One of my pet peeves is infomercials that try to sell you stuff based on quack science. One of the more annoying ones is on Colon-Flo. they are trying to convince us that without their product you are stuffed full of poop and toxins and horrible things that will make you sick.
I've attached a very simplified answer to what your colon can hold. Yeah, it's from Wiki but it was phrased well and easy to understand. The same information is available at the NIH website, The American Gatroenterolgy website and other professional websites.
Our bodies are absolutely amazing. But our bowels can not hold 20#s of undigested red meat, every piece of bubble gum we ever swallowed or grow watermelons in our stomachs from swallowing seeds.
How much the colon holds depends on the diet of the individual.
Your intestines are not loaded with "toxins, undigested red meat, and impacted feces". If they were you would be dead.
It takes 10-12 hours for food to travel from the mouth to the end of the small intestine where it is dumped into the large intestine.
This is where diet comes in. If you are eating an average American diet where fiber, fresh foods, lean meats, and raw nuts and seeds are not being eaten, it takes another 30-40 hours for material to travel through the large intestine(colon). So you can be carrying 6-8 lbs of slow moving waste and feces.
If eating a healthy high fiber diet the transit time in the colon is cut to 10-12 hours and you carry 2-3 lbs of fast moving waste.
With water weighting a little of 2 lbs per quart you can have a quart to a gallon of material in the colon.
Now, back to me. Yes, your rate of transmission may be faster or slower depending on your health, if you have viral or bacterial gastroenteritis or if taking laxatives or stool softners.
But basically, the average persons bowels work just fine without any help!
Thanks for letting me vent.
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