Ever wonder what your body is telling you? Well friends, pull up a stool and let's get into it.
You may have heard us go on and on about this before, but we think this information is just TOO good not to repeat!
Your skin health is more than what meets the eye! So much of what's going on in our body can be traced back through observing our internal state - and what better to look to, then something that comes from the inside.... yup, I'm talking about your poop.
So, how are we relating poop to our skin health? Since our skin is another organ of elimination, we want to make sure our MAIN elimination systems are working great and flowing freely. If they are not functioning optimally, there is a good chance our other elimination systems are feeling burdened as well! So let's take a load off of our skin, and have a look at the health of bowel movements!
Let's talk about the 4 main things to look for in a healthy digestive system.
Frequency is a really great topic to engage in, in a clinical setting. I've found that everyone's "normal" is quite different. When I ask the baseline question "How is your digestion?" I'm often met with a shy and reserved answer like, "Good". But with further investigation of what "normal" is to each person, there is a huge contrast and often a teachable moment.
I've seen people that have a bowel movement every 4-5 days on average, and others that will go up to 10 times a day. Some think that this is normal, or that it's just something they will have to live with, but there is actually so much that your bowel habits are trying to tell you.
Everyone's normal is different, and there are a lot of things that can interrupt your normal bowel routine. On average, it would be ideal to have at least one bowel movement a day. Though things like traveling, or changes in diet can disrupt the daily bowel movement and that's okay. But as a practitioner, if someone is coming in to see me about a chronic condition - particularly a skin condition - I like to focus on digestive function and work towards at least one bowel movement a day. Healthy and consistent elimination is a great place to start when healing the skin.
Constipation can mean a number of different things:
IBS - Irritable bowel syndrome. This is a rabbit hole of a topic for a later conversation.
There are other things we could add to these lists, but these are a good observational starting point if you are concerned about your bowel frequency. I always suggest seeking a trusted practitioner to help you troubleshoot your specific digestion.
Ever wonder what the colour of your poop is telling you? I certainly do! My favorite story about digestive investigation comes from my clinical practice, where I asked a client about the colour of her stool and she replied "brown". I acknowledged that brown is a sign of healthy poop, but asked if she could she go into a bit more detail on what shade of brown, you know.. dark, light etc..where she replied "ahh.. poo brown?" and we both had a really great giggle at that response. I also had a teacher once say that in her clinical practice, she has paint swatches on hand so that she can get a really detailed answer. I think I'll start doing that.
If you have ANY questions or concerns regarding the colour of your stool, it is ALWAYS good to have it checked out! Usually, if you have a stool that is an unusual colour for you one time, it's not often something to be concerned about. But, if you are having recurring abnormally coloured stool, it's best to call your doctor for further exploration.
Consistency and shape of the stool are equally as important as the rest, but to skip the gritty details, I'm only going to mention a few.
The best case scenario poop would look like a medium brown, nicely shaped banana, this is basically molded to the shape of your colon. Hard pellets indicate constipation and dryness that needs to be addressed, while constant loose stool or diarrhea will need to be addressed in a different way. That being said, "normal" is different for everyone, and fluctuating poops are nothing to be alarmed of.
If you've been shy about looking at your stool before, I hope by now that I've encouraged you to take a look at the potential of internal health self-discovery! Here are a few other things to take note of when you are glancing down at that porcelain palace.
I hope I've inspired you to investigate your own digestive health via the textbook of your poop! This is meant to empower you to make adjustments using the food that you eat to improve your health, but if at ANY time you question the health of your poops, I encourage you to seek professional medical guidance!
Sending happy vibes for healthy poops!