The Secret to Having Healthy Bowel Movements
I’m quite comfortable asking people about their bowel movements. I mean I won’t stop a stranger on the street but if you are paying me for my services, then we’ve got to get all up in it; your business that is. Bowels can tell a lot about the state of one’s digestive health. And what I’ve discovered since starting my practice is that there are a ton of people out there who go an entire day without “doing the do”. I know, not very subtle but we really have to set our shame aside for a minute and have an honest discussion about elimination.
I know that a little constipation here and there seems like a minor issue. Matter of fact, very few people would see a doctor for a simple bout of constipation. Unfortunately, many people wait until the problem has manifested into a chronic or serious health issue. And that is exactly what happens when constipation goes untreated.
Constipation is often the result of a condition known as Autointoxication. In essence, it is when the body becomes toxic from the build-up of metabolic wastes and other poisons produced within the body. It typically results from a poor diet of high fat foods, low fiber intake, refined junk foods, processed meats, sugar, alcohol, processed foods, preservatives, and toxins. A normal healthy colon contains good bacteria that helps digestion, absorption of nutrients and prevents the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. But the typical diet consumed by most Americans destroys the good bacteria and greatly reduces the body’s ability to eliminate waste. In fact, one of the most common signs of a toxic colon is chronic constipation. And one of the most common physical signs is when someone is carrying a disproportionate amount of weight in their belly in comparison to their arms and legs.
Chronic constipation is often the result of the perfect storm; a diet high in processed foods and meat protein, a diet low in fiber and water, and low levels of good bacteria in your intestines. To put it bluntly, fecal matter will harden and stick to the walls of your intestines without water and fiber to push it through. So if you’re not eliminating waste on a regular basis, yet you continue to put more food into your body; where does all the excess waste go? Nowhere! Studies have shown that the average American is walking around with 10 – 25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their colon.
So what can you do to go number two? Probably the most important thing that you need to start doing today is consume more water. You should be drinking about half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs you need to be drinking 75 ounces of water. Next, get yourself on a daily probiotic. Look for a Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus strain, preferably the refrigerated version as they have more live active cultures.
Coming in at a close third is making some changes to your diet. You will need to add fiber to your diet on a daily basis whether in the form of flax seeds or ground up psyllium hulls, both of which can be found in your local health food store. You can also get more dietary fiber from eating fruits and vegetable like apples, carrots, and just about anything green. Best practices also suggest reducing the amount of meat, cheese, alcohol, sugar and processed foods in your diet. Making these changes will not only prevent you from developing a serious chronic disease but you may be surprised with a lighter, slimmer you.
For more information on natural ways to stay regular and keep your body healthy read my book Secrets to Healthy Aging.
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