The health of the bowel is determined by what you eat and drink, how much physical activity you get on a daily basis, how much water you consume, what the state of you colon bacteria is, and how much rest you are getting. When there is a breakdown in any of these areas the organs of elimination (skin, lungs, bowels, kidney, liver) are not able to function optimally. God designed these organs to be in constant operation removing toxins from the body that cause disease.
Leviticus 17:11 says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood..." If the blood is clean and healthy you will be as well. If the blood is impure and sluggish you will also be sluggish. Although the skin is the largest organ of elimination, it is the bowel that primarily affects the health of the blood. If you are neglecting healthful living it almost always affects the bowel in some way. It is important that everyone be acquainted with their bowel and how it functions and what it needs to move correctly and be healthy.
Our colons were designed to handle three meals per day. This is obvious from its anatomy, which consist of the ascending, transverse, and descending colon, three compartments. When you overeat, eat snacks between meals, or eat things that are not clean, you are asking for trouble. If you have more bowel movements per day than meals you are consuming you are constipated. If you eat three meals a day but only have one bowel movement per day, you are constipated. Irregular bowel habits set the stage for constipation, brain fog, acidity, polyps, arthritis, colitis, cancer, autoimmune disease, allergies, Crohn's disease, thyroid disease, PMS, emotional issues, gastro-intestinal disorders, hair loss, irritable bowel syndrome, candida, eczema, obesity, and the list goes on.
When the bowel is not eliminating "properly" and is retaining waste, the toxins are being re-absorbed into the bloodstream. The bloodstream touches and affects every organ of the body in some way, so therefore every organ is only as clean as the bowel function allows it to be. A clean efficient bowel will lead to clean organs, and a healthy mind.
One of the most important things you can do to help your bowel to eliminate its waste, it to P.A.N.I.C. - "Promptly Answer Nature's Immediate Call". As soon as you get the urge to go...go! If you hold it until it is more convenient, you are training your bowel to retain its waste and to recirculate its bi-products through the blood. Also, there are delicate nerves at the end of you bowel that alert you when it is time to go, if you refuse to respond, they will silence their voice. Commit to never miss a bowel movement for one day. It would be better to have an enema that to allow waste to be retained. If you eat your meals at the same time every day, your bowels will empty at the same time everyday and there will be no surprises.
Water is very important to keep things moving and to flush out toxins. Most us of don't get enough water nor do we drink it properly where it really benefits our body (sipping throughout the day, not gulping). You probably have heard it said that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces, and that is true. However, that is the minimum amount of water that is needed to keep your body functioning. When it is hot out, or you are talking a lot, or exercising, you need more than your minimum because you are losing a lot of water through the pores of your skin and your breath. If you are in a constant state of dehydration, water that is needed for the body, and the brain will be pulled from the colon, and other organs and contribute to constipation.
Fiber is a must for a healthy bowel and body. At each meal you should start with your raw foods before your cooked foods, and consume at least three to five servings of living food per meal (fruits and vegetables). Fiber not only keeps things moving, but it carries out cholesterol, as it binds to the fiber, it also binds colon toxins and carries them out. You can add fiber to your diet by sprinkling psyllium seed powder, flaxseed powder, oat bran, or pectin on to your food, or adding them to juice or smoothies.
Reduce or eliminate bread, pastas, and refined foods which clog the colon. For those in foreign countries who eat things that are gummy or gooey (fufu, kenkey, banku,) reduce or eliminate these as well. White bread should be avoided as much as possible because it lacks the wheat germ; the life of the bread, and its fiber.
Increase your exercise. Exercise increases the tone of the bowel through active movement and bouncing. Bouncing on a mini trampoline is the next best thing to walking or jogging on the street for toning the bowel. Exercise increases the peristaltic activity in the colon and promotes fuller and regular bowel movements.
Stress is killing people every day. It does untold damage to the body. In some people are living with so much stress that they accept it as something that is normal, but it is far from normal. When you get to this point it can go unrecognized until disease strikes. You should never eat when you are stressed or upset, it causes constriction of the digestive system and hinders digestion, absorption and elimination. Try to live in such a way to reduce and ultimately eliminate stress. Relax.
Sleep at least eight hours each night, and if you are ill sleep nine hours. The body as well as the bowel needs rest. The liver works at night and in order for it to do its work properly you need sleep. Do not eat late at night or the detoxification process during the night it interrupted.
Education, investment and being proactive about your health is the only way to secure it.