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ColonoscopyThere are a couple of good things that people don’t think about after having a colonoscopy.

The first good thing is finding out whether or not you have a clean bill of health. Whichever way the diagnosis leads, it’s all good. If you are all clear, no polyps no tears, then that’s great. It’s a sigh of relief and a good indication that you’re doing something right.

If the diagnosis isn’t so stellar, it’s also good. At least you now know what needs to be done in order to restore your colon back to health. It’s your opportunity to learn how to avoid repeating the same lifestyle habits that created the problem in the first place (Yes, even those with a genetic predisposition for colon issues can do something about your colon health).

Another Good Thing about Having a Colonoscopy

The second good thing about having a colonoscopy is that your insurance company gets to pay for you to have a colon cleanse. No longer do you have to watch those infomercials about the benefits of cleaning out your colon. You get to do it in one fell swoop and get to have someone else look in there to make sure it’s all clean. Doesn’t get any better than that (still can’t figure out why someone would want to look in folk’s rear ends for a living).

The ‘New Leaf’ Good Thing about a Colonoscopy

Now that your bowel is all clean and clear, it’s time to slowly reintroduce foods back into your system. It’s your clean slate and your chance to eat right, get the necessary fiber, and maintain a clean colon for optimal health.

At this time food absorption and nutrient absorption should be optimal. Try eating good healthy and organic foods (if possible) for a while. Give your body a treat. After all, you recently put it through a bit of a tough time trying to clean it out. Apologize to it by giving it quality food. Now is a perfect time to rebuild the intestinal bacteria with a few probiotics (Green Vibrance is my probiotic of choice).

Having a Colonoscopy Dispelled a Long-Held Myth

If you’re squeamish, then stop reading now. Go to another post or click on one of the links in my blogroll. For those of you who have the same sense of wonder as I do, continue reading.Infomercial

I’ve watched a few infomercials and read lots of information about healthy colons and healthy bowel movements. I’ve long been told that adult bowel movements are small in diameter because of the junk caked up within the walls of the digestive system. To further drill in the point, some infomercials claim that adult bowel movements should be large in diameter. To back up the claim they refer to the size of a child’s stool (here’s your last chance to click away if you’re squeamish).

Unfortunately, I’ve had the …er…pleasure (?) of having to use the bathroom after a child has forgotten to flush. I’ve also had the …er…pleasure of having to view my child’s production as he and she (in varying stages of their lives), were proud to show me what they were able to do (what we parents must go through when potty training).

Super TurdI would look at the production and marvel at how something so large could come out of such a cute little rump. We affectionately called them torpedo turds. Drop one of those on the enemy and they’re done for.

No matter how much fiber I ate, how clean my diet or how much water I drank; there was no way I could produce such a specimen. My quest for torpedo turds almost caused me to purchase one of the colon cleansing products. Instead, I had a colonoscopy.

Now to the Myth

After a full cleaning and returning to a healthy diet, there is no way that I’m able to build a torpedo. Short of cultivating a diet of French Fries and Chicken Nuggets, there is no way on earth this body can do it. There are many levels on which I can compete with my kids. This is not one of them.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

in As We Age, Cancer, Colon