The Ultimate "Inside Secret" Of Healthy Weight Loss: Article by By Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD
In this age of fast food, labor saving devices, and heavy stress, putting on unwanted pounds is the price many of us pay for living an unhealthy lifestyle. As we all know, in addition to being a health hazard, those added pounds are highly visible.
What most of us don't know is that there's another consequence to this butt-sitting, burger-munching lifestyle that's much less visible, yet even more dangerous. Like obesity, this unhealthy condition is epidemic. But unlike obesity, it gets zero press coverage. Even your family doctor won't talk about it -- until it's almost too late.
If you'd like to avoid years of misery and the prospect of needless surgery, PLEASE give this brief article your complete attention.
What you're about going to learn could very well
change the course of your life!
Am I overstating the case? Not at all. In fact, by the time you're finished, you'll have a whole new perspective on what many health experts consider to be the most vital yet most neglected part of your body: your colon.
Oh, I know what you're saying. "He's gone too far, now." This is supposed to be all about the hidden secrets of successful weight loss, so why are we talking about the colon? Besides, it's a disgusting subject. I am 100% certain that some of you will be bored that I'm going to talk about colon health. Others don't even want me to bring it to their attention.
Some will actually be offended. That's not my problem. I have a job to do. Of all the subjects covered on this web site, I can tell you straight up that none is more important to your health, lifelong well-being, energy level, and weight-loss success.
But What Does My Colon Have To Do
With Weight Loss?
Let's find out. Many aspects of the body are involved in the weight-gain and weight-loss processes. The colon is one of the most important links in the chain of causality. Yet it is also the most neglected and misunderstood, so let's put it in the spotlight for a moment. If you never give your colon another thought after you read this, at least you can't say I didn't warn you.
Here's a pop quiz: Can you think of a single part of your body that directly influences the health and functioning of all the other parts of your body? Sure you can. There's the brain, the heart, the lungs, and probably lots of others.
But would your colon have been on your list?
If not, it's only because you don't understand your colon's job. Actually, the colon has several jobs, each of which is vitally important to your body proper functioning. And I do mean vitally. First, it receives the stomach's output. This means that every single thing you eat is going to hit your colon. And your colon will have to deal with it.
Big deal, you say. That stuff has already been through my stomach. Who cares what happens to it after that? Well, if you intend to live a long, healthy, happy life, anywhere near your target weight, then you'd better start caring right now. Your health, your vitality, your weight, your breath, and even your longevity are all dependent on your colon's ability to do its job.
What else does your colon do? It takes whatever leaves your stomach and separates what your body needs from what it can't use. Then it puts the good stuff into your bloodstream, where it can be carried to your cells.
It also takes cell waste from your blood and from other systems, and transports it out of your body -- when it's functioning correctly, that is. In the process, you get the energy you need to function, and the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Or rather, that's how it's supposed to be.
But for far too many of us, that's not how it is. Healthy colon function depends on a number of things. First, it has to move a lot of material over a great distance -- twenty five feet or so. It does this by means of a series of rhythmic contractions called "peristalsis." But in order to move this material effectively, it needs something to get a grip on. What it needs is fiber.
(Oh, geez, Dr. Frank. Not the old "eat more fiber" lecture.) Please, my friend, save your groans until the end. If you don't have fiber in your diet, here's what happens. Your colon tries and tries to move the mass of stuff along, but has little success. Nothing to get a grip on. It gets frustrated. It gets tired. It slows down. Sometimes, it gives up. (Notice that these are the same things we do when we can't function like we're supposed to.)
Then what happens? Nothing good, that's for sure. Stuff just sits there. But it's not sitting in the fridge. No sir, it's sitting there at a temperature of almost 99 degrees. Know what happens at that temperature? That's right. Stuff goes bad in a hurry. And this stuff is inside your body!
Do you think it maybe gets a little nasty? It certainly does. And it sure can't provide you with good nutrition when that happens. Worse yet, a sluggish colon can't carry away the cell waste like it's supposed to. Your body begins to get more and more toxic. You might even get sick. You definitely won't feel up to par.
But even worse things will happen if your allow your colon to stay that way. As cell wastes are left in your body, the cells will operate less efficiently. After all, how well would you function surrounded by your own waste products? Such a condition can lead to a wide variety of diseases and disorders.
If you keep eating when your colon's not functioning properly, your stomach will keep trying to fill something that's already full. It won't succeed. Instead, you'll now have undigested stuff sitting in both your stomach and your colon. And you'll feel even worse. In all likelihood, you'll now be experiencing both constipation and heartburn.
