How often do you poop??
Do you have at least one bowel movement a day?
Or do you only go every other or every third day?
Do you ever look at your stools??
Are they shaped like a banana? Or do they resemble small pellets and they are rather hard to pass? Or maybe your stools look more frothy and have no specific shape? What color are they? Do they float or sink?
Your poop says a lot about your health.
If you have never paid attention to your stools, maybe it is time!
There is a saying that describes what can happen if you ignore all the warming signs: "America is a constipated nation. If you pass small stools, you have to have large hospitals." ~ Denise Burkitt
Did you know that about 90% of all diseases involve an unhealthy colon?
Here are some symptoms that can be easily connected to a colon that is not thriving:
- Weight gain
- Hormonal Issues
- Skin issues
- Depression/Mood Swings
- Memory Problems
- Increased Aging .. and so much more!
Do you struggle with any of these??
If you do, it is time you start to pay attention!
If you aren't passing at least 12 inches of well formed, stool every single day then you ARE constipated!
Proper transit time should be 12 to 24 hours after a eating a meal. Even if you are going daily and your transit time is longer than this, you are still constipated.
The longer your waste sits inside you, the more of it will get reabsorbed into your body.
So if you are more on the constipated side then you are also toxic and you are creating the perfect breeding ground for parasites, harmful bacteria and yeast.
The bad news is that the longer the build up of decomposed food sits in your colon, the more chance you have to end up with cancer, especially with cancers of the colon, breasts or lungs.
When I work with my private clients, I ask them to start a Food/Mood/Poop Journal. It is one of the best tools we can use to find out what is going on with our health.
If you are constipated or you only pass hard, small pellets - it is time you start addressing this issue.
There are big consequences if you let this go on for years.
It might be embarrassing to talk about this issue, but it has such a HUGE impact on your overall health.
There are many causes for constipation but the main one is usually your diet, particularly if you're eating a diet that is high in processed foods and low in fiber.
So what is the best source of fiber?
Vegetables and fruit!! Not fiber bars or cereal and cereal bars!!
Hydration is crucial. Make sure you drink enough clean water and if you are a coffee or tea drinker, double up. Caffeine is a big dehydrator.
There are many pharmaceutical medications that can cause constipation. Find out if your medications have side effects that slow down your motility.
Lack of magnesium can be another issue and so is lack of exercise.
A squatty potty can be super helpful. This stool will put your body in the proper alignment to easily eliminate. Get yourself one!!
Often constipation or lose bowels are caused by food sensitivities.
You might be eating foods that have a negative effect on your system (dairy, soy, gluten, sugar are often culprits). Go on an elimination diet and find out what is causing your issues.
If you tried all of these things mentioned above without results, get your THYROID checked!!! Undiagnosed thyroid imbalances often come with chronic constipation.
You can actually easily check your thyroid function by taking your morning temp at home. If it is consistently low (below 97.8), you most likely have poor thyroid function.
When your gut is balanced, your body is healthy.
When your colon is congested, your ability to absorb nutrients is impaired.
Did you know that 70-80% of your immune system is in your digestive system?
If it is burdened with toxic waste, your ability to fight off infections and illness becomes very very weak.
If you suffer from a "slow metabolism", gaining more weight than usual or no matter what you try and cannot seem to get your weight under control, it could be your gut's fault!
Bacteria, yeast, parasites and infections will have a direct effect on your weight management efforts and metabolism. This is when you need to take time and do some cleansing + repopulate the good bacteria in your colon.
An unbalanced gut will affect your moods, will create higher levels of stress and may even cause anxiety attacks.
As you see, toxic waste and an unbalanced gut have a direct impact on our bodies.
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