MAY WILL BE FULL OF TMI!!!
This is a post about POOP…or rather lack there of
Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that what goes IN must come OUT?
As a child I can remember my mom would fuss at me about not clearing my bowels as if it was by choice and she instilled the fear of cancer in me through my potty habits. As a young adult I struggled with bowel movements and considered myself lucky if I went once a week. And lemme tell ya, when it happened, it was quite an ordeal. And you know it always hit me at the most convenient times, such as riding down the highway, standing in line at the grocery store, or just as my dinner was being served at the restaurant…cramps, cold sweats, nausea, the works! And then there was the blowout which I will not gag you with the details but it was pleasant (NOT)!!
Wanna know the real exciting part? Everyone who knew me knew this about me!!
This blowout scenario followed me into adulthood!
After I changed my diet and supplemented appropriately things changed DRASTICALLY (praise the Lord)! I ain’t gonna lie, it didn’t happen overnight. As a matter of fact I started easing into this life of good health very slowly, mainly because I didn’t know what I was doing. I already thought that because I fixed my family’s food at home that I was feeding them healthy, never considering the fact that if it came from a box in the freezer (or cabinet) it was highly processed and potentially toxic!
I attribute following the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge program for helping me get the jumpstart I needed! I started with a 10 day herbal cleanse followed by 14 days of one meal replacement shake/day and a series of pre-chosen supplements. It was by far the easiest thing in the world to do! I was given a “basic” do’s/don’ts list of what to eat and I just followed along, added in a little exercise and a lot of water (and a couple of their companion products called Catalyst and ThermoPlus)!! My personal goal was to FEEL BETTER but I really wanted to lose about 20 lbs (I actually verbally asked my husband, “If I lose 50 lbs will you take me on a trip and shopping?” and my eldest quickly whispered, “Mom, that would be my size”. Luckily he’s hard of hearing so I got to change it to a more realistic number) 😀 **I actually did lose 50 lbs but that’s not what we’re discussing here!
What makes us poop?
Eating food provides us with the energy and nutrients we need. Leftover fiber and undigested material, and waste products from the body, are then eliminated as poop. Therefore poop, in simplest terms, is the body’s natural way of expelling waste and toxins that it doesn’t need once it’s absorbed all of the usable nutrients from food.
The process of digestion- eating a food, the food traveling through your stomach and intestines and down to your colon, and then you pooping the digested waste from the food out- involves many aspects of your body including enzymes, hormones, blood flow, and more. So when just one of the involved organs or systems is off, your digestion really suffers- and that shows up in your poop of course!
What causes constipation?
Constipation is defined as having difficulty emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened feces. In other words it causes slower than normal movement of food waste (poop) through the digestive tract. It is usually caused from a combination of different factors, including those related to your diet, level of movement, and also your stress levels. The most common causes include eating a low fiber diet, being dehydrated from not drinking enough water, and having unusual amounts of emotional stress.
When constipation occurs, several things often take place within the GI tract: there is slowed movement of stool passing through the colon or not enough stool is being formed, there is delayed emptying of the colon from the pelvis, or a combination of both.
What do you do about constipation?
Personally I start by checking my diet…
#1 What have I added/removed or changed?
Typically it’s more about what I’ve added (like sugar) than it is what I’ve removed (unless I find my vegetables have been lacking)
#2 I increase water consumption
Normal consumption for me is 90-120 oz in a day but if I’m on the lower end of the scale too often I obviously need/try to bump it up (y)
#3 I swap out breakfast/snacks with smoothies (full of spinach and fruits!)
Leafy green vegetables and fruits (& beans) are the best sources of soluble and insoluble fiber which will increase your ability to properly poop. All leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage (yes, I have put broccoli in there before), berries, apples, chia seeds, flax seeds, and dates (for a sweetener if needed)
#4 I MOVE!!!
I’m not talking about spending an hour in the gym as much as just getting up, down and all around more. Movement helps to stimulate your bowels so take a longer walk (HAVE I even walked lately)! Break out some jumping jacks (or if you have a rebounder that’s perfect) or an old cardio DVD.
#5 Up my magnesium and probiotic supplements
I regularly take magnesium at night before I go to bed because I find that not only does it help me sleep but also helps keep my pipes clean. I will increase that magnesium at night to help soften whatever is bound up in there (but not too drastically as too much magnesium will give you more than you bargained for in the poop department).
I’ve also taken a probiotic every morning before breakfast for the last several years. Probiotics are not promoted to help your bowels but it only makes good sense that when the gut flora is good the poop flow is better right?! HaHa (yes even eating some plain grass-fed yogurt will help to increase your probiotic intake)
According to The Bristol Stool Scale, the seven types of stool are:
- Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
- Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
- Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
- Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
- Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
- Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
- Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid
Types 1–2: indicate constipation
Types 3-5: considered to be ideal (especially 4), normal poops
Type 6-7: considered abnormal and indicate diarrhea
Sorry we had to get so down and dirty with it today but I’ve had a couple days of struggle and know I cannot be the only one that deals with this occasional issue 😉
Whatever you do—-DO NOT take laxatives! Laxatives might temporarily help relieve constipation but they way too often overused and cause many side effects that you may not even realize until way down the road
Laxatives work by causing the muscles of the GI tract to contract, increasing water absorption or bulking stool so it can move quickly through the colon. The problem is that this often interferes with the renin-aldosterone part of the digestive system, causes abnormal loss of fluid and ultimately weakens muscles needed for bowel movements. The body rebounds after taking laxatives by holding on to all of the available water it can get, which will cause bloating due to water retention.
Other known health problems associated with laxatives can include:
Dehydration (fluid loss), the inability to produce enough digestive enzymes, dizziness and light-headedness, damage to the colon and digestive organs, alternating diarrhea and constipation as well as something more serious like complications with your cardiovascular systems.
Just trust me on this one and stick to the natural remedies! If you feel that your diet is offering you no relief, I’m happy to talk to you about implementing essential oils for this issue to reach faster results (oils work BEST in conjunction with a clean diet) 😉
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