But your bowel movements can tell you a lot about your health….. (and sorry if you’re reading this over breakfast).
The large intestine houses the remains of your food, that come in the form of poo (stool). Having a bowel movement helps to get rid of food that’s no longer needed & get rid of toxins from your body.
Ideally, we should be having between 1 to 3 solid bowel movements a day.
Poo should be formed, in a “s” type shape and be a light brown color.
If your stools aren’t formed, it can mean many different things, but 2 possibilites are that either you have a gut infection or you may have a food intolerance.
If your stool’s feel slippery on the way out, it may mean there's mucous which can mean there’s a level of inflammation in the bowel. We have some great herbs & nutrients to help repair the bowel.
Floating stools can mean that you’re not absorbing the fat in your diet very well, which also means fat soluble vitamins are at risk. Give us a call to grab some digestive enzymes that will help you absorb your fat better.
Hydration is also important. If your stools are pebble-like or difficult to excrete, then make sure you’re getting lots of water. This helps to soften the stool. Fibre is also important (for most people, but some people can have too much). We recommend eating lots of fresh vegetables & 2 pieces of fruit a day.
Color coding- did you know the color of your stools can tell you a lot?
Watch out for dark or black stools – if you’re taking iron tablets, then prehaps get a better absorbable brand. Otherwise, it can mean you have blood in your stool, so a trip to your doctor is a good idea. If your stools are yellow or clay color it can be a liver issue, so again, see your GP. And if your stools are purple, it means you’ve eaten too much beetroot!! ;-)
So checking your stools will give you an idea about your health. It may sound a little icky, but good stools are an indicator of good health. For more information, please call us on 1300 21 44 25.
This post is from Andrea Strand, a practicing Naturopath at Empowered Health. To find out how we can help you, call for a free, no obligation 5 minute phone briefing or call to book an appointment and say hello to good health!