I wanted to write a post about the importance of our daily bowel movements. When I consult with my Health Clients, one of the first questions I ask them is about their bowel movements. When we are healthy on the inside, and the foods we eat are the right foods and our digestive system is working well and not put under pressure, our bowel movements should happen every day. A regular movement is critical to our health and wellbeing. I’m not sure about you, but I know when I’m eating the right foods, my bowel movements are easy to excrete, are a healthy consistency and it’s almost a pleasurable experience! There. I said it! Too much information? Well, maybe. But, we must understand that our stools are indicative to what is going on in our life, not just our diet. When we feel upset, stressed, overwhelmed or tired, it shows in our bowel movements. We as humans have a tendency to hold onto anger, stress, sadness etc around our stomachs. This is all related. Next time you are stressed or anxious, and when you overcome those feelings, take note of how your bowel movements change. Below is a run-down of typical stool types and what it means for you:
Stools that won’t flush: If your stools are floating and won’t flush, it normally means there’s a liver imbalance. Sage tea, spirulina and linseeds are very good for this. Also, up your intake of broccoli, cabbage, garlic, eggs, Brussells Sprouts, nuts, seeds and pumpkin.
Foul-smelling stools: This could be a sign of poor digestion or a food intolerance. Food stagnating and sitting in your large intestine can make your stools smell terrible. Start taking a digestive enzyme capsule with every meal. Maybe a probiotic. Fresh juices are great, also. Chlorophyll is very good, too.
Stool that leave skid marks on the toilet bowl: If your stools have too much mucus, they will slide and stick to the loo. Reduce your intake of mucus-forming foods such as dairy and alcohol. This could also be a lack of goof fibre. The stickiness is a sign of too much dampness inside the body.
Pellets: If your stools look like a rabbit has visited your bathroom, this could mean your liver is congested. Psyllium powder in your smoothie can help. Also, taking 1 teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll before meals can help.
Light-coloured stools: You may have difficulty digesting fatty foods. You are also most likely lacking in essential fatty acids. Add fish, avocado, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sea vegetables such as nori can help. Flax seeds sprinkled over your salad will help, too.
Food in your stools: It is normal to find some remnants of food in your stools, however, if there is quite a lot, it may mean your digestion is weak. You may also not be chewing your food enough.
Loose and runny stools: This is not the same as diarrhoea. If your stools are continually runny, it’s a sign your spleen function is exhausted. Stay away from raw vegetables. Add onions, leeks, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, garlic and nutmeg are good for this. Rice, oats and spelt are great, also. Eat warm foods and drink plenty of herbal teas.
Thin, shreddy stools: Your colon is screaming out, “clean me”! If colonic irrigation isn’t your thing, eat a diet high in fibre or go on a one-day detox. (U have had two colonic irrigations and love them. But they aren’t for everyone).
A healthy stool should pass easily and freely. If you are at all concerned about your bowel movements, of course, consult your health care professional.
I hope this has been helpful! And remember, don’t scoot out of the loo too quickly! Take a moment to inspect. Your body will thank you for it xx