Your Health is Your Wealth: "Its Cool to Sh!t"

Way back when I was a child-care provider I remember at times, I had to be a floater, where I would hop around from class to class with different children. Sometimes I was needed in the infant room and per usual all the babies did was eat, cry, sleep and pee and do the number 2! The term we used in the classroom was bowl movements aka BMs and I never really understood why, but we kept count of how many bowl movements a child had a day in every class up until toddlers I believe. If the child didn't have any bowl movements, it was our job to inform the parents ASAP to alert them and If to happen again to know something is wrong. 

Bowl movements is our bodies way of talking to us. Status of your bowel movements is a reflection of your overall health. So here is a simple idea of how it works, Digestion begins in our mouth and stomach and ends in our bowels — the lower parts of our digestive tract. When the food we eat reaches our bowels, the water and salts that remain are absorbed. The digested food that is left becomes more solid and exits as bowel movements. Because we don’t talk about it, most of us don’t understand what makes up “regular” or “healthy” bowel movements. We should all be having at least one, fully formed, complete bowel movement every single day. Ideally we have 2 or even 3, essentially one for each meal. They should be easy to pass (no newspapers or magazines required). You shouldn’t have to strain to pass a stool (sounds more professional than using the term poop haha); that pressure can build up inside your colon and cause inflammation in the colon. Healthy BMs should be light brown in color with no food bits (side note: if you do find that, that means you are not chewing your food enough kids), indicating good strong stomach acid and efficient digestion. You want most of your BMs to be long, log-like pieces, not little marbles and ping pong balls. If these details don’t describe your typical experience, you are not “regular”. If you have to take some kind of over-the-counter medication every day to get these results, you are better off but still not “regular”. Normal, perhaps. But not regular. And your body needs help.

Not having daily BMs is like not taking out the trash from your kitchen when the can is full. Things start to spill over and get messy and smelly. Harmful bacteria flourish as your stool continues to ferment. Waste products continue to irritate and can poison your gut lining. Worst of all, your body will eventually begin to reabsorb the trash. Yes, it’s like eating the kitchen trash all over again. Sorry to be graphic, but this is a key point. Your stool is the primary exit pathway for waste in your body. I am not just talking about leftover fiber from your salad. A significant part of your body’s waste is toxins, things like pesticides, drugs, chemicals, plastic, heavy metals, and excess estrogen. With that being sad for you some of us who are still shy about poop stop. It is COOL TO SHIT! It is normal and most of all very much necessary. Bowel movements are key predictors to our well-being it's just like taking your temperature or your blood pressure and did I mention that going to the bathroom regularly also is good for your skin too. If that doesn't make you run to the bathroom right now..... lol

As I begin my journey to overall health inside and out, I will start taking this natural herb called LBS II from Nature Sunshine INC. It helps go to the bathroom regular and its cleans out all the toxic out the system. Retails anywhere from $12-15 with 100 capsules. It has many Benefits:
* Supports the intestinal system.
* Promotes normal bowel function.
* Helps clear the bowels of toxic waste.
* Works gently.
* Encourages better digestion.
* Supports proper waste elimination.

Here are a few other tips I found in my research that you can also consider.
* Eat plant foods. There is no substitute for real, food-based fiber in our diets, especially fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Flaxseed and psyllium husks are great natural fiber supplements. Mix them up in a smoothie, stir into yogurt, or blend with a protein shake. 
* Drink plenty of water. 
* Eat plenty of healthy fats. Despite common myths otherwise, fat is not bad for you. In fact, a diet relatively high in healthy fat has been shown to be cardio-protective and helpful for body fat loss. Enjoy foods such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, wild salmon, walnuts, almond, pumpkin seeds, and eggs daily. Remember that the best lubrication for pipes is grease; the same is true for your GI pipes. Fat helps to move your stool along.
* Take a daily probiotic supplement. Our guts are teaming with bacteria, good bugs and bad bugs. Sometimes our guts get sluggish due to poor digestion or inflammation in our intestines. Beneficial bacteria help to calm inflammation and move things along. A good multi-strain probiotic is normalizing for the body, so it’s a good idea for either diarrhea or constipation.
* Take magnesium. Many American are deficient in magnesium. We eat few foods high in magnesium (e.g. halibut, almonds, spinach, cashews, seaweed). If you’re constipated, try taking 400 mg magnesium citrate each evening after dinner. 

I hope this blog was helpful and encourages to go sit on the toilet right now. And remember pay attention to your poop. If it doesn't look right or if you don't do it enough. Your body is telling you something. Pay attention!!!

"Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the intestinal system. When the intestines are dirty, the blood is dirty, and so are the organs and tissues. It is the intestinal system that has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place."   Barnard Jensen, PhD