A colon may be struggling and failing to function properly even if you feel fine and have no symptoms. Some toxic symptoms you would never associate with the colon, such as depression, headaches, or “brain fog”. A toxic colon is a major factor in the development of chronic ill health. You cannot expect to be well if the main organ responsible for ridding the body of toxic waste is under-functioning. When the colon is irritated by diet, stress, drugs, chemicals and other substances, it tries to protect itself by producing more mucus. This additional mucus can bind with the sludge from refined foods, such as white flour and sugars and build up on the wall of the bowel, narrowing the passage. The layer of gluey, hardened feces can weigh several pounds and is a good place for harmful organisms to breed. Do not think because you have regular bowel movements, or even diarrhea, that you have escaped this problem. The stool can pass daily through a dirty colon and leave the accumulated residue on the walls behind. There is no need to get panicky about the amount of weighty garbage you might be carrying around with you. There is a great deal you can do about it.