Bowel movement is a critical part of out physiology. You can know what’s happening in your world by paying attention to what is coming out at the other end.
Bowel movement is often overlooked because we do not see it as very important. We do not even want to talk about it because we feel its dirty and shameful.
What if I told you, that not having regular bowel movements is one of the ways by which disease begins in the body?
Yes… you read it right! Your body can be a breeding ground for diseases when you don’t poop regularly.
One of the first questions I ask a client when we meet is what his bowel movement is like and a number of them often responded with…..oh, it’s regular. Now, regular is a relative word and can mean different things to different people. It can mean pooping a particular number of times a day, or particular number of days per week, depending no the individual’s perception of it.
Often times when clients tell me they have regular bowel movement, they usually meant pooping 4 days or less in a week and this i must let you know, is very far from regular. Being regular means moving your bowels at least once a day. Twice or thrice is much better.
It is very important to have at least one bowel movement daily and it must be fully formed, not watery, not urgent, easy to pass and without a bad smell. A bad smell is an indication of an imbalance in the body. This can be a result of microbial overgrowth or maldigestion.
Why is it necessary to move your bowel daily?
One of the gateways to health is a regular bowel movement. It helps to rid the body of waste products and toxins that can harm the body. We find toxins in our food, water, environment, skin care and household products. We also have to deal with dead tissues, excess hormones, heavy metals and more. All these need to be sent out of the body and pooping is the primary excretion route for these waste products. We don’t want these toxins hanging around in the body, else there’ll be trouble.
When we don’t poop regularly, the stool remains in the colon and the body is going to experience a hardening of the stool making it more painful to pass. It is also likely to get impacted, giving the bacteria in the colon a field day. This enables them to build up a lot of inflammatory waste products in the body. As long as this continues to happen, the body will reabsorb the toxins back into circulation, resulting in more inflammation, which is known to be at the root of many chronic diseases like hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes et al.
Lets see what your poop says about you health status… If your stool is pale, bulkier, fatty, foul smelling or if it floats , it means that your body is not absorbing the useful part of the food you at, including your dietary fat. This may be because your pancreas is not producing enough digestive enzymes, or you have gluten sensitivity, lactose intolerance or celiac disease to mention a few.
When you notice any of the above mentioned with your stool, particularly if it comes with weight loss or stomach cramps, please speak with a health care practitioner to find out the root cause. You may also need to run a stool test.
Before I sign out today, I’d like you to consider these questions
*Do you have regular bowel movements?
*How often do you have it?
*Does it come with a bad smell?
*Is it easy to pass?
*Do you look at it and what does it loo like?
If you have not been paying attention to your bowel movement/poop, now is the time to start. Your answer to these questions will give you an insight into what’s happening in your world and when to seek help.
In the next post, i’ll be sharing on constipation, diarrhea, the role of stress and your hormones in contributing to this imbalance in your body and why having more fiber is not the ultimate solution to constipation.
If you are having trouble with having regular bowel movements and will like to consult with me on your condition, click here for a discovery and strategy session to discover how you can work one-on-one with me, to start the healing process.