colon definition

The colon is the area of the large intestines that reaches from the end of the small intestines to the rectum.  Its function is to clear away water from food that is been digested after it travels through the small intestine and holds the leftover stool until it is passed from the body.  Eating fermented foods plays a large role in keeping the colon healthy, because good bacteria in these foods fights bad bacteria from overpopulating the colon which can then result in disease and other health conditions.