How it Works . . .

Colon Anatomy & Regularity

A healthy colon is an amazingly efficient organ that naturally promotes regularity. By following a diet rich in fiber, the colon naturally produces well formed stools. The unique blend of fruit fibers in Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend can help your body to produce soft, well formed stools and regularity.

The colon extracts fluids from waste to form stools.

Colon Structure

The colon is structured as one long continuous hollow tube surrounded by 2 groups of muscles. One group runs the length of the colon, the other group wraps around the colon. The colon begins where the small intestine ends and extends down to the anus. The colon measures about 5 feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter. Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend exercises and tones your colon muscles.

The lumen (interior) of the colon has a delicate lining made up of epithelial cells that naturally slough off and renew like your skin does. This lining facilitates movement of fluids, protects underlying tissues and nerves, fosters growth of intestinal flora, lubricates stool passage and promotes regularity. Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend provides the necessary materials to nourish your colon lining.

Parts of the Colon

Several parts make up the continuous tube of the colon. Each part contributes to the movement of materials, the formation of stools, and regularity. The parts include:

  • Illeocecal Valve: A mucus membrane fold that acts as a gateway for materials to pass from the small intestine into the colon.
  • Cecum: A reservoir to receive materials entering the colon. Here, muscles advance materials (now called fecal matter) upward.
  • Vermiform Appendix: A twisted coiled tube (about 3 inches long) attached to the cecum.
  • Ascending Colon: The right side of the colon. Most of the water absorption occurs here as fecal matter moves upward.
  • Hepatic Flexure: A bend in the colon tube connecting the ascending colon to the transverse colon.
  • Transverse Colon: The lateral section of the colon tube. As feces move across, stools begin to take form.
  • Splenic Flexure: A bend in the colon tube connecting the transverse colon to the descending colon.
  • Descending Colon: The left side of the colon. Stools, now more solid in form, move downward. Stools may be stored for a time.
  • Sigmoid Colon: An "S" curve in the colon which angles to the right, curves down, and inward, then curves slightly upward. Stools may be stored here a short time.
  • Rectum and Rectal Sac: An 8" long elastic like passageway that is usually empty until stools move into it and expand, creating a sac. The defecation reflex (the urge to "go") is located in the rectum.
  • Anal Canal: The last inch of the rectum. The mucus membrane of the canal has folds called anal columns that contain arteries and veins.
  • Anus: The opening of the anal canal to the exterior. Internal and external sphincters (muscles) keep the anus closed except during a BM.