The colon not only eliminates what is left of digestive foods, but it also works to eliminate toxins that are in the intestines and that have been removed by other body systems. Body systems including the blood and lymph systems work to continually remove toxins from the body and place them within the intestines for final removal from the body.
It is the colon’s job to absorb electrolytes and minerals from the foods that have been digested and water that was used in the digestive process and push these back into the body while forming and eliminating feces.
The colon contains several different types of bacteria and micro flora that assist in digestion and help to maintain the PH balance while keeping harmful bacteria growth to a minimum. This prevents an overgrowth of harmful bacteria while allowing enough good bacteria to flourish in the colon and aid digestion.
Bacteria within the colon assists in the synthesis of folic acid and helps to pull vitamins such as vitamin K and the B complex vitamins from the foods that are being digested. A fully functional colon takes 12 to 24 hours from the time food is ingested until it is expelled as feces. During this time the colon is removing vile minerals and water from this material and forming it into stool.
A person with a healthy colon usually has 2 to 3 bowel movements daily that have varied shades of light brown color and should easily break apart. Lack of fluids will cause fewer bowel movements and much harder stool to form.