We want you to start looking at your poop! Poop does not get the respect it deserves it! It’s a taboo topic, so people want to do their business quickly wipe flush, and it’s a huge mistake when it comes to your health and fitness.
Poop is information. It is the exit of the food that you ate. It is as essential as the food you put in the food you get out – it tells you so much information about your health.
The human system is basically a tube, it’s centered around this tube from your mouth to your anus you are a tube – the food you put in runs through this whole tract and eventually ends up in the toilet. Through that process, it is digested and broken down.
It is assimilated into the whole bloodstream, and then it’s used. So digestion, absorption, assimilation – this whole process needs to happen well for good health.
When digestion gets disrupted, or eating foods that aren’t agreeing with us, inflaming us, causing GI issues, our whole health weakens. It’s the truth.
Good digestion is a foundation of good health, and poop tells us about the quality of our digestion.
We’re sure you’ve had the experience before. When you’re eating very healthy meals, you have good healthy poops. They’re easy to come out, you don’t need a ton of wiping. We’re sure you’ve also had the experience where you had that crazy fast-food meal you had those $0.99 and Del Taco tacos, and then the next day you’re on the toilet, you’re crampy, bloated and you feel like crap.
Maybe it’s the cheese dip, maybe it’s the burgers and fries or whatever it is – you’ve experienced what it’s like to have good healthy digestion. The foods that make you feel bloated and change the quality of your poop.
This is great because when you use poop as information to tell us how our body responds to the foods we eat,
Biologically speaking, you should have a bowel movement for every single meal that you eat. There is a reflex called the gastrocolic reflex. Every time the stomach stretches when it’s filled with fluids or food, the colon relaxes and can bring food out because it’s the body’s way of saying “oh, we got more stuff in, let’s make sure it comes out.”
This gastrocolic reflex is supposed to work well in good health, so every time we eat, we have an evacuation movement.
How many times are you pooping per day? That is huge information on the quality of your enteric, which means the gut nervous system and how well your digestion is running in general.
If you have one solid great bowel movement per day, that’s a good minimum. If you have two solid bowel movements – even better, maybe even three. There’s some individual varies based on this, gender differences, age differences, and hormone differences.
If you have the sense that you’re not pooping quite enough, this is an area to focus on because when you do give this digestive tract flowing better, your health will improve.
You should start to figure out the kindness of foods that work great for you. There’s this whole conversation around health, and we put foods in healthy categories and unhealthy categories. But it’s not that simple.
It turns out that certain foods in the healthy category might not make you feel great, but they might make me feel great and vice versa – there are certain foods that work better for our individual bodies.
How do we figure that out? Well, after we eat something, we pay attention to how that thing makes us feel. We also pay attention to what is the quality of the poop afterward.
If you’re lactose intolerant, you know this intimately, you have dairy, and you don’t take a lactaid tab or some lactase enzyme.
You’re going to have consequences later – the lactase is not present your body, you’re not breaking down those milk sugars, you have GI upset distress.
The same thing happens with all sorts of different foods for different people, and you’ll never figure out what foods work great for you unless you start paying attention to both: your energy after you have food and the quality of your poop.
So poop is the information. It’s telling you how well you’re basically eliminating and absorbing the foods that you’re regularly eating.
If your stools are very hard and dry, then you have some degree of constipation. When we’re constipated, and those stools are very hard and dry, they’re taking a long time to move through that digestive tract.
As they’re moving through and they’re sitting in the colon, all that water is getting sucked up, and you end up having a really hard rock like a stool that means your digestive tract is not moving fast enough.
So how do we speed it up well we drink more water?
Every time you drink more water in fluids, it stretches that stomach gets that gastrocolic reflex going, that’s a good benefit. And we increase our insoluble fiber, the kind of fiber that we get from green veggies. Fibrous material helps move that digestion through, so more fiber and more water helps.
Now on the other end of the spectrum, we have diarrhea. Very watery stool this essentially means that food and those fluids there is either we got some kind of food poisoning or things are moving through so fast that they’re not getting a chance to form really well and become a solid bowel movement.
We need to actually slow down gut transit time, and if you have consistent diarrhea all the time, there is likely some inflammation going on your digestive tract.
There’s a lot of different causes of diarrhea. It could be some gut pathogen, it could be a viral illness, it could be an inflammatory gut condition, IBS, IBD, all sort of colitis, etc.
Definitely pay attention to that because we need to get you having these proper bowel movements.
Another thing that can really help to improve your digestion and your pooping is making sure you’re getting enough magnesium.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that so many of us are deficient in our modern diets.
One of magnesium’s main actions is relaxing your blood vessels so good for high blood pressure, and it also helps us poop. Magnesium is found in those dark green leafy vegetables, some cacao powder, so the raw chocolate powder can also be taking as a supplement.
You’ll find if you’re constipated all the time, try increasing your magnesium intake. It oftentimes helps a lot with digestive issues.
Another thing we can’t really talk about is the probiotics – the good healthy bacteria that line this entire digestive tract.
We want healthy probiotics so we can either supplement with probiotic supplements. There’s a ton of different varieties out there.
Another great idea is to actually eat fiber-containing foods, so those dark green leaves are really great, but apples, oatmeal, blueberries all these different kinds of foods have fiber in them, and those fibers are what our gut bacteria love to thrive on.
This is a reason why having a higher fiber diet is wonderful for having a healthy and diverse gut microbiome.
In summary, we think the main things are pay attention to your poop,s they’re telling you dynamically exactly what’s going on. If you have a poop that smells really bad, then you actually had some kind of malabsorption happening.
If it’s a different color, make sure you check with your doctor because there are certain medical conditions that can be really bad. If you have like dark tarry stools, it can be from iron, and it can be from bleeding higher up in the GI tract but pay attention in this stuff.
And make this not so much of a taboo topic. We talked about the foods we eat, well guess what – these are the foods coming out the other end, and they’re also giving us information on how our body interacted with that. So let’s talk about poops because it is indicating the quality of our health.