The final phase of digestion takes place in the last several inches of the colon, which are known as the rectum. This is where stool is stored until being passed during a bowel movement via the anal canal and anus. Even though this is a small area of the entire
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It’s said that you are what you eat. Your diet dictates your overall health and wellbeing. The right foods feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain an active lifestyle, keep your brain alert, and protect you from illness and disease.
But there is much more going on every time
After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is caused by weakened support structures that keep a woman’s vagina, uterus, bladder, rectum, and other pelvic organs in place.
POP affects up to 50 percent of women over the age of 50, but it can occur earlier in a woman’s life, especially if she has had
There are many health conditions that can affect your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and cause uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient symptoms like constipation, gas, and bloating. But what if you can’t blame a specific health condition? You and your doctor have confirmed you don’t have irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or lactose
The word “hemorrhoid” is actually a medical term for cushions of tissue that surround blood vessels in the anal area. But what most of us would call a hemorrhoid occurs when this tissue prolapses through the sphincter muscle, exposing the delicate skin lining the rectum. Unfortunately you become more vulnerable
Calcium plays a key role in bone strength and density. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, you are at risk of osteoporosis (low bone density), so it’s particularly important for you to get enough calcium. However, calcium consumption is not the only factor that needs your attention: Certain medications and medical
Bowel movements may not be a common topic of polite conversation, but most people suffer from constipation from time to time. Constipation, which is usually defined as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week, is a problem that is often linked to diet and hydration issues, but sometimes,
Older adults suffer disproportionately from health conditions that cause pain: for example, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes, and cancer. It is vital to treat debilitating pain, and many people find that opioids are the only painkillers that provide relief. You may have heard through the news media that the