Maintaining Colon Health with a Diet High in Fiber

There is abundant research that points to the importance of maintaining a high fiber portion of your diet for optimal colon health. That can not be denied. 

Here are a variety of pages that will give you a basic understanding of a handful of the diseases that respond well to the simple increase of tasty, wholesome and nutritious high fiber foods into your diet.

Check out the following links, and feel free to investigate where they may take you on your journey to health.

high fiber foods offer benefits for your colon health:

  • Soluble and insoluble fiber to improve bowel movements, and decrease bowel pressure
  • They tend to be higher in vitamins and minerals
  • High fiber foods contain the important phytochemicals that we need to have a healthy immune system
  • Foods high in fiber, gram for gram, have a lower glycemic index than their processed counterparts, and maintain better blood sugar balance

Diverticulitis -Many people have pockets called diverticula in their colon which can become inflamed causing pain. Fibrous foods tone up your intestines which helps prevent diverticulitis. 

Colitis- This is a disease that causes inflammation and sores or ulcers, in the lining of the large intestine. Ulcers form where the inflammation has killed the cells lining the colon; the ulcers bleed and produce pus. The colon empties frequently, causing diarrhea. It responds very well to the addition of dietary fiber to the normal daily intake.

Colon Cancer - Nutrition experts believe that a high-fiber diet defends against colon and rectal cancers. The more animal fat in a diet, the higher the chance of bowel cancer. Fibrous and bulky foods tends to ward off eating too much unhealthy fat. Fiber also speeds cancer-causing toxins out of the digestive system more quickly.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - The pressure of difficult bowel movements are all behind you when you consume a high fiber diet since these foods provide bulk and soften the stool.By maintaining proper colon health risk of irritable bowel syndrome is dramatically decreased.

Crohn's Disease - Crohn's is the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the intestines. It is thought to be a mostly auto-immune type of disease. Even still, people with Crohn's have much better colon health when sticking to their high fiber diet.

Hemorrhoids and Constipation - Many Americans will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, up to 1/3 of the total population. Estimates have indicated that about half the population of men and women over 50 years of age will have hemorrhoids.

Appendicitis - A safeguard against the development of appendicitis is by eating high fiber foods that keep the content of the bowels soft. Try some blackberries and cranberries.