Addressing a Twisted Colon

Straightening Out the Facts!

What is a twisted colon? The human colon has a number of twists and turns, as illustrated in this digestive system diagram. These twists and turns are considered within the normal range of anatomical differences. In other words, that’s the way we were made. This does not constitute a twisted colon. Variances in colon shape can vary both within families and in the population in general.

There are several ways that the colon can become twisted and structurally distorted, including constrictions, ballooning and prolapses that are not normal. The reasons can be numerous, including: chronic constipation, the presence of pathogenic organisms, nutritional deficiencies, a toxic-laden colon, lack of adequate fiber in the diet, and stress. Some gastroenterologists believe that the colon can become twisted due to Cesarean section. The twisting can be caused by the surgeons pushing things out of the way to get the babies out. When twists are present they often occur along with constrictions. A twisted colon can be very painful.

Lack of fiber in your diet can be the catalyst of many diseases and disorders, including a twisted colon. Lack of fiber can not only contribute to a twisted colon, but it can lead to diverticulosis, diverticulitis, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, and colon cancer. To eliminate the lack of adequate fiber in your diet, supplementation is not only an effective method, it is really critical to maintaining a healthy digestion system. More importantly, to YOUR healthy digestion system. Use fiber to help eliminate the risk of a twisted colon.

There is a fiber product that many have used to successfully receive the benefits of a high fiber diet. That product is called LiFiber™ . LiFiber™ features 29 high-quality herbs. This psyllium-based powder drink mix provides both soluble and insoluble fiber to help sweep your system clean of toxins and accumulated debris. It can be a part of a complete fiber program that uses Bios Life 2 (see Rexall info below to research fiber) for reducing the cholesterol levels and binding of bile salts. LiFiber™ which is used for deep cleansing of the intestines as well as part of an anti-parasitic, fungal, and bacterial program.

One of the leading manufacturers of fiber products (Rexall) has created an information web site that provides exceedingly more detail than you will find here. It is full of statistics, graphics, and useful explanations about the benefits of a high fiber diet. In fact, that site contains a culmination of information from the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the American Dietetic Association. When you go this site, you'll see what the 100-year old company Rexall has been doing in the area of high fiber supplementation! It's a great way to get the fiber you need! It's easy to take and has many other benefits besides your digestion system. In fact it holds two patents to reduce cholesterol and balance blood sugar. It really is a remarkable product that has helped so many people. It is listed in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) and many physicians recommend it to their patients for not only the preventative attributes, but for treatment of colon diseases as well. To read what the research concludes and learn how you can benefit, click here to research fiber.

What organisms can be found in your colon?
You would be surprised as to how many different kinds there are.
Click on this link to review the list or organisms.

Organisms in your colon that may contribute to a twisted colon.

The colon can return to healthy structure and functioning without medication or surgery. A thorough colon cleansing is in order to eliminate toxic material. Follow this link to research Colon Cleaners

Conditions such as candida and parasites should be addressed, and beneficial bacteria should be replaced with a good probiotic. A whole foods diet with special emphasis on vegetables and fruits should be consumed, and any nutritional deficiencies should be corrected, particularly minerals as they are essential components of structural tissue. A series of colon hydrotherapy sessions are helpful as they provide an internal work-out for the colon and aid in re-establishing healthy peristalsis. Regular slant-board exercises may also be very beneficial. See Dr. Jensen's "Guide to Better Bowel Care" for exercise instructions and a more detailed discussion about these conditions.

Colonoscopy: Is it Possible with a Twisted Colon?

A twisted colon makes having a colonoscopy almost impossible. Other factors may make colonoscopy more difficult, such as adhesions (scarring making the colon less distensible) from prior surgery or extensive diverticulosis. To learn more about diverticulosis and diverticulitis, click here. One should see a specialist such as a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon who are specifically trained in colonoscopy.

Read Why Katie Couric Feels so strongly about Colonoscopies.

Redundant Colon

Some people refer to a twisted colon as a “Redundant Colon”. Redundant Colon is a term that describes repetitive overlapping loops of the large intestine (colon). It's most often a normal anatomic variation. It typically causes no symptoms and requires no treatment, unlike a twisted colon. A redundant colon is usually found incidentally during a colon X-ray (barium enema) conducted for some other reason. Rarely, a redundant section of the colon twists around itself, blocking the colon and causing cramping abdominal pain. If you experience this symptom, see your doctor.