The importance of water in hydrating the colon

Healthy bowel movements are essential in the prevention of a range of diseases and conditions, including colorectal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhoea, chronic constipation and haemorrhoids. A healthy digestive system also helps reduce gas production and increases the absorption of essential minerals and vitamins from food. Adequate fibre consumption is important in the maintenance of the digestive system and has received much support in recent years. Water is also an important promoter of digestive health and clinical studies show that drinking eight glasses of water each day can greatly reduce the risk of colon cancer, among other diseases. Despite this evidence, water continues to receive much less attention than fibre in the promotion of good digestive health.

The colon is the first section of the large intestine, a six feet long section through which waste food flows after leaving the small intestine. Food at this stage of digestion is primarily in liquid form and it is the purpose of the colon to dehydrate the liquid waste. The colon is the body`s fluid regulator.

Water helps with the movement of waste matter along the entire length of the small and large intestine and is absorbed by the body through the colon wall, along its entire length. If somebody is not drinking enough water, their colon will `steal` water from the waste material and pass it on to the body where it is needed for other important functions. Insufficient water in the diet can cause stools to be formed long before waste material reaches the rectal pouch, resulting in constipation. Additionally, these dry, hard stools are very difficult to pass because they tend to stick to the colon`s dry walls.

Drinking lots of water each and every day can help to maintain body hydration and reduce the need for the colon to extract excessive amounts of water from the waste material that`s making its way through the colon. Waste will therefore maintain its softness and pliability and move through the colon with ease.

This doesn`t mean that bucket loads of water need to be consumed each day; eat plenty of water-rich plant foods, topped up with glasses of water throughout the day. Carrying a bottle of water with you at all times and sipping throughout the day is a great way to ensure that you are getting adequate water in your diet to maintain a healthy digestive system. Hydration is even more important as we get older. The thirst response declines with age, but body requirements are maintained. Seniors should sip water throughout the day, even if they don`t feel thirsty.

Another great way to ensure adequate water intake is to get a water cooler installed in the office or workplace. A regular trip to the water cooler can provide a much-need stretch of the legs and break from the computer screen in addition to ensuring that you`re drinking enough water. Check out <a href=””>Angel Springs</a> for information on getting a water cooler installed quickly and simply in your office or home.

Enjoy Feeling Good!