Functions Of The Colon In The Digestive System (purpose of large intestine)

Functions Of The Colon In The Digestive System (purpose of large intestine)


Greetings! In this video we are going to
talk about The Functions Of The Colon inside of the digestive tract. [Music] A lot of
people don’t know that the colon plays a strong role in making sure that we feel
goooood on the inside. The colon has to perform seven functions to ensure that
we have that good feeling and in this video we’re going to talk about those
seven functions to make sure that you have a solid understanding. So let’s get
into Function #1. The colon receives. When the digestive system is
starting to finalize its process the colon will receive a liquid material
from the small intestine that liquid material actually happens to be called
chyme and then the colon will also participate in the process by delivering
a watery solution to mix with the chyme. This watery solution has salt that is
inside of the solution. So let’s take a look at Function #2. The colon
pumps. The colon is now responsible for pumping salt out of the lumen and then
when it pumps that salt, the water that is inside of the lumen will also follow
that salt. Now you may ask the question, “Why would it pump salt when it just gave the
lumen the salt?” And that is because it is responsible for Function #3.
The colon reabsorbs. The colon is a water conservation system that was designed
for our bodies. We’re land animals and we exist in an environment that has a lot
of oxygen. So the colon is responsible for helping us to maintain a certain
level of hydration and the reason why it has to pump that salt is
because it’s responsible for reabsorbing the water back into the body for our
needs. Now let’s take a look at Function #4. The colon contracts.
So once the watery solution is retrieved from the lumen what is left behind is
the physical waste material that now has to be propelled outside of the body. And
so massive contractions begin to happen to make sure that that material is
propelled forward. But there’s something else that material needs to make
sure that the process is easy. So that leads me to Function #5. The
colon secretes. The colon has to use the cells from the intestinal lining to
secrete mucus into the lumen so that it can assist with that contraction process.
What it does is it secretes that mucus so that it lines the lumen to make the
contraction process a lot easier which will help that material to propel
forward without us having pain. Now that leads me to Function #6. When
that material is being propelled forward from the massive contractions it is
headed toward our storage system. The colon stores. It has to store that waste
material until it is time for it to receive a signal that it is ready to let
go of that waste material from the body. So the rectum serves as a temporary
storage center for that waste material which now leads me to Function #7. The colon expels. When the colon receives the signal from the defecation
reflex it now knows that it is time to release that physical waste material
from the body and that is what makes us feel “Oh so good on the inside!”
Now I know it is really important for you to make sure that you understand
this process as a whole because it is part of how your digestive function is
able to finalize the process. I know that I refer to the lumen while I was talking
about the seven functions. A lot of people don’t understand what the lumen
is and what role it plays in the digestive tract. So I have another video
and I’m encouraging you to take a look at that video. The video is called,
Intestinal Lumen. Make sure that you click on the “i” link above so that you
can have access to that video. And of course people have questions about what
happens when the storage tank serves as a longer-term storage facility instead
of short-term. Well something called The Bottleneck Syndrome
actually takes place and I have a video that I’m encouraging you to watch so
that you understand what can happen when that waste material is stored in the
body too long. And then lastly, I put together a quick reference graphic guide.
I know how important it is for you to understand The 7 Functions Of The
Colon so I’m encouraging you to click on the “i” link above. Make sure that you
secure that quick reference graphic guide because this will help you to
secure your foundation for understanding the role that the colon plays in
digestive function. Also if you feel this video was
helpful, definitely share it with someone because you never know when you might be
able to make a difference in someone else’s life. You know what I always say
it is so much easier for you to heal your digestive system or at least
maintain what you already have when you understand the function of the organ. I’m Sage Joya and I’ll see you again in the next
video.

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