There is a lot of information regarding the importance of a clean colon out there. If you spend any time at all researching this topic, you will undoubtedly discover that there are many different opinions as to the root cause of colon problems and even more conflicting ideas as to the best remedies for restoring ones health.
If you find yourself spending hours in front of a computer, researching this topic, chances are you will watch several videos of unhealthy colons, some having actual worms in them, some with just years of plaque buildup being filmed, but most all of which are placed on the web in order to sell you a product.
Then there are the testimonials. I remember spending hours, totally captivated by story after story of individuals who thought something might be wrong with them so they bought product X and within a short time of treatment, passed a huge ball of worm infested plaque that had been residing in their colon bear meat. Seriously, these stories/product testimonials can really get addicting!
The fact of the matter is that many experts agree that death starts in the colon. Meaning; when a person gets older, the cause of death is usually linked to problems that all start in the large intestine.
Problems in the large intestine can commonly stem from years of poor eating habits, causing micro thin layers of build-up (Undigested meat or processed food for example) to accumulate in the inner walls of the large and small intestines.
The commonly agreed upon belief is that this build up not only acts as a barrier to block vitamins and nutrients from being properly absorbed by our bodies, it also acts as a food supply to parasites that can find their way into our intestines through the food we eat, so they can stay, grow and breed.
Compost is the process of organic material breaking down into a rich dark black soil through the process of aerobic decomposition. Bacteria and other microorganisms feed on this organic material which breaks it down. Then as you move up the food chain other creatures such as the earthworm and nematodes, either eat the bacteria or the decomposed material creating even better compost.
The underlying environment is so advanced that it can take your left over food scraps, grass clippings, twigs and leaves and turn them into every nutrient your vegetable plants will ever need. The best part of this ecosystem is that it is already there and the only thing you need to do is supply it with an organic food source (more on that in a moment).
The most common form of composting is a compost pile. This is where you keep a pile of organic material such as leaves, twigs and grass clippings (to name a few). As the bacteria and microorganisms breakdown the material the center of the pile starts to heat up. When the temperature reaches a level that will make it harmful to good bacteria (usually around 150degrees) you then turn the pile over to bring fresh material to the center and the process starts over. You continue this until all of the material is broken down into a dark rich looking soil. From there you can mix it right in with your soil, brew compost tea, or add more organic material and keep the process going until you have the amount of compost you need.
An excellent second way to create compost is through creating vermicompost. Vermicompost, also called worm castings, is when earthworms eat organic material and their waste is what is leftover, creating the best compost your soil could have. The best organic materials you can feed to earthworms are your food scraps and leftovers. I find it easiest to simply dig a hole in my garden about eighteen inches deep and dump the food scraps into the hole, then cover the hole with dirt. The worms and the underlying ecosystem take care of the rest.