A healthy colon is about five feet long, two and a half inches in diameter, and weighs two to three pounds. The average American’s colon weighs ten to fifteen pounds.
It is not uncommon for an unhealthy colon to weigh up to 60 pounds. When legendary actor John Wayne died, the autopsy reported was said to reveal that his colon weighed between 70-80 pounds. Recently, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer as well.
The colon’s main function is to form the the digestive fluids and foods you ingested into stool for elimination. Friendly bacteria continue to further break down any partially digested food/meat substances.
Friendly bacteria make nutrients such as vitamin K and some of the B vitamins. Your colon should eliminate its contents every 8-12 hours. Ideally, your stool should be a foot long, 1 inch around, and partially floating.
Here are the foods you should limit in order to keep your colon working properly:
Foods containing caffeine can trigger acid reflux, as it relaxes the esophageal sphincter — the flap that keeps what you’ve eaten down in your stomach — causing food to come back up into the esophagus.
What about coffee, which is high in caffeine yet always seems to help us “go?” Coffee is powerful for triggering peristalsis — the term for movement of food through the intestines — it does contain caffeine, which means