WHAT IS THE COLON ?

The colon is the final section of the digestive tract (the pipe that carries food and extends from the mouth to the anus). Its location is in the abdomen and is approximately 5 - 6 feet in length, with a diameter of approximately 2.5 inches. It forms the last part of the digestive process, absorbs water, soluble nutrients, synthesises certain vitamins, eliminates our waste and acts as a barrier, preventing the toxic substances in the colon from entering the bloodstream, thereby 'poisoning' the body.

The balance of this delicate internal ecosystem can be disturbed through pollution, stress, some drugs, liver disturbances, smoking, excess alcohol and poor food choices etc. The repercussions can have a profound negative impact on our health and well-being.

Image of the colon

Barium colon image


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