The digestive system is the key to great health
Understanding your gut
Crazy as it may sound, science whispers that your poop could really save someone’s life. I know… l know…, that could be the grossest scientific theory anyone could ever think or even imagine, but, it’s TRUE.
According to research done by the Vice News, interestingly fecal transplants have already cured a severe intestinal infection known as C. diff that kills 29,000 Americans each year. Below is a link from which you can get some detailed insights on how the Fecal transplant is conducted. Link
Did you know that your digestive system is definitely one of your most important organs? It is linked to your immune system, moods (it is your second brain), inflammation, detoxification organ (not just for toxins but even too much estrogen in the body), quite apart from just being a way to get used food out of your system.
There is a saying in Functional medicine – if the case is so complex and there are too many things to start treating – start treating the gut and you can’t go wrong. Think of this the gut does the following – assimilate (nutrients), biotransformation and elimination, defense and repair, transport, and communication. That is a whopping 6 out of the 7 functions of the matrix.
If you’ve not been in the habit of checking your poop before you flush, it’s time you changed your game. Remember a sneak peek before you flush is one step closer to knowing your health and gut state better. Healthy and normal poop is what you want to maintain as much as you can. (You will need to leave out the pretty blue or green dye which is still popular, even though it doesn’t do anything useful for the environment…)
In order for you to be convinced that your poop is normal and healthy, the first step is to understand what normal poop looks like. To help you visualize and understand what different types of stools mean, if they are healthy or not, herewith below is the Bristol stool scale.
The Bristol stool scale is a chart that was designed to classify poop into different categories and also to check your gut function.
The Normal Poop
Type 4 is the ideal normal poop you want to have. It features the below:
So, to summarise a normal poop looks like a brown banana, which is why a “brown banana” is good for you…
Once your poop deviates from any of the characteristics of the normal poop, you might need to visit the doctor or look at your lifestyle so that you amend any glitch that could be causing abnormal stool.
The Abnormal Poop [Red flag zone]
Type 1-2 and type 6 – 7 as per the Bristol chart are key indicators that something could really be wrong with your digestive system. Some of the situations that are often associated with abnormal poop include the following:
Pooping too often
Not pooping often enough
Painful or strenuous pooping episodes
Blood in stool Bleeding while passing stool
Very hard, dry poop that is difficult to pass
Colored poop, green, yellow, white, black
This is the zone you want to avoid as much as you can. In order for you to avoid having abnormal poop, you need to know some of the causes so that you phase them out:
Lack of dietary fiber
Medical ailments Certain medicines
Not going when you feel the urge
The color, smell of your poop can indicate or show different types of ailments associated with your health as well as if it’s a floater or a sinker. Once you notice, red, dark, or pale green stool you should immediately treat that as a red flag and consider seeing a doctor or taking measures to try and bring it back to normality.
How you achieve healthy and normal poop is entirely up to you. Remember, once you have a healthy poop, it also gives you peace of mind, revitalizes your energy, and makes your visits to the toilet less stressful.
Here are some tips on how you can increase your chances of having a healthy and normal stool :
- Increase your fiber intake
- Avoid processed foods and alcohol
- Use the miracle that is water
- Don’t hold it in. once you feel the urge to, just go for it
- Use a deep squat position when pooping
- Use a Magnesium supplementation – but it needs to be specifically magnesium citrate to produce soft stool.
- Exercise regularly
- Decrease reliance on laxatives. If you have been using laxatives for years, then slowly move onto natural remedies and then slowly see if you can reduce those as well.
- Reduce stress as much as you can. Funny thing if you are in a state of stress, that is your brain thinks a lion is behind you then there is no time to ‘do your business’. If you have not seen the video on how stress impacts your body here is the link: Click here
- Increase your intake of naturally fermented foods
With so much said about poop, my advice to you, look, listen, smell before you flush. If you have a change in stools accompanied by abdominal pain, don’t treat it at home.
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