Warning! The following post contains many references to poop:)
Yes, everyone poops so let’s stop and take a look because poop is a good indicator of the health of our digestive system. Our food has to travel through about 30 feet of intestinal tract before ending up in our stool. Let’s see:
How often do you poop?
“Normal” is about 1 to 3 times a day. More or less can indicate health problems.
Do you have to push hard?
An “Ideal” poop is an easy glider; you don’t have to sit and read the whole newspaper and you don’t have to rush, and it is easy to get it all out.
What does your poop look like?
Look at the Bristol Stool Chart above. Types 1 to 3 are considered constipated, and type 6 and 7 are considered diarrhea. “Ideal” is like type 4; a smooth and soft dark brown sample.
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity and celiac disease
People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and celiac disease can have either constipation (type 1) or diarrhea (type 7). I have heard of both amongst my friends. Do you remember this success-story from one of my friends? But, listen up because this is important! If you have sensitivity or an allergy for gluten, or if you will in the future, it is very, very important that you heal the digestive system and not just avoiding gluten because the digestive lining is damaged and needs to be sealed.
The scary thing about gluten, it is like playing Russian roulette with your health; who will shorten their lives because of undiagnosed problems with gluten or an unhealed digestive lining?
I think I have to write a separate blog post about this subject because it is so important, so let’s go back to the poop.
How can you improve your stool and heal your digestive system?
- Eat “real” food! Eat “real” food with vegetables and natural fat like butter/Ghee, coconut oil and olive oil. Eliminate grains/gluten and sugar, and some people also have to eliminate dairy. Cheese for example, is very constipating. Yes, I’m nagging about “real” food again, but it is the most important thing to do for the health of your stomach. Don’t forget water! If you have any questions take a look at our approved shopping list. Some people will need to stop caffeine intake (coffee and tea) and artificial sweeteners to alleviate diarrhea.
- Eat good bacteria and heal the stomach. Eat fermented vegetables like sauerkraut (make your own or buy one stored in the refrigerator at the store). Start slowly with 1 teaspoon with each meal and slowly increase it to about ½ cup. If you get stomach pain, back off of it. A high quality probiotic is very good to take and I have been recommended the brand Renew Life. Did you know that in every drop of fluid in your colon, there are 1 billion bacteria? They are our “little pets” to take care of. The ratio should be approximately 80 percent good bacteria and 20 percent bad bacteria.
- Eliminate stress! I think we all know what stress can do to our stomach, also a lack of sleep, or anxiety can cause similar distress.
Did you know that about 80 percent of the immune system is in the stomach and intestines? So, most diseases are born in the digestive system. That is why it is so important to keep up good digestive health and now we know that there is more communication from the stomach to the brain than vice versa.
The biggest buzz at the moment, when it comes to poop and digestive health, is the GAPS Diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. She is an amazing doctor who has now certified 600 GAPS practitioners worldwide. You can find a lot of information on the following websites; Doctor Natahsa, G.A.P.S, and GAPS DIET.
If you still are not satisfied with your poop, another suggestion is to go to a naturopathic doctor and do a stool test to check for yeast etc. If your body looks puffy, it can be a sign of yeast infection.
No more poop-talk for the time being!
Spread the word and save lives!