Ever been there? It's not much fun. It's for good reasons that people associate constipation with grumpiness. But constipation, grumpiness, and heartburn are just the first symptoms -- the "early warning" signs -- of a clogged colon. Not far behind will be fatigue and loss of mental sharpness. If left uncorrected, the eventual results can include disease and even premature death.
Why Plumbers Are Expensive
Here's an illustration that might help you get a better perspective on the importance of a clean colon. The colon has been compared to a municipal sewage system. In many ways, it's a very accurate analogy. Yucky, perhaps, but accurate.
Anyway, if the sewage system in your town ceased to flow and started to back up, what do you think would happen? Before too long, your sewage pipes would start to back up. Eventually, the stuff in your sink would no longer flow out of sight. Instead, it would just sit there, festering and getting nastier by the day.
Sooner or later, it would become a serious health problem. Diseases and maybe even epidemics would follow. But whatever happened, one thing is certain. You wouldn't stay in your house very long.
Of course, well before that happened, you'd probably call a plumber. Or the city would call their sanitary waste disposal engineers to clean up the mess and get things flowing again. You see, a municipal sewage backup would be hard to miss and harder to ignore. It's out where everybody can see it...and smell it.
More importantly, we all know the consequences of letting our house's sewage system get clogged up. Even a slightly reduced functioning has us running for the phone book to call Roto-Rooter or a plumber.
Why don't we put off fixing this kind of a problem? Because it's so "in our face."
I guarantee you that, if the consequences of a clogged, sluggish, toxic colon were as obvious to us as our house's plumbing problems, we'd be taking action just as quickly. If worst comes to worst, you can always move to another house.
But you're going to be living with this same body for the duration!
Your Healthy Alternative: Plan "B"
Now, what happens when you colon starts to malfunction? All of the same things that happen to any waste disposal system. But there's one major difference. Like I said, you can't run away from your own colon.
Of course, some folks who have been too negligent for too long do end up parting with their colons -- sections of them, at least -- on the surgeon's table. It's becoming an increasingly widespread (and increasingly necessary) surgical procedure. Sound like fun?
If not, here's a better alternative: "Plan B."
The key to Plan B is simple: Make sure that person on the operating table isn't you. How? By starting to do the things that will bring your colon, and the rest of your body, back to a vibrant state of health. And when you really understand the consequences of letting your colon deteriorate, that's exactly what you'll do.
Do I sound like I'm trying to scare you? I definitely am.
I really want to get your attention. Or rather, I want your colon to get your attention. I can guarantee that, if you don't pay attention to your colon, nobody else will. You simply can't afford to let that happen. Not if you want to be a happy and healthy person.
Bringing The Problem Into A Sharper Focus
Let me wind up the gloom-and-doom portion of this Report by summarizing the five major consequences of a neglected colon:
1. A sluggish colon will make it more difficult for you to lose weight. First, your metabolism will slow down because it is less supported by proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Second, your colon itself may become distended and may accumulate pockets of undigested and toxic fecal material that has weight of its own. (Yuck!)
2. You will have less energy if your colon is not processing your food properly. This, again, is the inevitable result of poor digestion, poor assimilation, and increased systemic toxicity.
3. A sluggish colon will make you less healthy and more prone to disease. As your digestion and assimilation deteriorate, your system becomes more toxified, and your energy level declines, your immune system will naturally become less effective.
4. Your mind and spirit will suffer along with your body. As above problems develop, and you suffer from either lowered energy, increased toxicity, illness, more pounds, lowered self-esteem, or any or all of the above, your mental clarity will begin to suffer. You will make decisions less effectively. Your attitude may worsen. Your may get depressed -- or more depressed.
5. You will most likely die prematurely. There is solid evidence that a toxic colon can be a precursor to colon cancer. And why not? How can we expect cells to reproduce well in a raw sewage? That's essentially what a toxic colon is. In addition, an impacted (blocked or extremely sluggish) colon can become host to a whole range of unhealthy parasites. I'm talking about some really nasty animals that want to share your body with you. In fact, they'll often steal the nutrients from your food before they ever become available to you.
Is all of this making an impression? I sure hope so. I just had a friend undergo surgery for colon cancer. I wish I could have talked to her a few years beforehand -- but I didn't know her then.
I'd be delighted to tell you how having a clean and properly functioning colon has improved my own life (much more energy, much better digestion, no more heartburn, allergies eliminated, no more bloodshot eyes, and much more). In fact, you probably wouldn't believe the difference.
Do I sound like a crusader for colon cleanliness? I definitely am. I want you to be unable to forget what you've read here today. I also want to make sure you understand how much choice you have in the health of your own colon (and by extension, your own body). That's why, for starters, I'm going to tell you how to make your colon sluggish.
Then, I'll tell you how to make it healthy!
