It is something we all much do, some with more urgency than others. Some may even think it comes out of other body parts, and for some it can be verbal, for others, no joke it can ooze out of their skin in the form of toxic vapors.
Poop, what is it really? A load of sh.....? Yes, and no. It is in fact quite a complex make up of what the body either doesn't need or can't process. This includes:
It is important for this waste be removed from the body to reduce the risk of toxic overload, and the cells of the bowel having prolonged contact with potential contaminants and cancer promoting compounds.
Poop efficiency is dependent on a number of different factors and if one is out of balance then the body may, or may not be able to compensate. This is important to note, and if there are any change in bowel habits over a period of time, it is essential to speak with your GP or the Gut Foundation may be a good start.
What makes a good poop? Anyone who has worked with me would of been asked about the frequency, color, flotation, or smell. Why, becuase each of these tells us something. For instance,
So, how do we get this?
We have spoken about the various factors of the past few weeks:
So, if any of these or possibly all are out of wack, then your tummy can suffer, and so the rest of the body. As previously spoken about, the amount of communication and interaction between the gut, nerves, brain, immune and endocrine organs is profound and so, if the gut is not happy then the rest of the body may not be either.
Sluggish bowels can be linked to headaches, and depression, as can chemical sensitivities. Just last week I personally indulged in way more amines than normal for me, and depression soon followed. I will also admit a few other stressors were about too, but once the amines were out of the body, my mind improved dramatically as well. As a refresher on associations between foods and emotions, revisit the blogs Histamine and Microbes might be telling us what to do; Fruit and Vegetables causing harm
Too fast, too loose, or explosive poops can indicate poor digestion and over time lead to nutrient deficiencies, bacterial overgrowth may be an issue, or lactose intolerance, IBS, too much fibre, or water. Stress can also be a short term contributor.
So, bottom line - eat well, move and stretch the abdominal muscles; drink sufficient water, and be sure to include good source of probiotics either in capsule form, or foods. Have your back checked for neural miscommunication.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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