Let’s take just a moment to get into the nitty gritty about our bathroom habits. Fun, right?! If you are queazy and uneasy about this topic, it’s time to get over it. It’s more important than you realize and you are worth taking the time to trouble shoot what could be the difference in you feeling blah, and feeling great!
Your gut health is vital and paying attention to what you, erm, leave behind, is a great way to gauge what’s going on. Do you go daily? Weekly? I’ve had new clients come to me that go once every 2 weeks. This is a sign something isn’t quite right. Poor digestion can affect everything from your skin to your mood. From abdominal distention to fatigue. From brain fog to lack of energy. From inability to shed unwanted fat to headaches and more.
Processed foods, too much gluten or grains, not enough water, too much water, artificial sweeteners, too much or too little fiber, are among some of the variables that can affect how your body processes, and deposits, food.
What to look for:
Having loose stools ongoing is not ideal as you are loosing much needed fluid. Being on the toilet for crazy amounts of time is also something to take note of as it could be due to constipation. However, if it doesn’t hurt and you don’t have to strain, your system could just be a bit slow and that’s not all bad.
A long, snake like bowel movement is goals with minimal wiping necessary. Medium to light brown should be your fav color in the potty, as well. Going daily is great but if you don’t deal with abdominal inflammation or digestion issues (cramping, bloating, being uncomfortable) and go less frequently, this may just be how your body works.
Smell is another factor to consider. It won’t be smelling rosy, I don’t care how clean your diet is, but it should’t be repulsive either. A strong, clear-the-bathroom for hours odor is another sign that your digestion is not in check. Low fiber and processed foods are often the culprit here, but there can be more going on. Abnormally strong odor can be associated with a number of health problems, such as a malabsorptive disorder, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and chronic pancreatitis. Also, if your stool is yellow, it could indicate a gallbladder problem. If you see this, call your doctor.
Clients will tell me that these issues run in the family, or it’s always been this way, or they’ve tried every kind of remedy, holistic to prescriptions, and have just given up. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Don’t settle! My suggestion is to start with your diet. Oddly enough, it’s the last place many people look. Find a meal plan that is gluten free, promotes lots of vegetables, and incorporates clean lean protein. And then stick to it for at least a month to give your body time to adjust and respond before you look to another solution.
Seeking the help of a medical professional may be necessary as diet is just one of many factors that could have led you down this road, and something serious could be a possibility. But since our choice in food consumption is the culprit in so many cases, it’s a great place to start!
‘Head’ HERE (see what I did there?) for a simple, clean eating plan.