. In addition, the colon plays a major role in eliminating food from the body along with other harmful waste products and in turn, helps prevent disease and infection.
In a normal, fully working colon, all of these functions are aided by 'friendly bacteria' that work with the body to prevent disease. However, the fragile balance between the good bacteria and the environment they live in (the colon) can easily be disturbed, resulting in a decline in health.
The effects on a toxic bowel can be seen throughout society, resulting in a range of health problems. Some of the health problems include discomfort and chronic pain, ranging right through to life-threatening illness in the worst cases.
Factors that can disturb the ecosystem include poor diet, stress, pollution, smoking, drugs and exposure to toxins. This type of imbalance in the colon can result in a number of health problems and complications including Irritable Bowel Disease/Syndrome (IBD / IBS), Crohn's Disease, Yeast Infections (Candida) and Colitis.