The colon is the part of the digestive tract, which is a long, coiled, tube-like organ in the large intestine. After food digestion in the stomach and its absorption in the small intestine, the indigestible part of food matter is then passed through the colon. This organ is responsible for absorbing leftover water, salts, and vitamins from food matter and condensing it into solid waste called stool. The stool is then passed from the sigmoid colon into the rectum. Where it’s held before being excreted as waste through the anus.
Poor diet is the leading cause of inflammatory bowel diseases. Statistics show that about 70 per cent of the risk for colorectal cancer can be prevented through specific lifestyle changes such as healthy eating.
Reduce your consumption of certain foods
Modification of diet is the first step in reducing inflammation and reducing colon pain.
Foods that aggravate inflammation in the colon include:
• red meat
• fried foods
• refined sugar and processed carbohydrates
The second step in eliminating colon pain is making other lifestyle changes which include expelling habits and behaviours that adversely affect colon health, such as:
• cigarette smoking
• excessive sitting/inactive working environment
• lack of exercise
The third step in the treatment of colon pain is reviewing the medications you take.