Colon Cleansing Questions and Answers – What Are Polyps and What Prevents Them

Colon polyps are lumps of tissue that develop in the lining of the colon. Sometimes, they're harmless, and other times, they're cancerous. In either case they must be removed, because the presence of them increases the risk of developing colon cancer. Not all polyps will turn into cancer, but it is better to remove them all than to take a chance on it and allowing it to worsen.

Many people wonder what prevents polyps. Studies have shown that calcium prevents polyps. Those with appropriate calcium levels have a lesser risk of developing polyps, and those who had colon polyps saw a decrease in the number of polyps when they increased their calcium intake.

Vitamin D is another part of what prevents colon polyps. This makes milk a wonderful resource for colon polyp prevention because vitamin D is added to milk to assist with calcium absorption. Because Vitamin D is also found in sunlight one of the best things you can do each day is eat a bowl of fiber rich cereal and when it is sunny outside, go on a walk for about 10 minutes afterwards, wearing sun screen of course.

Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer on record, so taking the necessary precautions in order prevent polyps is very important. Other vitamins and minerals have shown to reduce the risk of colon polyps and cancer, but it is calcium and vitamin D that appears to be the most effective in protection and prevention. Colon screenings are important after age 50 in diagnosis and prevention of colon cancer.

Keeping a clean colon will also help prevent the growth of colon polyps, because a colon colon does not have the harmful bacteria that will embed themselves in the colon and become a polyp. You should cleanse your colon several times per year, with your preferred method, either oral or rectal. Depending on your individual situation, you may start with a rectal colon cleansse and the move to an oral colon cleanse to maintain it.