The gut concept permeates our society, although rather ubiquitously. Gut phrases are everywhere: a gut feeling, a gut reaction, spill your guts, bust a gut, work your guts out, hate his or her guts…these all reflect the importance of this concept and just how tied to our minds and health our intestines are.
In fact, the mind is intricately linked to our bowels and intestines and new studies are proving this. For those wishing to become master of their own bodies, it is critical for excellent health that we know more about proper elimination.
With the traditional SAD diet (standard American diet), constipation – even mild constipation – is so common in our culture that as many as 30% of people have chronic constipation (likely many more).
It is no small coincidence that the most common foods in our culture, meat, dairy and processed foods, slow our intestines down terribly and irritate our mucous lining in our digestive system. Excessive mucous in our throats, sinuses, mouth and tongue are a sign that you have built-up fecal matter lining your gut and that a cleanse or detox is in order, plus a few other things which we’ll get to.
You might think that if you have one bowel movement a day, you have perfect elimination. While this is true for some people (depending on the quality of the bowel movement), it is not true for many more.
So, while your doctor may say it is normal for you to have one small poop every second day because that’s how it’s always been for you (“your normal”), bear in mind what is considered “normal” by our cultural standards: heart bypass surgery, high cholesterol or blood pressure, diabetes, diverticulitis, etc.
In fact, a number one positive side-effect of eating healthier foods is that you simply poop more. You truly get your pipes moving. In fact, many people embarking on a new healthy lifestyle and cleanse, even at 40 and 50 years old, first realize what healthy bowel elimination really feels like.
Many people who eat healthier, wholegrain diets usually have anywhere from 1-3 bowel movements a day between 2-3 pounds without straining or any other elimination issues. Elimination time is brief (unfortunately, there is little time for bathroom reading!).
It’s tempting to think that if we eat something it will leave our systems completely but this is far from the truth.
In fact, the residue of the improper breakdown of less than ideal food (excessive meat, dairy and processed foods and junk/fast food) stays in our body and hurts our health.
Even more obtrusive, is that fecal matter can build up in our colon and prevent the proper absorption of nutrients from our food (our colon walls need to be clear to absorb vitamins, minerals, etc.)! As well, it can cause diseases like diverticulitis and also reduce the full absorption of foods we eat, since nutrients get absorbed by the colon wall (and if the colon walls are blocked in places, it reduces the level of nutrients that are absorbed).
Long term constipation is also linked to a range of diseases, mainly colon cancer.
What should poop look like?
Your poop should be a healthy size (2-3 pounds, so no light business!). As well, colour should be medium brown or – optimally – green if you drink a lot of green juice and smoothies. People are often alarmed about a green poop but, if you look to other animals who eat grass, it’s perfectly normal!
As well, stools should be soft and somewhat hydrated – stools that are hard have stayed sitting in your body for too long, soaking up precious fluid from your gut. Those who have chronic rabbit poop (little pebbles) are in real need of some dietary changes, cleansing and perhaps colon hydrotherapy.
A note on constipation
Many people they think they are not constipated but – even if you are not fully constipated – you may not be properly eliminating all that you can every day which, over time, will affect your health, vitality and energy levels.
Here are some steps to help eliminate any digestive distress:
I hope this article has helped you make more sense of what proper elimination really means. Leave comments or questions – obviously anything’s on the table!
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