15 Jul What’s The Poop? Scoop #2
No. 2 – as in part dos… I know, I know. Hmmm, moving on…
If you haven’t checked out Scoop No.1 on the incredible intricacy of how your digestive system works and the amount of effort and energy that is needed check that out HERE before diving in to take a look at your poop!
Then let’s continue on with the Bristol Stool Chart below to see where you stack up.
As you can see, you want to be in the healthy, normal spectrum of Type 3-4 for a phenomenally functioning digestive tract.
Here’s a crazy fact: your gut is protected by a thin layer about one cells thickness. Ah, that’s it sweetheart. This thin layer covers a surface area the size of a tennis court! That just seems so — fragile to me. But our bodies are tough. That lining protects your entire immune system from going haywire.
If that thin layer is damaged, you will more than likely get sick, but very slowly. Your immune system will not be able to keep up with all the toxins and can produce massive amounts of inflammation throughout your body if left unchecked.
What is inflammation attached to? It’s attached to pretty much all illness and disease that you can think of.
You can put it to the test here: www.pubmed.gov – simply type in oxidative stress and ‘your illness’ to see if it’s connected. If so, time to learn wonderful, natural, doable ways to reduce that inflammation! I’m a wiz at this by the way and something I help people with.
You do not want all these toxins running through your body so pay attention to your poop!
Obviously I am no doctor. But this I know… most intestinal issues are caused by what we eat – and don’t eat. What is absorbing and what is not absorbing into your system? What is ripping through your system and what is clogging up the pipes? Those habits repeated over a long period of time can produce a leaky gut, which means that extremely thin layer of protection has been breached! Time to get busy reducing inflammation naturally.
Here are a number of things that can cause chaos in your belly region: low fiber, high sugar, processed food, nutrient poor/high calorie diet (aka: Junk Food, Fast Food, Eating Out All The Time). These things make the wrong bacteria and yeast grow. Also known to create an unhappy gut environment is overuse of medications that can damage the gut or block it from working the right way. Medications like acid blocking drugs, antibiotics, antidepressants, steroids, and anti-inflammatories.
Okay, are you ready for it? There are three things that you can do immediately to help start balancing your system. And these are just for starters, but they’re good ones.
FIBER. There are two kinds of fiber. Soluble and insoluble. This ARTICLE will help you understand more. Eat it. You will thank yourself later. A great way to get more fiber is in your veggies and fruits. Add a pinch of flax or chia seeds for more bang on occasion. I am not talking the old fashioned orange stir up power stuff!
When you add up all the health benefits, feel your body start to beg for this deliciousness called FOOD. And you can gain energy and lose weight?? Why that is what we call a no brainer! And that is why I didn’t spend much time on it. EAT YOUR FIBER. Simple.
PROBIOTICS. Probiotics are living microorganisms. They are your intestinal friends. They help balance the “flora and fauna” in your choo choo. In otherwords, your caboose! (you’re welcome!)
One of the biggest benefits of probiotics is not only as a preventative mechanism, but that it generates no serious side effects. Check with a health food store and get a high quality, high absorption capsule. You need it to get past the stomach and down into the gut/intestines.
Here’s what’s great about probiotics – everyone can take them! Everyone should be taking these regularly and double the dose following a round of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off the bad as well as the good bacteria, making it imperative to repopulate the intestine with good bacteria.
Who can benefit from these? Anyone who has recently used anti-biotics; suffers from gastrointestinal problems such as: bloat, gas, gastroenteritis; has a lactose intolerance; if you want to gain increased mineral and nutrient absorption; or suffer from diarrhea, chronic or otherwise; someone suffering from allergies.
WATER. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. When healing, repairing, doing detoxes or adding probiotics, you’ll want to double up on your water intake.
Here are some reasons why it might be of importance to you and your guts:
- Managing lactose intolerance
- Helps prevent colon cancer
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Reduces Inflammation
- Diminishes bloating
- Helps with weight loss
- Boosts Immune System, used as an anti-biotic
- Improves mineral absorption from other foods and vitamins
- Helps prevents Urinary Tract Infection and bacterial vaginosis
- Improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, candida
What’s NOT to love!?
It’s important to remember that a large part of the immune system is related to the function of the intestinal tract.
Check out this incredible article on research being done on gut microbes and mental health!
So you see how this powerhouse of poop can effect your whole well being? What’s your gut telling you? Need some help?
What happens HERE, stays here, as does your poop story! Let’s make it a good story eh?
Time to feel and be healthy, strong, energetic and fit again. It’s not difficult. You just need to get started, learn it and implement it.
Now go on and let’s get your intestines healed – you gutsy thing you!