What is the Colon? Getting to Know Your Gut
Most of us pay little attention to our colon until we begin to suffer the effects of ill-health due to the neglect of our digestive tract. The cardiovascular and neurological systems usually take priority when thinking about our long-term health since dysfunctions in these areas can often mean life or death. But is it possible that our digestion is as important as heart and brain health?
Let us first explore what the colon is. The colon is also known as the large intestine and it is the last organ involved in the digestive process. It is a five foot long tube composed of muscle tissue and mucous secreting cells, rich in nerves and blood supply. After the food you have eaten is broken down by enzymes into a sort of slurry, it passes through the two tracts of both the small and large intestine. Although most of the absorption of nutrients occurs in the small intestine, what occurs next in the large intestine not only affects the bodies nutritional needs but supports the immune system as well.
According to Dr Ananya Mandel in the article, The large Intestine for News Medical, the large intestine, particularly the appendix, play an important role in immunity. Dr Mandel goes on to explain that antibodies produced in the lymphoid tissues of the large intestine help to protect us against harmful bacteria and thereby against infections.
Bacteria in the colon are also responsible for producing vitamin k which aids in blood clotting, affecting cardiac health and biotin which plays a role in nervous system function. And the colon also absorbs water back into our system, which solidifies the stool and keeps us hydrated.
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