Do You Understand Your POOP?

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Do You Understand Your POOP?


Tree of Life Health Center Help You Understand Your Poop

Our bodies are getting bombarded every day with harmful toxins like chemicals in food, pollution in the air, along with many other every-day contaminations like fragrances, beauty shop products, and household cleaning supplies. Even our body’s own natural processes are sources of free-radicals. The good news is that our bodies are very well designed and have ways to filter out and get rid of these harmful by-products through what are known as “primary pathways of elimination.” The digestive system is one of those pathways that help keep your body healthy.

Keep in mind when considering this is that the body is a flow system. Every single system has a specific function that works in conjunction with all of the other systems of the body for one overriding purpose: to keep YOU alive and well.

One of the main functions of the digestive system is to absorb nutrients and eliminate whatever it is that your body decides it doesn’t need, including all those toxins talked about above. How does the digestive system do that? It does it in the form of bowel movements and, well to put it simply…poop!

Like mentioned before, the body is a flow system. If the body’s bowel functions aren’t working properly, it’s going to send the other systems of the body into overdrive in an attempt to compensate for the job the digestive system isn’t doing well. Not only is this bad because it puts extra stress on other organs like the liver and kidneys; it’s bad because those organs aren’t designed to do exactly what your digestive system was designed to do. So those toxins that were supposed to get dumped out by your digestive system are being reabsorbed. The other organs of the body are inefficient at properly flushing out the toxins and are much less effective to do their own specific job because they’re dealing with a heavier work load. As soon as there’s a backup in digestion, it’s pretty easy to end up in a slow (or sometimes fast), but downward spiral in health.

Your digestive system is one of the easiest ways to monitor what’s going on inside your body. It’s one of the first systems that can alert you to something going awry. Bowel movements can help us monitor everything from how hydrated we are to how well our vital organs of elimination are working. Keeping this pathway of elimination open will immensely help your other organs do their job well and will let your body focus on keeping you healthy.

How do you know if your body’s digestive system is working properly? It’s not uncommon to be unsure about what constitutes a healthy bowel movement. According to a study as reported by Dr. Jenson in his book, Dr. Jenson’s guide to Better Bowel Care, 285 of 300 people surveyed about their bowel habits claimed to have “normal” bowel patterns with no constipation. Ironically upon investigation, 285 of the 300 people had constipation issues. This can either mean that people aren’t properly educated on what it means to have a healthy bowel movement or that people don’t like talking about their bowel habits. Either way, it’s time to get honest and educated about poop!

Do Want

  • At least 2 bowel movements per day. (the circadian rhythm of the large intestine is between 5 & 7 am)
  • Bowels are easily moved
  • Stools that are fairly large in diameter (average diameter for a colon is about 2-3 inches)
  • Stools should hold together
  • Smooth on the outside, similar to the shape of a colon
  • Brown in color
  • Bobbing stools
  • Very little odor

Don’t Want

  • Only 1 or no bowel movements in a day
  • Strain, pain, cramping and explosive gas
  • Skinny stools
  • Rabbit pellets, diarrhea
  • Chucky or lumpy stools (often this can be a sign of dehydration or incomplete elimination)
  • Green, clay colored, very dark…or any color other than brown
  • Sinking or floating stools (this is one of the major indicators of improper digestion of certain nutrients)
  • An overpowering stench (also an indicator of poor digestion)

Our bodies are constantly providing us with messages and clues as to what is going on inside. The key to good health is to understand the meaning of these messages. When we open up the flow of the body, we assist our natural healing process and provide an open door to better health. Who know poop could do that?

Call Dr. Linda today at 773.922.6672 to help you understand the messages and clues your body give you.

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