In today’s world people tend to talk about everything, but an important topic like proper elimination is still taboo.
Waste elimination is as important as eating because you need to keep a perfect balance between what you put in and take out.
This topic is interesting as looking at what you eliminate tells you as much about your health as looking at what you eat.
Do you check your poop or do you just flush?
I always examine my waste to check my elimination rate (checking what is visible there and might apply to any of the previously eaten meals), my digestion and if my digestive organs are working properly. You can get a general picture of your digestive tract just by checking your stool.
Let’s start with the most generic question. How often do you eliminate?
If you tell me 2-3 times a week, I think you might have a problem. But do not panic right now. For many years I thought it was normal. It used to be my pattern as well.
So what is a perfect number for good elimination?
It depends how many big meals you eat per day. If you eat 3 big meals, you should eliminate 3 times per day. If you eat 2 big meals your number will be 2 times per day.
In reality only a few people will eliminate that regularly. It involves well working digestive system and stress a free environment. Stress has got a big impact on our elimination pattern.
There is a close relationship between your digestive tract and brain function. Your gut is very often called the second brain. Whatever is happening in your gut also affects your brain and vice versa. Anatomically speaking, it is a vagus nerve that wanders from your cranial area down to your intestines.
Considering our hectic environment we live in I would say: you should eliminate at least once a day.
And by elimination I do not mean loose stool, I am talking here about well formed stool shaped like a sausage with swirl ice cream consistency of dark brown color.
You might tell me right now: ok, Aneta that’s perfect but I do not have my stool looking like that. It looks like more of a few drops of hard rock stool that I have a problem to pass out and I do not eliminate everyday.
Follow these steps and you can improve your elimination process?
Drink more water
How much? There is a formula: divide your weight in half and it is number of how many ounces of water you should drink daily.
For example: if you weigh 140 lbs divided by 2 gives us 70. So you should drink about 70 oz of water everyday. 70 divided by 8 (1 glass is 8 oz of liquid) equals 8.75. So you should drink almost 9 glasses of water everyday. This will definitely help with consistency of your stool and easier passing through the colon to rectum and out.
Take some probiotics
You can either take that in form of food like yogurt, kefir, kombucha or other fermented goods or you can take probiotics orally. Wholefoods have a great selection of probiotics. I have noted that ones needed to be refrigerated seem to be more potent. I always look for the acidophilus strain in the probiotics.
Exercising improves peristalsis, the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine, creating wavelike movements that push the contents of the canal forward, so even 10 minutes of exercise can improve your elimination. The best is jumping as it helps to detoxify your body and involves moving obstructed waste along your colon.
Add more fiber
Eat more vegetables that are high in fiber or add dietary fiber to your meals in form of flax seeds or psyllium husk.
Make a drink with moringa powder, wheatgrass or powdered greens and drink it every morning. It will help you with better elimination and also detoxify your digestive tract.
Drink prune juice
Prunes are known for their laxative properties. If you like them, you can even soak 3-4 prunes in warm water and eat them first thing in the morning.
Without proper elimination internal balance is not possible. Bowel movement is a natural way for your body to excrete waste material. Your body takes the nutrients it needs from the food you eat, and what is left and not needed is eliminated from your body in form of poop. It’s made up of about 75% water and the rest is a combination of fiber, mucus, live bacteria, toxins and other cells.
A detailed talk about waste elimination before we start working together either in a group program or one to one session is an important key for your success in restoring, rejuvenating, and nourishing your body.