Everybody Poops

Everybody Poops

Back in the day, I squirmed when someone started talking about the following: periods, sex and poop. I still giggle, and make inappropriate sex jokes whenever possible, but my monthly visitor and daily (I wish daily), bathroom trips are two of my most talked about topics.

Why, you ask? Because both of these can tell you a lot about a person.

I’ll save the period talk for another time and dive right into the topic of your bowel movements (referred to from now on as “poops”.... Because c’mon, it sounds way better). These daily bathroom meetings are essential to many areas of your health - from digestive function, to cardiovascular health, even chronic disease.

Your poop is responsible for taking out the garbage from your gut. Whether it’s just a mixture of the fibres and leftovers your body didn’t break down, or a complete expulsion of the food that didn’t sit so well.

But why is it so important that we go everyday? When your poop sits in your intestines for too long, it can hinder the growth of your healthy bacteria, as well as start leaching out the toxins that you’re supposed to be getting rid of. All of this can lead to inflammation, and additional gut issues - think pain, gas, bloating, and recurrent constipation.

And how many times should you actually be going #2? Well, ideally you go two to three times per day, and at minimum once. But many of us (like myself) are barely meeting that minimum standard. Some reasons include:

  • Lack of fibre

  • Lack of water

  • High stress

  • No morning routine

  • Lack of exercise or movement

And some of us are heading to the bathroom a few times per day, but dealing with something that seems less-than-satisfactory or is, for lack of a better phrase, plain messy.

Need some help in the loo? Here are a few ways to get that poop moving along:

  • Increase your fibre intake, particularly insoluble fibres like ground flax seeds

  • Increase water intake

  • Decrease stress in the morning - try to sit with some tea or coffee for 10 minutes

  • Aloe vera juice (whole leaf)

  • Magnesium Citrate (this has been a game changer for me)

  • Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning to kickstart your digestive fire

  • Invest in a Squatty Potty. I don’t have one yet, but I’m sure as hell thinking about it

  • If you’re really desperate, try “Smooth Move” tea. The Senna leaf really gets the fire moving.

To help reduce the messy times, try a few of these:

  • Increase fibre intake, particularly insoluble fibre, to bulk up stool

  • Remove any allergens (like dairy or gluten)

  • Reduce or remove coffee and other forms of caffeine that stimulate your intestines

  • Avoid spicy and processed foods

  • Go for a bland diet for a day or two, with white rice, bananas and toast

Things you should avoid?

  • Laxatives, which can actually make the problem worse in the long run

  • Supplements like Metamucil, especially due to the sugar content

  • Dehydrating foods and liquids, like alcohol and processed foods

If you like poop talk as much as I do, stay tuned, because there will definitely be more of these coming your way!

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