What is the Relationship Between Colon Health and Exercise?

Dr. Paulson discusses the relationship between colon health and exercise

177240195 (1)There is a strong relationship between colon health and exercise.

You’ve probably already heard that if you want to reduce your risk of colon cancer, or colon cancer in general, you should be exercising regularly.

That’s because exercise helps support the immune system function, helps to reduce inflammatory markers, and also improves gut motility, meaning it helps the peristalsis or the action of the GI tract move more.

This helps with reducing constipation and improving bowel frequency. 

For more on the relationship between colon health and exercise, watch Dr. Heather Paulson in the video below.

Heather Paulson ND, FABNO:  There is a great relationship between colon health and exercise and you have probably already heard that if you want to reduce your risk of recurrence or if you want to reduce your risk of cancer that you should be exercising and that was because exercise helps support the immune system function, it helps to reduce inflammatory markers, it helps to reduce IGF-1 which is a non-growth factor for colon cancer, and it also improves gut motility which means it helps the peristalsis or the action of the GI tract move more and that helps with reducing constipation and improving bowel frequency. 

Let me give you an example so that you can have an idea of how this is put into action by using story of one of my patients.  I had a patient come in that had rectal cancer and he literally could not walk without a walker and yet he knew that physical activity and exercise would reduce the risk of his rectal cancer growing more or spreading and getting worse, so we started simple and that’s what I would recommend you to do as well if you need to talk with your doctor before starting any exercise program please do so. 

We started by lifting soup cans and milk jugs at his armchair recliner and then he got resistant bands to do leg exercises, so while he sat in his recliner in between TV commercials, he started using the resistance bands and overtime and just of short couple of weeks, he was able to walk.  He was able to walk down to his car without his walker and then he was able to walk the length of his block and then around the block and it was really touching moment to see him walk into my office without a walker, without a cane, and completely liberated from the restrictions of not being able to incorporate movement and it was amazing to watch the transformation, starting with just a little steps and then working his way out.


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