Intestinal Disorders Prevention

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:

  • esophagus
  • gallbladder
  • large intestine
  • liver
  • mouth
  • pancreas
  • pharynx
  • salivary glands
  • small intestine
  • stomach.

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:

  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of GI tract problems.

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 constipation.

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.

Colon Cleansing

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 cleansing.

Resources

Health 24 (2007). GI Tract. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from the Health 24 Web site: http://www.health24.com/dietnfood/You_are_what_you_eat/15-49-741.asp.

Health Square (2007). Digestive Disorders. Retrieved October 9, 2007, from the Health Square Web site: http://www.healthsquare.com/fgpd/fg4ch05.htm.