How it Works . . .

Colon Physiology & Regularity

A healthy colon has 4 main jobs that naturally promote regularity. Fiber in your diet facilitates and promotes these functions. The unique blend of fruit fibers in Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend provide the necessary material to promote healthy colon function and regularity.

A fiber rich diet helps the colon to function normally.

Colon Physiology: 4 Main Jobs

The four main jobs of the colon are fluid absorption, bacterial action, stool formation, and stool elimination. To facilitate these jobs and to produce well formed stools, several other processes are also at work in the colon. These processes are outlined below.

Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend facilitates these processes, softens stools, and promotes regularity. Laxative use, however, promotes constipation by interfering with - and breaking down - these natural processes.

Processing & Activity in the Colon

These processes and actions affect regularity.

Cellular exchanges, bacterial growth, fermentation, and muscular action* all play a part in transforming soupy waste matter (called feces) into a stool as it travels through the colon.

*Muscular action in the colon is discussed in another article.

1. Fluid Absorption (and Secretion of Mucus)

Epithelial cells lining the colon absorb fluids and other substances such as vitamins and electrolytes. Muscular actions facilitate fluid absorption. These epithelial cells also secrete mucus that moisturizes and lubricates - protecting colon tissues and nerves.

2. Bacterial Action (tiny intestinal microbes also called flora)

Intestinal flora perform multiple functions that affect regularity and healthy bowel function:

  • Growth of flora: Using the fluids and fiber from the foods you eat, intestinal flora actually manufacture the nutrients that sustain their environment, their food supply, and their growth.
  • Manufacture of some Vitamins & Electrolytes: Intestinal flora change proteins into amino acids and break these amino acids down further into indole and skatole (which gives stools their odor), hydrogen sulfide, and fatty acids. Bacteria also synthesize some vitamins (K and some B), electrolytes, and breaks down bilirubin into a pigment that gives stools their brown color.
  • Production of Lubrication: Intestinal flora ferment soluble fiber into a lubricating gel that is incorporated into stools helping to make them soft and flexible. Some of this gel coats the exterior of the stools and moisturizes the colon lining. This lubrication also promotes stool transit and regularity.
  • Defense Against Infection: Intestinal flora groom the colon. This helps to prevent infection.

3. Stool Formation

he absorption of fluid, bacterial processing, and muscular churning transforms soupy fecal particles into the consistency required to form a stool as it travels through the colon. A well formed stool is soft, flexible and easy to pass. It has good texture, volume and weight. and measures about one and a half inches in diameter and about four to seven inches in length. A well formed stool promotes regularity. Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend helps the body to produce well formed stools.

4. Stool Elimination (Defecation)

Involuntary muscular actions initiate the defecation process and permit stool passage. Voluntarily and gently bearing down* aids elimination.