Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA
Now that you know that the colon is considered the sewer system of the body, it makes sense to pay even closer attention to what we eat. In part one we learned that smoking increases our risk for colorectal cancer, as does high amounts of red meat and alcohol. We learned the importance of knowing our family history, getting screened, and the benefits of colon hydrotherapy to cleanse the colon of toxic waste. Now we will go over a few simple tips that will also help to keep your colon healthy. Keep in mind that there are many more ideas and recommendations to help prevent colon cancer and these suggestions are for educational purposes only. Always seek out advice from your physician prior to embarking on a nutritional and/or fitness program.
Trim your waistline: One of the most preventable methods to decrease your colon cancer risk is to shed excess body fat. Obese men are especially at risk for colon cancer and the key may lie in the surplus of abdominal fat. Studies have shown that men with extra belly fat younger than fifty are just as likely to carry precancerous cells in the colon as thinner men over fifty. Obesity has also been linked to other diseases as well; by trimming the fat, you slash your odds of developing heart disease, fatty liver, diabetes and more. All great reasons to lose it for good!
Eat black raspberries: This is a somewhat new school of thought and studies are showing promising results. It has been said time and time again that fruits and vegetables decrease colorectal cancer risk; the American Cancer Society continues to advocate consuming at least “five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits every day”. A University of Illinois at Chicago study published in Cancer Prevention Research in November 2010 found that “[b]lack raspberries are highly effective in preventing colorectal tumors in two mouse models of the disease”. The researchers discovered
…that in both mouse strains the black raspberry-supplemented diet produced a broad range of protective effects in the intestine, colon, and rectum and inhibited tumor formation.
Don’t forget to drink green tea! Although conflicting, studies have been conducted on the effects of green tea and cancer prevention. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:
Several population-based clinical studies have shown that both green and black teas may help protect against cancer. For example, cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan where people regularly consume green tea…Early clinical studies suggest that the polyphenols in tea, especially green tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer. Researchers also believe that polyphenols help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing.
Don’t forget to exercise! Need another reason to workout? Experts across the board recommend exercise to slash your colon cancer risk. All it takes is a minimum of thirty minutes of moderate to vigorous activity on most days of the week. For added protection, increase your exercise time to forty-five to sixty minutes. For those of you who are already obese, you’ll receive a double health bonus by also decreasing the dangerous abdominal fat associated with colon cancer. If you’re looking to begin an exercise program or to change up your routine, contact an experienced personal trainer to get you started.
Consider a colon cleanse: Did you know that up to 90% of all sickness and disease begins inside an unclean colon? Toxins and waste from our foods (even healthy diets!) can build up on our colon walls and stagnate the colon much like an internal garbage bag roasting perpetually in an unrelenting hot furnace. Even if you eat the most perfect diet, if your colon is dirty, you may not be receiving all of those precious vitamins and minerals that you are working hard to consume. According to renowned health and nutrition expert Dr. Norman W. Walker:
If the feces in the colon have putrefied and fermented, any nutritional elements present in it would pass into the bloodstream as polluted products. What would otherwise be nutritional instead generates toxemia, a condition in which the blood contains poisonous products which are produced by the growth of pathogenic or disease-producing bacteria.
Remember that colon cancer is the second leading cancer of cancer deaths in the United States (lung cancer is number one). Now is the time to be proactive and start taking care of your colon before it takes matters into its own hands. Seriously consider colon hydrotherapy treatments to help cleanse the colon; what have you got to lose except toxic waste?
For additional information on colon cleansing, visit www.IslandColonCare. com. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com.
Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “Empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com. She can also be reached at www.101FIT.com or www.PinkIslandFitness.com and (239) 333-5771.