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The 9 Signs of Good Colon Health (including an Easy Test You Can Self-Administer)

Did you know that clear healthy skin is a sign of a healthy colon? And a healthy colon is the key to a healthy body!

Constipation, digestive distress, and mucous in your stools are just a few signs that your colon might not be completely healthy, and a healthy colon is absolutely necessary for a healthy body.

After all, good health begins in your gut.

But more than 70 million Americans struggle with digestive problems, and many people are not even aware that their colons could be the culprit.1

Read on to learn more about your colon and how you can tell if it is healthy.

What Is A Healthy Colon?

Your colon (also known as your large intestine) is about 5 feet long and functions like a powerful storage and waste disposal site in your body.

Involuntary muscle contractions push digested material through your colon. It also stores waste until it's time to excrete it and absorbs any leftover nutrients (like water, electrolytes, and vitamins) from digested foods and sends them back into your body's system to be used.

A healthy diet full of fiber and probiotics (good bacteria and yeast), plenty of rest and water, and regular exercise keeps your colon healthy.

But the Standard American Diet that lacks fermented foods, lack of exercise and inadequate amounts of water and fiber mean that most people do not have healthy colons and proper elimination. This causes a buildup of waste material on your intestinal walls that creates an environment where toxic pathogens can thrive, leading to illness and disease.

If you want to improve the overall health of your body, then you must start by improving the health of your colon!

Signs of Colon Health

If you want to confirm that your colon is indeed truly healthy, read through our checklist below.

Some indicators of a healthy colon:

  • Clear skin without blemishes
  • Daily elimination
  • Mild-smelling breath
  • No mucous, partially digested food, or blood in your stools
  • Elimination time between 18 and 24 hours
  • A big bowel movement in the morning
  • A smaller bowel movement later in the day
  • Stools expelled effortlessly
  • Soft, well formed stools, often in a long tube shape

The Elimination Test

Besides checking for the physical signs of a healthy colon every time you eliminate, you can monitor your elimination time (how long it takes food to be digested and excreted) to evaluate your colon health.

The easiest way to test your elimination time is to prepare beets. Their red pigment is so strong that it colors your stools, and you will know how long your body took to process them.

  1. Prepare fresh beets (we prefer fermenting them, since unfermented beets are too sweet and can feed candida) to eat. Make sure you eat the whole vegetable and not just the juice because it travels through your system very quickly.
  2. When you eat the beets, make note of the time and day.
  3. Look at your stools until you notice the red pigment from the beets. Ideally this will be 18 to 24 hours after you first ate them.

Learn more about detoxifying your colon and the Principle of Cleansing in The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates. Start your journey to wellness now!

Your Healthy Colon

Colon cleansing is an ongoing process that can be helped along by diet, exercise and water consumption.

But colon cleansing using natural herbs and water therapies are also an important part of the Body Ecology system of health and healing.

Learn more about how your colon affects your health in The Body Ecology Diet, where Donna Gates discusses colon therapy and your inner ecosystem. The book clearly and simply teaches you how to bring your health back into balance by establishing healthy digestion.

As you heal your gut, you'll heal your entire body!


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  • xL9Px

    Ok so I just drank a beets juice today at 1:30pm and at 5pm I went to the bathroom and my stool was the same color as the juice I never had this happen before so I freaked out and started doing research then I found this can someone please explain what he means by not just the juice? I'm assuming its digested faster

  • jon

    I did not know about beets doing this. Today my stool was red. I freaked out for a second then I realized I ate roasted beets two days earlier. So, I Google it today and found this site. It took 45 hours from the time I ate then till I passed them. Is that way too long?
    Thanks for being here and your dicussion board.

  • Benjamin Harrison

    In response to may be super constipated and the messy diarrhea may be stool leakage around an impaction. Talk to your doctor!

  • Maria

    You guys should really read the article again, seriously. It says EAT THE WHOLE THING not just the juice because it will travel through the system too quickly. Seriously guys /:

  • Annie

    Mine was stained in just 3 short hours but the beet juice I drank made my tummy upset. :(

  • May

    I never poop red when drinking beets juice. I haven't read anyone like this. All I read is that beets make your stool red. Is there something wrong with my digestive?

  • Anne

    It takes 12 hours for my body to eliminate beets. It's a little less than the suggested 18 hours, but I guess it's good!

  • Nicole

    Mine came out red only 5 hours after I ate beets. What does that say?

  • Kevin Cromwell

    I really get super constipated, then I get a messy diahrea.
    What do you suggest?

  • em

    saw a piece of cultured veggie and some onion in my stool. this happens sometimes... what could that be!?!!!
    i've followed the diet for 3 months.

  • Gina

    We gave my four year old son beets.As soon as he ate the he has had red color in his stools, how long does the red color generally last?My husband thinks since it's been a few days that our son is very constipated,could this be true?

  • reminder

    Note: the explanation in the the portion of the article points out eating the vegetable and not just juice cause it travels much quicker

  • Juicer

    You said it should take 18-24 hours to notice the pigments in your stool but I'm noticing it a lot sooner! I juice my veggies/fruits for breakfast & lunch everyday and I decieded to try beets for the first time. I added them to my fruit drink and drank it sometime after 10:30a and now I can see my stool a reddish color around 12:30p. Should it have gone through this fast or is something wrong and that's not coming from the beets?

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