Colon pain and inflammation? You need strawberries

Certain body parts really get put through the ringer when you eat a lousy diet… like your colon.

Your colon has the fun task of processing all your body’s wastes. So, by the time food gets to your colon, it’s been chewed up, churned up and all the vitamins and nutrients have been extracted.

That means your colon’s left to break down the unusable, unlovable waste that your body doesn’t want. And the worse you’re eating, the worse that waste is.

In fact, burdening your colon with nasty foods for too long, can make its job unnecessarily hard. So hard that it can’t keep up. That’s when wastes begin to accumulate, leading to bloating, gas and pain, among other symptoms.

Built-up wastes can also cause colon inflammation, which can lead to more serious problems like inflammatory bowel diseases and even cancer.

So, why not cut your colon some slack? Eat foods that make its job easier and prevent dangerous colon inflammation.

You can start right now by eating something juicy, delicious and super healthy for your colon — strawberries.

Strawberries soothe dangerous inflammation

A serving of strawberries per day could be the key to a healthy, uninflamed colon.

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that strawberries reduced colon inflammation in mice with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

In case you don’t know, inflammatory bowel diseases are conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s where your gastrointestinal tract becomes inflamed and causes uncomfortable symptoms like stomach pain, weight loss, diarrhea and fatigue. Ulcerative colitis is specifically tied to inflammation in the colon and rectum, whereas Crohn’s can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract.

Inflammatory bowel diseases are becoming all too common. Three million people in the U.S. reported having an IBD in 2015. And a lot of that has to do with diet. The typical Western diet contains a lot of sugar, a lot of animal fat and not enough fiber, and all these factors cause colon inflammation.

But studies show eating fresh fruits and vegetables can curb colon inflammation and even reverse some IBD symptoms. And that’s where strawberries come in…

In this latest study, eating strawberries daily helped mice with IBD get rid of some of that nasty colon inflammation. It also reduced IBD symptoms like weight loss and bloody diarrhea. Plus, it lowered the number of bad bacteria in their gut.

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A daily dose of strawberries for a healthy colon

Exactly how much strawberry goodness do you need to eat to keep your colon healthy and uninflamed?

In the study, researchers gave mice the equivalent of three-quarters of a cup of strawberries per day. So, that’s how much you should shoot for.

Now, I personally could snack on plain strawberries day and night and never get sick of them. But if you’re looking for more creative ways to incorporate them into your diet try:

  • Tossing them in a smoothie
  • Adding them to a salad
  • Putting them in (or on) your pancakes
  • Dipping them in dark chocolate
  • Using them in a yogurt parfait

Any of these methods for squeezing in your daily serving of strawberries will help you say goodbye to disease-causing inflammation and hello to a healthy colon. Of course, try to use organic strawberries. Otherwise, you’ll get a huge dose of pesticides that certainly won’t do your gut any good.

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Sources:

  1. The Colon: What it is, What it Does — American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
  2. Eating for a Healthy Colon — Rush University Medical Center.
  3. Strawberries could help reduce harmful inflammation in the colon — MedicalXpress.

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.