Poop Part Deux
This is such an important topic that I want to add a few more bits of information, and it is a topic people are embarrassed to think about, much less research or talk about.
Many health issues can be noted through poor bowel movements. If its really smelly, it can be the sign of an infection, really thin can mean blockage, even cancer, sudden change can also mean infection, poor digestion and not getting the nutrients out of the food you are eating. Really loose stool may also mean you aren’t getting much nutrients from your food as the food is moving through the body too quickly for proper digestion to occur. Constipation can be a signal of colon problems. Straining to poop can cause hemorrhoids. As well, sudden onset constipation can mean very serious ailments, even tumors of the colon.
The point is that having proper “poops” and proper digestion, is one of the most important signs of a person health. Celiac, crohns, hyperthyroidism, and other disease often have frequent bowel movements as symptoms. It is imperative that you pay attention to this aspect of your health and body systems, any sudden or long term change should be discussed with your doctor.
One piece of advice that is becoming more common is the use of a “stool stool”, by the toilet, a low riser to rest feet on that puts body in a more natural squatting position. ( Our modern toilets are not the best design for pooping. )
From the ShareCare Website:
5 Rules for Regularity
1. Listen to your body. When you feel a bowel movement coming on, go to the bathroom as soon as you can. This may require overcoming any aversion you may have to using bathrooms outside your home.
2. Get your fill of fiber. Increase the amount of dietary fiber in your meals by adding whole-grain breads and cereals, raw vegetables, and fruit. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber per day, and minimize your intake of low-fiber foods, such as meat, cheese, refined sugar, pastries, candy, and anything made with white flour.
3. Stay hydrated. Don’t let yourself get thirsty. Drink plenty of water or other noncaffeinated, nonalcoholic fluids.
4. Don’t skip meals. Eating stimulates the reflex that causes waste to move forward in the bowel. Missing meals decreases this movement.
5. Keep your body moving. Moderate physical exercise, such as walking or swimming, at least four times a week can help maintain regularity.
There are also several food-based folk remedies that may help relieve occasional constipation. Try:
• Apples or apple juice
• Carrots or carrot juice
• Hot tea with one tablespoon of honey or molasses
• Hot broth
• Tablespoon of olive oil in the morning and evening
• Spinach juice
• Sunflower seeds
• Pitted dates soaked in hot water
Stay well, healthy, and lithe!!