Warning: We’re diving into details of bodily functions and what your bowel movements are telling you. It’s important stuff, but many times people cringe. Get your knowledge on….
I’m going to be frank, real and honest. You might cringe and think this is not something to discuss in a blog post (or with anyone), but oh my dear, if you only knew how important this little piece of information is to your health.
We’re going to call it like it is…
How often do you poop?
Most American women are MUCH slower than what they should be AND they have bloating, gas, indigestion, and constipation – leaving them feeling like the Marshmallow Man instead of super woman. But, what’s important is what our digestion and bowel movements can tell us.
Do you know how a healthy digestive tract should operate?
It may surprise you…
A healthy digestive tract should have a bowel movement at least once a day. Not once a week. Not twice a week. E-v-e-r-y D-a-y, ladies.
Slow digestion is a silent killer. Not only does it make you feel like crap and literally full of crap, the longer it sits in your intestines the more it ferments and putrefies (def.: decay & foul odor).
The more it putrefies the more you stink (sweat, gas, and bowel movements), experience fatigue, slow your metabolism, hold on to toxins, and even have dull skin. And, if that’s not enough, all of these can be precursors to more serious symptoms and illnesses down the road if you keep slowing the pooper down.
The average American has between 5-15 pounds of excess waste stuck in their colons!!!
This isn’t an issue just for older women, this is an issue for women of ALL ages and I’m here to help you do something about it. I too suffered from digestive issues for many years, but it wasn’t until I started cleansing and knowing the right foods and supplements to heal my digestive tract that I got it working like a champ.
TO HEAL DIGESTION, WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE STARTING FROM…
What is your Transit Time?
For a healthy digestive tract, transit time should be between 12-24 hours. Longer than 24 hours and you are putrefying – causing harmful re-absorption of toxins, hormones and other toxic waste material back into the bloodstream. Shorter than 12 hours and you aren’t absorbing the nutrients from foods, leading to deficiency symptoms due to not absorbing the building blocks the body needs for proper cell functions.
To find out your transit time, after a breakfast meal, swallow 2 T. white sesame seeds (whole). Then, be Sherlock Holmes and watch for when the clue (aka your seeds) arrive in your stool (a large portion of the seeds, not just 1 or 2 of them). The time from when you swallow them to when they appear is your transit time.
What does a healthy poop look like?
- Light brown (or green’ish if you are getting plentiful greens in like I’ve been telling you!)
- Solid (not pebbles) and soft (but not loose and watery).
- Bonus points for an S shape.
- You shouldn’t have to grunt, strain, or hurt yourself to eliminate.
- It shouldn’t splash everywhere when hitting the water, but rather like an Olympic diver easing into the water.
- Food should be digested and individual particles should not be identifiable (hello corn!)
- If it is extremely smelly, it means it has been fermented in your colon for too long. This breeds excess bacteria and improper bacteria balance – no bueno.
What can you do if your digestion is slooooow, gassy, bloating, or imbalanced?
1. Fiber WITH water. This one is simple but 9 times out of 10 over looked. You have to add more water if you are increasing your fiber. The water is there to lubricate the intestines and soften the stool. Without the water and you are creating a dam.
2. Identify food sensitivities. Often times people have sensitivity to a food that causes inflammation in the digestive tract and can slow down or speed up elimination time. Once you identify the trigger, then you can figure out how to aid in the digestion to remedy the situation or eliminate it from your diet. The 21-day Reset cleanse starting October 6th is a done-for-you map, results-proven program to figure out just this. For more information, click here. Early Bird registration opens this Friday (September 21st).
3. Slippery Elm – creates a slippery slope. Slippery Elm powder is a ground up powder of the bark of a tree native to North America. It adds mucilaginous properties to your digestive tract helping to create a slippery slope to move the waste out and sooth the digestive tract. Add 1-2 T. to morning smoothie or porridge or 1 T. to 1 c. of water and drink. Flavor with ground cinnamon or nutmeg. The taste is very mild and resembles a maple flavor.
4. Soluble Fiber AND Insoluble Fiber. Often times we are told to add fiber rich cereal, metamucil, or stool softeners to our diets. These don’t work when we aren’t adding both soluble fiber and insoluble. Both are needed as soluble makes the colony slippery and insoluble binds the food and bulks it up. One without the other and you are in a pickle.
5. Enteric Peppermint Oil Capsules. Peppermint oil relaxes the muscles in the lower bowel and colon allowing for gas to dissipate and bowels to move along. Add one in the afternoon if you are bloated or in the evening just before bed to sooth your digestive tract while you sleep.