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    Every now and then, you need to cleanse your colon to detox your body.

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    Every now and then, you need to cleanse your colon to detox your body.

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    Your liver handles your body’s detox needs. You don’t have to do anything to “clean out" your gut, unless you're getting ready to have a colonoscopy or for some types of colon surgery.

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    How much water does your colon absorb each day?

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    How much water does your colon absorb each day?

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    The organ can actually take up to about five times that. You need that water so you don’t get dehydrated.

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    What are probiotics?

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    You could have more of a billion of them! They break down food so your body can get nutrients and water from it. When you take antibiotics, though, these tiny helpers take a temporary hit. That's a good reason to only take those meds when you absolutely have to.

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    About how long after you eat something does it pass through your colon and out of your body?

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    About how long after you eat something does it pass through your colon and out of your body?

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    Exactly how long it takes is different for everyone. It depends on your digestive system and what you eat. Food reaches the colon after the small intestine breaks it down. Before that, it mixes with digestive juices through the stomach.

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    You can't live without your colon.

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    You can't live without your colon.

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    Some people who live with ongoing digestive conditions, like inflammatory bowel disease, get surgery to permanently remove the colon. In one operation, a surgeon makes a hole in the belly that passes waste out of the body and into a pouch that you empty. In another procedure, the surgeon removes the affected part of your digestive system and puts a pouch inside your body that passes waste to the anus. After you recover from either operation, you can do nearly all the things you normally do.

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    At what age should you begin colon cancer screening?

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    At what age should you begin colon cancer screening?

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    You will need to start sooner if the disease runs in your family or if you have certain genetic conditions that puts you at higher risk for colon cancer, You should also start sooner if you have inflammatiry bowel disease. Doctors usually find colon cancer in people over the age of 50. As you get older, the risk rises, so don't delay.

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    If your colon was laid out in a straight line, it would be about…

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    If your colon was laid out in a straight line, it would be about…

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    But it's shaped more like a question mark, curved inside of your belly around the small intestine.

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    Polyps mean you have cancer.

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    Polyps mean you have cancer.

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    A polyp is a growth in the lining of your colon. Most are not cancer. Doctors find them during regular colorectal screening tests. If that happens during a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, your doctor can usually take them out at that time. If polyps are found during other exams, you might need a separate procedure. While doctors will probably remove any polyp they find, only certain types become cancer.

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    The colon is part of the...

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    The colon is part of the...

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    When you eat, food goes down your esophagus to your stomach. Next comes the small intestine, where most of the digestion happens. What’s left goes to the part of the large intestine called the colon, which absorbs the water, salt, and whatever nutrients might be left, and moves out the waste.

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Sources | Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on October 19, 2019 Medically Reviewed on October 19, 2019

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SOURCES:

National Library of Medicine.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

American Cancer Society.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Ridgeview Medical Center.

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