The colon, also called the large intestine, is part of the final stages of digestion. The colon is much wider than the small intestine but is also much shorter.
The function of the colon is to get rid of food left over after the nutrients, bacteria and other waste are removed from it. This process is called peristalsis and can take around 36 hours.
The most usual problems affecting the colon include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – symptoms and causes
The term “irritable bowel syndrome,” or IBS, is used to describe a group of symptoms that appear together. These symptoms include abdominal discomfort or pain, fever and fatigue, and altered bowel habit – diarrhea and/or constipation. IBS can be disruptive and very painful, and occasionally, may even be life-threatening. Many factors can trigger IBS including medicines, certain foods, and emotional stress.
Constipation – symptoms and causes
Constipation, the infrequent passage of hard feces, is caused by abnormally slow movement of fecal matter through the colon. Symptoms include passing fewer than three stools a week, swollen belly, loss of appetite, and generally feeling unwell.
The main cause of constipation is eating foods rich in animal fats (meats, dairy products, and eggs) with zero fiber. Other causes of constipation including medications, poor bowel habits, not drinking enough fluids or water, abuse of laxatives, being sedentary, hormonal disorders, and diseases primarily of other parts of the body that also affect the colon. Changes in routine, chronic stress, and conditions that slow muscle contractions of the colon or delay your urge to go may also lead to this disorder.
Spiritual causes of large intestine (colon) disorders
The large intestine is affected by our feelings and relationships. Furthermore, it can be troubled by our ability to digest life’s information and release things which no longer serve us. Individuals affected with these disorders are those who don’t like changes, particularly to their daily habits.
Anytime we have difficulty letting go of one of our negative habit, we may experience a sympathetic response from the lower bowel, leading to inflammation, pain, bleeding or even rupture of the colon. Refusal to let go when we know we really want/need to can produce life-threatening situations.
Moreover, the colon is connected to the root chakra. The first chakra can occasionally be underactive (not open enough). In such a case, the individual tends to feel insecure or completely disconnected with the outside world. When the first chakra is overactive, the individual tends to be very aggressive, angry or annoyed all the time. Both, overactive and underactive Muladhara chakra can lead to many physical symptoms like weight gain or weight loss or over or underactive sex drives, laziness, depression, anxiety, anemia, or IBS.
Plant-based diet – eat high-fiber foods such as raisins, raw vegetables, seeds, salads, bran cereals, whole-grain bread and fresh fruit.
Get enough physical exercise – daily physical exercise helps your digestive system stay healthy and active. Simply taking a 20/30-minute walk every day will help a lot.
Drink plenty of water and liquids – at least eight glasses a day. Water and herbal tea are best. Caffeinated drinks are not recommended, nor are juices (low on dietary fiber), as your body can become dependent on these in the long run.
Deep breathing exercises – not only do they keep your body and mind functioning at their best, but they can also promote feelings of calm and relaxation, lower blood pressure, and help you de-stress. In addition, these exercises can help relax your abdominal muscles, which may lead to more normal bowel activity.
Practice meditation – mindfulness meditation can help improve focus and reduce anxiety and depression and balance your emotional state. Your emotions are strongly tied to the quality of your bowel movements.
Acupuncture – many studies have concluded that acupuncture treatment may benefit IBS symptoms by regulating the motility of the digestive tract and providing pain relief.
Good toilet habits – the urge to go to the toilet should not be ignored. When delayed, the urge frequently passes away and this may raise the risk of constipation.
My intestines are efficient and relaxed.
I breathe deeply and every breath energizes me.
Gratitude and peace flow through my body and mind like a clear, healing stream.
I always choose healthy foods.
Every part of my body carries out its tasks naturally and easily.