Today I am going to ask that question my teenage daughter thinks is so embarrassing and awkward to talk about. “How often do you have a bowel movement?” Or better yet, “Have you pooped today?”
Okay, now that we have gone there. Let’s talk about why we NEED to be regular.
Elimination is necessary to restore and support normal colon function. Having regular bowel movements ensures daily removal of toxins and waste material that left in the colon will putrefy.
Yep, PUTREFY! That is not good. That is what causes problems and to live above the wellness line you cannot have a colon full of nasty toxins and waste materials turning into a toxic swamp. It needs to be eliminated regularly.
So what is considered regular?
That is up for debate. Some say one to three times a day and some say three times a week. I lean towards the daily camp, because I personally don’t think it sitting there for two to three days at a time sounds like a good idea.
From my research if you are not going daily then chances are you are constipated.
5 Signs You Are Not Regular
- You’re not going #2 daily- This could be a sign that you have sluggish bowels and constipated at some degree.
- Your poop is a #1-3 or #6-7: There is a stool chart that will help you understand your poop better called the Bristol Stool Chart. If your poop looks like #1-3 then chances are you lean more towards being constipated and if you’re a #6-7 you’re likely not getting all the nutrients from your food. That means a #4-5 is REGULAR poop.
- It takes you sitting on the toilet 20+ minutes to go poop: If you are regular you should know when you need to go, and it should be a matter of sit, poop, wipe and go.
- Your colon never feels empty: If you’re constantly feeling full, bloated, heavy or not done, then you’re constipated. Yes, you can have a bowel movement and still be constipated.
- What you eat affects your bowel movements: If you find that certain foods cause you to go more and other foods cause you to go less then you are not regular. You may have some food sensitivities or allergies that are causing digestive issues.
5 Ways to Be Regular
- Drink More Water: Dry hard stools are usually due to dehydration.
- Exercise: Exercise can stimulate muscle contractions throughout the body and speed up a slow colon.
- Probiotics: Probiotics build up a healthy gut that could translate to being more regular.
- Eat More Fiber: This is a great way to help stay regular, but only after you have eliminated your constipation issue. You don’t want to add bulk to a full colon.
- Decrease Stress: According to researchers stress has been found to affect bowel movements as much as dietary fiber and laxatives.
Putting It All Together
If you have been following our proactive lifestyle tips then you are spending time and energy consuming healthy, real food. But are you digesting it well? Are you breaking it down and absorbing all of the nutrients? Your poop can tell you how your digestive system is functioning.
If your poop isn’t regular, your digestive tract could be either moving too fast or too slow. Conditions like neurological disease, autoimmune disease and chronic inflammatory conditions can often be traced back to your bowel movements.
Research also suggests that your brain and the good bacteria in your gut communicates directly with one another by the brain-gut axis. Being “regular” could improve your mood, immune system and inflammation levels.
If your poop is regular it could be a good sign that your body is doing well and you are on the way to good health.
If you are interested in finding out how proactive you are currently living, then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to discover your Wellness Score.
Our Growing E-Course has great tools and recommendations to help you on your wellness journey. Think of it as a daily coaching reminder on how your body works and how you can support it. We have included in several of the days information on products that will help your digestive system work optimally and that includes your elimination system. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.