I strongly believe that we can be healthy only if we take care of our bowels first. Problems in the bowels (intestines, colon, stomach or our gut) are the root cause of almost all sickness and disease. Everything flows in and out of them, and if they are not healthy, disease begins to spread throughout our organ systems. If our bowel movements (aka poop) are not healthy, it should be a warning sign that things are not going well inside.. So many people struggle with this and we are not educated enough. For example: Diarrhea, constipation, bloating and pain should not be considered normal! Our bodies are trying to tell us something!
All we hear today is “I’m so bloated“.. Or “I seem to have diarrhea all the time“. “It is so painful and takes so much time“. Maybe you are constantly sick and never getting better? Or overweight and cannot lose any pounds? Any conditions we have, we need to get our bowels clean if we want to heal. Heal the gut and the rest of the body will heal. It’s the best place to start!
We need to know:
- How our bowels work.
- What is a good sign to know if my bowels are healthy?
- How do I tell if my poop is good or bad?
- How do I get healthy bowels?
A closer look
How do my bowels work?
It is said that 80% of your immune system is in the bowels. That means that your ability to fight off sickness and be healthy starts here. Your bowels are the biggest organ in your body, therefore damage to them will not be good news. Heal your bowels and you will start to heal everything.
Your digestive system (mouth-esophagus-stomach-small and large intestine-anus) takes the good from your food and puts it to use, and the bad is thrown out as waste. If this plumbing gets backed up toxicity and disease will grow causing you to be sick.
_ Everything starts and ends with the bowels.
The bowel movement is caused by 2 things. (Lets keep it simple and easy to understand) 1. Peristalsis: It is the wave that pushes bile (digested food and waste) through the intestines and out of the body. We can think of it as the wall of our intestines contracting and pushing our poop through giving us the “bowel movement”. Good and bad bacteria, fiber, enzymes, hormones, proteins, water and other elements need to be present to help this along. 2. Segmentation: Not a lot is known but what I do know is that it helps absorb any last nutrients. Also, it could be described as a second wave or contraction that helps the first along.
What is a good sign to know if my bowels are healthy?
Simple! Are you having consistent good poops or bad ones?? Take a look inside the toilet before flushing! You must know your poop! This leads to the next question.
So how do I tell if my poop is good or bad?!
Here is a simple way to get to know your poop. What a great topic of conversation eh?!
First, when you have a bowel movement it should be easy! You should not have to strain. Maybe a light push to get things going but that is it.
- No pain
- Feeling light and empty
- Not bloated
How often? Healthy Bowels should be at least 1 a day. 2 is even better but don’t worry if you don’t have 2 a day. Minimum 3-4 times a week. If you are not having any poop in 2 or 3 days I would say you need some help with your diet. I know life gets busy and our routine gets mixed up but this is at least what we should be aiming for. And it will improve over time!
Colour. Medium to dark brown. Some examples of abnormal would be black (dried blood) or green for food not being digested or moving to quick.
Smell. No real ‘staple’ for a normal smell. If it is really bad and worse than normal it may be because there are a lot of toxins that are being sent out. If it continues for a few days to a week maybe inquire your Dr about it.
Looks. How the stool is formed is the most key part. It needs to be together and smooth. Similar to an S shape. We have anywhere from hard separate lumps to lumpy and together… Or watery to soft and messy stool. From one extreme to the next, we are either constipated or having diarrhea. We need to be in the middle with poop that is together and smooth. See link below for a visual–
When we sit on the toilet it should be easy and not painful. It is a natural process and should be a daily event! Should be quick and not smell horrific! Brown in colour. And lastly, it should be all together and smooth like an S. If we can get a regular bowel schedule like this then we should start to notice big changes. We can know that our immune system is that much more healthy and strong.
How do we achieve this healthy bowel schedule?
We need to give the body what it needs to be able to heal and stay healthy. Trust me. Consistent, healthy bowel habits are attainable! They are normal. They are what the body is always working towards! Here are some things to help you clear out your body. You will notice that if you have extra weight on your hips you will start to lose it through your bowels very quickly – faster than at the gym!
Some things that can be harmful and we need to watch out for are as follows:
- Antibiotics and medications.
- Not enough sleep
- Lack of movement or exercise.
- Imbalance in hormones
- Not enough fiber
- Not enough water
- Not enough nutrients the body needs.
- Eating food that is modified and processed.
- Too much sugar!
If we watch out for (as much as possible) these things we will begin to notice a huge difference in our stomach and in our health. Visit my article click here on restoring your Gut-Micro-flora which explains why we need to have a balance of good and bad bacteria in our bowels. In the post I talk about things you can add into your routine that will help tremendously.
Really it all boils down to what we eat. Whatever we eat has to go through our bowels, and it will either harm them or help them. We could make a list of what to eat and what not to eat but it can’t be a list of do’s and dont’s… That is a diet and diets do not work. It’s a balanced lifestyle. Your choice.
However, when it comes to our diet we can for sure say: Everything natural. For more on what we are putting in our bodies and its effect –
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