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 report was said to reveal that his colon weighed between 70-80 pounds. In 2020, “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer as well.
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The colon’s main function is to form the digestive fluids and foods you ingested into the 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 eight to twelve hours. Ideally, your stool should be a foot long, one inch around, and partially floating.
Here are five foods that clog your colon:
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 the movement of food through the intestines — it does contain caffeine, which means it can still cause reflux. But it could help someone who is struggling with constipation. Remember, coffee over caffeine.
Spicy foods can be bad for digestion because they may trigger acid reflux symptoms in some people. Spicy foods are good for some other things like your sinuses and even weight control, but overdoing it on the hot spices, especially later in life can leave your colon in need of some help.
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