The Transverse Colon

The transverse colon is part of the large intestine. The transverse section of the intestine is an inch larger in diameter than the small intestine is. The large intestine begins at the ileocecal junction and connects to the anus, where waste is evacuated from the body.. Aside from the colon, the large intestine is comprised of the rectum and the anal canal. The transverse colon is just one small but important part of the entire digestive system.

depiction of the transverse colon showing the ascending colon,decending colon,transverse colon,sigmoid colon and vemriform appendix
Function of the transverse colon:
When we eat, food exits the small intestine and enters the cecum.  As progresses, this ingested matter moves up the ascending colon and into the transverse colon. During this process, water is removed and feces form.

 This process involves bacteria and a process of fermentation. From this point, feces move through the descending colon and into the rectum, ideally exiting the body through the anus. From time to time because of unhealthy eating habits or disease, the system slows and constipation may occur. An enema or a colonic can help to restore the normal balance. The very important transverse colon requires a constant supply of oxygenated blood which comes by way of two arteries. The middle colic artery branches off the superior mesenteric artery, and it services most of this part of the large intestine. One third also receives oxygenated blood from the inferior mesenteric artery.

Care of the transverse colon:  Like other parts of the large intestine, the transverse colon is susceptible to tumors and cancer. These cancers may also be preceded by polyps or growths, which would need to be surgically removed. Periodic check-ups, a healthy fiber filled diet and routine cleansing maintenance are all ways to prevent colon problems. Something to remember is that when  you increase the fiber in your diet the body requires more water  to process it, or the fiber can cause constipation instead of being a help.  Exercise is important for the whole body, but especially to keep the colon function healthy and routine cleansing with an enema or colonic is a way to prevent trouble and keep the colon healthy.  Be as attentive to your inner self as you are to the rest of your body. 

Enemas and Colonics:  problems in the colon can lead to more serious health issues like weight problems, joint pains, memory problems, irritable bowel syndrome and of course, cancer.
We are continually exposed to  toxic substances from our environment.  Disinfectants, deodorizers, fragrances, fossil fuels, pesticides and paints, just to name a few, are full of harmful chemicals. Fortunately our bodies have a very sophisticated detoxification system, but our bodies can't always keep with the influx toxins and more are developed with progress.  Well-placed enemas and colonics can play a crucial role in good health because as we cleanse the colon, toxins are diminished. With assistance to purge toxins, the body as a whole functions better.

When a colon is in a state of dysbiosis --regular colon cleansing may reduce the number of unhealthy microbes and parasites and increase the volume of healthy bacteria.  As gastrointestinal health panels show, dysbiosis is all too common. Blastocystis hominis, Cryptosporidium, and Clostridium difficile are common in people who are ill. Clinically, after regular colon cleansing, people recover their health, reducing unhealthy microbial levels.
Disruptions to the stomach or intestinal bacteria can prompt depression and anxiety so keeping our 'gut' healthy should be a physical priority!

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1. Ileocecal:  point along the course of the gastrointestinal tract where the small intestine (ileum) ends as it opens into the cecal portion of the large intestine; occurs usually within the iliac fossa, demarcated internally as the ileocecal orifice.

2. Cecum:  is a pouch, usually peritoneal, that is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine.

3. Dysbiosis: the condition of having microbial imbalances or parasites

4. Cryptosporidium: is a protozoan that can cause gastro-intestinal illness with diarrhea in humans.

5. Blastocystis: is a genus of single-celled protozoan parasites belonging to a group of organisms known as the Stramenopiles (also called Heterokonts) that includes algae, diatoms, and water molds. Blastocystis comprises several species, living in the gastrointestinal tracts of species as diverse as humans, farm animals, birds, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and cockroaches.

6. Clostridium difficile: is a species of Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Clostridium that causes severe diarrhea and other intestinal disease when competing bacteria in the gut flora have been wiped out by antibiotics.