Why You Ask?
Your Colon consists of your large intestine, Rectum, and anus. It is composed of ascending, transverse, descending & sigmoid portions. It is a muscular tube, approximately 5 to 5 1/2 feet long and averaging 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Together with the lungs, kidneys & skin it is designed to eliminate toxins & waste from the blood, lymph and intestines.
The main functions of the colon are absorption of water and minerals, and the formation and elimination of feces... The colon contains nearly 60 varieties of microflora or bacteria to aid digestion, promote vital nutrient production, to maintain pH (acid-base) balance, and to prevent proliferation of harmful bacteria.
Why You Ask?
These bacteria provide important functions such as the synthesis of folic acid and valuable nutrients from foods, including vitamins 'K' and portions of the 'B' complex. Bacillus coli and acidophillus comprise the majority of healthy bacteria in the colon along with other disease producing bacteria in lesser numbers.
(Do you know what gives normal feces its characteristic yellowish-brown color? See Below for the answer)
Age, life style choices, genetics and of course diet all play a part in maintaining colon health. Every day our colons are exposed to toxic waste products from our food and bodies.
The life span of a Erythrocytes (red blood cells) is 120 days. One of the 1,000's of functions of the liver is to break down the old red blood cells so that certain constituents can be recycled for reuse and the remainder excreted. The latter is accomplished through the production of bile and its excretion via the gall bladder. It is the excretion of these waste products that give us the characteristic deep brown coloration of healthy feces. Feces with consistently off coloration can be a sign of a problem.