Did you know that colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States? And many experts suggest that colon cancer may be preventable through positive lifestyle changes. The studies, however, are rather tricky to interpret, so there is no hard core proof.
Fiber is non-digestible plant material found in skins and peels of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and three to four servings of whole grains provides adequate fiber to meet the daily recommended allowance.
Probiotics are bacteria and yeast that may affect digestion, immune function and hormone production. A healthy colon contains 100 billion to 100 trillion beneficial bacteria per milliliter, but advanced age, illness, poor diet and antibiotic use can attack healthy gut flora. Eating probiotics can fortify the gut microbiome with new colonies of beneficial bacteria.
Hydration is essential for colon health. Water is necessary for absorbing vitamins and minerals and removing toxins from the liver and kidneys. Water also binds with fiber to create bulk in the stool and helps move solid waste through the digestive tract.
Screening colonoscopy, unlike the above dietary supplements, has much stronger medical evidence of preventing colon cancer. Every reputable medical organization endorses its use. Most doctors have chosen this option for themselves. Shouldn’t you?
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