3 Big Goals for Colorectal Health in 2021

October 4, 2022


Did you put off a colonoscopy or other procedure in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic? COVID-19 got in the way of many plans and good intentions in 2020, but now is the time to look back at what you may need to catch up on. 

While rescheduling appointments and procedures from last year is very important and may be a great goal for many, there are other ideas for colorectal-related resolutions to consider.

2021 Resolutions for Better Colorectal Health

From rescheduling appointments and finally having that colonoscopy to establishing better bowel regularity and preventing constipation, here are some goals to consider as we begin 2021.

1. Catch up on any missed appointments

We understand that many appointments of all kinds were cancelled last year due to the pandemic. At Alabama Colon & Rectal, we continued to operate in the safest way possible. In some cases, appointments, procedures, and treatments were essential, but others were happy to have an excuse to put that colonoscopy off for another few months. However, colonoscopies are a vital preventive procedure used to screen for colon and rectal cancer. We recommend you reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.

2. Conquer constipation

If you are experiencing persistent and debilitating constipation, we strongly recommend seeing a doctor specializing in these issues, such as the ones at Alabama Colon and Rectal Institute. For those who want to do what you can at home, here are a few tips that will really make a difference with constipation:

  1. Increase your intake of fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  2. Exercise regularly to help keep stool moving through the colon. 
  3. One of the biggest contributors to constipation is dehydration, so drink more water. Aim for eight glasses daily, and avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can be dehydrating. 
  4. Keep a normal schedule with regular mealtimes and bedtimes as both of these things will help your digestive system stay on schedule.
  5. For many people, bowel movements are more likely to occur in the morning, so increase this chance by eating a large breakfast that includes healthy fats. 
  6. Avoid junk food that is typically low in fiber, which can contribute to constipation.

3. Rethink smoking and how much you drink

For the best anorectal health, you should drink moderately, if at all. This means no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. If you smoke, you should quit, plain and simple. Following both of these recommendations will be good for colon health and your overall well-being.

There are always so many goals to think about and resolutions to make, but we hope you will keep your colorectal health in mind, remembering that what’s good for this part of your body is good for your overall health as well.

If you need to schedule a colonoscopy or other procedure, contact Alabama Colon & Rectal Institute today.

Alabama Colon & Rectal Institute specializes in treating diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. We are the experts in performing colonoscopies, transrectal ultrasounds, and stapled hemorrhoidectomies. Our three doctors are known regionally for their expertise in these areas. Visit our website for more information, give us a call to make an appointment at (205) 458-5000, or email us at [email protected].  

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