Do You Have Pooping Problems?
Are constantly fighting headaches, migraines, weight gain, bloating and constipation? You may actually be experiencing a gastrointestinal disorder!
What goes in must come out! If you’re not going to the bathroom to do number two (that’s poop) on a regular basis you’re asking for trouble. Let me make this clear for you as well, by regular basis I mean 1-2 times a day, even up to three times a day is okay. Not pooping frequently can be a sign of something bigger! If you’re experience recurring mood swings? Are you sometimes energetic with a positive attitude while other times feeling sad and miserable? Are constantly fighting headaches, migraines, weight gain, bloating and constipation? You may actually be experiencing a gastrointestinal disorder!
…but before we look at some problems with your gastroenteritis tract let’s have a look at one of my favourite charts to see how healthy your poops are. Trust me, after you look at this you’ll be addicted to examining your poops after each bowel movement, at least that’s what crazy people like me do! The Bristol stool scale or Bristol stool chart (BSC), is a diagnostic medical tool designed to classify the form of human feces into several categories. It is used in both clinical and experimental fields. It was determined that certain stool shapes correlated with many problems that individuals often go through. Have a look below.
Bristol Stool Chart
Let's Dig A Little Deeper
Now let's dig a little deeper. One of the things that stands in the way of your health and ability to lose weight effectively are gastrointestinal disorders. As the name defines, it is the malfunctioning of your digestive system due to the introduction of parasites like amoebas, Glardia, pinworms or bacterial dysbiosis etc. Parasites, in particular are of a big concern for me because they can cause so many problems for my clients and are a major launching platform for more serious conditions.
There are several ways by which these parasites enter into the body including:
- Through eating under-cooked foods
- Improper diet
- Following pregnancy
- Drinking impure water
How To Detect Parasites
Identifying parasites may not be that simple as they are smart enough to escape any general routine test. They affect millions of women all over the world! In fact, parasites, bacteria and the yeast are really good at surviving. One of the reasons for this is because they have something called a biofilm around themselves which is like a little tiny force field. This biofilm hides them from detection which is why they can be hard to detect in certain stool samples. It also protects them from antibiotics and certain herbs which makes it harder to kill them. They also create a communication system with each other through the biofilm so they can create stronger colonies. In order to effectively eliminate them you must destroy this biofilm.
The following list of symptoms may help you to see if you are at risk for hosting parasites:
- Inflammation of the stomach (Gastritis)
- Sudden Weight Gain/loss
- Breast tenderness and swelling
- Mood swings
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Colonic Disorders
About That Bloating
Bloating is another symptom of GI that may be experienced before the menstrual cycle. As quoted by Barbara Frank, M.D., a gastroenterologist and clinical professor of medicine at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, "You may also experience bloating right before your menstrual period. Some of the discomforts that many women chalk up to fluid retention may actually be abdominal discomfort from bloating".
Abdominal Pain, Bloating
Poor Digestion Problems:
Not pooping right is often an indication of a malfunctioning of the digestive system. A poor digestive system is often the culprit behind many common ailments.
As a result of GI, the absorption of nutrients from food may be impaired, affecting the overall health. A person tends to gain the weight, even though the body is not getting the nutrients required effectively.
Weakening of Immune System:
The immune system loses its potential to fight against the germs; hence your body becomes an open house for chronic infections and autoimmune diseases.
Food sensitivities and allergies:
Any further growth of the disease leads to the deterioration of the intestinal wall which can lead to several other diseases like leaky gut syndrome, IBS, diverticulitis, Crohn’s Diseases, etc.
GI holds enough potential to cause systemic inflammation leading to heart diseases, arthritis, joint pain and muscle stiffness.
Skin disorders like dry skin, adult acne, rosacea and psoriasis are other possible consequences of GI.
What To Do About This?
Doctors are not always sure how to fight gastrointestinal disorders! The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has undertaken a multi-million dollar research project to find ways to fight this problem. Despite this, there are still many people suffering from GI related problems. Fortunately for you though holistic practitioners do well in such areas of GI dysfunction, gut and digestive system malfunctions that tend to baffle modern medicine. The best thing you can do if you think you have pooping problems and/or a gastrointestinal disorder is work with a holistic practitioner like myself but it the meantime I have a few guidelines you can follow to improve your health.
Eating slowly means eating healthier:
It is important to take your time while eating. Rushing through meals leads to GI. Many health professional advise the more slowly you eat, the better your food is broken down, the less likely you are to suffer from gas caused by swallowing air and hence less bloating!
Avoid food that produces bloat:
Foods that are eaten raw or boiled like, cabbage, beans, bagels and pretzels, etc. are real gas or bloat producers.
Include probiotic rich foods:
Foods that are high in good bacteria like sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi are great foods to include in your diet and will help to create balance between opportunistic bacteria.
Cut down the sugary stuff:
"High in sugar, high in bloating", that’s the simple rule! So avoid eating a lot of candies, chocolates, ice creams, etc.
Keep an eye on your poop:
Use the Bristol stool chart to see how well you're doing with elimination. If you're not getting healthy poops on a regular basis you need to further investigate why.
Work with a professional:
Consider working with a holistic practitioner. He or she can recommend the right types of herbs, supplements and diets that will help you to eliminate parasites, balance bacteria and restore GI health.
Chris Walker, FDN-P, HN
If you're not pooping right this is generally a sign of poor gastrointestinal health. You shouldn't just live with constipation or diarrhea rather take action now so you can be healthy and weigh less. As you can see today leaving something like this unattended can lead to more serious problems. Don't wait get your health and body back today! Contact me today if you need help with this!