How does the bowel work?

The bowel, also known as the large intestine, is a crucial part of the digestive system. It is responsible for absorbing water and electrolytes from partially digested food, as well as forming and eliminating faeces.

The process begins in the small intestine, where enzymes break down food and nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. The remaining material then moves into the colon, where water and electrolytes are absorbed, and the faeces are formed. The rectum and anus then eliminate the faeces from the body.

Proper bowel function is essential for overall health, and a well-functioning bowel can help prevent constipation and other digestive issues. Eating a diet high in fibre, staying hydrated, and getting regular exercise can all help promote healthy bowel function.

If you’re experiencing issues with your bowel, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the cause and best course of treatment. With the right care, you can keep your bowel working properly and maintain good overall health.

Support Line

Call our freephone support line for advice and information