Today, I’d like to broach a subject that is difficult for some people to discuss—even with their doctors. Have you been wondering how to have better success with bowel elimination? I’ve created this poop post especially for you. If our topic makes you flush—relax, take a deep breath and let’s load the commode with some stool tools.
Experiencing gloom and doom in the ladies’ room, may be clogging up other areas of your life. If you’re constantly constipated, you’re probably cranky, uncomfortable, and unable to function at your best. Author Steven Magee says, “The foundation of human health is poop.”
If you’re not moving your stool regularly with grace and ease, I have some keys that can provide relief.
Five Natural Stool Tools
1. Are you drinking enough water? Hydration plays a huge roll in elimination. Water helps to move everything along in your system, so make sure you are well-watered. Eight eight-ounce glasses is the usual recommendation, but fresh fruits and vegetables count for your water intake as well.
2. Are you eating fiber-rich meals? Eliminating processed foods from your diet is critical. Processed baked goods like breads, cakes, pies, cookies and candy may be yummy, but they are not good for your tummy. Replace processed items with whole foods that contain vitamins, minerals and natural fiber. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables at each meal. Also, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes are a great source of fiber. And nuts and seeds will provide the healthy fats that your body needs to function properly.
Remember, if you’re eating junk, your stomach will get revenge one way or another. It has no choice but to accept whatever you put in it, but it will talk back in various ways: A clogged system, constipation, upset stomach, and other health issues.
3. Are you active? Exercise plays a big role in digestive health. If you haven’t committed to a regular fitness regimen, promise yourself to get started with an enjoyable program immediately. There are muscles in your gut, and movement helps to propel waste through your digestive system.
4. Are you snacking late at night? Due to our stay-at-home order, I had been guilty of this one myself. Enjoy a light evening meal three to four hours before hitting the sack, to allow time for your food to digest.
5. Is your intestinal flora thriving? What are you doing to boost your gut microbiota? Prebiotics and probiotics can improve your intestinal health and help promote regular bowel movements. Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in the gut. They are our active helpers. Foods that can boost the collection of good bacteria in the intestines include fermented choices like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, apple cider vinegar and more. Think of prebiotics as the nourishment for the probiotics—what your gut microbes consume. Food sources include dandelion greens, asparagus, artichokes, and oatmeal, to name a few. If you want information on a superior prebiotic and probiotic blend, please email me.
There are a number of over-the-counter laxatives on the market today. The question is, are they safe for long-term use? Wouldn’t you rather commit to sensible and sustainable lifestyle choices before investing in products that could cause side effects and possibly compromise your gut health?
Approximately 70 percent of our immune system resides in the gut; therefore a healthy gut contributes to increased immunity. Naturopathic physician Behzad Azargoshasb said, “Almost all our health concerns can be traced back to our belly. Ensure a healthy gut and the rest will take care of itself.” Not being able to move your bowels can affect all areas of your life. Employ our natural stool tools to experience greater productivity, a better mood, and peace.
There may be other reasons why you’re not pooping to your satisfaction—underlying health issues, food intolerances and some prescription medications. Consult your health care provider if you experience prolonged constipation.
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to keep your system open by adopting a healthy diet and a regular exercise program.
• Begin by eating fiber-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water.
• How will adopting a wellness protocol help you to prevent constipation, have better poop, elevate your mood, and create balance in your body and mind?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.