The evaluation of a bowel movement can give you a lot of information about your health. Stool is among the few reminders we get about our health on a daily basis but we don’t pay much attention to it. Moreover, it is something that we don’t like to talk about.
We all try to eat healthy, non-GMO, organic food. However, are we digesting and absorbing the nutrients well? The quality of your stool is a direct sign of how well your digesting the food you consume.
If the stool is not healthy, it means that your digestive tract is either moving too slow or too fast. This can increase the risk of developing chronic health conditions like neurological disease, autoimmune disease and chronic inflammatory conditions.
What is a perfect stool?
Completing elimination in the morning is considered perfect. Additionally, your stool should have brown color and a banana shape. The perfect stool almost always is the same, no matter the foods eaten. Minimal odor of the stool and not sticking to the toilet is another requirement of a perfect stool.
What are the normal stools?
Normal stools are considered those completed once daily within the first 2-3 hours of walking. Furthermore, this stool is firm, but regular, with darker brown color. There is minimal odor and no gas.
What are imbalanced stools?
Imbalanced stools are considered those that are dry and hard. This stool is not completed frequently, even less than once daily. The frequency and consistency changes a lot, and the stool color is darker. Due to the longer transit time, there is an astringent foul odor and more gas.
Here are some tips on how to have a great stool:
Consume Good Food
I am sure you already know this because consuming a healthy food with lots of plants consumption contains fiber.
Try to have leafy greens, roots and cruciferous vegetables and fresh fruit every day. Also, properly prepare grains through soaking and sprouting.
Moreover, consume enough good fats from avocados, olives, raw butter, coconut oil, etc.
In addition, do not forget to get proteins from food in order to keep your bowel muscles strong. Add these foods to your diet:
– Pastured and organic meats
– Raw or organic dairy products
– Wild fish and seafood
If you are a vegetarian and trying to fight constipation and boost your bowel, try to consume more pumpkin seeds, bananas, raspberries, and oat bran. Bananas and pumpkin seeds include a lot of magnesium, which loosen the intestinal walls.
Spicy food is the biggest cause of having loose poop because they include capsaicin, a spice that can be really irritating. Also, this food can cause hemorrhoids.
Therefore, if you have loose poop, consume more white rice, apple sauce, lemon juice and blueberries.
Drinking a lot of Fluids
Water aids in moving things in your system. Those who consume plenty of water are less likely to suffer from constipation. Also, the large intestine requires fluid to form stool.
Proper Pooping Position
The best position for pooping is not sitting. This position forces the rectum into a bending position, causing straining in order to eliminate. The straining pressures the anal and rectal veins, which can cause hemorrhoids, bowel herniation and other lower digestive tract illnesses.
Humans are intended to squat when eliminating. They have been doing this since ancient times and more than half the population in the world still squats.
But, because we cannot get rid of our toilets, we can improve our form when sitting on them. Elevate your feet to get into a squatting position. You can put your feet on a little waste basket or a stool.
Time for Pooping
You should poop every day. Thus, make a morning ritual with sitting on the toilet for 15 minutes. This way you will train your body to eliminate every day.
Relieve constipation by exercising. This way you will stimulate the nervous system and the muscles and nerves in the gut, making it work better. Even walking is enough. Also, you can try yoga poses and abdominal massage to stimulate the bowel.