All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: I have recently been found to have an extremely elongated colon, particularly sigmoid colon.

I have been told to take laxatives for the rest of my life (epsom salts @ 4tspns a day). I am wondering if I can make other dietary changes, other than the obvious increasing fibre, to lessen my need for laxatives.

Would it be worth my while to consult a naturopath, or dietician?


A: An elongated colon means that the transit time for the faeces will be longer than in a regularly sized colon, which could produce some stress on the colon and faecal motions in general and promote constipation.

There are several strategies that you could use to help with your issue:

It would be very beneficial for you to see a qualified naturopath with a specialty in nutrition, who can advise you on the best diet plan for you, plus can tailor a supplement regime to help your colon function more effectively.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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