o   A high-fiber diet with no animal fats is important. Include in the diet apricots, broccoli, brown rice, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, oatmeal, onions, green peppers, sweet potatoes, sesame seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds, and whole grains. Fruits with edible seeds, such as figs, respberries, strawberries, and even bananas, tend to contain lots of fiber.


o   Take some form of supplemental fiber daily. Barley, legumes, oat bran, psyllium husks (in aerobic Bulk cleanse), and rice bran are good sources of fiber.


o   Be sure to increase your water intake when increasing fiber consumption. If you do not, it may result in bloating, gas, pain, and constipation.


o   Exclude from the diet fried foods, highly processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Do not use tobacco.


o   Regular physical examinations are important, particularly after age forty. A digital rectal exam is easily performed in the physician’s office and can quickly determine if there are any abnormalities along the colon wall.


o   If you experience rectal bleeding, or if blood appears in the stool, consult your physician. A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) should be done to identify the source of the blood. Bleeding can be a symptom of polyps, but it also can be a sign of cancer.