How To Make A Mess Of Your Colon:
It's so easy to create a clogged and malfunctioning colon! Just live a typical, contemporary American lifestyle. First, eat lots of fast foods, which are high in fat and grease, hard to digest, low in fiber, generally nutrient-deficient, and invariably processed to death. Actually, you can probably find as many of these foods in your home as in fast-food restaurants.
Ingredient number two in creating a sluggish colon is to sit on your butt a lot. If you're a typical American, you're probably already doing that.
First, sitting (as opposed to standing) puts your colon in a configuration that inhibits its operation. Second, inactivity makes your colon work harder. The simple act of moving you body increases heart rate, improves circulation, and assists those rhythmic contractions by which your colon moves stuff from the "top" to the "bottom."
The third ingredient for making your colon sluggish is to live a high-stress lifestyle, with lots of deadlines and pressures. Here are some tips: Take on too many responsibilities. Tackle more than you should be expected to do. Bite off more than you can chew -- both in life and at the dinner table. Be in a hurry a lot. Don't take time to relax. Forget recreational pastimes.
Oh -- and drink lots of caffeine. If you do all of those things, and combine them with a bad diet and little or no exercise, you will be a prime candidate for colon problems!
OK, the truth is that you don't need me to tell you how to mess up your colon. It's really common knowledge. What you probably do need to know is how to correct years -- decades -- of colon abuse. So let's get to the solutions.
What You Can Do To Help Restore
Healthy Colon Function
Let's start with the subject of food. But remember, we're not talking "dieting" here. We're talking "diet" -- which is the nature and quality of what you put in your mouth. Here are two simple and interesting guidelines to help you evaluate what you should and should not eat to promote colon health:
1. Could you have bought it a hundred years ago? Now, it's not that everything we ate a century ago was so healthy, but food back then was generally higher in natural nutrients, and was virtually free of chemical fertilizers, additives, herbicides, and pesticides. It was "cleaner." And every bit of it was "organic." Also, it was much less processed than today's foods.
2. How much has it been processed? As a rule of thumb, the closer food is to its natural state, the healthier it is, and the easier it is for your digestive system to work with. If all you have to do to make it ready to eat from it's natural state is "add heat," then it's probably not very processed. And no, pizza doesn't count.
You also will need to "get physical." Whenever you move your body around, you help your colon do its job. Even the simple act of walking helps your colon to function more effectively. First, start to build some exercise into your lifestyle. Do it gradually, at first, but do it -- on a regular basis.
If you are a person prone to forming habits, let exercise be the next habit you form. Then upgrade your diet. There are many good books on the marke about both subjects.
The Other Half Of The Solution
Now that you've looked at what you're eating, it's time to look at what's eating you. What are your sources of stress? What burdens do you feel like you're carrying around? Stress affects weight in at least two obvious ways. First, it inhibits digestion, which can make food sit longer in your body, yet while providing less nutrition than it otherwise would.
Second, stress can lead to what's called "compensatory eating," wherein you eat, not because you're actually hungry or need nutrition, because it's your habitual way of reacting to stress. The result is that you eat a lot more than you need to...and weigh a lot more than you want to.
Last, I want to encourage you in the strongest of terms to take some physical steps to rejuvenate your colon. I offer a free guide to restoring and optimizing the health and functioning of you colon. It's called Restoring Colon Function For Maximum Health and Optimum Weight. (For your copy, please e mail DrFrank@ntelos.net)
Unfortunately, most Western health practitioners have not yet discovered the amazing difference that cleaning your colon can make. So, to find people who support and understand what you're trying to do, you'll likely need to seek out those with holistic or "alternative" approaches. It's sad, really. But I believe that our healthcare systems will eventually see that an "ounce of prevention" will save you a lot of pounds (and dollars) down the road.
The Bottom Line
If your colon is not functioning effectively, do consult your physician or other health professional. But don't be surprised if they look at you strangely when you talk about cleaning up you colon. First, they don't like it when you "self-diagnose." They want to be the ones who tell you what your problems are, and how to fix them. If you start taking responsibility for your health, and learning for yourself what works and doesn't, you threaten their jobs -- and sometimes their egos.
On the other hand, be reasonable with your healthcare professional. Don't ask him or her to do the impossible. Your doctor didn't mess your colon up, and shouldn't be expected to fix it. But if they just don't "get it" about colon care, PLEASE find someone who does!
Take responsibility for your own health. That's your job. This is the "Information Age." Get some! Learn what you can do to restore your own colon health. I can practically guarantee it'll make a bigger difference in the quality of your life than you ever thought possible. And it will also dramatically increase you chances of successful weight loss!
Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD, is a professional weight loss success coach and the creator of the "Get Motivated For Life! / 7 Weeks To Lifelong Weight Loss" and "Weight Loss God's Way" success program