The colon or the large intestine is part of the digestive system and it is divided into four sections. The main function of the colon is to remove water and other key nutrients from the waste food and after recycling it, it sends it back to the body. The ascending colon is attached to the small intestine and the lower end of the colon ends in the rectum where the fecal matter is stored.
Irritable colon syndrome affects many people and it is mainly caused by emotional stress, fatigue and anxiety. Certain foods too can aggravate the condition. The predominant symptoms are abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. Sometimes there is mucous in the stools and often the patient feels an incomplete sense of evacuation after a bowel movement. Though this condition is not a serious threat to health it is very distressing and uncomfortable.
Treatment Irritable Colon Syndrome
Do Not Eat Spicy Foods
Spicy, pungent and hot foods are bad for digestion and the colon. They irritate the lining of the digestive tract and interfere with its healthy function.
The capsaicin found in chilies and peppers causes the colon to go into spasms which cause diarrhea. Eat lightly seasoned foods which will be easy on the large intestine.
Say No To Fatty Foods
Oily foods and fried fatty foods are hard to digest. They harden the stools which, as a result become hard to evacuate. They also cause the colon to contract violently which causes abdominal pain and cramps. Eat less of animal food and include more of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Vegetables and fruits are rich in dietary fibre which provide bulk to the waste matter and help in its easy and smooth evacuation and thus prevent constipation.
Caffeine, Alcohol And Nicotine
Do not drink too many cups of strong coffee or strong tea as the caffeine in them irritates the mucous membranes of the colon and causes them to swell.
Alcohol and smoking not only aggravate the problem but also slowly and gradually corrode the lining of the colon.
Fresh yogurt is very good for irritable colon syndrome. It is full of healthy bacteria like the acidophilus which combat the harmful bad bacteria and keep the digestive tract full of healthy bacteria which contribute to its health and keep it strong and healthy. Yogurt is also very cool and refreshing, it soothes the inflamed and irritated lining of the colon and prevents diarrhea. Eat unsweetened fresh yogurt with every meal.
Ginger tea is extremely helpful in dealing with the symptoms of irritable colon syndrome. It is full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which destroy infection and reduce the swelling in the colon.
Its antioxidant properties flush out all the toxins and keep it strong, healthy and well functioning. Grate one inch piece of fresh ginger and add it to a cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes then strain the infusion, add a teaspoon of honey and drink this tea three times daily.
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