In many ways, the modern diet, which includes things our ancestors never ate, is responsible for the sad state of so many colons.
A colonoscopy is a procedure by which a physician is able to examine the inside of the large intestine. This is done with fiber optics to provide a light source and a camera to record what is present.
Suffice it to say, the colonoscopy is not a pleasant procedure, but it’s considered essential to the early detection of colon cancer, especially in people over the age of 50.
Although colon cancer is found worldwide among every population group, it is most common in the “developed” world, and at least part of the blame can be laid at the feet of lifestyle.
Modern Humanity Is a Collection of Bad Habits
Few people consider that everything they put into their mouths is going to have an impact upon their bodies. It would not be a mistake to say that the modern world presents so many temptations that it’s not surprising that we are plagued not only with colon cancer, but also with Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease and assorted problems with constipation and diarrhea.
The modern diet is saturated with sugars, grains, artificial ingredients, too much salt and the wrong kinds of fats. Back in Paleolithic times, people ate an honest, natural diet consisting of whatever they could catch or find, primarily:
- Fresh meat
- Leafy vegetables
This is the diet that humans thrived on for thousands of years, and it is now thought that the introduction of cultivated grains was the beginning of the downfall of our colon health. When you add in tobacco and alcohol use, it can only cause one to marvel at our survival at all.
Healthy Eating for a Healthy Body
Over hundreds of thousands of years, our bodies adapted themselves to a certain type of diet, one rich in meat, vegetables and nuts. It is when humanity veers away from what Nature has provided that the trouble begins.
There are a number of “anti-nutrients” found in grains and legumes such as lectin, which increases the permeability of the large intestine. This means that substances which would ordinarily be passed through the body are taken into the bloodstream and body cavity.
Lectins have been linked to leaky gut syndrome, a serious condition whereby yeast infiltrates the body, causing a number of autoimmune problems such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Another anti-nutrient is saponin. Saponins are produced by plants as a means of defending the plant against attack by pathogens or insects. They are a type of “soap” and are quite toxic not only to wee beasties, but to the bigger beasties that acquire them through beans, lentils, and anything that contains soy.
Like lectin, saponins punch right through the intestinal lining to expose the body to bacteria, yeast, undigested food, and even the waste products of our beneficial digestive system bacteria.
Milk, cheese, and yoghurt are forbidden for those following a Paleo diet not only because these foods were unavailable 20,000 years ago, but also because of the problems that lactose intolerance can cause.
A Paleo diet eliminates grains, legumes and dairy products, meaning that your body will not have to try to deal with plant poisons or lactose. Relying upon the basic human diet can often return a troubled colon to health, once the factors that may have been contributing to its deterioration have been removed.
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