Yes, this article is all about poop. Why? Because your poop is a sign of pure health and If your poop isn’t up to par, your colon and intestinal health can be negatively impacted.
The body has five systems that are involved in detoxification. Detoxification is the process the body undergoes to remove toxins from the food we eat and drink, the medicines we take and the pollutants we are exposed to in the environment. They are the skin, lungs, kidneys, the liver, and the intestinal tract. The intestinal tract processes the toxic waste from the food we eat and eliminates it from the body. Your bowel movements will tell you how well your body is performing this vital function. If your body isn’t properly processing and eliminating waste, toxins will build up in your intestinal wall and may filter back into the blood stream. Your poop has a story to tell and it’s important to pay attention.
How often should I have a bowel movement?
Ideally, you should have a bowel movement at least once daily. Those who consume a plant based diet may have 2-3 bowel movements daily. If you are going days without having a bowel movement, that is never a good sign; waste and toxins are not being eliminated from the body and are building up in the intestinal tract.
What should my poop look like?
There are many factors which can affect how your poop looks, but it should be a medium brown color and be soft and unformed. When you flush, it should disintegrate and not remain intact. Based on the Bristol Stool Chart, Type 3 or Type 4 stool is ideal.
Does size matter?
Yes, the size of your bowel movements is important. Larger bowel movements (1/2lb a day) are associated with lower risks of constipation, GERD, hiatal hernia, and diverticulosis. A larger bowel movement indicates that food has a quick transit time from the mouth to the anus, which leaves less time for toxins to build up in the intestinal tract.
How To Get Perfect Poop
Changing your diet can have a positive impact on the frequency, shape and size of your bowel movements. Making a few small changes can mean more for your colon health.
- Drink more water. You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. For example someone who weighs 140lbs should be drinking at least 70 oz of water daily. When you are properly hydrated, the colon doesn’t absorb the water from the bowel movement and that makes it easier for the bowel movement to pass.
- Eat more fiber. Fiber helps to flush toxins out of the system. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains will help produce larger and more frequent bowel movements. Foods particularly high in fiber are: beans, dates, chia seeds, flax seeds and dark green vegetables.
Here’s to better intestinal and colon health one poop at a time.