As it turns out, what comes out of the body is just as important as what goes in.
In other words, the frequency, consistency, and color of your stool can be important markers of disharmony or disease.
Learning to understand what your bowel movements are telling you can empower you to make healthier choices in diet and lifestyle!
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The more time that waste material spends in the colon, the drier and difficult to paste it becomes. Stools that are lumpy and small or nut-sized are signs that you could benefit from a speedier transit time.
In Chinese medicine, bowel movement frequency and stool consistency help a practitioner to identify the underlying cause of a disorder. When it comes to constipation, key signs can signal what is necessary to bring the body back into balance.
When constipation involves liver energy, it is essential to address stress.
It is possible for psychological stress to generate constipation. In Western physiology, we know that digestion does not begin in the mouth – it begins first in the mind. The sight, smell, and thought of food stimulate the release of neurotransmitters, which kick start digestion by increasing gastric acid in the stomach.
When we get stressed or enter fight-or-flight mode, all of this digestive activity comes to a halt! Taking time for prayer or a quiet moment of gratitude before a meal is a practice that can optimize digestion and elimination by allowing the mind time to prepare.
Loose stools and diarrhea are usually signs of coldness or deficiency in the body. This is especially true when stools are regularly loose and formless.
If you notice loose stools on a regular basis, this may be an indication of a deeper problem with the lining of the gut wall and your inner ecology. A gut healing protocol can begin to heal inflammation and correct any imbalance in gut bacteria. This means:
When vegetables are well-cooked, this leaves little fiber for gut bacteria to feed on. Too much fiber can feed bacteria in the wrong places, and this can contribute to diarrhea or alternating constipation and diarrhea.
Stool that floats is a sign that you body is not digesting fats well. Green or white clay-colored stool may be an indication that the liver or gallbladder is under stress.
If you suspect that you may have an issue with digesting fats, or if you have had your gallbladder removed, it may help to incorporate ox bile into your lifestyle as a supplement. Ox bile, like our own bile, can help the body to break down fat into usable pieces.
When the liver becomes congested with too much work and toxicity, we can nourish the liver directly with herbs like milk thistle, which has been found to benefit many extreme states of liver disease, ranging from cirrhosis to viral hepatitis. This is largely due to an antioxidant group known as silymarin.
Other powerful antioxidant herbs like artichoke, wasabi, and sarsaparilla, in addition to milk thistle boost antioxidant levels in the liver tissue while encouraging bile flow.
While each one of us has a distinct personal history that shapes our health and our dietary needs, we all need to get rid of waste. And we all need to do so on a regular basis.
In spite of our unique differences, a healthy bowel movement has a few key features that can apply to almost everyone. As you make changes in your diet and in your lifestyle, you may notice changes in your stool. You know that you are on the right track when a bowel movement:
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By regularly monitoring the frequency, consistency, and color of your stool, you can detect any issues in your health before they become serious.
A healthy bowel movement should happen daily with little odor and an easy clean. Supporting your gut health with beneficial bacteria can keep your digestive system running smoothly!
To heal the gut, eat fermented vegetables and drink probiotic beverages regularly.
And remember, what comes out of your body is just as important as what goes in.